pro_patria002015.jpg bandcamp.png pro_patria002013.jpg pro_patria_02b.gif pvc_label.gif cd_cover.gif video.gif news.gif contact.gif pro_patria002011.gif pro_patria002009.gif pro_patria002007.gif pro_patria002005.gif pro_patria002003.gif pro_patria002001.gif Welcome to the official Pro Patria webpage PLAY IT LOUD AND DAMAGE SPEAKERS!
Flemish-based Pro Patria was founded in 1988 by keyboard virtuoso Peter V. (aka PVC) with the aim to create a middle road between commercial mainstream and alternative, electronic music. Assisted by Pierre Fonteyne and later by Bert Depuydt, the band quickly evolved into a darker EBM style and released their first demos in 1991. Encouraged by positive feedback, a first studio album, "Spasmaticae", was released on cassette tape in 1993, followed by five-track "Militaria" in 1994 and a live tape "Veni Vidi Vici" one year later. In 1996 Pro Patria signed with German Celtic Circle Records and out of this collaboration arose the full cd "Quod Erat Demonstrandum" and the ensuing "Hard Times" maxi. The album, skilfully produced by Marc Schellekens, became a compilation of ten years of Pro Patria during which the band had developed its own distinctive sound, characterised by complex layers and a myriad of different voices. The lyrics advocated a healthy mind in a healthy body, a strong aversion towards fascism and criticised religion. Unfortunately, C.C. faced bankruptcy when the cds were about to be released and Pro Patria remained empty-handed. Attempts to have "Quod Erat Demonstrandum" released through other labels failed because the music was either deemed not dark enough or not techno enough. In 1998 Peter and Bert split due to artistic disagreements and David Vallée (Lith, E.K.S. Center) took the latter's place for the ensuing gigs, the last of which was in 2002... Continue reading...