The story of Mise*En*Scene (or M*E*S) started way back in 1996. Some kids formed a trashy punkband in their hometown Deinze (Belgium). However, after a few local shows and a demotape, the band decided in 2000 that the journey was over.
In 2002, the band reformed and started using ska-music as an influence. Influenced by bands like The Clash & Rancid, the band soon started to record a new EP. This EP resulted in lots of shows around Belgium. Soon the band started to work on their first full-lenght album, "Let the Good Times Roll" (2004)
And the Good Times did roll... The album was released by a German label, and soon the band started to tour everywhere in Europe: Germany, the UK, France, Czech Republic, Poland, the Balkan-countries etc.
The second full-album (2009) was recorded in Brighton, England, with the help from folkpunkrockers The Levellers. This resulted in "Wild As Angels", an album that held the middle between energetic punkrock & furious ska. Again, the band toured all over Europe. A dream came true when the band was invited to support Funeral Dress on their tour in the USA in April 2009. This tour brought us to cities like Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Seattle.
Due to changes in personnel, the band was slowed down a bit & forced to re-think the musical direction. Little by little, the band developed into a full-on ska/punk/fiesta band and went in search for the much-needed brassplayers.
As soon as the brass-section came aboard, the gigging continued, with a tour in Mexico (2014) as an absolute highlight.
An EP, "One Way" was released in April 2017. This album sold out in a mere 4 months after releasing this, and was re-released in October 2017, with a vinyl-version released in early 2018 on UK-label Bad Granola Records.
With 9 people on stage, M*E*S continues to unleash one helluva party upon you. Enjoy!
USA tour in 2009 (Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, Las Vegas...)
Tour in Mexico in 2014
2 TV-performances on prime-time Belgian television:
VTM and RTL (De Nationale Test / La Teste Nationale +1.000.000 viewers)
Recording session in The Metway (Brighton), recording studio of folkpunkrockers The Levellers.
Shows & tours in the following countries: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Serbia, Bosnia, Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, Romania, Ireland, England/Scotland/Northern-Ireland, Hungaria, Greece, Turkey, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Austria, Germany, France, Holland, Spain, USA, Mexico
Performed in famous venues like De Melkweg (Amsterdam), London Forum (London), Camden Underworld (London), The Echoplex (Los Angeles)
Over the years, we supported:
Rockbands like: The Gaslight Anthem, Dog Eat Dog, Against Me
Punkrockbands like: Lagwagon, No Use For A Name, A Wilhelm Scream
Punkbands like: The Adicts, UK Subs, Conflict, Anti-Flag
Ska/Punkbands like: Voodoo Glow Skulls, Left Alone, PO BOX, Subhumans, Bitter Grounds, The Filaments, Leftöver Crack,
Ska/Reggae bands such as: The Skatalites, Julian Marley, The Toasters
Good vibes, aiming at your hips, M*E*S is coming your way!!!
Bjorn (lead vocals), Qrizz (guitar & vocals), Maarten (bass & vocals), Jonez (accordeon),
Brahim (drums), Wouter (tenorsax), Veerle (altsax), Thomas (trombone), Bart (trumpet)