- "Amster-Goddamn! I Believe In My Mess have only come up with a great sonic nugget" (BBC Ulster/MB Record Show - Michael Bradley)
- "One of the best albums of the week" (Trouw - Klaas Knooihuizen)
- "I am very taken by the album" (BBC Radio 6 - Gideon Coe)
- "Do Unto Others is a colorful mix of hard, soft, harmony, chaos, cheerfulness and crisis. However, it never gets too heavy, the band always sounds entertaining in its own way.” (Written In Music - Edwin Hofman)
- "Ten great sounding tracks" (Muziscene - Wim du Mortier)
- “It’s like musical play-doh, do look them up” (BBC Radio 6 Recommends – Steve Lamacq).
- "A sensational debut LP by an inventive duo. Also works great as an antidepressant." (Opduvel - Gert Derkx)
- "My favorite album of 2020" (It's Sooo Different - Berend Dubbe)
Do Unto Others
debut album from I Believe In My Mess
Do not do unto others what you would not want others to do unto you. This "Golden Rule", already found in the teachings of Confucius (551-478 BC), is an important principle in almost every world religion. Apparently this rule appeals to many people.
It is a reasonable assumption that most people would want to be treated with kindness, consideration, and respect. If people would apply the same standards to others as they would want for themselves - treating others with kindness and respect - the world would be a better place to live in.
The Golden Rule is of course at odds with reality. Does the Rule still have value in the present time, which is, as some have it, characterized by an ever-increasing individualism, egoism and rudeness? Reciprocity in particular is under pressure. One seems to expect kindness and respect from the other, while this does not have to be shown to another in return. Perhaps the Golden Rule is in effect little more than a desire of how people might interact.
Ultimately, everything you do resonates with something else. This is, inevitability, the starting point for this album. Do Unto Others is about behavior towards others, about doing good to someone else, making other people happy, about sharing love and knowledge, about expressing opinions, imposing opinions, having a big mouth, about racism, oppression and the despair that this will never will stop.
But it is also about withdrawing oneself and avoiding confrontation with the other. Don't do unto others. About doing nothing, because you know how life works anyway, about boredom, about shyness, and about waiting until everything is over. It won't be long!
We continue to hope that the Golden Rule will eventually prevail over all time's cynicism. Because in the end I Believe In My Mess, like everyone else, wants the world to treat them kindly and respectfully, just like I Believe In My Mess treats the world kindly and respectfully with the release of this wonderful album.
released November 13, 2020
Sounds and dubs by I Believe In My Mess.
Songs by Frank van Praag & Geert de Groot, except Slapped By Poetry, by Van Praag, De Groot & Henk Jonkers. Hear You Calling by Van Praag, De Groot, Marcel Peetoom & Robert Lagendijk.
Geert de Groot: bass guitars, guitars & synths.
Frank van Praag: rhythms, guitars, synths & vocals.
Henk Jonkers: drum noise on Slapped By Poetry.
Susanne Linssen: violin on Won’t Be Long.
Lucie van Praag: backing vocals on Hear You Calling & Slapped By Poetry.
Edy Blom: handclaps on almost every song.
The_semen_incident: sample of tremolo guitar on It’s Makes You Mad.
Produced, recorded & mixed by Frank van Praag at Messy Sound Studio, Amsterdam.
Mastering by Pete Maher Mastering, London.
Graphic Design by Robert Muda van Hamel, Spacebar.
Thank you, Mark Meeuwenoord, Jim Remers, Robert Muda van Hamel, Henk Jonkers, Susanne Linssen, Edy Blom, Pete Maher, Scram C Baby, Marcel Peetoom, Robert Lagendijk, Bob, Carol, Ted & Alice, Tony Allen†, Tim Weller, Excelsior Recordings, Marieke, Joline, Lucie, Sylvie, Milo, & Nina.
All respect due to King Tubby and his honourable disciples for re-inventing modern music.