It’s over a week since Hooverphonic announced a shock line-up change. But while the story continues to rumble on, the dust is slowly starting to settle. First, the dropped vocalist Luka Cruysberghs gave her side of events. Now, the Belgian group’s founder Alex Callier has shared his version of what went down.
In an interview with HUMO, he admits that Luka didn’t like the decision. He also reveals that the band had recorded an album with Luka which will remain unreleased.
Alex Callier on Luka Cruysberghs and Hooverphonic
Previously, Luka explained that she received the unexpected news via a Zoom call. Alex confirms this, adding that Luka didn’t like it: “Raymond and I and our manager brought her the bad news. Not easy, of course. And Luka really didn’t like it either. What would you be like?”
On Luka’s future, Alex says: “Look, she’s young and talented, and she’s got character. If she does it right, and we will certainly help her with that, she can still go far. Don’t forget that she has been able to gain stage experience for three years, and seen how a band works. And yes, of course, she was disappointed, but at the same time she understood that Geike (Arnaert) is inherently connected to Hooverphonic. We built everything together with Geike, didn’t we?”
Hooverphonic’s scrapped album with Luka Cruysberghs
The would-be Eurovision 2020 trio had already recorded an unreleased album together. This has been shelved, although some of the songs may be rescued and reworked with the band’s returning frontwoman Geike Arnaert.
“It ends up in our vault. Maybe we’ll recover a few songs for our next record with Geike, maybe not. We might even release it after all, but with Geike singing the songs. In any case, I like to have a lot of material that you can choose from immediately. Sometimes songs stay in the drawer for years before I decide to use them. For example, “Anger Never Dies” was recorded with Geike, but we didn’t use it at the time because it didn’t fit the record we were working on at the time”.
It’s not clear whether the intended song for Eurovision 2021 has been thrown on the scrapheap also. Back in August, months before the line-up change, the band had hinted that their 2021 song was ready. Presumably, this would have contained Luka’s vocals.
Whether they’re returning to the drawing board or not, one thing remains certain. Hooverphonic will represent Belgium at Eurovision 2021 with Geike on lead vocals.
Are you sad about Hooverphonic’s scrapped album? Are you excited for their Eurovision 2021 song? And will you be listening to Luka’s solo material? Let us know below.