Tannhauser Orchestra (formerly just Tannhauser) was founded in 2007 by main songwriter Erick de Deyn.
In its early years, the band consisted of Erick, Ine Vlassaks, Joke Duponcheel and Karlien Vermeiren, among others such as The Bear That Wasn’t‘s Nils Verresen. Their initial releases, consisting mainly of pop songs with a shoegazey sound, were well received in the Benelux countries.
In 2012 all original members but Erick were replaced by multi-instrumentalist Geert Janssens and drum powerhouse Brecht Tijskens. The change-up effected a dramatic change in the band’s sound, becoming heavier and more spacious with each subsequent release. Dark beauty ‘The House of Sleep’ was released in 2013, preceded by an EP containing the single ‘Slowburn’. Soon after, the band decided to emphasize the stylistic shift by renaming themselves Tannhauser Orchestra.
‘The House of Sleep’ being the first installment in Tannhauser Orchestra’s Venus trilogy, second part ‘Her Mountain’ followed suit in 2014. The album garnered positive reviews in publications such as Gonzo (circus), Damusic and OOR.
‘Veneralia’ was released on October 13, 2015.