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Blending psychedelic jazz with modern rock sensibilities, the music of the Wrong Object is influenced by a vast array of artists ranging from Canterbury Scene prog rock à la Soft Machine and Gong to Béla Bartok, Aka Moon, Charlie Mingus and Frank Zappa. While their repertoire contains mainly original compositions, they also play a special set of Zappa covers on demand.

Since its creation in early 2002, The Wrong Object has played some forty gigs in various venues ranging from small pubs to big festivals. Some of them were augmented by guest performances by the likes of Ed Mann, Elton Dean, Harry Beckett, Marc Mangen, Domguè, Marco Maurizi, Nicolas Ankoudinoff, Clementine Gasser, Frogg Café, Jaap Blonk, and pataphysician-poet-vocalist Andrew Norris, whose work with the band culminated in a show held at the Galerie 2016 in Brussels on the occasion of Serge Vandercam's 79th birthday.

After a successful mini-tour of the UK, they performed at the 2004 “Zappanale” festival where they played a special gig featuring Zappa's legendary percussionist Ed Mann, with whom they also hope to play a few more dates soon. The Wrong Object have since then played in many different countries (including England, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Czekia, Slovakia, Luxembourg and even Belgium) and their live recordings have been favorably reviewed and aired by radio stations across the globe. They will continue to perform in pubs, clubs and theaters next year and will play Summer festivals abroad. Their next projects “Elton Dean Meets The Wrong Object” and “The Wrong Object feat. Harry Beckett” saw the light in the Fall of 2005. Their 2009 studio album, "Stories from the Shed" was released by MoonJune Records (www.moonjune.com) to huge critical acclaim.

In 2010, The Wrong Object morphed into a sextet and the band's current line-up is Michel Delville (who founded the band in 2002 and who has authored nearly all of its published work[1]) on guitar, guitar-synth, voice and compositions, Marti Melia on saxophones and clarinet, Antoine Guenet on keyboards, Pierre Mottet on bass and electronics, and Laurent Delchambre on drums.

In 2013, The Wrong Object released "After the Exhibition", a studio album featuring new compositions by Delville, Guenet, Mottet and Delchambre and featuring guests Benoît Moerlen and Susan Clynes.


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'After the Exhibition' is the Wrong Object's most diverse and arguably strongest outing thus far. - Dave Lynch, AllMusic

"A solid hour of brilliance, with some new discoveries and revelations awaiting the listener on every repeat play. Every song here is an adventure, but wherever they go melody reigns supreme, and there's always something interesting going on rhythmically." –Peter Thelen, Expose (on "After the Exhibition")

The title [The Wrong Object Play Zappa and a few Tunes of their Own] is no idle boast: Michel Delville, leader and guitarist of The Wrong Object from Liège, Belgium, is writing tunes which emulate Zappa's taste for succinct idiosyncrasy and melodic lilt.... in a modern music scene that regularly trundles out all the paraphernalia of intelligence (laptops, bald heads, performers' desk-tops like mad electronic laboratories), this is the real thing: an intelligent handling of the Zappa/King Crimson legacy, a tradition that questions the power of rock with musical, rather than moral, means. The clever title 'Cunnimingus' indicates where this group is coming from, as does Andrew Norris' surreal, warped curses versus George W Bush on 'King Kong'". — Ben Watson, HIFINews (May 2004)

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson


MoonJune Records / Off


After the Exhibition

MoonJune Records


Stories from the Shed

MoonJune Records


The Unbelievable Truth

MoonJune Records



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