End of 2015: Closure

BBR line-up 2008-2015

Last Sunday we closed 2015 with a very special gig in our hometown Nijmegen. Thank all of you for coming out and making Pieter’s last gig on BBR drums one hell of a party. In the past 7 and a half years we’ve written, composed, rehearsed, recorded, toured, laughed, fought, smoked and drank till we couldn’t see. That chapter now ends. There couldn’t have been a better way to round it off at the beautiful venue of Doornroosje with so many friends, as well onstage as in front it. Backing vocalists Floor and PennyLeen did an awesome job on ten songs, with the added fuel of Mike Roelofs on Hammond organ and Moog bass plus our buddy and producer Sebastiaan van Bijlevelt on guitars and vocals. This gave us wings and we feel like we took off during the show. What better metaphor can you think of, considering?

BBR won’t quit since we’ve got that rambling fever. We’re very excited to inform you in the near future about our new drummer!

Thanx Pieter ‘Bakkie’ Hendriks! Love, Simon, Jaap & Mike

P.S. Pics of the Doornroosje show can be found HERE (Ariane van Ginneke) and HERE (Marscha van Druuten).

Statement from Pieter Hendriks

Dear friends, here’s a personal message from drummer extraordinaire Pieter Hendriks.

“All good things come to an end. With that said I’m announcing my retirement as the drummer for Black Bottle Riot. After seven awesome years with great shows, tours and comradery I’ve entered a new phase in my life. It’s not possible to commit myself to playing live as much as needed to make this machine called Black Bottle Riot work, so that’s why the four of us agreed to look for a new drummer.

I want to thank Mike, Simon and Jaap for all the great memories. The endless hours spend in vans, studios, clubs, backstages and mainly all the great times at restaurants feasting on food, beer and whiskey. I love you like a family.

Before I was asked to join this band I was a big fan and that’s the way I’ll leave this band: as a fan. I wish the boys all the luck in the world with my replacement – which is going to be an amazing new chapter for this band.

Musically I’m going to focus on The Establishment, my other band with Jaap on guitar. Who knows what else will cross my path in time.

From the bottom of my heart I would like to take this moment to thank some amazing people I’ve worked with and became friends with during my time in Black Bottle Riot: the roadcrew Sebastiaan “si” Kemperman & David “Limbo” Stevens (Get to the chopper!), Bart & Suburban Records, Dikke Ivo, Jerome, Emiel El Pinguino, Roen Kutten, Vleeskind Ruben, Hanza, Svenlens, Rob Roadie, Ploom, Van Bijlevelt, Tuk, Skimp, Vicious Veltman, Frank “Tequila” Drank, Tim van Delft and the ladies from De Staat, Mioch, Weerts, Ivo “how do I tune down?” van Kempen, all the awesome people in the Nijmegen rockcity scene, (almost) all the bands we ever played with, all our fans and if I forgot to mention anybody; text me and I’ll buy you a beer during a future Black Bottle Riot show. Last but not least my girlfriend Jessica and our kids for your endless patience and support, I love you! PMA!”

Last chance to see Black Bottle Riot in this line-up: 27th December at Doornroosje, Nijmegen.

Thank you Pieter for everything we shared. What a ride. You’re something else, buddy. – Simon, Jaap, Mike



Release party = Sold Out

Yeah baby! Our third release party will be one hell of a party once again. All tickets are sold in presale, so no tickets available at the door. For those that miss out on this one: don’t worry, we’ll make it up to you! Promised.

See you Saturday!PLU-SOLD-OUT

Teasers of new tracks

Be sure to keep an eye on our FaceBook page, because we’ll upload some short videos with snippets of new tracks! “III: Indigo Blues” will be released September 11th 2015.

We started off last Wednesday with a fragment of ‘Heart Of Stone’. Until the release, we’ll follow it up with snippets from ‘Time & Time Again’ and maybe some more. Go HERE.

Here's a pic from back in 2007. Because we can.

Oh and here’s a pic from a rehearsal back in 2007. Because we can.

“III: Indigo Blues” Release

III: Indigo BluesOur third album “III: Indigo Blues” will be out Friday 11th September and we’ll celebrate it with YOU a week later at the Plu, Nijmegen! Show tickets over HERE.

This album is quite special to us. More than ‘Black Bottle Riot’ (debut album) and ‘Soul In Exile’ we feel this is a personal and intense album, full with heart felt emotion and sincerity. The theme that you’ll be able to trace back in every song – 9 songs in total, just under 45 minutes as a whole – is centered around personal stuff we’ve gone through in the past years. You might recognize some of it. As everyone experiences, life has its’ ups and downs. Sometimes it clashes together and kicks you down, because that’s life. We can’t hold it back. What we went through entered the mood of these new songs, which resulted in a nitty gritty, whimsical and intense album.

Hence the title; sometimes you feel blue, but when things take a turn and it gets darker than blue, there’s some sort of beauty in it. Indigo delivers the most intense colors of blue, just as life does.

So, we’re ready to shake off these blues with you all! Grab your ticket for the release party over HERE.

Hope to see you Saturday 19th September.
Simon, Mike, Jaap, Pieter

[Here's the LINK to the Facebook Event, so you can join us]

New album in the works

Good news, friends! At this moment we’re writing a bunch of new tracks for our third album, which we will record early 2015. As you may know, we like to move everything around a little bit. This means we won’t revisit the exact same paths we already stepped on. Prepare for some tracks that show we’re ready to expand our musical horizon a bit with tougher riffs, more exotic tunings and moody atmospheres.
We recorded our debut solely by ourselves and for our second album we went to producer/engineer Sven Lens. Sebastiaan van Bijlevelt will produce our third album at Galloway Studios. He’s a gentle and out-of-the-box thinking fella, who has worked with our dear friends of Shaking Godspeed and Automatic Sam as well. Release date will be set at mid-late autumn 2015.


Cheers y’all. BBR


Recap of Release show 25/10/2013

Hey friends, here’s a short video to revisit our release show at a sold out Doornroosje.
Thank you all for showing up & making this night one helluva party. PANG PANG!

BBR @ DWDD, Thursday 5th December

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Dandy Mike in Bandeet

Hey friends, it has been a month exactly since we released our second album. Things are looking good for us! We did a couple of nice gigs allover the country and we have a lot of ‘em in front of us. This means we have some time to kill in the back of the van, which isn’t quite so bad when you have road music, a couple of brewskis and some cool books. Books?

Later this week we’ll post some reviews of Soul in Exile and live gigs, but this news item is about old fashioned books. Yes. Books. We love ‘em.

Black Bottle Riot is prominently featured on a couple of pages in these two brand new, hard cover books.


* ‘Bandeet‘ by Tefke van Dijk and Nienke van Hunen. ‘Bandeet’ contains some real good culinary stories about bands on the road. Nienke is a wonderful chef and she has prepared many a meal at Doornroosje. Her neighbour Tefke is a journalist and she came up with the idea of interviewing artists with a focus on food on the road. Besides BBR, it features a.o. White Denim, Ron Sexsmith, Textures, Eefje de Visser and a LOT more. It also contains a lot of favorite recipes by featured artists, so this is really our cup of tea… uh, hot sauce! View the book digitally HERE and order your copy HERE.





* ‘Tof‘ by Frank Antonie van Alphen. Nowadays Nijmegen has a healthy and lively music scene, but ‘Tof’ proves that this has been a continuous force since the fifties. Journalist Van Alphen has spent the last few years interviewing a wide variety of artistic generations, which results in a book that is obviously well cared for. It features not only BBR, but also past bands of some of us, a lot of friends and a couple of artists that hit the charts big time. We never hid our love for Nijmegen City and ‘Tof’ proves here’s another way to appreciate what the Waalcity has to offer. Read more about it HERE.




Bandeet release with Mr Simon Snel

‘Bandeet’ release with f.l.t.r. writer Tefke, chef Nienke, Mr Simon Snel, Mr Textures and Mrs Eefje de Visser.