III: Indigo Blues review quotes
“Een enkele luisterbeurt is voldoende om ‘Indigo Blues’ stevig te omarmen. Hard of ingetogen, ‘Indigo Blues’ wordt vooral gedomineerd door bezieling.” Aardschok – 80/100.
“Misschien wel de beste southern rockband van Europa. [...] Niemand hoeft de band nog te leren om een publiek op te zwepen.” De Gitarist, review BBR @ Noorderslag ’14.
“Met III: Indigo Blues zijn de mannen wijzer geworden, grijzer en laten horen dat dit nu precies het geheime ingrediënt kan zijn van goed doorleefde muziek.” Rockportaal.
“Black Bottle Riot is op alle fronten stevig gegroeid, muzikaal, tekstueel, maar de band klinkt vooral veel doorleefder. Black Bottle Riot mag trots zijn op haar derde album, ‘III: Indigo Blues’ is een volwassen album van een zelfbewuste, zeer getalenteerde band.”Rockmuzine – 8/10, Album Van De Week.
“Op III: Indigo Blues komt Black Bottle Riot opvallend veelzijdig voor de dag. Hierdoor is de bluesy hardrock van het Nijmeegse kwartet spannender dan ooit.” De Gitarist.
“Wat de mannen op hun derde album laten horen is enerzijds vertrouwde southern rock in de lijn van Black Stone Cherry en Lynyrd Skynyrd, maar anderzijds is er ook een zeer interessante ambitieuze richting te bespeuren.” Never Mind The Hype.
More to follow!
The debut album (’11), Soul in Exile (’13) and III: Indigo Blues (’15) received a lot of praise by the written press. Click to view full articles by Plato Mania, Rootstime, Musicfrom.nl, Up Magazine, Lust For Life, De Gitarist, Wings of Death, 8Weekly, Roarezine, Festivalinfo, Lords of Metal. Always more to follow!
Black Bottle Riot played a lot of different stages. They rocked festivals like Down The Rabbit Hole, Zwarte Cross, Appelpop and Rockin’ Park, but BBR also loves to rock small blues clubs, juke joints and sweaty bars. Other highlights are shows at legendary Amsterdam club Paradiso, the immense Ziggo Dome, Heineken Music Hall and support shows for Pearl Jam, The Black Keys, Rival Sons, Black Stone Cherry and ZZ Top. BBR were also live guests at DWDD, December 5th 2013. A one minute claim to national television fame.
The three sold out release parties at 11/11/11, 25/10/2013 and 19/09/15 are other highlights, as well as the yearly tradition each December of BBR’s Home Party at a full packed Doornroosje.
Some Southern Insights
Written by ‘Big Ed’ Brimer, tourmanager of U.S. Southern Rock band Hydra back in the ’70s & dear friend of BBR:
Down in Nijmegen, the oldest city in The Netherlands, is where the action happens. This is not where you would expect to find one of Europe’s most talented new southern rock bands. It is, however, where you will find an atmospheric rehearsal space, imbued with the smell of stale cigarettes, hot vacuum tubes, and sweat. This is where Black Bottle Riot can be found, hard at work honing their craft.
BBR is a hard working assemblage of young Dutch musicians; a band who, collectively, were raised on the blues, country, & classic rock music. Citing Lynyrd Skynyrd, Thin Lizzy and Black Sabbath as major influences, they’ve obviously taken their lessons to heart. Writing concise, punchy rock songs and displaying a “been there, done that” mentality, they exhibit a maturity that many far more experienced bands could learn from. Make no mistake about it – this band’s got the chops and they approach their music with a ferocious, wolfpack attitude. Whether playing in a small club, or at a large outdoor festival, they do not disappoint.
Featuring Simon Snel on vocals and guitar, Mike Sedee on slide & lead guitar, Jaap Van Den Berg on bass, and Mark Weerts on drums, they make a musical statement that is hard to ignore. These guys are the real deal, as their three albums convincingly prove. This is a band that is planning to be here for the long run, and I for one am not about to dispute them.
Click pic to enlarge. (c) Photography: Mike Nicolaassen 2016