Dear friends! We’re so glad 2018 is here and we hope you had a nice start of the new year, together with some good folks and a drink or two. We sure did at Royal in Mill last Saturday, where a lot of you showed up and welcomed 2018 with an old school night of 2 hours of our take on R’N'R.
A week earlier we said goodbye to 2017 in a proper way, in a sold out Doornroosje with YOU. What a night. We tested a bunch of new songs, which we are about to record in the studio next month. The tour in Spain last October was also very helpfull to test those new songs and we are proud to have had the opportunity to let them hear on Doornroosje to our loyal wolfpack of fans and friends. Thank YOU for a memorable night – and a big thank you to the great supporting bands Grim Tim and The Cowpokes, the nice ladies of Naaistreek that embroidered our new patches on your clothing on the spot and of course all the good folks at Doornroosje!!
Some of you sent us messages to ask what’s up with the delay of the fourth album and we highly appreciate your involvement with us. Sorry that we didn’t communicate about this earlier, but we were not sitting on our hands in the meantime. When you hit the studio with a rockband, anything can happen. We planned on recording our new album last April, but we felt we could get more out of our songs if we took more time to jam and see where it could take us. Now it’s almost 10 months later and we sure as hell are ready to record that album. So HELLO 2018! We’re anxious to share our brand new originals and you can expect to hear more from us on that matter soon enough.
Simon giving away a nice Jack Daniel’s guitar at Doornroosje last week. Yeah, anything can happen at a BBR show! Pic by the lovely Marscha van Druuten.
Together with YOU we had one hell of a great night at Doornroosje 28th December, which was the last of our Indigo Blues Tour. The supports The Liquid Machine and The Fuel gave it their best – thanx guys! Our last-of-the-year-celebration gig was a short one for us (just over 80 minutes), but we managed to include 3 new originals. Thank you for such an enthusiastic response – simply WOW! More pics over here.
Since we are currently writing our next album, we will not play any shows before we come out of the studio. We need to focus and we want to make it another piece of music we can be proud of. Our current planning is that we will be available for gigs in May or June 2017. Till then!
Dear friends, we’re very pleased to let you know that Black Bottle Riot is back on the road after 4 months. In the meantime we’ve been jamming, rehearsing and writing with our new drummer Mark Weerts. This is the only line-up change we’ve gone thru since our take off in 2008. We’ve known Mark for quite some years now. Mark was already a longtime regular in our touring van, whether he filled in for Pieter on drums, drank our backstage beers and whiskey, cut some backing vocals on studio albums, or appeared in video clips (check this one, back in 2011!). It feels as if he was some sort of a band member already, just as we feel our crew is too.
fltr: Mike, Simon, Mark & Jaap.
But nonetheless this feels somewhat like starting a new band, because the chemistry within the band is totally different than before. We knew this was coming; when a wolfpack loses one member, there’s no going back to the old ways and days. All is new. And change can be a good thing.
We feel very blessed to come out of this with a line-up that’s very promising and endurable. Make sure you join the vibe and come to a gig. Black Bottle Riot will not play a ton of shows this summer, so grab your chance when it’s there. We’ve always been in it for the long run: not for hypes, quick success and/or instant gratification. Don’t rush it, but don’t lay back either. Good work needs time.
Can you spot Mark in this band & crew pic? You might recognize the pic from the cd version of ‘III: Indigo Blues’. [click to enlarge]
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).
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!”
We struck upon many beautiful sceneries when we crossed Spain last week, so we decided to catch some of the desert on film. We also brought a small field recorder and played an acoustic rendition of ‘Around The Sun’. It felt like the right time and the right place. Enjoy.
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.
Our 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
Thank you all for the massive response we received at the Teddy Widder stage at Down The Rabbit Hole 2015. We played some new tracks as well and you all ate it like hungry lions. An excellent way to round up before the summer break, as this was the last gig we did before preparing our release tour. More info on that later this week!
We have moved on in the last nine days. Without light, fresh air and a social life – but with something to smoke, drink and burn. We’ve emptied our system. It turned out a bit darker than you’ve heared before from us. We knew we wrote some heavy songs, but now we had to do them just and record them with the intensity they deserve. No compromises. This is where the dark soul lives.
It came out heavy and intense. Like the day coming down, putting out the last lights that embraced your presence. You’re cast aside, fighting a high tide. You’re in the dark and you have to make it till dawn. In solitude. Time & time again you thought there is a light out there, but it fell through. And again and again. What’s up with all that? Is it the devil on your shoulder? Aren’t we all trying to go around the sun and back? Aren’t we all sinners, trying to be better men and women despite the odds? Aren’t we all eventually becoming one with the dust?
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.