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.
WE CAN’T WAIT TO HIT THE STUDIO!!!
Cheers y’all. BBR
BBR opened the festival season with a BANG at Paaspop, Schijndel! Thanx for the great response at Bart’s THUNDERBOLT stage. We’re in this together, folks. Let’s enjoy the ride.
These pics are shot by De Koen Rutten. More over here!
Last week we played our first two shows in almost two months – Noorderslag was the last before our break – and it was great. Thanx to the stages Tivoli (Utrecht) and Luxor Live (Arnhem) and our fellas in Black Stone Cherry, Shaking Godspeed and Texas Radio! And of course to the good folks we met at the shows – especially the ones we hung out with at BOTH shows!
Looking forward to hit the road again. Next week we’ll visit Kroepoekfabiek (Vlaardingen) and the almighty Plufest in our hometown. This last one is very special for us. Read over here why.
Here are some pics of last week. Smokin’ Tivoli Oudegracht while we can!
New tour coming up! We joined hands with two lowdown and dirty bands… We’ll get in the van with the insane Shaking Godspeed (new album coming up!) and gutbucket groovers Texas Radio (bluesy organ and slide stuff!) just to make sure you all will waste your hard earned cash on some beers and gutsy merch. Check this poster and our agenda for dates. Hangover with a huge strap-on included.
A lot of you came out to the Southern Tibute shows we participated in, so thank YOU for your presence and ambiance! We had a great time paying hommage to the greats of Lynyrd Skynyrd (January 23rd and 24th) and The Allman Brothers Band (February 6th). As for now, these are the only dates we did these tribute shows.
A great deal of the fun was the line-up of both tributes, which allowed us to work together with some great musicians and personalities. The Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute consisted of Mark from Dead Man’s Curse on vocals, Mike & the Mellotones’ Lorenzo on drums and Marike Jager’s HJ. Together with BBR’s Jaap on bass, Simon and Mike on guitar they played a good 70 minutes of Skynyrd classics. Freeeeeeeeeeeebird!
The Allman Brothers Band Tribute was centered around De Staat’s Vedran on guitar. He choose his bandmate Tim and Drive Like Maria’s Bram on drums, DeWolff’s Pablo and Robin on guitars and organ, Soylent Green’s Marco on vocals and BBR’s Mike on bass. Luckily enough there was a cunning man who brought his video camera to the show (thank you, Paul!). Especially for those that missed out on this great night.
Here’s the FULL show on YouTube. Turn it up and ENJOY!
Thanx folks! We had a great time partying with you all at Noorderslag!
We only had 45 minutes to do our thing, but we experienced a great vibe of people that sang along (ha! some knew the words better than Mr Simon), clapped their hands and drank a beer or two. It felt like home from the first chord we struck. See here for some cool visuals at Cutting Edge. More footage later this week!
We couldn’t have thought of a better way to start 2014. We see our agendas filling up nicely for the upcoming months, so soon enough we’ll have more news about that.
And let’s not forget: contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book BBR!
BBR @ Noorderslag 2014. Pic by Wouter Kamphuis.
BBR @ Noorderslag 2014. Pic by Wouter Kamphuis.
Hello out there friends,
Although we planned on blocking gig offers this January and February, we couldn’t say no to the ES/NS fest. We played Eurosonic January 2012 and it was a total blast. Now we’re invited to demolish the Oosterpoort upcoming Saturday and of course we hope to see you there! Make sure to come and drink a cold one with us if you’re there.
Looking back on 2013, we can say it was a great, busy year – hence the gig block for January and February – in which BBR made some real progress. Now let’s see… We recorded and released Soul In Exile (thanx Sven Lens, Wytse Sterk and all those at the sold out Doornroosje venue), found a new booking agency (email@example.com), were featured in two books (Tof! and Bandeet), did a cool Cortonville tour with friends Gingerpig and Tenement Kids, played DWDD on December 5th and – last but certainly not least, hell yeah – we brewed our own BBR beer!
Now let’s make 2014 an even better year! Come and join the party at Noorderslag! If not, we’re looking forward to see y’all later this year. Some good stuff coming up!
Peace out – Simon, Jaap, Pieter, Mike
CHEERS TO A GREAT 2014!
Two live tracks from the Cortoville Presents tour with Tenement Kids and Gingerpig, November-December 2013. Thanks to the wonderful crew at W2 for shooting these vids. It was the third gig BBR played at W2 and we’re looking forward to the next one!
Affordable merch price tags have been one of our main focus points since we started out. To close off this year and start the new one in style we have this merch package offer for all Dutch orders: choose a shirt + choose a CD + 7″ + shipping costs = just 20 euros. Send your order to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll hook you up!
More info on sale items can be viewed in our shop.
Dutch orders only
Mark Tuesday 24th June 2014 in your agendas, friends. We’ll be rolling with the Big Dogs of ZZ TOP!
Ticket sales starts today over HERE. Get ‘em while you can. Last two shows of ZZ Top at HMH were totally sold out.
Many thanx to the wonderful production crew of DWDD last night! We sure had a blast!
Let it be known to the organizers of festivals, clubs and pubs: book Black Bottle Riot for 2014! Booking contact thru email@example.com.
Here are the full length vids:
SOUL IN EXILE
(With abrupt end because time was up. Hahahahilarious.)
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!
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 f.l.t.r. writer Tefke, chef Nienke, Mr Simon Snel, Mr Textures and Mrs Eefje de Visser.
Bring out the champagne!
Friends, we’re going to Groningen again! Two years ago we played at Eurosonic and now we received an invitation to do our thing at Noorderslag. This is the main conference and showcase festival for European music. Each year in January, Groningen is Europe’s #1 music capital for four days. These days include a music conference, the festivals Eurosonic and Noorderslag and several award ceremonies. Besides that, it’s known for being a good way to start the new year with your drinking buddies.
Make sure to get your tickets fast & mark January 18th in your calendar, ’cause this will be one hell of a party!
Dear friends, THANK YOU for one of the best nights we ever had! Our release party was an insane PARTY indeed, as well as a great way to start off our tour to bring Soul In Exile to you all.
Around 8 p.m. we got the word that the last ticket had been sold. We worked our asses off to promote our release party and we’re very thankful that our fans showed up from all over the place – we spoke folks all the way from Groningen, Assen, Amsterdam, Germany, Eindhoven, Heerlen, Goes and Antwerpen. Plus – last, but certainly not least – all the lovely friends from the wider area of our beloved hometown of Nijmegen, obviously.
After a great 40 minute set by our friends of The Heat, the crowd was pumped up real good. We knew this quartet would be up for the task of revoking some atmospheres from the great days of rock, influenced by the likes of Peter Green and Canned Heat. Keep those killer boogie riffs comin’ and good luck recording your new lowdown grooves this December with mister Xavier T.
We always do our best to show our fans we care a lot about them. Last night was no exception. For instance, we brewed our own Black Bottle Riot beer exclusively for this night. One tasty drink for sure : a double beer, full taste, 7%. Those present sure as hell did their best to down the other brewskis as well, resulting in Doornroosje having sold out bottled Hertog Jan beers before we even struck our first chord. A new record. The lovely people of Pie In The Sky provided each and every visitor with a free pie to go with the drinks, so remember that name when you feel an appetite coming up. They deserve it.
Pic by Willie Kerkhof
When we entered stage just past half ten, the ambience couldn’t have been better. It felt like we melted together with the crowd. Well, maybe we really did. Our dedicated female backing vocalists Floor & Tatum added warmth, soul and scope to our songs. Two angels by our side. After a dynamic set of 100+ minutes we were in a mixed state of euphoria, gratitude, pride and relief. Don Gio and Don Dus revved it up with a raunchy set of ghetto funk, causing masses of feet shufflin’ around. Hot on the one! You guys and gals took a shitload of merchandise with you on the way out, which we really appreciate. We’ll update our brand new website with pics of the new merchandise as soon as possible, so you can see what we have instore as well. Interested? Send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org and wear it with pride.
After Doornroosje wiped the last visitors out, a lot of you came down to our late night home base: NDRGRND. There the gang continued and concluded this wonderful night with waaaaaay too much liquor shots. Luckily we flushed it down with some BBR beer, as we yelled in each other’s ears that the DJ was the BOMB. It’s not entirely possible to recollect how we found our way home, but apperently we did. We hope all of you did as well, in good health and ditto mood.
So… THANK YOU, beerdrinkers & hellraisers! See you on the road!
X – Simon, Mike, Jaap & Pieter
P.S. Go HERE for some pics by our good friend Mike Nicolaassen.
Here it is, the first single of our new album! SOUL IN EXILE. Release party is set at Doornroosje, Nijmegen, for 25th of October. Be sure to get your tickets fast on doornroosje.nl.
Of course, the single can also be found at:
Make sure you know the words at the 25th!
Love – Simon, Jaap, Pieter, Mike
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