Black Box Revelation

Fri, 19. 9. 2008 - 19:30
Palac Akropolis

Totally "fresh" rock-sensation

THE BLACK BOX REVELATION are a totally “fresh” rock-sensation indeed, but duo Jan (songs, guitars & voice) & Dries (drums) are “old souls” too, with roots in the blues and the sixties. The two friends from Brussels started playing together as “The Mighty Generators” when they were only 12 and 14 years old, kicked out their bass player, became The Black Box Revelation and soon arrived second in Belgium’s big “Rock Rally” contest in 2006. The EP “Introducing the Black Box Revelation”, released in the spring of 2007 and supported by a great & funny videoclip for “Kill For Peace (And Peace Will Die)”, resulted in lots of small club-gigs with the band continuously getting meaner and better, which climaxed in invitations for the big open-air festivals of Dour and Pukkelpop during the summer of 2007.

Jan & Dries then started recording their debut-album “Set Your Head On Fire”, produced by Triggerfinger drummer Mario Goossens, mixed in LA by Greg Gordon (Wolfmother, Jet, Soulwax) and mastered in NYC by Fred Kevorkian (Iggy Pop, U2, White Stripes). In their home-territory of Belgium, the press unanimously loved the album, with the first single “I Think I Like You” rapidly climbing to the top of the radio-charts and peaking at, followed by “Gravity Blues” reaching #1 on the rock-radio-charts mid-April 2008. The album became “CD of the week” on national rock-radio 3FM in Holland, The New York Times compared singer Jan Paternoster with Iggy Pop and Mick Jagger and US College Radio loves the album. On stage The Black Box Revelation is a runaway train, combining the best ingredients of idols like Led Zeppelin, The Datsuns, The Rolling Stones, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and The Stooges. The Black Box Revelation support dEUS on their European tour in April and May and will travel to the USA for a club-tour in June before opening the main stage @ “the best festival in the world” Rock Werchter in front of 60.000 people early July.

Black Box Revelation take no prisoners, whip up a rock storm with riffs that would put most 18 year-olds guitarists to shame while the drummer lays down a beat that would knock most 16 year-olds sideways.

Listening to “Never Alone/Always Together” you get the feeling you’re back in the heady Jagger and Richards’ days of the raunchy cocaine blues on ‘Exile’ that grabbed you where it hurt. Great work!

Loud and sweetly anachronistic

In spite of the sparse line-up the guitar and drums create a wall of sound that many larger bands still wouldn’t know how to emulate.

This young duo seem to have garage blues/rock in their veins.

They’re starting to shout from the rooftops that they’re the new Flemish rock sensation par excellence. Cautious and just a weenie bit sceptical as we are, we didn’t buy our ticket for this train (yet). After listening to the album, we rushed out and bought a season ticket.

It’s amazing how, from the first note right up to the last, a mind-blowing fifty minutes later, two young rock ‘n roll stallions can create such a sound – we’re sold.

In two years, the two guys of Black Box Revelation brought out two promising releases of what they can do. We can’t wait to find out what they’ll be turning out when they’ve twenty-five… hats off to these guys!

Jan Paternoster (18) and Dries Van Dijck (16) have the future.

“Set Your Head On Fire” is such a blistering song that you can’t help feeling these guys were born too late… A number like this should be up there with the invention of hot water, yet even now, in 2007, they and their music are making a very relevant contribution to rock ‘n roll.

Discovered in the fall and more than fulfilling expectations… highly inflammable and got to be heard to be believed!

Revelation ****