Friday, May 11, 2012

Black Box Revelation U.S. debut album date set

I caught the band live last December with Beady Eye and was very impressed. I look forward to hearing the new material. Read more below...
Belgian duo Black Box Revelation - Jan Paternoster and Dries Van Dijck - already have two gritty guitar-rock albums to their credit in Europe, but on June 12, they'll release U.S. album debut, My Perception.
Kicking off their U.S. tour in mid-May with East Coast dates, Black Box Revelation will make their Bonnaroo debut on June 10 and appear on Late Night with David Letterman the next day.

My Perception was produced by Alain Johannes (Queens of the Stone Age, Chris Cornell, Them Crooked Vultures) in L.A. The resulting batch of songs are brash, streetwise and full of attitude, but show a new maturity and confidence. They reference R&B-inflected garage rock and gut-bucket, electric delta blues evocative of Led Zeppelin by way of The White Stripes, The Black Keys and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

"The vibe is there, and you can hear that they're not created in a clean studio with no real atmosphere," says Jan about recording with Johannes. "It's all about playing songs and that good, pure groove."

"We're showing a progression," agrees Dries, who cites drumming influences like Keith Moon, John Bonham and Dave Grohl. "Our influences are still in there, but it sounds like something new."

While building up a fan base in Europe by touring with Eagles of Death Metal as well as their own headlining shows, the band has played shows in the States with Jane's Addiction. 
Jan says their tastes started with Nirvana, which led them to early Stones and Kinks, then back again to those band's inspirations, Howlin' Wolf and Elmore James. With his drawled vocals, Jan sounds eerily like a young Mick Jagger circa mid-'60s, just beginning to express himself like his own influences.

"That's the period of the Stones we like," he says. "It sounds like they're having fun while playing, and that's what it's about for us. Especially with all these electronic bands using computers. We want to keep it pure. It doesn't matter if we make mistakes as long as the vibe and atmosphere is great."
Tour Dates:

May 17, 2012 Teaneck, NJ - Mexicali Café
May 18, 2012 New Haven, CT - Toad's Place
May 20, 2012 New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
May 22, 2012 Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
May 23, 2012 New Orleans, LA - House Of Blues
May 26, 2012 Atlanta, GA - Vinyle
May 27, 2012 Columbus, OH - The Basement
May 28, 2012 Indianapolis, IN - Melody Inn
May 30, 2012 Chicago, IL - Double Door
May 31, 2012 Detroit, MI - Shelter
Jun 1, 2012 Grand Rapids, MI - Intersection Front Room
Jun 3, 2012 Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
Jun 10, 2012 Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo That Stage
Jun 11, 2012 New York, NY - Double Seven Club
Jun 12, 2012 Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl
Jul 4, 2012 Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest
Jul 28, 2012 Minneapolis, MN - Soundtown Festival

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