Belgium has quite a rep to live up to when it comes to top tier desert rock. Millionaire, Eagles of Death Metal (both bands enjoyed the services of Tim Van Hamel)... oh, right, some group going by the name of Triggerfinger, have pretty much validated this. In their decade-long existence, Ghent-based trio Wallace Vanborn haven't just joined this canon.. They have proven to be one of the stoner rocks most important stalwarts, pushing the genre to new exciting boundaries. Their latest LP The Orb We Absorb a not only thrives on mammoth riffs, but deceptively entrench glam rock, prog and psychedelica into their forward thinking paradigm. The album was helmed by none other than Masters Of Reality-legend Chris Goss. If there is one human being on this planet who can explain why Wallace Vanborn is a must-see live act, it's this guy: "Take QOTSA quality riffage, but 10 x weight, add swinging crazy drums and monster ass bass and you might have something like Wallace Vanborn.” You goddamn right.
Boston-based folk-pop foursome Guster have been around since 1991. While the band remains relatively unknown in The Netherlands, they'e been a mainstay back home. 2003's Keep It Together actually became a modest mainstream success, cracking the US Top 40. Besides their penchant for deft and charming pop melancholy, they posses a good sense of humor. To combat piracy of Keep It Together, they replaced the vocals with cat meowing on every illegal copy. Another peculiar thing about Guster is their leniency towards bootleggers, fortifying their cult status and endearing them to the hometaping community. A special kind of band indeed, who pretty much maintain their own unique modus operandi through and through. In any case, if it's simply about listening to wonderfully buoyant pop music, Rotown's the place to be tonight!