During his last show in Rotown with Minor Alps (alongside Juliana Hatfield), Matthew Caws was visibly enjoying the intimacy and interconnection with his audience. On twitter, the Nada Surf-frontman subsequently reminisced some really good times he had at Rotown, Long Winters-frontman John Roderick seeing eye to eye. I guess you could say Caws's return to 010 was up in the air. This time around, Caws handpicked an even more intimate location: Lightvessel 11. Here, Caws's old favorites and new tunes will be stripped down to just their bare essence. Nada Surf claimed fame in the nineties with college hit "Popular", and ever since they've been quietly releasing some brilliant stuff, ranging from The Weight Is A Gift and, perhaps their finest overall record, The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy. Obviously, this is bound to be quite a remarkable evening of music. NOTE: this show will take place at Lightvessel V11 (Wijnhaven across 101).
As Andy Burrows claimed his fame as skinsman for Brit rock's curtained prodigal sons Razorlight, it became apparent he was more than just a utilitarian. In fact, he penned perhaps the band's biggest hit, America. Obviously, Burrows is way too adaptable to just be sitting behind the drum kit, most evident by a prolific modus operandi that brought two albums under his I Am Arrows-moniker, a stunning Christmas LP with Editors' Tom Smith and his full fledged solo-debut Company (2012). We're ecstatic to have the charismatic balladeer back here in Rotown, outlining this year with a wonderful new LP, Fall Together Again. This time around, Burrows drew heavily from quintessential pop music greats such as The Beatles, Beach Boys and Fleetwood Mac. Translated by Jasper Willems
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.
Enigmatic songstress Suus de Groot aka Sue The Night revels in sparsely orchestrated pop with a unique twist. A nocturnal creature at heart, nighttime is the right time for inspiration to hit home. The shimmering nature of her music is most evident in single Top Of Mind, recalling Kate Bush, Lykke Li and eighties-era Fleetwood Mac, yet we can't help but feel this is just the tip of the iceberg. Especially considering the all-star cast of musicians contributing to her pending debut LP Mosaic, slated for release in January. Bombay Show Pig, Frank "BINKBEATS" Wienk, Thijs van der Klugt (Baskerville) and Pascal Deweze (Sukilove, Broken Glass Heroes) have helped shape this record. One of the more intriguing prospects of 2015, for sure! Translated by Jasper Willems
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!
Three years ago at the Into The Great Wide Open festival, Palio Superspeed Donkey broke out of obscurity with an amazing performance that won the hearts of anyone lucky enough to witness it. The ten fourteen-year-olds completely shook the venue out of its foundations with their infectious Arctic Monkeys-styled indie pop. Nowadays, the Palios have found their creative footing, taking a necessary two-year break to become more self-aware and mature as musicians and songwriters. Their newly found virtue is on full display with their long-awaited debut LP A Funny Sunrise set to release early 2015.The band hinted at drawing more from an American-European styled guitar sound, now less concerned with emulating today's British rock luminaries. It'll be quite exciting to see how far they've progressed as a unit as they are set to play Rotown. I mean, Palio has proven they can pull an exhilarating show, and we highly doubt they've regressed on that front. This will be a riot! Translated by Jasper Willems
Whether it's jazz, gospel, blues, folk or rock-n-roll, the US still clings very much to rich traditions within modern music and its subcultures. We do love purists who carry these traditions over to new generations, like our hero Pokey LaFarge. Equally impressive are those artists who subvert old paradigms into a fresh overhaul, creating exciting original music. The Dustbowl Revival are the epitome of that, a group of young musicians who reinterpret pretty much every aspect of American music in vibrant forward-thinking manner. The result is something to behold: a melting pot of musical styles, breaking all boundaries with a myriad of sounds and instruments. The Dustbowl Revival cleverly package these elements into songs that will surely put a smile on your face. And to think it started with a simple Craigslist-message sent by founder, guitarist and singer Z. Lupetin. Translated by Jasper Willems