Black Box Revelation – Live At Best Kept Secret – 2016 – Past Daily Soundbooth: Rock Without Borders
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Belgium’s own Black Box Revelation, or BBR as they are now referring to themselves – live during the 2016 Best Kept Secret Festival in The Netherlands, recorded and broadcast by VPRO, the Dutch Public station.
Jan Paternoster and Dries Van Dijck, two friends from Dilbeek, started playing together (with Jan’s brother Tim Paternoster as vocalist and Christoph Marquez on second guitar) as “The Mighty Generators”, at the respective ages of 12 and 14 years old. It was during this period that the two of them started jamming together as well. These jam sessions would lay the foundation to their new group: Black Box Revelation.
In 2006 they arrived second, The Hickey Underworld took the first spot, in Belgium’s influential Humo’s Rock Rally contest. The Mighty Generators made it to the quarter-finals.
The New York Times wrote: “Every so often they strip the music down to something slow and bluesy. But the Black Box Revelation isn’t purely retro. They are just as happy with a drum-machine beat and a heap of overdubbed percussion, as long as the music makes its happy, trashy crash.”
Combining Beatles-meets-Kinks British invasion pop with haunting melodies, pounding blues, thick ambience and driving beats, Black Box Revelation plot their foreign invasion. In Europe they toured with dEUS, Ghinzu, General Fiasco, The Raveonettes, Eagles Of Death Metal, Iggy Pop and others. They played multiple times at festivals such as Rock Werchter, Pukkelpop, Pinkpop, Sziget Festival and Rock en Seine.
In June 2008, the BBR started their first tour in the United States. They performed gigs in San Diego, West Hollywood and New York City.
Since then they played a couple of times at SXSW and they toured through the United States in June 2011 with the Meat Puppets, played at Bonnaroo Music Festival, on tour with The Morning After Girls (Sept 19 – Oct 18, 2011) and on tour with Meat Puppets from November 6 to November 13, 2011.
They have released four albums so far: Set Your Head On Fire (2007), Silver Threats (2010), My Perception (2011) (recorded in LA at Alain Johannes—Queens of the Stone Age, Cris Cornell, Them Crooked Vultures), and Highway Cruiser (2015). In 2018 they released their fifth album.
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