Dear Hearts “Old Shirts” EP

DEAR HEARTS from Belgium started playing together in 2009 and have released a few records but I’m only hearing about them now with these 4 new songs. Opening with a song untitled “Dear Hearts”, you can hear a strong Californian punk rock’n’roll influence in the band’s music. “Lost Boy” confirms this with guitars and choruses reminding of SOCIAL DISTORTION. “Old Shirts” goes more into the skate punk direction, but still with a healthy dose of rock’n’roll thrown in. Surprisingly enough, the band chose a MISFITS cover to close this EP, bringing some sun in this good old horror punk tune that resurfaced in the mid-90s. As if it wasn’t obvious by now, these guys love punk rock! This EP is only available as a digital release for now /Laurent C.

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Jenkinses “Langered” EP

The JENKINSES from Brussels, Belgium describe themselves as “the best kept secret in rock’n’roll”, and they might be right! The band formed in 2013 with former NERVOUS SHAKES members and have been through different line-ups before offering us this 5 song EP. Opening song “Down” bring the NEW YORK DOLLS and The SEX PISTOLS to mind,”No Shame” and “Cheesy Speech” have a bit of a HANGMEN meets GUN CLUB vibe, “That Was My House” could have been on a JOHNNY THUNDERS album, and “Such a Clown” is a great ’77 punk song in the vein of The PROFESSIONALS.
This is the kind of EP you should be listening to right now if you’re into good rock”n’roll! /Laurent C.

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Revenge 88 “Still Walking Under Neon Lights”

Rock’n roll time bomb, Stagebeast was to burn bright & fast releasing a hit single in ‘78 before ruining their EMI deal, not unlike the Sex Pistols, by wrecking their offices in Brussels on the very day they were to sign for a second 7inch.

Famous for their stage antics Stagebeast had been formed in Ostend by Dubbe & Willy Willy, the both of whom later went on as Revenge 88…So, by the time they started out fresh as Revenge, you’d think that the boys would have had learned their lesson.

Good managing could have made them the biggest Belgian rock band of its time, but fate would have it otherwise. You can’t harness a thunderstorm, & now joined by Danny Markey (ex-Stagebeast) and Luc Bollock, the guys kept on burning bridges until there was no bridge left to burn. Bad luck, poor decisions & self-sabotage tendencies, Revenge 88 took Belgium for the rock’n roll ride of a lifetime…always bathed in the glow of neon lights, at times reflected from the biggest stages, other times from the counter of the dirtiest dive-bars.

Released in 1981 on their own label, Revenge’s first single became another instant hit and ended up years later, just like its Stagebeast predecessor, on every Punk Rock hit compilation bootlegs.

1982 would see their second and final official single, though the band kept on playing successful shows until Willy relocated to Brussels in the late 80’s to join a few bands, including the Scabs.

Dubbe continued on fronting bands, releasing singles under different names until Revenge raised from its ashes with a new line up.

Through the years, Revenge might have been one of its own worst enemy, but if you ever visit Ostend & buy a couple beers to someone who was there, you’ll soon be hearing some of the greatest & most hilarious band life stories about these boys who truly were as “rock’n roll” as it gets. The loveable outsiders from the Belgian scene surely left quite an impression.

I was fortunate enough to see Revenge perform on several occasions in the early 2000’s. I remember, after a gig, waking up at Dubbe’s place appropriately called the batcave due to the vintage batman logos spray painted in the hallway. I looked up to see the wallpaper half ripped off from the walls, it looked like it had been hanging there since the 70’s. I grabbed a generic brand orange soda from the fridge, and joined Dubbe in his living room decorated with old flyers, posters & photos cheaply taped to the walls. A testimony for an entire life of ‘living It’. When it was time for me to split, he untapped one picture & presented it to me as a parting gift…Revenge 88 onstage, Dubbe pulling his pants off to show his bare ass. I’ll surely keep that photograph forever.

As for the music, it speaks for itself. If you are reading these lines, chances are that you already know. If not, then you are about to find out…some of the best Rock’n Roll ever recorded. And if Belgian Underground rock had had another name…it might as well have been Revenge 88.

So, play it loud. As loudly as these guys deserves to be played…Forever outsiders…and that’s also why we love(d) them. Forever Walkin’ under Neonlight…”

Thomas ‘thomaxe’ Goze

Available on Belgian Waffles Records:

Stagebeast “Belgium Ain’t Fun No More” reissue 7’’

2015 exact replica
500 Copies on black vinyl
10 numbered white label test pressing with b/w xerox sleeve

Revenge 88 “Neon Light” comp. 12’’

Tracks 1 to 4 are taken directly from original master tape.
Tracks 1 & 2 were released as “Alone” 7″ J.D.M. Records in 1981 (JDM2)
Tracks 3 & 5 were released as “Thousand years from you” 7″ J.D.M. Records in 1982 (JDM 3)
Track 4 “Babylon” is an unreleased song from the one and only master tape known and hopefully saved for your dirty ears!!!
Come with insert with photos and history by Stefaan Delarue and Thomas Goze.
Also availlable deluxe edition numbered to 50 copies

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The Backseat Angels “Saturday Night Shakes”

The BACKSEAT ANGELS, from Belgium aren’t famous yet, but when listening to their vintage sounding glammy powerpop, you can only admit that they do have good tastes in music. Opener “My Baby Wants To Brainwash My Mind” could have been a RAMONES song, while you’ll hear a bit of UNDERTONES in “Saturday Night” and in “Stupid Brats”, a bit of 60s garage in “Hard To Tame”/”This Is What I Get”, and even a slight rhythm & blues touch in “To Be a Better Man.”
Some strong 70s glam influences can also be heard in “Teenage Rock’n’Roller”, “Pick Up The Phone”, “Crazy Like a Fox”, or in “Peppermint Girl”, and we sure won’t complain about that!
This album is out on Rum Bar Records./Laurnet C.

The Ratboys “Cash, Gas And Trash”

The RATBOYS are not Mr. Ratboy’s new band, they come from Belgium and “Cash Gas and Trash” is their debut album.
These Boys love 77 punk rock’n’roll, 60s bubblegum power pop and they sometimes remind me of The BEAT ANGELS (“Bubblegum Attack”.) The RATBOYS understood that a catchy chorus is the most important thing when you play this kind of rock’n’roll and it’s quite easy to get songs like “Ratboy” or “Hollywood Summer” stuck in your head.!
The RAMONES can only be one of their big influences as well, but they don’t take the easy “cover band” road and the BUZZCOCKS also come to mind (“Never Get Enough”).!
The 60s rock’n’roll influence can especially be found in “Goin’ Back To School” or “The Things You’ve Done” as The RATBOYS are not afraid do dig into rock’n’roll history (“Tomorrow Is Gone” is another exemple of that.)!
Get your best looking pink and black outfit and dance to this!/Laurent C.http://www.myspace.com/theratboysrock