Black Leather Jacket
Guitars! Garage! Rock 'n' Roll!
Do you take your rock ‘n’ roll pure and undiluted?
Then the Antwerp trio BLACK LEATHER JACKET is your poison.
Distorted guitars, pumping bass lines and wrist-fracturing drums, but above all wonderful tracks that readily refer to such personal heroes as Ty Segall, The Hives, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Black Sabbath.
In 2017 ‘Troublemaker’ makes it into the finals of De Nieuwe Lichting on radio station Studio Brussel.
This is followed by a period of unrelenting touring during which every youth centre, small venue and festival in the country are razed to the ground.
In 2018 the trio holes up in the GAM Studios to record their full-length debut
and the result is nothing short of spectacular: the band has clearly abandoned the beaten path of Flemish polder rock and is developing an individual, internationally oriented sound: a mixture of unadulterated garage rock, punk and rock ‘n’ roll; feisty and in-your-face but at the same time layered and intelligent.
Turn that volume dial to 11 and blast 'Village People' through your speakers - you'll be pumping your fist in the air in no time, as you rearrange the living room furniture.
'Village People' ended promptly up on Studio Brussel’s playlist and entered 'De Afrekening' hitlist in its first week.
On top of this the lads from BLJ also exhibit influences from other, less obvious genres such as psychedelics and even a whiff of prog rock.
It’s their versatility that puts Black Leather Jacket on the shortlist for biggest sensation of 2019: wonderful, groovy and low-down rock singles alternate with ambitious, top-notch album tracks: a winning combination.