Black Leather Jacket
bookings Bjorn | Ampersand Music
press Tony | Mayway Records
Black Leather Jacket is
Alexander van der Wallen (24 vocals bass) Mathijs van der Wallen (22 drums backing vocals) Nicolas D'Exelle (24 guitars backing vocals)
garage punk rock 'n' roll psychedelica
for fans of
The Hives Ty Segall The Vaccines Black Sabbath Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
single 'Village People'
Studio Brussel: high rotation / #3 in De Afrekening (2019)
3FM Alternative (NL): high rotation incl. 2 weeks 'Stress' rotation (2019)
'Western World' 10 May 2019
'Tranquillizer' 15 November 2019
finalist De Nieuwe Lichting 2017
Trix - Antwerp 2019 / support Bass Drum of Death
Botanique - Brussels 2019 / support The Sore Losers
The Life I Live Festival - Den Haag (NL) 2019
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.
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.
First single 'Village People' promptly ended up on Studio Brussel’s playlist and entered 'De Afrekening' hitlist in its first week, heading all the way up towards #3!