I do love new musical initiatives. A few years ago the church in Borger was transformed into a concert-stage which has earned it’s place in many a bands agenda, a few years before that some friends organized houseconcerts in Groningen, which eventually grew to concerts in the synagogue and a four night programming at Groningen’s Noorderzon festival, I’ve seen the birth of the German Static Roots Festival and now a few friends and colleagues of mine have decided to organise several concerts in the community house Poortershoes in Groningen starting with Black Bottle Riot. To kick things off at full steam!
I am -especially in hindsight- a bit embarrassed to admit I haven’t seen Black Bottle Riot before. I’ve heard the name in passing here and there, but until last Sunday I had not seen the band perform and that’s a shame because the band was absolutely awesome and is from the Netherlands!
The organisation of the event is terrific. There’s a local beer-brewer for some special beers, there’s wines, lots of other drinks and good food. And there’s enough room for the people to enter and chat. I do a quick check of the light-setup and although it seems a bit dark at first it turns out there’s enough light for me to work with.
The concert is divided in two sets. Black Bottle Riot isn’t a quiet band, they play LOUD! Jokingly they ask if the police has already raided the place after the first song, but a set of earplugs isn’t a bad idea.
They play loads of songs of their previous albums and add some songs of their almost to be released new album. It’s one rocker after another. The band is really, really good. Terrific rhythms with howling guitar solos. The two guitars harmonising also sounds superb.
Musically there’s a lot of heavy southern rock! Here and there I was reminded of Clutch but overall Black Bottle Riot is it’s own band and their songs rock hard, just as it ought to be. The only ‘cover’ I could discover in the set was by adding a bit of Fleetwood Mac’s The Chain to one of their songs allowing the bassist to shine and I don’t think anyone in the room missed that :D Fantastic gig, really can’t say it any other way.
For how there are 5 more concerts in this series to be seen in Poortershoes, you can check the acts and dates here. There’s local beers, good wines and food and great music to boot, a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon!
And as for Black Bottle Riot… They’ll play in De Witte Bal in Assen on December first, so there’s a great opportunity to see them again soon.
Many many thanks to Bas and Jellie and also to the band. It was a superb afternoon and I hope there are many concerts to follow!
As I just received my new iPhone XS, I had to try the camera/video too, so here are two videos:
Black Bottle Riot – Spirit Talker
Black Bottle Riot song 2