Last Friday, I drove with a couple of friends just across the border to a place called La Boîte à Musiques (Wattrelot, France). Firstly, STINKY LOU AND THE GOON MAT WITH LORD BENARDO entered the stage and played a very cool, hard-rocking blues set. It was the third time that I witnessed this lively trio on stage and they still remain my current favorite Belgian live act. Juke joint blues like it’s meant to be played: raw & savage! Their debut album on Voodoo Rhythm doesn’t do them justice and I think they should better have released a live album because that’s where the real action is. Like I said before: don’t miss this ultra-exciting live band if you have the opportunity!
I had never really cared about BLACK DIAMOND HEAVIES but because some people had told me that their recent live show at the 4AD club was absolutely stunning, I certainly wanted to see for myself what all the fuss was about. The reason why I used to be biased towards BLACK DIAMOND HEAVIES is that the band name always reminded me of trendy-ass bands like the BRAND NEW HEAVIES. Mea culpa, because the BRAND NEW HEAVIES - oops, BLACK DIAMOND HEAVIES turned out to be the ultimate live band! Imagine 2 guys: one incredibly talented drummer and a maniacal but very soulful singer/organist. They kick off with a hard-stompin’ version of “Nutbush City Limits” and you immediately realize you’re in for something very special! Rock music without guitars?!?? Well, I must admit that the organ sometimes sounded like it hid 5 guitars inside! The two-man band rocked their asses off and fused blues, soul & rock in a very majestic way. Without a doubt one of the most intense shows I’ve seen in recent years so please go check out the band if you have the chance. BRAND NEW H… damnit! BLACK DIAMOND HEAVIES RULE!!!