garage punk rock. Doesn’t the description alone sound awesome. We chatted with them before their show at Washington D.C.’s DC9.
What was the first gig you ever went to?
Jan:My first great music experience was the Pukkelpop festival in Belgium. Loads of bands on 8 different stages and on one of those stages, the Marquee, I saw the New Zealand band ‘The Datsuns’ playing. That gig is still one of my favorites, it just blew me away and made me start playing the guitar.
Dries: The first gig I went to was also at the Pukkelpop festival in Belgium. The headliner that day was Limp Bizkit. Their show was great. loud and tight! Also Sum 41 was playing that day, but I was a bigger fan back then:).
What is the best gig that you ever played/performed at?
Jan: That’s probably on that same festival but in a different tent. We played the Pukkelpop festival 4 or 5 times already, and it always is a highlight in our touring schedule. In 2009 we played in the Club which is a relatively small stage on the festival. We knew it would be way too small, but chose to play there anyway, and that’s why the crowd was so extremely excited. 2000 people inside, sweating as hell, and probably another 3 or 4000 people outside trying to get closer to the stage or enjoying the show from outside on the big screens. Amazing gig.
Dries: Rock en Seine a festival in france two years ago. It was our first big festival in France and that show was just amazing! So many people were there, all dancing and having fun. And when the crowd likes it, we’re giving them as much energy as we have!
What is the best gig you have ever been to?
Jan: The Kills at the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels. They came to Brussels twice that year. I don’t remember the exact year but it was when they were just about to release their No Wow records. They played a try out show at the Club, which only holds about 200 people. Great show but super short, they only played for about 40 minutes on that show. A couple of months later they hit the main hall for 2000 people and that show was extraordinary! I love the inner aggression in their music, and the way they bring that on stage. Yelling at each other like they’re in a big fight, haha, I love it.
Dries: The White Stripes in Brussels. I always been a big fan of Jack White. The way he came on stage on that show was pretty cool. Taking polaroid pictures of his piano and the stage and throwing them into the crowd, good idea! The way they are playing together is so natural, no setlist. That’s how it should be!
Gig you would most like to play?
Jan: Probably one of the big festivals like Coachella or Lollapalooza yes. We played Bonnaroo last year and that was so much fun. Can’t wait to hit another festival like that!
Dries: Oh yes, Bonnarroo was a lot of fun! It would be amazing to play there again in the evening on a major stage!
What would be the lineup for your dream gig?
Jan: I would get us on the bill at the 9.30 in Washington, DC. We played there with Beady Eye in December of 2011 and that audience was one of my favorites. Together with us on the bill, uhmm, there’s just too much choice. Let’s say Kasabian, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Kills and the Rolling Stones when they were in their twenties. Haha!
Dries: That would be us as headliner;), The Dead Weather, Neil Young, Yeah Yeah Yeah’s and Black Mountain. The Wiltern In Los Angeles would be the perfect venue!
Catch Black Box Revelation at DC9, Washington, D.C…