December 12, 2013
by Tjeerd van Erve
Up for some mighty fine Dutch dream pop and Belgian indie rock? Then you better get on the train to Tilburg next Thursday and end up in Hall Of Fame. The Belgian trio Believo! came with a surprisingly strong indie rock jewel last year. Building further upon the cultural heritage of bands such as Hüsker Dü, Unwound, SeBaDoh or Sonic Youth, Hard To Find is a record which matches the threesome with the big (because not Dutch or Belgian) names from the late indie rock revival Japandroids,The Men, METZ or Cloud Nothings.
Bands who follow this heritage make it their own and bring it to a new sweaty level. Or at least, that’s how we experienced it when we were balling our fists at the first row, shouting along with the aforementioned American and Canadian heavyweights.
These Belgians have that same raw power, energy and knack for pop hooks. Live reviews indicate they’re able to deliver that same glory on stage. One of those bands that people worldwide would lovingly cherish if they’d be on Sub Pop or Sacred Bones. But they are not. Believo! is signed to Belgian quality label Zeal Records, which also brought us Raketkanon, Isbells or Kiss The Anus Of Black Cat. That alone should be reason to leave the warm security of your house.
But…that’s not all! To begin the evening, you’ll be treated on some fine shoe gazer-ish dream pop by Shadowpeak, a sound overlapping between Stereolab, Medicine and My Bloody Valentine. The Utrecht-based group tries to find the darker spots in a wall of sound. Though not yet as refined in their sound as Believo!, their self titled debut EP has that devastating temptation and tempting devastation to it that we seek to find in shoe gaze music. A band to keep an eye on who – with a bit more originality – could grow out to become one of the finer underground ensembles of our flatlands.
Hall Of Fame gave Luifabriek 3X2 tickets to give away. The first three nuts to react will be the lucky ones.
Quick, quick, quick.