The Rhythm Junks

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The Rhythm Junks released two albums in a line-up with a horn section. For the new third album 'Beaten Borders' however, the band was reduced to a trio (vocals/harmonica/bass/drums). An unusual line-up resulting in a very particular sound. The band members are not quite rookies, they have been playing with numerous international artists like Milow, Selah Sue, Zap Mama, Little Axe, Eugene Chadbourne, El Fish, The Bony King of Nowhere, Bob Brozman, Garland Jeffreys, Toots Thielemans,... The Rhythm Junks have been touring in Japan, China, Kenya, Germany, Switzerland, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland, UK,...

Think about pickles when you try to understand The Rhythm Junks. They are the tasty combination of three vegetables one would not easily combine: gherkin, cauliflower and silver onion. Only when these three vegetables come together in this recipe, one will feel that the whole of this combination tastes better than the sum of its parts. The Rhythm Junks are much alike. The three band members differ quite a bit in musical background, but they create something that transcends the addition of their genes which are made out of jazz, pop, rock, funk, soul and blues. Three musicians, three generations, and yet looking in the same direction.

Moreover, their musical interplay is a gate into a world where everything is different. Behind that gate, the only sure thing is that there are no certitudes. In the world of The Rhythm Junks all of a sudden the jazz man can be the one pleading for more electronica or pop segments. In this world it is possible that the junior appears to have the oldest soul. It is a world where music is the lingua franca and where life is fed by groove and, indeed, rhythm.

The Rhythm Junks started off with Steven De bruyn and Tony Gyselinck. Together they took notice of the fact that Belgian artists who are making a difference outside of Belgium are the ones creating something original. This became the mission statement for The Rhythm Junks: an original mix lacking borders or genre classifications, but still having international allure and ambition. The Rhythm Junks explicitly never wanted to be a blues band, despite the harmonica. They are musical adventurers taking down all walls between musical genres, stone by stone. Beaten Borders, so to speak. This boundless ambition already brought The Rhythm Junks to China, Japan, Kenya, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, France, Poland, Italy and the UK.

For their third album Beaten Borders, The Rhythm Junks have stripped down to a trio. The horn section from the previous albums Virus B-23 (2004) and Pop Off (2007) was shelved in favour of an extremely wide space. Nevertheless, this didn’t lead to an urge to start filling everything up. On the contrary. The lighter parts were cut down and a general direction came up, focussing on the songs. The music consciously was kept more intimate, solo’s had to move out of the spotlights, the songs found the feeling of a musical daydream, and yet The Rhythm Junks keep off the beaten tracks. ‘Maybe Slowly’? Right about time… On Beaten Borders The Rhythm Junks succeeded to record an album with less, resulting in much more. This might as well be their best album so far.

Steven De bruyn – vocals, harmonica, slide guitar, omnichord
Jasper Hautekiet – bass, vocals, keys
Tony Gyselinck – drums, electronic percussion

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The Rhythm Junks released two albums in a line-up with a horn section. For the new third album 'Beaten Borders' however, the band was reduced to a trio (vocals/harmonica/bass/drums). An unusual line-up resulting in a very particular sound. The band members are not quite rookies, they have been playing with numerous international artists like Milow, Selah Sue, Zap Mama, Little Axe, Eugene Chadbourne, El Fish, The Bony King of Nowhere, Bob Brozman, Garland Jeffreys, Toots Thielemans,... The Rhythm Junks have been touring in Japan, China, Kenya, Germany, Switzerland, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland, UK,...

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Past Gigs The Rhythm Junks

  • 08 | 2014 RIJMENAM (BE) Rijmrock
  • 08 | 2014 OPWIJK (BE) Zomerhappening
  • 07 | 2014 GENT (BE) Boomtown
  • 07 | 2014 ANTWERPEN (BE) Sunshine Concerts
  • 06 | 2014 BRUSSEL (BE) AB (w/ Violent Femmes)
  • 05 | 2014 GENT (BE) Vooruit
  • 05 | 2014 GENT (BE) Groentemarkt
  • 04 | 2014 LUZERN (CH) Schüür (w/ Balthazar)
  • 04 | 2014 HALDERN (DE) Haldern Pop Bar
  • 04 | 2014 YVERDON-LES-BAINS (CH) L'Amalgame (w/ Balthazar)
  • 04 | 2014 ZÜRICH (CH) Kinski (w/ Balthazar)
  • 04 | 2014 MOOSBURG (DE) Jazzclub Hirsch
  • 04 | 2014 DRESDEN (DE) GrooveStation (w/ Triggerfinger)
  • 04 | 2014 KONSTANZ (DE) Kulturladen (w/ Triggerfinger)
  • 04 | 2014 KARLSRUHE (DE) Kohi
  • 04 | 2014 SAARBRÜCKEN (DE) Garage (w/ Triggerfinger)
  • 03 | 2014 NYON (CH) La Parenthèse
  • 03 | 2014 RORSCHACH (CH) Treppenhaus
  • 03 | 2014 ZÜRICH (CH) Bar Rossi
  • 03 | 2014 DETMOLD (DE) Kaiserkeller
  • 02 | 2014 NAIROBI (KEN) Michael Joseph Centre
  • 02 | 2014 NAIROBI (KEN) Safaricom International Jazz Festival
  • 01 | 2014 ASSEN (NL) De Witte Bal
  • 12 | 2013 NEERPELT (BE) Dommelhof
  • 12 | 2013 LEUVEN (BE) Het Depot
  • 12 | 2013 GENT (BE) Glimps Festival
  • 11 | 2013 AMSTERDAM (NL) De Brakke Grond
  • 11 | 2013 MAINZ (DE) Schon Schön
  • 11 | 2013 KAYSERSBERG (FR) Salle Du Badhus
  • 11 | 2013 LIER (BE) Liers Cultuurcentrum
  • 11 | 2013 LESSINES (BE) CC René Magritte
  • 11 | 2013 OPGLABBEEK (BE) Den Ichter
  • 11 | 2013 BERLIN (DE) Duncker Club
  • 11 | 2013 AARSCHOT (BE) CC Gasthuis
  • 10 | 2013 WEINHEIM (DE) Café Central
  • 09 | 2013 ANTWERPEN (BE) Pop-Up Concert
  • 09 | 2013 KARLSRUHE (DE) Kohi
  • 09 | 2013 MECHELEN (BE) 't Arsenaal
  • 08 | 2013 TERNAT (BE) Bluesrock Festival
  • 08 | 2013 SINT-GENESIUS-RODE (BE) Volkin'Ro
  • 08 | 2013 KAPRIJKE (BE) Karakter Festival
  • 07 | 2013 HERENTALS (BE) Donderse Dagen
  • 07 | 2013 MAASEIK (BE) All Weather Festival
  • 07 | 2013 KNOKKE-HEIST (BE) Kneistival
  • 07 | 2013 GENT (BE) Gentse Feesten
  • 07 | 2013 FUKUOKA (JP) Tenjin Central Park

Discography The Rhythm Junks

  • 2013 Beaten Borders Album | Popup Records
  • 2007 Pop Off Album | Petrol
  • 2004 Virus B-23 Album | HKM

Media

  • Sound Some People (radio edit)

Origin

  • Gent BE

Founded

  • 2004

Members

  • Steven De bruyn vocals, harmonica, omnichord
  • Jasper Hautekiet bass, vocals
  • Tony Gyselinck drums

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