Speedball Jr was formed in the summer of 2000 during Ghent’s (surfcity Belgium) famous surf explosion.
They originally played more traditional surf rock like Dick Dale, Bobby Fuller Four, The Chantays, Ghastly Ones, Surfaris, the Ventures, Lively Ones and Blue Hawaians. You can hear these influences on their first studio session which was recorded at the end of 2000 at Peter De Veires yellow tape studio. Later on they developed a more trashy sound with more garage and sixties influences and started to write their own tunes. Some of which were even used for publicity clips and for soundtracks by a local cinema chain and a German hot rod magazine.
The High spot of 2001 for the band was when they did the support for British Garage Gods The Prisoners, but the band also gigged with a number of cool surf bands like Jon & The Nightriders, Slacktone, The Wangs among others, all the time they were honing their sound and finding their own place among these
The first full CD “Whiplash” was recorded in 2003 at Zamans Catfarm studio and was released by Drunkabilly Records. This album also includes a video which was shown on the TMF, the Belgian MTV.
The second album “For the broad Minded”, recorded in 2006 at CCR and released by Green Cookie records. The album consists of seven self penned tracks some of which are already considered classics, and five covers from the dutch Treble Spankers, Huevos Rancheros, Dick Dale & the Chantays.
In 2011, after some serious line-up changes they released their 3rd long player “Treble in Paradise”. All sleeve designs are masterpieces of hotrod trashart by Mighty Sam the renowned graphic artist.
Speedball JR continue to gig all over Europe, bringing their intense reverb soaked liveshow to festivals and venues near you! So put on your shrunken head necklace, steal your grannies ironing board and surf on down to a venue near YOU!!!
- about 4 years agoFinally reunited 🌴💕🗿💕 Thanks so much Erik & Bill! @novelsound… https://t.co/Kc4ssIWHV0
- about 4 years agoShowtime tomorrow! 👯🎸🎉 #speedballjr #decasino #moonshinereunion… https://t.co/kM5zRsk4qy
- about 5 years agoThanks for the making of this video! @yougotgoodtaste https://t.co/T8Cn4fNUkW
- about 5 years agoEnjoy our new video TiKi P.I. Soundtrack for the new comic by Erik Carlson and Bill Hewitt http://t.co/KCcpxbRncD http://t.co/jsokCs5L43