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SPEEDBALL JR.: CD Release party @ club Charlatan (29.10.2011)

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Speedball JR gooit alle registers open met nieuwe Treble in Paradise CD

Het Nieuwsblad | woensdag 02 november 2011, 08u00 | Auteur: Dominique Dierick

GENT – We hebben er even moeten op wachten, maar vijf jaar na het vorige schijfje ligt de nieuwe CD ‘Treble in Paradise’ van de surf-trash band Speedball JR in de rekken. Hij werd dit weekend losgelaten op het publiek van de Charlatan.

Speedball JR trad de laatste jaren regelmatig op in het Gentse. De combinatie van harde surfbeats, wulps dansende go-go girls en de priemende ogen van lead guitar Fré werden zowat het handelsmerk van de band.

In de aanloop naar het nieuwe album moest Fré echter verstek laten gaan. Om allerlei praktische redenen werd het hem onmogelijk nog met de band op te trekken. De overblijvende leden van de groep, Sascha, Alexandra, Frank en Eleanor besloten toch door te zetten. Sascha Reynders nam de lead guitar over. Tegenslagen, waaronder een materiaaldiefstal uit hun repetitieruimte, werden overwonnen en Treble in Paradise geboren.

De nieuwste Speedball JR telt 14 nummers, hoofdzakelijk eigen werk, maar ook verdienstelijke covers van Bombora (The Atlantics), Halloween (Rob Zombie feat. The Ghastly Ones), And The Horse Your Rode In On (Mofos), Cor Steijn Rides the Wild (The Original Apemen) en Beat Girl van de dit jaar overleden legendarische componist John Barry. Het wordt onmiddellijk duidelijk dat Speedball JR de roots niet verloochent.

Treble in Paradise tapt dus meer uit het surf-trash vat, met vaak loeihard gitaarwerk van Sascha, striemende drums van Frank Rosseau, delicaat baswerk van Alexandra Cools en het immer aanwezige Hammond orgeltje van Eleanor. Dat orgeltje domineert het zachtere, trippy Take it Back en haalt het centrale riffje van Rebel MC’s Street Tuff voor de geest. Eveneens afwijkend van platgetreden surfpaden kon het bloedmooie There She Blows zo uit een roadmovie van David Lynch komen.

De CD voorstelling van Speedball JR kon een volgelopen Charlatan zeker bekoren. Sascha Reyners kreeg de ondankbare taak om het legendarische podiumbeest Fré te laten vergeten (als dat al mogelijk zou zijn). Hij koos er gelukkig voor om niet te vervallen in imitatie, maar te overtuigen met het eigen gitaarspel. In duo met Alexandra Cools op bas lukte dat wonderwel.

The Error Team zorgde eerder met hun subtiele en jazzy cocktail van sixties lounge nog voor een meer dan behoorlijke intro.

Written by Green Cookie

November 2nd, 2011 at 9:41 pm

SPEEDBALL JR: “Treble in Paradise” CD & LP

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:: CD OUT @ 12 December 2011 ::

CD Release party @ club Charlatan (Gent, Belgium) | Saturday 29.10.2011.

“Treble in Paradise” CD, GC028 (12.12.2011) | LP, GC028LP (01.05.2012) | one-sheet | reviews

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CREDITS

[1]. Treble In Paradise (3:06) [2]. Swell Hell (2:26) [3]. Swimming With The Sharks (2:54) [4]. Beat Girl (1:51) (John Barry) [5]. Take It Back (2:31) [6]. Pilgrimage (3:00) [7]. Bombora (3:30) (The Atlantics) [8]. Motion Of The Ocean (3:07) [9]. Mr. White (3:02) [10]. … And The Horse You Rode In On (2:43) (Gary Siperko / Mofos) [11]. There She Blows* (4:10) [12]. Halloween** (2:49) (Rob Zombie & The Ghastly Ones) [13]. Maiden Surf (2:16) [14]. Cor Steijn Rides The Wild (3:04) (The Apemen)

All songs written and arranged by Speedball Jr except were noted | * Mandolin by Fre ’74, ** Vocals by Scorchin’ Sascha + Backing Vocals by Fre ’74 | Recorded at Jack Studio | Drums recorded at CCR, Deinze, Belgium | Mixed by Dylan at HoloDeckXX Studio, Terneuzen, Netherlands | Mastered by Dennis Rux at Yeah Yeah Yeah Studio, Hamburg, Germany.

 

BIO

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 and the Ventures. You can hear these influences on their first studio session which was recorded at the end of 2000 at the Yellow Tape studio. Later on they developed a more trashy sound with more garage and sixties influences and started to write their own tunes.

The band gigged with a number of cool surf bands like Jon & The Nightriders, Slacktone, Dick Dale, The Wangs, among others, all the time they were honing their sound and finding their own place among these contemporaries. They also supported Bo Diddley at one of his final shows.

The first full CD “Whiplash,” was recorded in 2003 at Zamans Catfarm studio and was released by Drunkabilly Records. This album is also available on vinyl and includes a video which was shown on the Belgian MTV.

Also their second album “For the Broad Minded”, recorded in 2006 at CCR and released by Green Cookie records, was selling like hot cakes!

And in 2011, after some serious band changes they released their 3rd long player “Treble in Paradise”. All sleeve designs are masterpieces of hotrod-trash-art by Mighty Sam the renowned graphic artist.

Speedball JR keeps continuing to gig all over Europe, bringing their intense reverb soaked live-show 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!!!

Written by Green Cookie

October 22nd, 2011 at 11:18 pm

SPEEDBALL JR: Reviews for the “Treble in Paradise” cd

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SoulSeller.com | 09 February 2012 | Ben | http://www.soulseller-mag.com/?p=9631

Speedball Jr – Treble In Paradise

Wenn man an Belgien denkt, dann fallen den meisten Leuten Dinge wie Pommes Frites, Luc Orient, Schokolade, Männeken Piss und Miesmuscheln ein. Vielleicht auch noch Luky Luke und Tim und Struppi, aber dann ist auch erstmal Schluss. Das Belgien auch bekannt für Surfmusik ist, sollte jetzt für verdutzte Gesichter sorgen.

In der Tat kommt eines der stärksten Surfmusik-Alben dieser Tage aus Belgien, genauer gesagt aus Gent. Die Rede ist von Speedball JR die mit Treble In Paradise ihren dritten Longplayer auf die Welt loslassen.

14 Songs umfasst die Mischung aus Surfsongs und klassischem Agenten-Soundtrack. Man könnte sagen, das Album beginnt mit einer Verfolgungsjagd. Hitzig und rasant. Das ist wahrlich nicht neu, aber in diesem Genre anscheinend ein Muss. Wirklich interessant wird es bei Swimming With The Sharks, dass neben seinem großartigen Titel auch mit einer fantastischen Melodie auf ganzer Linie zu überzeugen weiß. Ein Mitreißer, denn schon nach wenigen Tönen versprührt man das unbändige Verlangen an dieser Welle teilzuhaben. Weiter geht es mit den typischen Charakteristika der Surfmusik – treibend, leichtfüßig und charmant. Immer den Horizont vor Augen und eine kühle Briese um die Nase.

Ein paar düstere Wolken ziehen auf wenn Pilgrimage durch die Boxen gleitet und bei Bombora werden anscheinend die Pferde für den Ritt durch die Prärie gesattelt. Bei Halloween verirrt sich sogar Gesang zwischen die Instrumentalisierung. Speedball JR präsentieren eine buntgemischte Tüte, mit einer erstklassigen Auswahl an eben so bunten und abwechselungsreichen Surfern. Kein bisschen neu, aber wer braucht das schon, wenn es so gut klappt wie hier!

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RifRaf | February 2012| jvb | http://www.rifraf.be

Speedball Jr – Treble In Paradise

Jawel, ze bestaan nog! Vijf jaar hebben ze ons laten wachten, maar het Gents surfabilly-combo heeft het nog altijd in de vingers, knieen en kloten: vanaf opener en titeltrack laat Speedball Jr horen dat het zich ondersscheidt van het doorsnee surfbandje. Dit is aanstekelijke zooi, die je meeneemt van Californische stranden tot de goorste kroegen  (check “Swimming With The Sharks”). Verheven kunst? Ui-ter-aard niet. Ontucht opwekkende, aanstekelijke songs? In overvloed!

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Scootering.com | Recommended Listening – February 2012 | Published: 12:18PM Jan 26th, 2012 | Nik | http://www.scootering.com/news/recommended-listening-february-2012 |

Speedball Jr – Treble In Paradise (Green Cookie)

Several changes in line up have led to Belgium’s Speedball Jr taking something of a sea change from their previous album For The Broad Minded. Out go the buzz saw guitar that epitomised their earlier incarnation, and in comes a more rhythmic and almost hypnotic riffing sound, which is largely nonetheless hectic in its performance.

Tracing their musical roots to the type of instrumental group that went largely out of fashion in the late 1960s, they have become something of a punked up version of The Surfaris.

The overall feel of the album still owes more to Dick Dale than The Beach Boys, and there are still the hints of early psychobilly and garage hidden deep in their sound to add to the interest. Along the way they’ve also apparently been listening to The Doors played at speed too, occasionally dipping into that gorgeous church-like organ sound that you associate with those legends, none more so than on Pilgrimage, where a huge debt is owed to the classic Riders On the Storm.

Understated bass underpins every track, allowing the rhythmic lead and ferocious drumming to battle for attention, while the organ riffs through, alternately driving and filling the tunes with a Sixties vibe.

There are a couple of cover versions on the album, the John Barry written Beat Girl would seem at home on a Sixties soundtrack and their version of The Atlantics’ Bambora hints at spaghetti westerns while being propelled along by frenetic drumming. The only vocal track on the album is an oh-too-short version of Rob Zombie’s Halloween, which lopes along in good style, the distorted vocals adding an extra dimension to the tune.

But it’s their own material that shines for me. The title track lays the foundations for the album with its interplay between rhythmic lead guitar and organ, while the drums pound out the surfing beat. Maiden Surf again has that distinctive surf guitar and almost Surfari styled drum fills, and Swell Hell layers psychobilly influenced guitars over a manic keyboard line.

The album finishes with the garage trash Cor Steijin Rides The Wild, an aural assault that is way too short at just over three minutes, the final fade leaving you begging for more.

Admittedly a change for the band, but change isn’t always for the worse. In this case, it most certainly isn’t.

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Planet Trash  | Donderdag 26 Januari 2012 at 1:56 pm | http://www.planettrash.nl/?e=777

Speedball Jr – Treble In Paradise (Green Cookie)

Het openingsnummer op de nieuwe plaat van Speedball Jr is nog een beetje tam. Alsof de band er nog even in moet komen. Het is dan ook een tijdje geleden dat de uit Gent afkomstige surfband een plaat uitbracht. Toen, in 2006, verscheen For The Broad Minded. De band heeft de nodige hobbels moeten nemen voordat het kon beginnen aan het opnemen van het onlangs verschenen Treble In Paradise. Het heeft geresulteerd in een plaat waar enkele nuanceverschillen zijn waar te nemen. Het is niet meer direct vol gas geven op de surftrashsnelweg, steeds vaker wordt de nadruk gelegd op de immer aanwezige hammondorgel. In Take It Back bijvoorbeeld. Maar liefhebbers van het ruigere surfwerk komen ook nog steeds aan hun trekken op deze plaat van Speedball Jr. Als gitarist Sascha Reyners de ruimte krijgt kleunt hij er nog altijd met twee gestrekte benen in. Tussen het eigen werk staan ook nog enkele covers. Bombora van The Atlantics is daarvan het meest geslaagd. Ingetogen en spannend tegelijkertijd. Er zijn weinig surfbands die dat lukt, maar deze Belgen doen het haast argeloos.

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Phil Dirt | Reverb Central | http://www.reverbcentral.com/reviews/s/speedball8955.html

Phil Dirt – Reverb Central – PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA

Speedball Jr – Treble in Paradise 3/5

Speedball Jr deliver some very intense material often in a murky wash. Mixes are inconsistent, and the organ is sometimes overbearing. This is a really strong band most of the time, but production values restrain the music’s effectiveness.

Picks: Treble in Paradise, Swimming With The Sharks, Beat Girl, Pilgrimage, Bombora, Motion Of The Ocean, ÉAnd The Horse You Rode In On, There She Blows, Cor Steijn Rides The Wild

Track by Track Review

Treble in Paradise 3/5

Spy Surf (Instrumental)

Heavy and fuzzy, with a tiki underbelly and surf edge. “Treble in Paradise” has a spy-style melody and a great title. Some excellent drums here.

Swell Hell 3/5

Spy Surf (Instrumental)

Tuff glissandos and dark, menacing double picked tone. The organ is overbearing, sapping the track’s energy.

Swimming With The Sharks 3/5

Spy Surf (Instrumental)

Starting slowly, but launching into a big row of guitar and organ. A lack of panning causes the organ to obscure the guitar’s power. Otherwise, “Swimming With The Sharks” is a powerful track.

Beat Girl 3/5

Spy Surf (Instrumental)

John Barry‘s “Beat Girl” gets an interesting treatment with a rich rhythm section and spooky stereo Leslie organ lead. The arrangement works really well with this classic British tune.

Take It Back 3/5

Spy Surf (Instrumental)

Splendid organ lines and a great beat bring out a lot of fun as “Take It Back” unfolds.

Pilgrimage 3/5

Spy Surf (Instrumental)

A traditional surf rhythm pattern and haunted keys lay out a graveyard image. The lead is way in the back, adding to the foggy, disturbed feeling. Pretty interesting.

Bombora 4/5

Surf (Instrumental)

The Atlantics‘ “Bombora” is done with superb reverence. Great guitar licks, true to the original. Powerful, fun, and dripping surf!

Motion Of The Ocean 4/5

Surf (Instrumental)

Organic and thumping, with organ well mixed into the track. Big booming bass and a solid guitar line. gritty glissandos and dangerous curl. “Motion Of The Ocean” rocks and rumbles.

Mr. White 2/5

Spy Surf (Instrumental)

Heavy guitar, angular guitar chords, and long organ chords. “Mr. White” has a thick and murky sound with overbearing organ. Can’t really tell what the guitar is doing, and that is where the melody is.

… And The Horse You Rode In On 3/5

Spy Surf (Instrumental)

…And The Horse You Rode In On” is an aggressive surf-rock assault. Gritty, powerful, and dangerous. Is this the The Mofos‘ song?

There She Blows 4/5

Spy Surf (Instrumental)

There She Blows” is hauntingly beautiful. It has a Sandals island sense about it. Peaceful, picturesque, and just a touch sad. I like this a lot!

Maiden Surf 2/5

Rock (Instrumental)

On the murky side, “Maiden Surf” is a bit fast, and seems frantic. Riffy and dark.

Cor Steijn Rides The Wild 3/5

Spy Surf (Instrumental)

The Apemen‘s “Cor Steijn Rides The Wild” is raucous and loud, preserving the garage assault required by the original. Very intense!

 

Written by Green Cookie

February 10th, 2000 at 12:02 am