Thirty years after debut Antidote, PJDS is playing tighter than ever. They present their critically acclaimed new album Extinct Birds.
In addition to brand new songs, expect quirky versions of older work, such as the Belpop classic "August" and radio hits "Fire" and "Baby's in the World".
They perform like beachcombers on a musical beach, somewhere between the water and the dike. From what washes up, new material emerges and sand inevitably creeps in.
Pieter-Jan De Smet (vocals), Mirko Banovic (bass - a.o. Arno, FES, Arsenal, Stilll, Rapidman), Teun Verbruggen (drums - FES, Jef Neve Trio, BOAT, ...), Frederik Segers (guitar - Stadt), Jan Duthoy (keys - Absynthe Minded)
This young, energetic trio from Ghent brings rock 'n' roll back to its roots. Since their inception a year ago, they have already performed more than 25 shows, culminating in a sold-out Charlatan in their own city. They also played as support act for PJDS in a sold-out AB Club and their debut single "Dangerous" was received with open arms. Their listing as one of the most promising bands of 2023 in HUMO was clearly just the beginning.
Pieter-Jan De Smet released a total of six albums and a compilation under his own name and as PJDS and Beuzak, all but the first two albums of which appeared on his own label Beuzak Records. In early 2023, PJDS came out with a new album Extinct Birds. The rave reviews and audience reactions leave little doubt about their blood form.
The album was recorded at various locations and times throughout the doomed year 2020. Mark Howard (including Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Joni Mitchell, Iggy Pop, Marianne Faithfull) mixed the songs to a higher level. The record is a raw, exotic and fiery ode to the sea and to Ostend, understated and exuberant at the same time.
photo © Anton Coene and Pieter Slembrouck
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