BRAND NEW & SENSATIONAL
They say that wise men take the middle road. In this case the middle road starts in The Hague – breeding ground of a disproportionate amount of successful Dutch rock bands - and the wise men are called Bag of Bones. Their middle road is classic bluesrock, a genre so busy it’s extremely hard to rise on top.
But Bag of Bones does exactly that.
Be aware: they will blast you right out of your seats.
The trio just delivered their first album Under My Wings,
a collaboration with American veteran vocalists Baatin (former Parliament-Funkadelic) and Pamela Bowman. Baatin and Bowman shine, but the brightest star in the bag is Spanish-Dutch guitar player Elco Jongkind. Where the hell has this man been all this time.
Jongkind style of playing is captivating, hypnotizing and constantly moving in unexpected directions. Just when you are locked in the tightest riffs imaginable, he releases you in a whirlwind of lyrical elaborations, only to blast your ass with the fiercest of solos just when you were getting all dreamy and comfortable. The man does it all, does it constantly and best of all, makes it look eazy.
The other magic ingredient in Bag of Bones is Austrian bass player Daniel Lottersberger. There is something real steady and real funky about the way he drops his groove.
He steers away from obvious showmanship, and stays right where it matters: in the blood red pumping heart of things. Drums kick in tight and loud - here’s a fundament to be reckoned with.
Featuring BAATIN & Pamela Bowman
Baatin and Bowman board a plane for the bigger festivals. Smaller gigs get the core version of Bag of Bones. Jongkind is a gifted singer and as trio Bag of Bones allows itself plenty of room for improvisation. You might catch a little funk, they might even weave in a note or two of Flamenco, but the solid core of the matter remains that rare brand of uncut bluesrock that makes you want to howl along.
Don’t hold back, they surely don’t