I don’t usually write about music on Discovering Belgium, but when I was contacted by Gasoline Lollipops, a Colorado band playing in Belgium and the Netherlands from November 15 to December 3, I was intrigued. I listened to their music, liked what I heard, and decided to spread the word. I asked their drummer Adam Perry to give me a bit of background to the group:
How would you describe Gasoline Lollipops?
“On our website we describe ourselves as an alt-country band from Colorado that combines the sincerity of modern folk with the energy and rebelliousness of punk. The Denver Post described us recently as “the Coen Brothers and Nick Cave holed up in Nashville after a near-death experience,” which we also like. We see ourselves as an all-new incarnation of alt-country that is both high-energy and heartfelt. The band members bond over friendship and a love of many different styles of music, but I think that sort of explosive, unwieldy melting pot feels like the meaning of America to me.”
What’s the theme of your new album Resurrection?
“The lyrics deal a lot with frontman Clay Rose’s successful battle with various addictions. It’s the third of a trilogy of albums, following in the footsteps of Dawn and Death.”
What’s the origin of your name?
“Clay says the name came to him years ago. The words were probably on fire in his brain. And many years later, the name found a home.”
Do you style your music on any other groups?
“I don’t think there is a band that we sound exactly like, but there are certainly artists whose songwriting and performance styles have been a big inspiration, and that includes everything from classic heroes like Leonard Cohen and Townes Van Zandt to high-energy heroes like Rancid, Operation Ivy and Gogol Bordello.”
Why are you coming to Belgium and the Netherlands?
“Our friends Casey Prestwood and the Burning Angels played in Belgium recently and came back saying how amazing the people were, how beautiful the country was and how much fun they had. So we are blessed with the chance to bring Colorado music to Belgium and the Netherlands and make a lot of new friends. Plus, I am not going to miss out on the chance to rent a bike and ride some classic Belgian climbs pretending I’m Eddy Merckx.”
Here’s the Gasoline Lollipops playing Love is Free from their new album:
Where to catch them
- Nov 15: Archipel, Brussels
- Nov 16: Café Heuvelzicht, Essen
- Nov 17: Charlie Rockets Bar, Bruges
- Nov 18: Bikoro, Retie
- Nov 19: Cafe ‘t Spektakel, Asten, the Netherlands
- Nov 21: Café Rue Mour, Rijkevorsel
- Nov 22: Cafe Honky Tonk, Brielle, the Netherlands
- Nov 23: Den Tip, Vorselaar
- Nov 24: Staminee De Crawaett, Lille
- Nov 25: Kaffee de Bonnefooi, Dinteloord, the Netherlands
- Nov 26: Ace Café, Rumst
- Nov 28: Jazzoet, Mol
- Nov 29: Café Den Brigand, Herentals
- Nov 30: De Blauwe Koe, Bornem
- Dec 1: Cafe Scooters, Leeuwarden, the Netherlands
- Dec 2: Hendrick’s Pub, Alphen Aan Den Rijn, the Netherlands
- Dec 3: Den Bromfiets, Bonheiden
This is Soul Mine. Gasoline Lollipops’ frontman Clay Rose describes developing this tune “as digging in the ‘soul mine’, throwing out what’s no longer of value, polishing the gems that are, and occasionally striking a brand new vein of gold.”