Band: The Sore Losers
Label: Ultra Elektrik Records / V2 / H’art
Meet the true children of rock, the last testifiers of the revolution, the new rajahs of rock. Ladies and gentlemen: The Sore Losers.
These balsy Belgians shake the chops of Zeppelin with the attitude of the Ramones and early Sabbath, taking over Europe by Blitzkrieg. Armed with their third album Skydogs, produced by Grammy Award winner Dave Cobb and released by Ultra Elektric Records. They’re coming your way to play their short, energetic songs for you and your friends to have a good time rock ‘n roll. If you like your music raw, raunchy and exciting, then this might just be your new favorite band. It’s time to kick out your jams with these ultraelectric fuzzy guitars. So go grab your leather jacket and head down to the front of the stage to dance to the beat of the living dead. Play loud, party hard.
The Sore Losers made it to the finals of the Belgian contest Humo's Rock Rally on 28 March 2010. The band signed a deal with Excelsior Recordings that led to the recording of their first and self titled album in October 2010. The first single Beyond Repair spent 21 weeks in De Afrekening on national radio Studio Brussel and tied for the longest run on the show in 2010. The band played at Pukkelpop 2010 and were invited to open the main stage in 2011. Not long after their show the festival was cancelled due to damage caused by severe storms which killed five people.
The Sore Losers released their second full-length album Roslyn in February 2014, reaching number 5 in the Ultratop album charts and spent 52 weeks in the charts. The three following singles 'Working Overtime', 'Don't Know Nothing' and 'Tripper' became number 1 in De Afrekening and Hotlist charts from Studio Brussel. In July 2014 the band played at Rock Werchter and on 20 December 2014 they sold-out their first headline show at Ancienne Belgique which was broadcast on Acht TV. The Sore Losers were nominated for the Belgian Music Industry Awards 2014 in the categories 'Alternative' and 'Breakthrough Artist'. The album was released on 20 February 2015 in Germany, Swiss and Austria, followed by a German clubtour together with Triggerfinger.
In November 2015 the band went into the Vox Ton studios in Berlin with Grammy award-winning producer Dave Cobb for only 10 days to record their third full-length album Skydogs.The album came out on 18 March 2016 to critical acclaim in Benelux. The group’s sound is described as a raw blend of the early Black Sabbath, Jack White, The Stooges and The Black Keys, continuously in search of the essence of rock and psychedelia. They sold-out another headline release show at Ancienne Belgique on 15 April 2016 and supported The Boss Hoss in Swiss and Austria in May 2016. In June 2016 they played on Pinkpop festival and they have just announce a headliner tour in Belgium and Holland. The ban dwill also play for the first time in France in November.
Skydogs (2016) album reviews
Back to the 70’ies with Sabbath riffs and MC5 drums – Revu ****
Knocking on heaven’s door – De Morgen ****
A sonic sledgehammer – Het Nieuwsblad ****
Delicious disturbance – Focus Knack ****
A great leap forward – Volkskrant ****
Instant classic – Humo ****
The Sore Losers are influenced by blues rock bands from the 1960s-1970s, particularly bands like MC5, Led Zeppelin and The Yardbirds. The band name is inspired by the same titled cultmovie from director John M. McCarthy. The title of their third album Skydogs is a reference to Duane Allman's nickname.