Review quotes

“Zoals te verwachten was bevat ook dit album weer heerlijk stevige Southern rockachtige songs, maar de band laat een interessante ontwikkeling horen die rootsier en melodieuzer is dan voorheen. Sterke songwriting en nieuwe ingrediënten maken het album Fire tot het meest veelzijdige tot nu toe.” Written In Music – 4 out of 5

“Met hun nieuwe album ‘Fire’ laat Black Bottle Riot horen dat ze niet van plan is om zich in één hokje te laten duwen. Ze zetten duidelijk nieuwe accenten door meer aandacht te besteden aan songwriting en het melodieuze van hun songs.”

“Doorleefde teksten van Simon Snel, sterk gitaarwerk van Mike Sedee en een retestrakke ritmesectie maken ‘Fire’ het meest veelzijdige Black Bottle Riot album in hun ruim tienjarige bestaan.” Platomania

“Een enkele luisterbeurt is voldoende om ‘Indigo Blues’ stevig te omarmen. Hard of ingetogen, ‘Indigo Blues’ wordt vooral gedomineerd door bezieling.” Aardschok – 80/100.

“Misschien wel de beste southern rockband van Europa. […] Niemand hoeft de band nog te leren om een publiek op te zwepen.” De Gitarist, review BBR @ Noorderslag ’14.

“Met III: Indigo Blues zijn de mannen wijzer geworden, grijzer en laten horen dat dit nu precies het geheime ingrediënt kan zijn van goed doorleefde muziek.” Rockportaal.

“Black Bottle Riot is op alle fronten stevig gegroeid, muzikaal, tekstueel, maar de band klinkt vooral veel doorleefder. Black Bottle Riot mag trots zijn op haar derde album, ‘III: Indigo Blues’ is een volwassen album van een zelfbewuste, zeer getalenteerde band.”Rockmuzine – 8/10, Album Van De Week.

“Op III: Indigo Blues komt Black Bottle Riot opvallend veelzijdig voor de dag. Hierdoor is de bluesy hardrock van het Nijmeegse kwartet spannender dan ooit.” De Gitarist.

“Wat de mannen op hun derde album laten horen is enerzijds vertrouwde southern rock in de lijn van Black Stone Cherry en Lynyrd Skynyrd, maar anderzijds is er ook een zeer interessante ambitieuze richting te bespeuren.” Never Mind The Hype.

More to follow!


The debut album (’11), Soul in Exile (’13), III: Indigo Blues (’15) and currently Fire (’19) receive(d) a lot of praise by the written press, among others by Plato Mania, Rootstime,, Up Magazine, Lust For Life, De Gitarist, Wings of Death, 8Weekly, Roarezine, Festivalinfo, Lords of Metal. Always more to follow!

Live at Doornroosje
Live at Doornroosje.

Tour Highlights

Black Bottle Riot played a lot of different stages. They rocked festivals like Down The Rabbit Hole, Zwarte Cross, Appelpop and Rockin’ Park, but BBR also loves to rock small blues clubs, juke joints and sweaty bars. Other highlights are shows at legendary Amsterdam club Paradiso, the immense Ziggo Dome, Heineken Music Hall and support shows for Pearl Jam, The Black Keys, Rival Sons, Black Stone Cherry and ZZ Top. BBR were also live guests at DWDD, December 5th 2013. A one minute claim to national television fame.
The sold out release parties at Doornroosje are other highlights, as well as the yearly tradition each December of BBR’s Home Party at a full packed Doornroosje, to close the year with a bang. We’re coming your way too!

BBR is a band of friends. Here’s a pic of people that mean a lot to us and that have helped us along the way. Cheers buddies! Here’s to Emiel, Welten, Bart, Rob, Ankie, Mikey, David, Koen, Hans, Jerome, Rob, Pieter, Xavier, Tim, Ruben, Jaap, Joris, Floor and Mioch. Lotsa love!

Some Southern Insights

Written by ‘Big Ed’ Brimer, tourmanager of U.S. Southern Rock band Hydra back in the ’70s & dear friend of BBR:

Down in Nijmegen, the oldest city in The Netherlands, is where the action happens. This is not where you would expect to find one of Europe’s most talented new southern rock bands. It is, however, where you will find an atmospheric rehearsal space, imbued with the smell of stale cigarettes, hot vacuum tubes, and sweat. This is where Black Bottle Riot can be found, hard at work honing their craft.

BBR is a hard working assemblage of young Dutch musicians; a band who, collectively, were raised on the blues, country, & classic rock music. Citing Lynyrd Skynyrd, Thin Lizzy and Black Sabbath as major influences, they’ve obviously taken their lessons to heart. Writing concise, punchy rock songs and displaying a “been there, done that” mentality, they exhibit a maturity that many far more experienced bands could learn from. Make no mistake about it – this band’s got the chops and they approach their music with a ferocious, wolfpack attitude. Whether playing in a small club, or at a large outdoor festival, they do not disappoint.

Featuring Simon Snel on vocals and guitar, Mike Sedee on slide & lead guitar, Jaap Van Den Berg on bass, and Mark Weerts on drums, they make a musical statement that is hard to ignore. These guys are the real deal, as their three albums convincingly prove. This is a band that is planning to be here for the long run, and I for one am not about to dispute them.

Promotional photography

Click pic to enlarge. (c) Photography: Mike Nicolaassen 2019

fltr: Jaap van den Berg (bass), Simon Snel (lead vocals, guitars, blues harp), Mark Weerts (drums, backing vocals) & Mike Sedee (slide guitars, backing vocals).