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BLUES BROTHER CASTRO

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Blues Brother Castro

Period

2001 - current

Genre

alternative, pop/rock

Blues Brother Castro

Blues Brother Castro is an exciting live band that originates from the city of Leiden and operates from Amsterdam. BBC not only plays the bigger festivals like Metropolis, Noorderslag, Parkpop, PopKomm (Berlin) and CMJ (New York), but can also bee seen supporting international acts like The Thermals, Ghinzu, Pretty Girls ...
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Members

Tjeerd Meindersma   gitaar
Hajo de Reijger   drums
Mila van de Wall   achtergrondzang, basgitaar
Leon Caren   gitaar, zang

Former members

Mike van Oyen   drums

Mentioned in the biography of

2001   I$i$
2006   Alamo Race Track
2007   Scram C Baby

Biography Blues Brother Castro

Blues Brother Castro is an exciting live band that originates from the city of Leiden and operates from Amsterdam. BBC not only plays the bigger festivals like Metropolis, Noorderslag, Parkpop, PopKomm (Berlin) and CMJ (New York), but can also bee seen supporting international acts like The Thermals, Ghinzu, Pretty Girls Make Graves and Mando Diao. The band also tours Croatia, the UK and Germany.

2001 - 2002

Guitarist/singer Leon Caren and guitarist Tjeerd Meindersma know each other from the local music scene in Leiden. When they start college in Amsterdam they form the band Blues Brother Castro. The name of the band might suggest that BBC plays blues music but instead the foursome plays solid rock music. The self-released EP Dirty Little Secrets (with Mike van Oyen from I$i$ on drums) is a good example of what the band sounds like. The EP gets goods reviews by both press and club promoters.

I$i$

2003

Early 2003 BBC's line-up consists of Caren, Meindersma, Mila van de Wall (bass) and Hajo de Reijger (drums). The band records the EP Flirt and is one of the finalists at the Diesel-U-Music competition in May. Late summer the band travels to Croatia for five shows.

Corno Zwetsloot

2004

Blues Brother Castro In January Blues Brother Castro is one of the highlights at the Silent Minority Uproar in Paradiso, Amsterdam. The band's first full-length, Money Maker Me, is released in May on the Silent Minority label. The album gets raving reviews and the band supports international acts like The Thermals, Pretty Girls Make Graves and Mando Diao. In the autumn the band receives an Essent Award for most talented newcomer. In November the single Drunken Boy comes out. Blues Brother Castro leaves for the UK to perform in Hull, Leeds and London. Drummer Hajo de Reijger is temporarily replaced by Michiel Verburgh (Pfaff).

Pfaff

2005

Blues Brother Castro In January Blues Brother Castro goes on tour with Belgian group Ghinzu and also plays the Noorderslag festival. Bassist Van der Wall writes a column in newspaper Het Parool about the underground guitar scene in Amsterdam. Caren plays drums in the band The Stallones. The single Dress can be downloaded on the Rara Records website. In May the band again travels to the UK for shows in Hull, Leeds, London, Norwich and Bury St. Edmunds, and to Germany. BBC is invited to perform at both the PopKomm trade fair in Cologne and the CMJ Music Marathon in New York (in September). These shows virtually coincide, with only one travel day in between. The show at the CMJ is followed by an extensive US tour during September and October. Money Maker Me is released in Germany on Decoder Records. The track Flirt is featured on 2006 Fifa World Cup Football game. Blues Brother Castro is represented by DEAG agency in Germany. In December the band goes to Germany for the second time for a string of shows.

Sal TomCat

2006

Blues Brother Castro In March the band (managed by American Lance LaBreche of IGF Entertainment) embarks on a three-week US tour, which takes them from New York to Austin and back. The tour features dates in Washington, Philadelphia, Chappel Hill, Dallas, Memphis and in Austin at SXSW. The album Fun (released in April) boasts the fierceness of MoneyMakerMe, but it is far more dynamic than its predecessor. Opening track Give Me (Something To dance To) features keyboards, while the track Half The Fun shows the band from a surprisingly restraint side. In Blues Brother Castro May and Alamo Race Track tour Holland as a double bill. In June both bands release a split-7". It's the first single in a series of three to come out in 2006 under the banner of Dutch Indies Singles Club (DISC), a collaboration between four indies, Excelsior, Living Room, Rara and Zabel. The singles are freebies to be obtained at double bill shows. With his side project The Moi Non Plus singer/guitarist Leon Caren plays in London and Brighton. He also performs at the Subbacultcha! (organised by Leon himself) in Paradiso, Amsterdam.

Alamo Race Track The Moi Non Plus

2007

The Moi Non Plus performs several times. Leon Caren also plays in Scram C Baby as guitarist and background singer. After more than eight months Blues Brother Castro starts touring again. In September, after a try-out show in Amsterdam, the band goes to Russia as part of the Dutch Punch festival. Mid October the band plays three shows in France including one in Paris on 20 October during which the album Fun is presented.

Scram C Baby

Discography Blues Brother Castro

In the discography you will find all recordings that have been released listed chronologically. We restrict ourselves to the title, the type of audio, year of publication or recording, label, list of guest musicians, plus any comments on the issue.

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