Think about pickles when you try to understand The Rhythm Junks. Pickles are the tasty combination of three vegetables one would not easily combine: gherkin, cauliflower and silver onion. The Rhythm Junks are much alike. The three members differ quite a bit in musical background. They have jazz, pop, rock, blues, folk, roots and soul in their genes. The Rhythm Junks are above all Belgian pickles. The oldest band member could be the father of the other two, who already differ half a generation. Apart from Belgium the only place you’d find such a combination is Cuba. Why that is? Maybe because Belgium is a small country with a rich musical culture, a dense population and loads of chances and opportunities to be professionally engaged in music. The ideal climate for adventurers to meet up.
Singer and harmonicaman Steven De bruyn was the founder of the experimental blues band El Fish and has worked together with many national and international artists like Zap Mama, Little Axe, Bob Brozman and Eugene Chadbourne. He’s also the face of the new Hohner Rocket Progressive harmonica.
Bass player and singer Jasper Hautekiet has been touring with Milow, Admiral Freebee, The Bony King of Nowhere and Selah Sue.
Drummer Tony Gyselinck is one of Belgium’s finest jazzdrummers. Apart from his work with the National BRT Jazz Orchestra, he has teamed up with Toots Thielemans, Rocco Granata, Clown Popov, Yma Sumac and many others.
The Rhythm Junks is definitely one of those bands you should have seen and heard live. They are a testosteroned triumvirate of three gifted guys on bass, drums, harmonica & vocals, a pretty unique line-up. They scratch and blow, polish and beat, soft and hard, elegant and raw. The songs, well they crackle more than they used to… The ideal band for Tom Waits’ golden wedding anniversary, basically, or something like that.
In the past years The Rhythm Junks have been touring in China, Japan, Kenya, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Luxemburg, Italy, Poland and the UK. They’ve been invited by Triggerfinger, Balthazar, Jools Holland, Calexico, G. Love & Special Sauce, Violent Femmes, Booker T & The MG’s, … to play their supports in Belgium, Germany and Switzerland. They made themselves memorable at the likes of North Sea Jazz (NL), Dour Festival (BE), World Harmonica Festival (DE), Blue Note Festival Gent (BE), BBW Nagoya (JP), BBW Fukuoka (JP), JZ International Jazz Festival Shanghai (CN) and the Safaricom Jazz Festival of Nairobi (KE). That’ll be it, and they’re working on a new album!
The Rhythm Junks:
Steven De bruyn (vocals, harmonica’s & omnichord)
Jasper Hautekiet (vocals, bass & keys)
Tony Gyselinck (drums, electronic percussion)
De Morgen: **** – “A tight and real band that breathes out music in every bit of their DNA. The Rhythm Junks were blowing everyone off their socks at the AB (Brussels)!”
OOR: “Delicious light-footedly … these slimmed junks are in top condition.”
Safaricom (KE): “Rhythm Junks showing the big sounds that the little nation of Belgium can produce.”
Focus Knack: “No rock, blues or pop, but then again… Distilled, muggy and playful. Excellent album. Not only the cover of Beaten Borders is looking bright.”
Het Nieuwsblad: “Even without horns The Rhythm Junks are blowing the Vooruit (Ghent) away.”
Cutting Edge: “You can hear a brisk band, that integrates lovely tunes, touching harmonies and excellent interplay.”
‘Virus B-23′ (2004)
‘Pop Off’ (2007)
‘Fortune Cookie’ (2010)
‘Beaten Borders’ (2013)
‘It Takes a While’ (2016)