Jan Paternoster and Dries Van Dijck come to us from a long ways away — Brussels Belgium. Jan handles the guitar and vocals and Dries plays the drums, together they are this week’s Hear It Now artists, Black Box Revelation. 22-year-old Jan and 20-year-old Dries have been playing together for over a decade. They have released several albums, 2007′s Set Your Head on Fire and 2010′s Silver Threats in Europe and are currently debuting their stateside recorded album My Perception, with producer Alain Johannes, who has worked with Queens of the Stone Age, Chris Cornell, and Them Crooked Vultures.
Black Box Revelation’s sound could be liken to a melange of rock genres, but they are mostly inspired by 60′s and 70′s rock bands. “We are big fans of the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, and Neil Young,” as Jan explains. “We just try to get the same vibe from the way they play music in a modern jacket and try to play some contemporary rock.” When asked if they could choose one band they could collaborate with, Led Zeppelin was the band of choice. “It would be nice because also like every other drummer on the planet here, Jon Bonham had the biggest influence,” Dries continued, “it would be interesting to see how they all did it back in the 70′s and touring stories. There are quite a few interesting stories, so it would be nice to see how they are doing it.”
Black Box Revelation has been on tour for several months now in the U.S. Jan and Dries are a long way from home, but mention that aside from the music and fans the best part about being on tour is seeing all the nature. As Jan tells us, “since we drive all across the country we get to see every part of it and it’s cool to see how everything changes, you get the mountains, the desert, some nice rivers, so for me — I like nature, that’s the part I really love.”
My Perception is Black Box Revelation’s first Official U.S. album, both Jan and Dries are ready to conquer America. Black Box Revelation, a revelation indeed; of mind and musical soul. Download their album on iTunes and prepare to join in on the revelation too. — Jessica Rojas