BB BlackDog ‘steaming’ into exciting new year

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UNCONVENTIONAL Belper-based trio BB BlackDog are looking forward to a headline trip to the United States of America.

The three-piece outfit are topping Anomalycon, which is Denver’s steampunk festival, in March.

That will be followed by gigs at Europe’s biggest steampunk festival in Wales in August, and at Europe’s oldest steampunk festival, The Asylum, in Lincoln in September.

BB BlackDog, based out of Lane End, will be the headline act on different nights at both the festivals. The band comprises lead singer and bassist Dale Rowles, 46, from Belper Lane End, second bass player John Ferguson, 50, of Bargate, Belper, and drummer Axel Bodlt, 43, from North Hamburg in Germany.

But before that, the band will perform in Belper. On February 4, at 8.30pm, they will be at the George and Dragon pub on Bridge Street.

An evening with BB BlackDog will feature guest appearances and burlesque and belly dancers

One of Europe’s leading steampunk bands, they have been making waves in the UK, across the continent and also in the States, with this year’s visit to the States their second.

In the last four years, they have done 300 gigs, including showcases in Berlin, Hamburg, London, Birmingham, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Francisco. heir Los Angeles trip included a headline slot at the Rainbow bar and grill on the famous Sunset Boulevard.

Yet they are still a band who observers have found hard to place in a musical box. Psychedelic, funk, blues, stoner and rock with a steampunk style are all terms that have been bandied about for this three-piece outfit, made up, unusually, of two bassists plus a drummer from Ost-Holstein in Germany. The band’s first official album is out now. ‘No One’ features 12 tracks, plus a selection of bonus live songs.

Another album is already recorded, ready for release in March, this time in conjunction with a steampunk graphic novel/comic, featuring BB BlackDog and co-written by Emmy Award winner Sean Varney and the band.

The illustrations are by UK comics legend Russ Leach.

BB BlackDog have more than 17,500 fans on Myspace, almost 50,000 views on YouTube, and an increasing popularity on Facebook.

They also own their own steam-punk label and online shop, and they are described as fiercely independent with a strong DIY ethic. For more information go to www.bbblackdog.eu.