25/07 arcidosso (gr) @ alterazioni 26/07 terlizzi (ba) @ tra blues e avant garde fest 27/07 manduria (ta) @ fattoria il noce 29/07 rutigliano (ba) @ palazzo san domenico 31/07 roma @ airport one 01/08 porto recanati (mc) @ copacabana 02/08 portomaggiore (fe) @ what is rock
26/07 mortegliano (ud) @ festintenda 27/07 osio sopra (bg) @ libera la festa, brembeat n roll 28/07 itri (lt) @ ex scuole agrarie 29/07 gioia del colle (ba) @ on the road 30/07 cosenza @ alt art 31/07 catania @ csa auro uno 01/08 roma @ airport one 02/08 quartucciu (ca) @ cueva rock 04/08 bologna @ freakout 05/08 la spezia @ spazio boss
28/06 san velentino in abruzzo (pu) 29/06 tramutola (pz) @ palazzo terzella 04/07 limena (pd) @ porto vecchio fest 29/07 bologna @ musica sigillata 30/07 avellino @ why not 31/07 reggio calabria @ blue dahlia 01/08 bernalda (mt) @ al verde, circolo arci 03/08 piana degli albanesi (pa) @ beat full festival
04/07 torre annunziata @ la cabina 56 11/07 crotone @ tortuga club 14/07 milano @ unaltro festival 15/07 bologna @ unaltro festival 20/07 ravenna @ beach bum fetival, hana bi 24/07 padova @ radar 25/07 brescia @ musicalzoo fest 26/07 chiancino terme @ festa della musica 27/07 terracina @ anxur festival 05/09 treviso @ home festival 06/09 lu monferrato @ lu festival 13/09 rimini @ velvet club
Again, thinkGowns and Peter Kernel, add some post-punk voodoo, and maybe you'll get the chemicals behind Little Trouble Kids' music: definitely something that enthralling, a mix of genuine, noir punk primitivism, revised with a minimal diy touch, boy/girl vocals, differently percussive and sometimes even utterly poignant (For as long). I could not but have an inteview with Thomas Werbrouck and Eline Adam, the two core members of Little Trouble Kids, who are now, with drummer Jonas Calu, a trio. Their second full length record, Haunted Hearts is simply fucking awesome. Brilliant and desperate. Now, press play and read my interview.
komakino: Hi Thomas, Eline, my bad, you're making such good records since
many several years, but only recently, I found out of you, with this
new LP of yours, - the third of yours - Haunted Hearts. Can you say
your music writing has changed and how, through these years? A
track like Freemason is more noise pop than the average nihilist
feeling of Haunted Hearts, don't you think?
Little Trouble Kids / Thomas: Indeed, we have been making music together for ten years and more
We started out in a high school band in which Eline played bass and
Thomas banged the drums. When that band called it quits, we decided
to continue as a two-piece: Boston Tea Party was born! Tim Vanhamel
(from Millionaire, Evil Superstars, Eagles of Death Metal, and many
more) discovered us after a show in Antwerp, and produced our first
album, called ‘little trouble kids’.
Actually, we are also struck by the very uplifting and punky spirit, when
we listen our debut back today. We sing about childhood memories,
partying, and how we are ‘cool kids’ who are ‘gonna make it to town’...
That album was a somewhat naïve, but very honest enthousiastic
blueprint of who we were in those days: essentially two hardworking
students trying to escape a boring live by writing music and playing
Likewise, our new album ‘Haunted Hearts’ is also a reflection of who we
were, a year from now. 2013 was a tough year with a car crash, being
fired at work, facing a burn-out... Adulthood kicked in, hence the dark
atmosphere and less optimistic thematics of the last album.
A side note about the ‘boston tea party is dead’-video => In 2012 we
changed our name to Little Trouble Kids because a Dutch band had
patented that name. (silly us, we didn’t google the name beforehand).
We were pissed off at first when that Dutch band contacted us, but now
we are very glad we changed our name: LTK is a far better band name,
and we can’t be confused with the conservative American political
organisation anymore! We also didn’t want to mope around and decided
to make a funny video about our name change: Eline spent hours
working on the scenario, looking for the right scenery, outfits, John
komakino: Watching Haunted Hearts' video, I assume you are now a three
Thomas: That is correct. On our first two albums we had a limited
instrumentation: just an acoustic guitar and a wooden box on
which Eline tap danced to the beat. But the new songs for Haunted
Hearts were written with a loop station and had more intricate
beats so we decided to drop the stompbox and engage a living,
breathing man to play percussion. However, we still don’t use a
full drum set: we have only have three floor toms and a guitar on
stage! Less is more.
komakino: I assume you are a couple, what came first, love or music
Thomas: Ha, music actually... But love followed pretty soon. We got to know
each other when we were 17 years old. Eline’s first band was
looking for a drummer, and came to Thomas. Classic high school
komakino: Your sound is pretty noir, I mean, this is not a record for the
daylight. And you can sense a lot of DIY attitude in it.
My opinion. But, this weird chemical of melancholy, and
bittersweet romanticism along the tracklist, is vehicle of
powerful originality: the minimal drum kit and distortion
satured acoustic guitar, it is like you naturally satisfied your
primitive urge of making Music with the first things around
you making a sound. So, what's Music in your life?
Thomas: Difficult question. I would say: without music, there’s no life...
If we aren’t making music or performing, we are always listening to
music, buying music, singing or talking about music. I think it’s safe
to say, we are music freaks...
komakino: I love Medals & Scars video, how did the idea pop up? It is pretty
creative and visionary.
Thomas: We are fond of hand crafted animation, early cinema pioneers like
George Méliès, the early stop motion material of Tim Burton. And
it has been a dream for a very long time to make our own stop
motion video. We are no professional animators so we have tried
to make a stop motion video with material that we understand:
paper and scissors.
Eline has made the scenario, has spent hours and even days
sketching figurines and sets and carving them out of paper.
Eventually we made 7510 pictures to make the characters come
to live! From start to finish, it took us more than 50 hours to create
komakino: You've been touring Europe in last years, and, now, what? I see
you have a bunch of new gigs in Belgium, NL and France.
Who drives the van? Any plan to come down in Italy?
Thomas: We are now promoting our new album in Belgium and the
Netherlands. On the road it’s just the two of us, our percussionist
and our sound engineer... Since we are a very small outfit we can
still travel in our small Berlingo, and Eline and me take turns on the
wheels (we are both very designated drivers!). Space is tight, but
it’s very convenient and quite cheap to tour in this manner! More
bands should do it, haha.
In 2012, we were lucky to be invited on a European tour alongside
Belgian heroes dEUS. Touring is the most exciting part of being in
a band, and we have plans to go on tour with a befriended band
in 2015 to France, perhaps Spain, Portugal, and we really, really
want to come to Italy... Travelling to beautiful countries, and a
warm climate. That’s life!
komakino: Personally, do you still buy records? Maybe vinyls? If so, what
did you grab recently?
Thomas: We have a very limited vinyl collection... We’re actually very
convinced CD-people! CD is a great format, you know. It might not
have the charm of an LP, but it produces the music exactly like the
artist intended their music to sound. Plus: we can bring along cd’s
in our Berlingo when we’re crossing the country once again.
Our last purchases: ‘Salad Days’ by Mac DeMarco, a compilation
with New Orleans ‘Voodoo’ music, and the soundtracks by Eleni
Karaindrou. Not very hip, but beautiful music.
komakino: Do you have 'regular' job? Or are you students?
komakino: Is there any live show you particularly enjoyed recently?
Do you like to re-listen to your own record?
Thomas: Every show we’re playing nowadays keeps on getting better and
better. I have the feeling that we still have some of our best shows
ahead of us. Perhaps our upcoming show on the amazing Belgian
festival Pukkelpop will be a highlight...
Last summer we had the best festival experience ever. We played
a festival called Au Pont du Rock in France, and the tent was
packed with 2000 people who didn’t know our music. But they
sang along every word of every song anyway. Best crowd ever!
We seldom re-listen to our own records. Once it’s finished, it’s