Shall we have a drink at The Drovers Inn?
Ok, that’s too fast. Let’s start again.
It begins with a band, Captain Kaiser. A bunch of unshaven lads living in the rural north of Belgium, better known as Kempen. Five days a week, they go to work, do the dishes and care for their ladies and babies. But at the weekend, they give steamy shows in sweaty youth clubs, drink the cheap supermarket beer after which they named their band and prepare the third edition of their festival, Kaiser Fest. Named after the band. Which is thus named after the beer. Anyway.
Captain Kaiser debuted in 2018 with Dog Days On Deck, already a classic in the small, but dense and interesting scene of Kempen punk, but that didn’t made the making of the sophomore album easier. In the meanwhile, the band members got babies, have lost beloveds and have wrestled with the typical questions adult life asks to every twenty-something.
Maybe you can compare the making of the album to a long walk in the Highlands of Scotland, for example the hiking journey that front singer Sascha Vansant made some time ago. There, in a pittoresque pub, he found solutions, inspiration and good beer. That bar, that was The Drovers Inn. Can you imagine a better album title?
We can’t, just like we can imagine a better producer than Thomas Valkiers: guitarist of Crackups, producer for Equal Idiots, Tin Fingers, Psycho 44 and with all his projects, expertise and skills the one and only Ty Segall of Kempen punk.
CORONA PROOF LOCATION
Zappa – August Leyweg 6, 2020 Antwerpen