LEWSBERG (The Netherlands)

“Lewsberg are one of the more interesting bands to come out of a city currently enjoying something of an alternative musical renaissance. Lewsberg are exponents of a measured, arty-but-inquisitive sound that is slightly at odds with the brazen racket made by the likes of their city peers.” LOUDER THAN WAR


Here’s a four-piece rock group named after writer and fellow Rotterdammer Robert Loesberg, famous for his dangerous novel Enige Defecten from 1974, which has unfortunately never been translated. That is the greatest source of inspiration for the band: the counterculture and big-city cynicism of the 1960s and 1970s. The band released their self-titled debut full-length in April, featuring nine rudimentary and repetitive rock songs, full of a tough, nonchalant intensity. The English lyrics, delivered with a heavy Rotterdam accent, show a tendency towards existentialism and black humour.