The Space Age Travellers
Gerco Aerts bass
BJ Baartmans guitar
Sjoerd van Bommel drums
Rock & Roll, Surf, Jive and Spaghetti Western instrumentals with a free jazz twist.
The Space Age Travellers play self-penned material by songwriter/ guitarist BJ Baartmans, inspired by the sounds of their guitar heroes springing from the Space Age like Bill Frisell, Richard Thompson, Ry Cooder, Marc Ribot, Brian Setzer or Jeff Beck and their inspirations,too, with the likes of Duane Eddy, Wes Montgomery, Charlie Christian, Django Rheinhardt, Dick Dale, The Shadows, James Burton and Jimmy Bryant.
Extremely dancable grooves, romantic melodies, intriguing soundscapes and craftsmanship with unprecedented velocity and poignancy. Music for lovers and freaks. A sonic voyage through time!
Performed by three soulmates with rich musical pasts in a.o. BJ's Wild Verband, Matthews Southern Comfort, André Manuel's Ketterse Fanfare, B-Movie Orchestra and Ms Hips.
The Space Age Travellers’ debut album @Ventures In The Shadows was recorded live in BJ Baartmans Studio Wild Verband, with the15 tracks covering a rich palette of sounds. It was released in November 2018 to immense critical acclaim in Dutch music media garnering rave reviews even in renowned magazines like Vintage Guitar Magazine (USA), Roots Music Report (USA) en Pipeline (UK). The band have performed circa two dozens of shows and in doing so have developed an infectious stage delivery, in which the lucidly calibrated songs offer plenty of comfortable space for improvisation, humour and imagination which these excellent musicians gladly make use of.
@Ventures in The Shadows was accompanied by a digital-only bonus album, Slapback To The Future., with songs that BJ wrote especially for two guitar courses that he put together for the American True Fire, some of which the band have also included in their live sets,tapping 50s rockabilly en swing slightly more emphatically.These are more traditional in their set-up and are delivered in an almost casual way, but definitely constitute more than a well-kept secret.
Its real successor Spaceology will be available early 2021 and it showcases a sound that is similarly colourful and ,where possible, productionally even more elaborate.It
again contains all original material which may well serve as the soundtrack to a yet- to- be- made Arthouse, Spaghetti Western or Cinema Noir movie.
It’s music in which the characters of these three band members can be fully appreciated
released November 27, 2020