BZB is a Dutch folk rock outfit based in the southern parts of the Netherlands. They’ve been around for twenty plus years, releasing a string of records and building up a cult status in the process. The band’s latest album, simply entitled “7”, revolves the concept of the seven deadly sins…
Well, the seven deadly sins may be the main theme of this album, but that doesn’t make it a heavy handed or preachy effort. BZB is all about having a good time and celebrating life in general. Musically the band has much in common with Flogging Molly, The Pogues and Dropkick Murphys, which means an energetic mix of punk rock with folk elements. Tracks like “7 Dagen 7 Zonden”, “Testoron” and “Sta Op” are brilliant examples of that.
BZB isn’t afraid to add more colors to their musical palette, such as vintage country in “Morgen Heb Ik Spijt” and “Blind Achterna”. “Mijn Dorp” contains some lovely Irish folk elements. “Doet Me Niks”, “Man Van De Klok” and “De Zin Van Het Leven” are some spirited uptempo folk rock songs. All the songs are written and sung in Dutch and they contain some drop dead funny wordplays and other crafty linguistic innuendo.
“7” is a very entertaining and energetic album. I doubt whether this release will appeal to many outside the Netherlands and Flanders, but then again this release can easily hold its own against the best albums by Flogging Molly, The Pogues and Dropkick Murphys. Good stuff!