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Danko Jones Talks About Roadburn Festival On The Huffington Post: The Music Festival for Heavy Music Lovers

Posted on Saturday, March 9th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from The Huffington Post: Danko Jones – The Music Festival for Heavy Music Lovers: “There are two kinds of people in this world — people who listen to music and people who don’t. They don’t include people who think they listen to music, but they really don’t. These are people who listen to what’s spoon-fed to them by a variety of cursory sources i.e. car radio, magazine cover, iTunes banner, billboard, movie theme song, etc. Some people will obsessively listen to one record or one band or one music genre over and over again and consider themselves music lovers. They’re only music listeners in the same way someone who travels to Disneyland every summer calls themselves a world traveler.

These desultory listeners need to have this reality clarified for them because real music listeners are music lovers and they truly are a special breed. There are several tiers to this distinction. For example, when placed beside someone like Damian Abraham, singer of Fucked Up, I pale in comparison because I don’t think I’d spend $1,800 on a Negative Approach single like he did. So some are more fervent than others. But at its core real music listener has a compulsion to listen to as much “good” music as possible before one dies, regardless of genre.


To me, there are only two types of music in the world — good and bad. I like to listen to the good kind. Music is surely relative, but when one looks at the music that gets continually lauded over, be it critically or at a mainstream level, there’s usually a complete dismissal of anything remotely hard or heavy. Reason being is that, to most, the brashness of heavy music is seen as vulgar and uncouth, and that’s not even counting its lyrics.

I’ve always been stupefied by this generally accepted idea. Nobody on either side of the fence even bothers an attempt to rectify heavy music’s perception as unsophisticated. Meanwhile, bands like Cult Of Luna, Shining, Sons Of Otis and dozens of others proffer servings of beautiful cacophony that are on par with any recognized and critically accepted music act.

For years I’ve been a very outspoken booster for all things hard and heavy while I quietly listened to music acts like The Dears, Stereolab, Broken Social Scene, Smog and Bedhead. It wasn’t out of embarrassment or shame, but rather out of a futile attempt to even up what I saw as uneven attention going to softer musics. I still stand behind the notion that A Sun That Never Sets by Neurosis is just as, if not more, beautiful and rapturous as Elliot Smith’s XO album, but most people haven’t even heard Neurosis so it loses that debate on the ignorance vote.

There is for people like me, however, an oasis called The Roadburn Festival that represents everything that I’ve vaunted for years. Roadburn’s a four-day annual event in Tilburg, Holland (April 18 to 21, 2013) catering to heavy music lying outside of agreed upon music boundaries. From its early beginnings as a website dedicated to stoner rock and doom in the late-’90s to evolving into an internationally attended festival of renown, Roadburn harnesses a new list of underground bands each year with little stature, but rabid followings and collectively stuffs them into the 013, a venue that can hold just over 2,000 people. Each passing year the festival sells out months in advance without fail, proving there is an audience for this music.

Unlike other esteemed festivals like Coachella, Roadburn refuses to kowtow to commercial acts, sticking to their mandate of “… creat(ing) an adventurous festival we would want to attend as music lovers,” as said by co-founder and artistic director, Walter Hoeijmakers. He further reiterates, “We want Roadburn to be this festival as a tribute to the open-mindedness of the music lover.”

Any sense of musical adventure would be lost if forced to crowbar triple-A acts like Red Hot Chilli Peppers or Kanye West and thankfully Roadburn knows this.

What’s probably the most endearing part of the festival is their curated line-ups overseen in the past by such highly respected bands like Electric Wizard, Triptykon, Voivod and Sunn O))). It’s this curating angle, as well as their clever underground band choices that earns Roadburn the cred other more commercial festivals fail to capitalize on — the marked interest in bands as fans themselves.

Although my band is probably looked upon as too commercial by most Roadburn attendees, I’m still throwing my hat in the ring as potential curator. I love the running orders and regardless of what music I play, it doesn’t stop me from listening to this music, too — music meant to push, elate, explore, bludgeon and deafen.

If I could hold Roadburn in rapture for one night it might go like this:

Moving Sidewalks (HEADLINER)
Diamanda Galas (HEADLINER)

Zeitkratzer (Plays Metal Machine Music) OR
Zeitkratzer with Keiji Haino
Grand Magus
Brant Bjork & The Bros
Ben Frost
Yamantaka Eye
Church Of Misery
Shining (Norge)
Gentleman’s Pistols
The Doomriders
Colin Stetson
Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth
Sons Of Otis
Burning Love
Evil United”

Danko Jones would like to watch this:

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Album of the day: Voivod – Target Earth

Posted on Monday, January 14th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from If you had asked me five years ago what I thought the chances of a new Voivod studio album ever happening would be I probably would have laughed in your face. Not because I didn’t want it to happen, but because the probability of it happening […]

The Sleeping Shaman: Roadburn 2012 Day 2, 3 & Afterburner Review by Paul Robertson

Posted on Monday, May 21st, 2012

Before we do this thing a second time, I have a confession to make… I am a very bad journalist. They say that the road to hell is paved with good intentions and I’m pretty sure I’ll find that out first hand. There were a number of bands on day […]

Voivod: Entire Dimension Hatröss Performance at Roadburn 2012 Posted!

Posted on Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

As curators of Roadburn 2012, Voivod played two stunning sets at this year’s festival. Relive the intensity of the band’s entire Dimension Hatröss performance through the clips below. Encore: Man in the Trees (with Dan Kubinski of Die Kreuzen)

Album of the day: Roadburn HQ Favorite Albums of 2011

Posted on Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Many excellent records came out in 2011. We don’t pretend to be arbiters of taste, we just think it’s fun to share which albums rocked our worlds, soothed our souls, lifted our spirits or otherwise burrowed into our systems this year. Of course, in addition to occupying our turntables, many […]

Album of the day: Voivod – To The Death 84

Posted on Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Praise for Voivod‘s To The Death 84 from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: The far out French-Canadian sci-fi metal institution Voivod, legendary geniuses at both raw punkish thrash and advanced psychedelic prog, recently brought us an excellent live album, Warriors Of Ice, their first recording without the presence of late, great […]

Album of the day: Voivod – Dimension Hatröss

Posted on Monday, October 31st, 2011

Lovingly pinched from The Ripple Effect: When we last left our hero, the Voivod was surviving nuclear holocaust, technical dissolution, social anarchy, and an all around bad day. Where Killing Technology was a discordant chant of brutality and chaos, Dimension Hatröss takes the band’s sound one step closer to realization. […]

Album of the day: Voivod – Warriors of Ice

Posted on Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Lovingly pinched from Metal Review: With a setlist made up of primarily pre-90s Voivod, it’s hard not to get sentimental. So it’s off to the elementary school daze for a momentary lapse… Summer vacation 1988, Chicago, 90º Fahrenheit in the shade. We walked the streets armed with spray paint, beer, […]

Roadburn 2011 on YouTube Pt.3 (Saturday, April 16th)

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Quite a few Roadburn 2011 performances were captured on video by audience members. Here is a selection of YouTube clips handpicked by Roadburn (Day 3: Saturday, April 16th). Those moments when it was impossible to instantly transport yourself from the Main Room to the Midi Theatre, Green Room or Bat […]

Blogging from Roadburn 2011: Still in Orbit by Walter Roadburn (A Massive Thanks!!!)

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011

I’m spent and I’m numb! My brain is going nowhere. I’m no longer on Planet Roadburn but I’m not entirely here, either. I’m still in orbit. I can’t seem to adjust to daily life. What just happened during the last few days? Was there magic in the air? Did someone […]

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