The Rhythm Junks

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New video - The Game is Up

This wicked video has been shot by director Daniel Lambo (Duts, Los Flamencos, Traumland, Dry Branches of Iran,…). Last weekend his newest movie "De Figurant" went in première at the Filmfestival of Ostend, but in between the preparations for that film he made time for The Game is Up. Known for his guerrilla-style Lambo took care of the camerawork himself. The video hints at the "Beware of Mr. Baker"-docu about the life of drummer and enfant terrible Ginger Baker. The uncooperative bouncer is played by Luc Dufourmont, the singer of IDiOTS!

Homage to Toots

With the passing of one of our greatest inspirers' Toots Thielemans, who had played with Tony in the past, StuBru asked us to play a little tribute to this fantastic musician and one of the greatest harmonicaplayers ever. Later on we also played Goodbye (Ode to Toots) @Radio 1. Thank you Toots for your kindness, humour, passion and eternal inspiration!

Kanazawa & Osaka

Off to Japan again! This time we'll be playing May 25th till 29 in Kanazawa, a city that is connected to our hometown Ghent in The Fourth High School Memorial Park, Ishikawa. Kanazawa here we come! The second part we'll be playing Osaka from the 1st till the 5th of June in the Shin Umeda City (Wonder Square). Sayonara!


"Not all those who wander are lost". Gertjan Van Hellemont (aka Douglas Firs) invited Steven for a wanderwalk in Radio 1's Wanderland, also available as Podcast.


We'll be doing a nice clubtour in Germany from Bremen to Berlin, from Kiel to Karlsruhe and from Chemnitz to Stuttgart. Looking forward to see you there! SRF VIRUS (CH): "Zum Glück haben die Jungs trotz aller Unterschiede aber ins selbe Einmachglas gefunden und sondern frisch und süss und leicht.” SLEAZEMAG (DE): “The Rhythm Junks schaffen es trotz fehlender Gitarre einen Sound zu erschaffen. Genau dieser originelle Sound sorgt für einen Überraschungsmoment, wenn man die Platte einlegt.” AMUSIO (DE): “It Takes A While hat Charme, Witz und Wärme. Nur ein tumber Tor wird sich dem verwehren wollen.” TERRORVERLAG (DE): “Irgendwie cool, irgendwie schräg, irgendwie anders.” FOCUS KNACK: “Als Triggerfinger vet is en Balthazar droog, dan bivakkeren de Junks op de malse groene vlakte daartussenin. Met blijkbaar net zoveel exportwaarde als die twee andere bands. In muzikaal opzicht zijn The Rhythm Junks een wereldband, die lak heeft aan conventies, en een onmiskenbaar eigen karakter heeft.” DE STANDAARD: “Rariteitenkabinet met groove.” ROOTSTIME: “Een aanrader voor wie muziek beluistert zonder oogkleppen.” DE MORGEN: “Tussen beuzelend en briljant.” PARIS-MOVE (FR): "Un tout aussi improbale melting pot de new-wave ethnico-musette, où les ombres de New Order, de Kusturica et de Toots Thielemans s’invitent.” FESTIVALINFO (NL): “Het blijft bijzonder dat een trio in staat is om zo`n spannende sound te creëren. Het trio levert een sterke plaat die getuigt van spelplezier, inventiviteit en een uniek geluid.” Thanks to Popup-Records and the Flemish government for their support!

Headphone City

Headphone City is our second single and the opening track of our new album It Takes a While. The "Headphone" doesn't need to be taken too literally! For this clip we cooperated with our friend Daniel Lambo of Lambofilms (Duts, Dry Branches of Iran, Traumland and Los Flamencos). We have worked together in the past composing the soundtrack of Los Flamencos. Check it with your friends!

Why Would I Worry

Our first single of the new album "It Takes a While" is "Why Would I Worry". We were thrilled to work together with director Benny Vandendriessche (Drift, Manngold, Daan, Bobbejaan Schoepen) for the one take video of this song. It's a real time concept with an absurd element. Share if you care!

We've got a NEW Album 'It Takes a While' coming!

Our new album will be released on the 5th of February 2016. We'll start off the tour with a release show in the AB-club Brussels. Here's an acoustic take on the title track we've just done in our latest AB Session.

Steven wins the triennial Eikenloof award

Steven wins the triennial cultural Eikenloof award in his hometown "Heusden-Zolder". Jef Ulburghs, Marleen Daniëls and Fred Brouwers have been the previous laureates.

Steven's #mijnverhaal in his hometown Heusden-Zolder

In a series of 8 mine stories in the region of Limburg, director Stijn Coninx has filmed Steven in his hometown Heusden-Zolder about his childhood impressions. You can see the Short Story here. For more info on this project go to

Hiroshima, Kyoto & Sendai (Japan)

We've had many unforgettable moments in Hiroshima, Kyoto and Sendai trying out some of the new songs. One of the highlights was the meeting with Koto and Taiko drum player Tsubasa Hori in Kyoto. Our friend Pieter-Jan De Smet made this Impression. Thank you BBW for the invitation!

Recording a New album

We are currently working on our new album and are excited about the new songs. More news on the release soon!

Action "Kom op tegen Kanker"

Steven has been contributing to the new national campaign song of "Kom op tegen kanker!" (Stand Up Against Cancer!). More info and the video on Iedereen is van de wereld.

10 Years Anniversary Concert & FREE NEW SINGLE

Happy Birthday to us. We'd like to treat you on some earcandy. Download our new single Shining in the rain for free! Hope to see you all on our tin Anniversary concert on thursday 19th of March in the Handelsbeurs Gent, with some of our musical friends. Marie Daulne (Zap Mama), Filip Casteels (El Fish), Eugene Chadbourne (USA), Mariana Tootsie (BE/GRE) and The Rhythm Junks Horns will all join the bus!

Available in the USA

Our music will be available in the USA from now on through DWM Music Company.

Nairobi Harmonica Express

The Nairobi Harmonica Express has just taken off! We've decided to set up this project after visiting the Ghetto Classics project in Korogocho in February. We've collected harmonica's for the school and will teach the kids how to play them with the help of some Ghetto Classics graduates. Now the harmonica's have arrived, we are thrilled to find out where the "Nairobi Harmonica Express" eventually will lead to and we hope it's going to be a beautiful, funny and inspiring trip for everyone involved!

Hohner Rocket!

HOHNER Music honours Steven's harmonica playing by choosing him as the face for their new ROCKET harmonica, the latest addition to the "Progressive Line". To announce the new release, they made this portrait of Steven. The Hohner Rocket is a great enhancement of the classic Special 20. Thank you Hohner!

Supports for Balthazar and Triggerfinger

We'll do some supports for these two great Belgian bands in Switzerland (Balthazar) and Germany (Triggerfinger) in April. Check our concert agenda for more info!

Safaricom International Jazz Festival was great!

We had a great time in Nairobi performing on the first "Safaricom International Jazz Festival". We got such a warm welcome and teamed up with great local and international musicians. A very special moment for us was the visit of a beautiful music project in the Korogocho slum called "Ghetto Classics". We've decided to support this project in the future! For impressions and reviews, check out our Fb-page. Here's a video-compilation made by Fredrick Kiarie.

Supports Triggerfinger and Balthazar

The Rhythm Junks have been invited by Triggerfinger and Balthazar to play some of their supports in Germany in Switzerland.


The Rhythm Junks have been invited to play in Nairobi on the "Safaricom International Jazz Festival, a journey of a thousand miles". This will be our first concert as a band in Africa. We are very happy to take part in this festival!

Happy 2014

Bye Bye 2013. Thank you for all your support and friendship. We wish you may may, may dream and may beat your borders in 2014!!!

Some People

We've teamed up with Wouter Bouvijn and Thomas Nolf again to shoot our video for Some People. It shows Steven as a mysterious taxidermist and Jasper and Tony as hunters. No animals have been hurt during the shooting of this music video!

Germany, Switzerland, Austria

We are getting great reactions on our release in the GSA. Practise your German here: TERRORVERLAG: "Das ist einfach rhythmische Musik mit hohem Wiedererkennungswert und einem unvergleichlichen Spaßfaktor. Irgendwie cool, irgendwie schräg, irgendwie anders"; JOINMUSIC: "Beim Durchhören und Genießen wird man gemütlich in eine andere Welt verschwinden, sich am Ende etwas reifer fühlen"; MUSIKBLOG: "Eine seltsame, erstaunliche, schwer zu beschreibende Platte, die sowohl den Nebenbei- als auch Intensiv-Test mühelos besteht"; BELIEVE DIGITAL: "Der Song an sich wird in den Vordergrund geholt und verknüpft das neue Album zu einem starken Ganzen"; SRF VIRUS: "Zum Glück haben die Jungs trotz aller Unterschiede aber ins selbe Einmachglas gefunden und liefern mit Some People einen Song ab, der gar nicht sauer schmeckt – sondern im Gegenteil - frisch und süss und leicht".

We like all animals!

Sabam made a nice video of our performance at the Zoo of Antwerp.

Some People

Some People is Song der Woche on SRF Virus in Switzerland.

Los Flamencos

We've had a lot of fun working on the soundtrack of Los Flamencos. Watch the trailer here!

Release Germany

On October 18 our record "Beaten Borders" will be released in Germany, Switserland and Austria through Popup Records.

BBW Fukuoka Japan

We've had such a good time at the Belgian Beer Weekend in Fukuoka. Wanna say thank you, merci, arigato at everyone who made this festival possible! For some impressions, like Polar Bear Tony San, see our Fb-page.

Soundtrack Los Flamencos

We are in a mariachi mood! Steven, Jasper & Tony are working on the soundtrack of Daniel Lambo's new movie "Los Flamencos".

New single Drowning Sailors with NEW CLIP

Wouter Bouvijn did it again. After getting into the selection of the final 9 for a student Oscar with his debut "Tweesprong", Wouter shot our new clip in Andalusia (Spain). Look-a-here!

Beaten Borders WORLDWIDE!

Good news for our international friends and fans. Beaten Borders is available worldwide @ Itunes NOW!


Our friend Dj Bobby Ewing made an 80's Dance Remix of Checking In. Listen here!.

Beaten Borders PRESS

For a summary of what the press has to say about the new Beaten Borders album, look-a-here!

Pre-listen the new album on De Standaard!

If you are wondering how the new album may sound, listen here on came to visit us during a rehearsal. They made a nice mini documentary!

The Rhythm Junks at the start of an exciting week!

The Rhythm Junks are finally releasing their new third album 'Beaten Borders' this friday with concerts in AB-club Brussels (28/2), Arenbergschouwburg Antwerp (1/3) and Vooruit Ghent (3/3). See you all there!

The Rhythm Junks play "Some People"

The Rhythm Junks have been playing an acoustic AB-session. Check it out here!

Pre-Order your BEATEN BORDERS now!

For those who wish to pre-order and receive our new album 'Beaten Borders' on the 1st of March, visit Mister T :

Checking In CLIP

Our first clip from the forthcoming album 'Beaten Borders' is ready, look-a-here!

Checking In

Our first single from the forthcoming album 'Beaten Borders' is out now on Itunes, check iTunes.

Beaten Borders

Our new album 'Beaten Borders' will be out on the 1st of March 2013! It will be out at Gentle Recordings and distributed by Universal. We'll play 3 release concerts in Brussels (28/2), Antwerp (1/3) and Ghent (3/3), we hope to see you all there. Better get your tickets now!

Radio 1 Sessions

Steven De bruyn & Roland Van Campenhout are the curators of the Radio 1 session of October. They have invited Admiral Freebee, The Hong Kong Dong, Mauro, Pieter-Jan De Smet, Bob Brozman and the Rhythm Junks! We are looking forward to this exciting night!

Mixing Time !

The Rhythm Junks are currently mixing their third full album in the ICP Studio Brussels.


The Rhythm Junks have been invited to play the Glasgow Unesco City of Music Event on the 3rd of August 2012. We'll play the Experience Stage at 4PM and at 6:20PM! For info see

Studio Time !

The Rhythm Junks are ready to record their third full album. We'll go into the studio now arelease in the beginning of 2013! The new album will be produced by Geoffrey Burton (Pop Off, Hong Kong Dong, Daan). We are ready to record the new songs.


The Rhythm Junks have been invited to play on the Belgian Beer Weekend in Hisaya Odori Nagoya from april 26 'till the 30st. Roland Van Campenhout and Pieter-Jan De Smet are coming along for some fine Belgian music.

Beats of Love

We had a lot of fun in the studio of De Laatste Show, the Belpop classic we choose to cover Nacht und Nebel's "Beats of Love".

De Laatste Show

On Februari 6, 7, 8 and 9 The Rhythm Junks will be the band of De Laatste Show. That week, some places are left for our fans, mail Be quick, limited places!!! De Laatste Show.

Wintervuur 2012

The Rhythm Junks will be playing @ Wintervuur 2012 in Hoboken on Jan 7. Steven and Jasper will play in the theaterplay "Rosie & Moussa" on this festival.

MIA'S 2011

Steven has been nominated for a Music Industry Award for best musician.


Miles Away wins the award for Short Film Best Music @ DocUtah Film Festival. The music was cand performed by Steven.

One Night Stand @ StuBru

The Rhythm Junks visited Otto-Jan Ham's One Night Stand @ StuBru and played 3 songs livestudio. Watch here!

Japanese crowd


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Date Location Website
09/08/2016 LOKEREN (BE) Fonnefeesten
13/08/2016 CAUNAY (FR) Mad Hatters Festival
14/08/2016 EEKLO (BE) Herbakkersfestival Canadaplein
03/09/2016 HAMONT (BE) Rock Monsieur
16/09/2016 FREIBURG (DE) Slow Club
17/09/2016 BOLOGNA (IT) Armonica Soirée - Giardino Davide Penazzi
18/09/2016 INZAGO (IT) Mocambo Caruana_Bar-Inzago
29/09/2016 ZURICH (CH) La Catrina
30/09/2016 NYON (CH) La Parenthèse
08/10/2016 AMEN (NL) Den Amer
15/10/2016 ANTWERPEN (BE) Oude Badhuis w/ IDiOTS!

Past concerts

22/07/2016 GENT (BE) Storytelling Steven De bruyn + Douglas Firs
01/06/2016 - 05/06/2016 OSAKA (JP) BBW Shin Umeda City (Wonder Square)
25/05/2016 - 29/05/2016 KANAZAWA (JP) BBW The Fourth High School Memorial Park, Ishikawa
01/05/2016 BRUGGE (BE) Red Rock Rally
30/04/2016 NEERPELT (BE) Northern Nights Festival
23/04/2016 STUTTGART (DE) Galao
22/04/2016 KARLSRUHE (DE) Kohi
21/04/2016 BERLIN (DE) Dunckerclub
20/04/2016 CHEMNITZ (DE) Aaltra
19/04/2016 MAINZ (DE) Schon Schön
16/04/2016 KIEL (DE) Prinz Willy
15/04/2016 DETMOLD (DE) Kaiserkeller
14/04/2016 DÜSSELDORF (DE) Die Kassette
01/04/2016 ANTWERPEN (BE) De Roma
26/03/2016 ZEMST (BE) De Melkerij
23/03/2016 HANNOVER (DE) Lindwurm
22/03/2016 BREMEN (DE) Karton
19/03/2016 EEKLO (BE) N9
18/03/2016 HASSELT (BE) Muziekodroom
22/01/2016 WILRIJK (BE) Club Canapé
17/01/2016 ASSEN (NL) Drents Museum
*** 2015 ***
06/12/2015 DUDZELE (BE) Ou-Vèrt
13/11/2015 MOL (BE) CC Het Getouw
27/09/2015 HOEILAART (BE) Jazz met Pit
20/09/2015 BRUSSEL (BE) Steenstraat Muziekstraat
29/08/2015 MECHELEN (BE) Maanrock
13/08/2015 MECHELEN (BE) Parkpop
10/08/2015 NINOVE (BE) Parkconcerten
08/08/2015 ENAME (BE) Ename Koestert
16/07/2015 - 20/07/2015 SENDAI (JP) BBW Kotodai Park
12/07/2015 Kyoto (JP) Urban Guild
07/07/2015 - 11/07/2015 HIROSHIMA (JP) BBW Former Hiroshima Municipal Stadium
03/07/2015 STUTTGART (DE) Marienplatzfest
28/06/2015 NOYELLES-SOUS-BELLONNE (FR) Chez Oim Festival
27/06/2015 OUDENAARDE (BE) De Woeker
23/05/2015 KALMTHOUT (BE) Straatfeesten
16-05-2015 COTTBUS (DE) Grenzenlos
15-05-2015 CHEMNITZ (DE) Aaltra
14-05-2015 BERLIN (DE) An Einem Sonntag Im August
13-05-2015 BERLIN (DE) Mein Haus Am See
01/05/2015 GENT (BE) Onder de stadshal
28/03/2015 HEFFEN (BE) Zaal Gréty
19-03-2015 *** GENT (BE) Handelsbeurs - 10 YEARS The Rhythm Junks ***
w/ Marie Daulne (Zap Mama), Filip Casteels (EL Fish), Eugene Chadbourne (USA), Mariana Tootsie & Rhythm Junks Horns
15-03-2015 DEN BOSCH (NL) P79
13-03-2015 KRAAINEM (BE) GC De Lijsterbes
18-02-2015 DEVENTER (NL) Burgerweeshuis
21-01-2015 LEUVEN (BE) Het Depot - STEVEN SOLO w/ BOOKER T. JONES
17-01-2015 STUTTGART (DE) Café Galao
15-01-2015 DUSSELDORF (DE) Die Kassette
*** 2014 ***
12-12-2014 ANTWERPEN (BE) Groenplaats 21h
08-11-2014 BERCHEM (BE) Berchem on Tour
22-10-2014 BREDENE (BE) Blues in the box ***SOLD OUT***
18-10-2014 WERVIK (BE) GC Forum
27-09-2014 HANSBEKE (BE) Arscene
19-09-2014 MAASEIK (BE) De Sjruur 20Y!
23-08-2014 RIJMENAM (BE) Rijmrock
15-08-2014 NIJDROP (BE) Zomerhappening
09-08-2014 DETMOLD (DE) Sommerbuehne
23-07-2014 GENT (BE) Boomtown Festival Gentse Feesten
10-07-2014 ANTWERPEN (BE) Sunshine Concert @ De Coninckplein
19-06-2014 BRUSSEL (BE) AB (w/ Violent Femmes)
31-05-2014 GENT (BE) Vooruit (Exclusive Clubshow with special guests Fulco Ottervanger and Dj Vindictiv.)
25-05-2014 GENT (BE) Groentemarkt
29-04-2014 SAARBRÜCKEN (DE) Garage (w/ Triggerfinger)
28-04-2014 KONSTANZ (DE) Kulturladen (w/ Triggerfinger)
27-04-2014 DRESDEN (DE) GrooveStation (w/ Triggerfinger)
26-04-2014 MOOSBURG (DE) Jazzclub Hirsch
18-04-2014 ZURICH (CH) Kinski Club (w/ Balthazar)
17-04-2014 YVERDON (CH) L'Amalgame (w/ Balthazar)
16-04-2014 LUCERNE (CH) Schüür (w/ Balthazar)
11-04-2014 KARLSRUHE (DE) Kulturraum KOHI
10-04-2014 HALDERN (DE) Haldern Pop Bar
22-3-2014 NYON (CH) La Parenthèse
21-3-2014 RORSCHACH (CH) Treppenhaus
20-03-2014 ZÜRICH (CH) Bar Rossi
14-03-2014 DETMOLD (DE) Kaiserkeller
23-02-2014 NAIROBI (KEN) Safaricom International Jazz Festival Nairobi @ Ngong Racecourse
18-02-2014 NAIROBI (KEN) Michael Joseph Centre
17-01-2014 ASSEN (NL) De Witte Bal
*** 2013 ***
14-12-2013 GENT (BE) Handelsbeurs
11-12-2013 LEUVEN (BE) 't Depot
07-12-2013 NEERPELT (BE) Dommelhof
29-11-2013 OPGLABBEEK (BE) GC Den Ichter
23-11-2013 LESSINES (BE) CC René Magritte
22-11-2013 LIER (BE) Liers Cultuurcentrum
19-11-2013 KAYSERSBERG (FR) Salle du Badhus
15-11-2013 AARSCHOT (BE) CC Het Gasthuis
14-11-2013 BERLIN (DE) Duncker Club
12-11-2013 MAINZ (DE) Kulturclub Schon Schön
07-11-2013 AMSTERDAM (NL) De Brakke Grond
06-10-2013 WEINHEIM (DE) Café Central
28-09-2013 ANTWERPEN (BE) Pop Up Lunch Concert
13-09-2013 KARLSRUHE (DE) Kohi
06-09-2013 MECHELEN (BE) 't Arsenaal
24-08-2013 TERNAT (BE) Bluesrockfestival
23-08-2013 KAPRIJKE (BE) Oud Stadhuis
10-08-2013 SINT-GENESIUS-RODE (BE) Volkin'Ro
28-07-2013 FUKUOKA (JP) Tenjin Central Park
27-07-2013 FUKUOKA (JP) Tenjin Central Park
26-07-2013 FUKUOKA (JP) Tenjin Central Park
25-07-2013 FUKUOKA (JP) Tenjin Central Park
24-07-2013 FUKUOKA (JP) Tenjin Central Park
21-07-2013 GENT (BE) Gentse Feesten bij St-Jacobs
20-07-2013 KNOKKE-HEIST (BE) Kneistival
13-07-2013 MAASEIK (BE) All Weather Festival
04-07-2013 HERENTALS (BE) Donderse Dagen
30-06-2013 EDEGEM (BE) Rock Edegem
23-06-2013 EINDHOVEN (NL) Wilhelmina
18-05-2013 DIEST (BE) Diest Live Warandepark
17-05-2013 TILBURG (NL) 013
16-05-2013 IEPER (BE) Leetvermaak
04-05-2013 INGELMUNSTER (BE) Labadoux
30-04-2013 ST-NIKLAAS (BE) De Casino
27-04-2013 BUGGENHOUT (BE) GC De Pit
20-04-2013 KESSEL-LO (BE) Lo Rock
30-03-2013 ZOLDER (BE) De Muze
29-03-2013 BOECHOUT (BE) Theater Vooruit
09-03-2013 STABROEK (BE) Zaal Moorland
08-03-2013 DIKSMUIDE (BE) 4AD
03-03-2013 GENT (BE) Vooruit
01-03-2013 ANTWERPEN (BE) Arenbergschouwburg (SOLD OUT)
28-02-2013 BRUSSEL (BE) AB club
*** 2012 ***
29-10-2012 BRUSSEL (BE) Radio 1-Sessions (SOLD OUT)
11-10-2012 GENT (BE) Groenzaal
17-09-2012 BRUSSEL (BE) Stoemp Concert Roskam
14-09-2012 DEERLIJK (BE) Diefte Scheute
09-09-2012 LAUWE (BE) Schippersweekend
08-09-2012 ZOTTEGEM (BE) Vlaamse Monumenten
17-08-2012 BORNEM (BE) Bornem Festival
12-08-2012 LEUVEN (BE) Marktrock
08-08-2012 VILVOORDE (BE) Far West Concert
04-08-2012 LEDE (BE) Rock Lee Reloaded
03-08-2012 GLASGOW (UK) City of Music
24-06-2012 FLEMALLE (BE) Fiesta du Rock
02-06-2012 GENT (BE) Coupure Feesten
28-05-2012 KORTRIJK (BE) Sinksen Track*
19-05-2012 WIJGMAAL (BE) Wijgmaalse Feesten
08-05-2012 OOSTENDE (BE) Stuutn in den Hof
28-01-2012 RIJKEVORSEL (BE) De Singer
20-01-2012 KALMTHOUT (BE) Mimuze
07-01-2012 HOBOKEN (BE) Wintervuur

Info & Bookings

Why Would I Worry (Official video)

Some People (Official video)

Drowning Sailors (Official video)

Checking In (Official video)