Dishwasher_ are the latest disciples of yet another new wave of talent in the fertile Belgian groove and jazz scene.

Werend Van Den Boscche (saxophone, synths, fx) | Louise van den Heuvel (el. bass) | Arno Grootaers (drums)

It would, however, be a shame to limit them to the constraints of any given musical style. Ever since their formation in 2019, the Ghent-based trio have been experimenting with all possible genres to create a contemporary sound they can now rightfully call their own. With their self-titled debut album, to be released in April 2023 via Sdban Ultra, they are closing off an impressive first chapter, delivering a unique and diverse yet coherent collection of groove-driven cuts.

While labelling Diswasher_ as a jazz band wouldn’t do them enough justice, it is a fact that improvisation and a certain free approach turn out to be key in the creation and performance process of the album’s tracks. Werend, Louise and Arno specifically aim to capture their live energy and synergy on the album by experimenting with structures and textures, playing with song lengths and implementing influences from various other styles— electronic music in the first place, but as well traces from (Middle-)Eastern and Balkan music, next to dance, hip-hop and even metal.

As a result, the record tends to be a pure and honest representation of Diswasher_’s musical identity and artistic quest over the past years — both as individual musicians and as a band. Saxophones drenched in effects, diverse layers of synthesisers, a bass guitar hopping from fingerpicking licks to deep and drone-like bass tones, drums can sometimes sound like drum computers, and sometimes as subtle acoustic beats: it’s pretty clear how deep this trio have dived to search and find something totally fresh and new.

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'Er was gisteren ook een band van eigen bodem die indruk maakte. Want wat Dishwasher neerzette, illustreerde waarom de Gentse band dit jaar tot Jong Jazztalent 2022 is uitgekozen. Een trio van altsax, elektrische bas en drums, en alweer heel veel elektronica.' (****)'

De Standaard (BE)

"Dat uw vaat er proper van zal worden, kunnen we niet beloven. Waar we wel zeker van zijn, is dat u bij Dishwasher_ aan het juiste adres bent voor een bezwerend streepje krautjazz. Het Gentse trio gaat aan de slag met conventionele instrumenten, maar benadert hun songwriting op een compleet nieuwe manier, gestuurd door bewondering voor computergeprogrammeerde muziek."

Knack Focus (BE)

"De fantastische compositie heeft bovendien een sterke opbouw en neemt je mee naar waar je het niet zou verwachten. “Home Cinema” is een debuutsingle om U tegen te zeggen."

Dansende Beren (BE)

"Dishwasher's music is triply amazing, as it seems that each gig revolves around a fully unhinged improvisation."

All About Jazz (UK/US)

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Management & bookings R.O.W

Bookings Benelux

Willem Vandesande (Busker Artist Agency) 479 86 94 06