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, released in April 2023 via Sdban Ultra, they are crowning an impressive first chapter with 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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“ (…) c’est ainsi que le jazz évolue, se gorge d’autres sons, d’autres rythmes, harmonies, mélodies comme une éponge. Et offre une musique qui ne ressemble plus à aucune autre. C’est la belle surprise de c et album : Dishwasher nous emmène dans d’autres territoires.” ★★★

Le Soir (BE)

“Soms klinkt de muziek als jazzrock op speed en moet u allicht aan Stuff denken – bij veel nummers is het moeilijk stilzitten. Dishwasher_ serveert een verleidelijke mix van jazz en electronica.” ★★★★

De Standaard (BE)

“Other than their unflagging energy, what I find most striking about their music is the extent to which electronic effects and processing are so stitched-in.”

London Jazz News (UK)

“De Gentse groep debuteert met veel esprit en energie. In de improvisaties vloeien jazz, electronica, grooves en Afrikaanse of Midden-Oosterse motieven samen. (…) Een riante trip." ★★★★

Knack Focus (BE)


Management & bookings R.O.W

Bookings Benelux

Willem Vandesande (Busker Artist Agency) 479 86 94 06