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Belgium's Walter Broes & The Mercenaries Release New Single

Walter Broes is one of few Belgians in the Roots music world who’s name isn’t unheard of in a lot of places outside Belgium – on the contrary, it’s a bit of an established given even.

For over 25 years, his music has consistently occupied the shady space somewhere between Rockabilly and Rhythm and Blues, with a punky rock and roll middle finger firmly held up.

Just like you, Broes hasn’t had the most riveting, happy or productive year. Does he have a bunch of ideas, stories, and....opinions... about all the things our wonderful society has had to endure in the course of the last year? Absolutely, but he really doesn’t want to bother you with those. What he does want to bother you with is “Nice and Neat”, the new single by Walter Broes & The Mercenaries, his steady trio of the last few years, supplemented with Niels Verheest’s piano for the occasion.

Nice and Neat is 120 seconds of indecent, raucous, unpretentious Rock 'n' Roll, the kind of thing Broes thinks there should be more of in your life. A lot more of that, you know, and a lot less of the other...

Walter Broes is no stranger to the international roots music scene. He used to be the front man for Belgian Rock and Roll / Roots Rock band “The Seatsniffers” : sixteen years, seven albums and generously more than a thousand shows worth, all over Europe and beyond.

In late 2016, WB released his first new material in six years “Movin’ Up”, a record that once again showcased his unique take on 50’s Rock and Roll, R&B, Country, Blues and Americana – delivered with the post-punk attitude of his generation.

”Movin’ Up” got great press and the band’s been playing clubs and festivals at home and throughout Europe to enthusiastic crowds and reviews. Broes is still the singer, guitarist and songwriter for this new band, his vocal and guitar skills having matured over the years, Clark Kenis (Moonshine Reunion) plays bass and provides solid backing and occasional lead vocals, and veteran Roots-music drummer Lieven Declercq (The Internationals) holds down the rhythm.


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