“Play it fucking loud” is what Bob Dylan said to his band 50 years ago. Backgammon follows. With this motto, the Dutch band has been playing rock songs that turn all faces towards the stage for over 5 years.
Backgammon breaths new life into classic rock in a unique fashion. Neil Young, Tom Petty and the Gallagher brothers are their big inspirations. The Gallagher-formula got a big upgrade in the Netherlands though; brothers Thijs and Pim van der Meulen come out unscratched.
With close to 150 shows in the past two years, the band has gained experience quickly. In the summer of 2015, Backgammon was embraced by audiences in the UK and Belgium. However, the highlight of the year took place in The Netherlands: the band reached the finals of 'De Grote Prijs van Nederland' and started the year with a show in the main hall of Paradiso, Amsterdam. In the fall of 2016, Backgammon was the #9 most booked band out of 138 acts that were selected for the traveling showcase festival Popronde.
After releasing two EP's, they are now collaborating with producer Martijn Groeneveld (John Coffey, Dotan) from studio Mailmen to record the Backgammon debut album. Singles ‘Oh Yeah!’ and ‘Through The Back Of My Head’ were included in Spotify’s New Music Friday and got the band some good international attention. The album will be released in Paradiso, Amsterdam on February 10th.