DIRK. is one of the biggest and most played indie acts in BE, having scored two successful albums and a string of alternative chart-toppers, with three singles simultaneously storming the indie charts in '20, one of them (‘@Hit’) reaching number one. As one influential music magazine put it after their triumphant gig at the Pukkelpop festival in '21: “DIRK. has what it takes to be one of the best Belgian bands around, simply because they already are.” DIRK. surfaced in '18 with their debut record, simply called ‘album’, and reached national indie stardom with their '20 sophomore album ‘@Cracks in Common Sense’, sounding warm and nostalgic like Weezer, and edgy like Pixies and Fugazi. In the past two years the band has worked hard to become an even more close-knit fourpiece. DIRK. sounds more focused and ferocious, and at the same time explores new musical territory, adding a touch of sheer class and wit, much like Blur did towards the end of the 90s (“13”). 'Idiot Paradise' is the title track of the third album and is packed with 3 minutes of ultra-infectious hooks, before shifting to a coda of crunchy riffs, a soaring melody, and thumping drums, screaming Silversun Pickups, Pavement and Car Seat Headrest. The album ‘Idiot Paradise’ itself was released on March 3rd '23 and showcased at Brussels’s iconic Ancienne Belgique venue. The European summer festivals are next and being the raucous live band they are, you’ll want to be there.


Björn Nuyens
Territory: Europe


10.08.24 / Willrock - Wilrijk
07.09.24 / Floatline Festival - Oudsbergen


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