It's the Dust Bowl Depression Era Jump Jive Blues- it's the sounds of a jump jive jalopy, broken down banjos and rumble seat sinners fueled up on jungle juice and the churn of the crank shaft as the Model T lurks into motion along the dusty hobo highway. Pre-War Blues and rockin' rhythm & blues rages of the stage and rumbles through the festival grounds. Maison du Malheur has arrived.
Maison du Malheur is the swinging troupe around songwriter JP Mesker. In 2011 the rocksolid seven-piece band played their first show and immediately got the attention from clubs and festivals all over Europe. Within a year they played over a hundred shows, opened for blues icon C.W. Stoneking and while touring the band wrote a new album.
Stomping Pre-War drums, honky-tonk piano and cracking copper horns call the shots on their new album Wicked Transmission. Maison du Malheur is an out of control house party by Fats Waller, where Professor Longhair takes a seat behind the piano and Howlin' Wolf sings out his misery. The universal dance music, traditional roots and storytelling character of the ten songs are packed with musical saw, manic theremin and mariachi trumpet. Swinging limbs and bodies jumping, Maison du Malheur rattles your bones.
The release of their album Wicked Transmission got them in the Dutch Album Charts, they did a memorable performance at the number one national television show De Wereld Draait Door (+1 million views) and played on nationwide popular radiostations 3FM, Radio 1 and Radio 6. In January Maison du Malheur played impressive shows at the Noorderslag and Eurosonic Festival, which gave them great reviews in the Dutch newspapers and led them to more than 60 shows this summer, including two spots at the prestigious North Sea Jazz Festival and an extensive clubtour throughout The Netherlands.
So pour another glass of whiskey moonshine, take your lady by the hand, and hit the plywood dance floor. It's Woody Toot Toot! Forget about tomorrow, swing the cockeyed night and... get 'er done today. Wicked Transmission is in stores across The Netherlands March 25th and in Belgium May 27th.
The press about Maison du Malheur: “Wicked Transmission smells and smokes like a smoky, sweaty jazz-basement and yet at the same time has a great modern and powerful sound. Indeed, technicians from, let's say 90 years ago, would have dreamed of recording an album that sounds like this.” - Written In Music
“One of the best modern orchestras!” - FOK
“Nobody, but really NOBODY, will stand still when Maison du Malheur performs. They need less than one song to convince everybody. Then the concerthall or festival will get upside-down completely.” - Platomania
“Maison du Malheur is one of the best Dutch live acts. On Wicked Transmission it turns out that Maison du Malheur can start a party like no other, but can also simply write beautiful modest songs.” - Trouw