Arsenal is currently applying the finishing touches to a new album that will be released in April 2011. It will be the successor to the extremely successful ‘Lotuk’ which was unanimously well-received by press and public. In the meantime, the album has now achieved gold and everyone sings along to singles like ‘Lotuk’ and ‘Estupendo’. Their previous visit to the AB resulted in 2 concerts that were sold out in no time and, what's more, guaranteed a real party.
Arsenal is the band surrounding Hendrik Willemyns and John Roan. They appeared on the AB's radar in 2001 and, armed with their 12" ‘A Volta’, they came to play a Late Night after Basement Jaxx. Arsenal has established itself as a success story over the last 10 years, with debut ‘Oyebo Soul’ (2003) and successor ‘Outsides’ (2005). All the big concert halls and festivals have have now had a visit from Arsenal, with a starring role set aside for singer Leonie Gysel on each occasion.
For the 3 sold-out concerts in April, Arsenal has invited 2 musical guests who also provided their vocal assistance to the new album ‘Lokemo’. Mélanie Pain - who we know as one of the singers from Nouvelle Vague - and Johnny Whitney – one of the 2 singers from hardcore combo The Blood Brothers.
What's more, accompanied by a pianist, Mélanie Pain will provide the support act on 21, 22 and 23 April. Aside from her many successes with Nouvelle Vague, in 2009 she released her second solo album ‘My Name’. A charming mix of French pop with a touch of folk and Americana whereby she doesn't disguise her love of Françoise Hardy, Nancy Sinatra or Leonard Cohen.