The Rock and Roll Report Band of the Week is Didium and the Black Bonnie Picture

didium-and-bbp-web‘Whimsical Beauty’ is the title of Didium and the Black Bonnie Picture’s beautiful debut album, which by means of a versatile and magical sound takes the listener on a ride through a forceful spiral of emotion. First things first, the album offers ten fine songs, at once lively and daintily performed by their creator, Didium. Accompanied by the grand and able band the Black Bonnie Picture, Didium presents a notably full debut album – an album for which the inspiration might well come from a row of striking English acts; the result, however, beyond question belongs to Didium and the Black Bonnie Picture. The sound is big; the pop themes are classic – and the body of ironic chronicles comes from the life of the 23-year-old songwriter, Didium. His lyrical universe pays tribute to the naïveté of youth, and all the songs take their point of departure from the youthful ways of forever falling in love, of forever taking what you need – of forever riding the next wave of what seems like a never-ending life.

Didium and the Black Bonnie Picture are built up around singer-songwriter Didium, who put the band back together in 2006. The seven male and female band members of Didium and the Black Bunny Picture took their first major steps towards a breakthrough in 2008, when the band was awarded the title of Demo of the Month in the February issue of Danish music magazine Gaffa, followed by the MyMusic prize in March, and in June they were among the few lucky Spot Festival contributors. At the Spot Festival legendary rock journalist David Fricke of Rolling Stone heard the band and commented: “I liked it. The lead singer has a cool voice. It reminded me of Jarvis Cocker from Pulp. It was a cool set-up with the violin and the saxophone. And the guitarist is really good.” I can hear a little of the Housemartins influence in there also. The greatest achievement so far was in August 2008, when Didium and the Black Bonnie Picture won the Starfighter competition at Denmark’s most beautiful festival far ahead of the other contestants.

After that Didium and the Black Bonnie Picture have spent the autumn and winter in the studio recording and mixing their debut album Whimsical Beauty, which is set to be released on March 9. The album is carefully produced by Søren Zahle (Utah, Peter Sommer) and Henrik Marstal (Ibens, Annika Aakjær), who have managed to capture the band’s excellent live qualities and incorporate it into the dynamic and complex arrangement of the album.

Besides Didium’s vox and guitar the Black Bonnie Picture is: Cecilie Strange (vox and sax), Josephine Støjberg (vox and violin), Kasper Nissen (bass), Sebastian Vinther Olsen (guitar and choir), Jakob Hansen (piano), and Emil Scherrebeck (drums).

Didium and the Black Bonnie Picture are ready to tour their home country (Denmark) as part of their album release – and they will be stopping in Nykøbing Falster (Kulturfabrikken, 6/3), København (release party at the Dive, 9/3), Roskilde (Gimle, 19/3), Lyngby (Templet, 21/3), Odense (Studenterhuset N.S.I.O., 27/3), Herlev (Klauzdal, 8/5), Thisted (Plantagehuset, 9/5), Albertslund (Forbrændingen, 15/5), København (Huset, 28/5), Helsingør (Toldkammeret 30/5) and in Århus (Studenterhuset, 4/6), Oslo (Chateau de Neuf)

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Enjoy free download of Didium and the Black Bonnie Picture’s Starry Eyes courtesy of the band and the Rock and Roll Report!