© Athos Burez

© Athos Burez

The very first full album by Geppetto & the Whales came out in January 2014. This beautifully crafted debut, from this Belgian indie band, sounds mature and young at the same time. It blends beautiful little melodies with overwhelming soundscapes. The first result is the single 1814 a dark but beautiful love song based on a truly fascinating war story.

The album comes 2 years after they’ve made it to the finals of Humo’s Rock Rally* in 2012 and 1.5 years after the release of the EP People Of Galicove. That EP contains excellent singles such as Juno and Duquesne’s Horse, which was very well received by both press and public. Their EP received all but raving reviews & even resulted in some magazine covers.

Now there’s Heads Of Woe, the first full album by the band and the reviews below says it all:

“It has become a pure, often Beatlesque, record on which the songs aren't stuffed with more than it needs, and on which the beautiful three-part harmony jumps in the eye. Songs as Jonathan, Heads and 1814 are accompanied by bright and pure melodies, and the music breaths in a wide, rustic atmosphere..." De Morgen ★★★★

"The guys from Geppetto & The Whales have finished their debut album Heads of Woe by which they share a perfectly aimed shot against the winter blues." Focus Knack.

"The other half of the record shares this high standard, so it's hard not to be impressed. It's still early 2014 but this might already be THE Belgian Release of 2014." GoForMusic ★★★★

"On their debut album, the band proves it is up for the bigger job. Even though it's not an 'easy' record, 'Heads of Woe' blooms a bit more every time you listen to it." Gazet Van Antwerpen ★★★★

"If you haven't seen the band prior to the release of this debut album (their live reputation wasbig from the beginning), you will be more than astonished while listening to 'Heads of Woe'. The steps forward are many, and with seven-league strides. The splendid melodies stayed, and progress was made with their lyrics, dynamics, incredibly beautiful close harmony singing (the band exists of three lead singers) and with the quality of their soundscapes.
Old souls in a young body?" OOR - NL

"We truly wish them a big breakthrough. And with this record it might even work out. DaMusic

"Mellifluous listening-pop. Their close harmony makes you gasp for breath more than once... Lots of adventure, pomp and circumstance, wrapped in a beautiful package. Thumbs up! Rif Raf

"Geppetto & The Whales impresses tonight. From a dreamy, resounding start the sextet fan outto the Wilco-like psychedelica from 'Heads' and to more heavy songs like 'Indian Child', which is more a reminder of Radiohead anno The Bends. Once in a while their indie sounds mystic, but then again also compelling. What they all share is melancholy and a dark edge: much more than on their EP 'People of Galicove' which was more euphoric. At the end of the show they reach their climax as Jonathan, another beautiful new song, ends in a good share of noise. A suitable end for a very convincing showcase. Geppetto And The Whales did a great job at Eurosonic!" 3voor12 - NL (review Eurosonic showcasefestival)

* Belgians most prestigious rock concours since 1978) which spawned bands like dEUS, Milow, Balthazar, Novastar, Admiral Freebee, The Van Jets, amongst many others.