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“There are worse bands to be compared to than Radiohead and Muse, so we’ve stopped beating up people who do so” said Ian Marien - headphone singer and songwriter - in a primetime live show on Dutch national tv. The baffled talk-show host didn’t quite catch Marien’s joke… but it is a comparison that’s been around for a while. However, headphone is not a RadioMuseWhatsoever rip-off.
On stage this is translated in an slightly rougher, exciting universe, where solid rock makes sweet love to electronica, where controlled chaos and subtle harmonies live peacefully together, where song and sound grab you by the throat and leave you with a grin.

Since the release of their first single in 2007 headphone has been topping the charts of Belgium’s leading alternative radiostations for weeks. They’ve had several number 1, top 10 and top 20 hits and their songs have been used in numerous TV shows. Their first album ‘GHOSTWRITER’ came out in 2008, it’s follow-up ‘WOODS’ 3 years later. ‘RIOT’, released in 2013, is their third and most recent studio album. 3 albums spawning indie hit-singles ‘Ghostwriter’, ‘She is electric’, ‘Woods’, ‘Yesmen’, ‘Miracles’ and ‘Raincoat’.

headphone stripped down to their essence: pop with a definite dark side. Catchy songs with a twist, a sophisticated electronica & rock mix (giving headphone the label ‘indietronica’), topped off with intriguing, skin-creeping lyrics. Craftsmanship and Weltschmerz.

Marien would never have thought that what started as a solo project back in 2003, in his bedroom in the city of Ghent (Belgium), would grow to be a solid band - Ian Marien (guitar, vocals)

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