2008 – 2014 (6 years)
Ghent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Flanders, Belgium
Muffler Men is a power trio from Ghent, Belgium, with a super-tight music line. Their alternative
rock is solid, and leans towards stoner rock.
During the summer of 2008, autodidacts Steve De Vlieger and Dirk Legiest found each other
from their joint metal background, after which their shared musical passion led to an explosive
evolution. Soon thereafter, bass player Jelle Van Lysebettens (Mary & Me, Waldorf) joined them.
Subsequently, Muffler Men managed to build an excellent live reputation, with appearances at
Muurrock Geraardsbergen 2009, Sleuterrock Oeselgem 2009, Voltage Festival Wetteren 2009,
Manjerock Heestert 2010, Burgrock Brugge 2010, Fonnefeesten Lokeren 2010, …
During this time, the new sound of Muffler Men was created. Earlier influences from the metal
scene were broadened towards the sound of Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters and Muse.
Early 2010 allowed for an increase in rhythmic and melodic creativity, which caught on
immediately. It became time to add some finesse and excitement into the compositions, resulting in
a spontaneous emergence of new, catchy songs, bundled in an exploding ball of energy.
The last few years, Muffler Men has captured quite a few prizes at various rock competitions and
the commentaries have been highly praising, as illustrated below:
Cirque Constance 2009
“An excellent sound, definitely one of the discoveries of the road show.”
“Dude, now I've finally woken up. Muffler Men is a band. They are solid as a rock. I hear
hints of the Smithereens, but also of the Stone Temple Pilots and even the guys from Pearl
Jam do not seem far off. What a sound, and that only with three guys!” “Think ‘Queens of
the Stone Age’ with an extra dash of venom. A class act band!”
Muurrock Trophy 2009
“At Muurrock Trophy 2009, Muffler Men was the only selected band that played as a group,
not as a bunch of musicians accidentally playing in a band… tightly played, nicely built-up
“I've been a member of the jury for seven years and it has to be said, Muffler Men was the
most impressive band I’ve ever seen perform here. The jury was unanimous in its decision,
which was a first as well.” “I am grey could be added, as such, to the playlist of the Foo
Fonnefeesten rockconcours 2010
“An energy boost from the first note. I was sorry I had to remain seated in my chair.”
“Their presence on the stage and their energy were solid. The sound these guys produce,
despite there being only three of them, is extremely impressive!”
During the spring of 2011, the band entered the studio to record their debut album “Trigger and
Fly”. For this album, they collaborated with Tony De Block (Hooverphonic) and Werner Pensaert
(U2, Rammstein, and others) for the recording and mix. Brian Gardner (Queens of the Stone Age,
Foo Fighters, Them Crooked Vultures, David Bowie, and others) provided the mastering.
What follows, remains a history yet to be written.
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