Ampersand Music

Geppetto & the Whales (be)


Four years after their debut 'Heads of Woe', Geppetto & Co. travelled from Antwerp to Wisconsin, USA to record their next album 'Passages'. Under the wings of the great Brian Joseph, the producer of Bon Iver and Sufjan Stevens. The album only drops early October by [PIAS].

The very first full album by Geppetto & the Whales came out early 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 (daytime airplay on two national radio stations ‘Studio Brussel’ & ‘Radio1’ + 6th place in ‘ De Afrekening’ + 3rd place of Radio 1’s VOX) and Duquesne’s Horse (14 weeks in ‘De Afrekening’), which was very well received by both press and public. Both stations played the track in heavy rotation. Their EP received all but raving reviews & even resulted in some magazine covers.

Last winter the band recorded their new album 'Passage's in Wisconsin, USA with producer Brian Joseph (Bon Iver, Local Natives...). The new album has just been released by [PIAS].


“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 ★★★★)

"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)


- Finalist Humo’s Rock Rally 2012.
- Record deal [PIAS]
- Nominated for the MIA 2012 (category: BREAKTHROUGH)
- Eurosonic 2014.
- Coldplay picked up the single 1814 and put the video on their website.
- Clubshows: AB, Botanique, Paradiso, Tivoli, Vooruit, Cactus, Het Depot, Trix, Effenaar, Mezz, Doornroosje, Handelsbeurs, De Roma, 4AD, Muziekodroom …
- Festivals: Pukkelpop (3x), Dranouter (3x), Boomtown (2x), Leffingeleuren, Crammerock, Rock Zottegem …
- Radio/TV: De Wereld Draait Door, Villa Vanthilt, Cafe Corsari, De Zevende Dag…
- Single 'Juno': several weeks airplay at Studio Brussel, Pure FM, 3FM and Radio 1.
- Single '1814': several weeks airplay at Studio Brussel, Pure FM, 3FM and Radio 1.
- Single 'For The Black Hand At Dawn': several weeks airplay at Studio Brussel and Radio 1.
- Single 'Duquesne’s Horse': airplay at Studio Brussel (14 weeks at De Afrekening) and Radio 1.