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The Sore Losers

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The Sore Losers
OriginHasselt, Belgium
GenresBlues Rock, Rock n' roll
Years active2009-present
LabelsExcelsior Recordings, V2 Records
Associated actsMC5, Led Zeppelin, The Yardbirds, The Black Keys
  • Jan Straeteman (vocals)
  • Cedric Maes (guitar)
  • Kevin Maenen (bass)
  • Alessio Di Turi (drums)

The Sore Losers is a Belgian rock band, formed in 2009. Jan Straetemans (vocals, guitar), Cedric Maes (guitar), Kevin Maenen (bass) en Alessio Di Turi (drums) combined their love for rock, country, blues and garage and brewed it into a raw and pure rocksound of their own. They are currently signed to Excelsior Recordings.


The Sore Losers made it to the finals of the Belgian contest Humo's Rock Rally on 28 March 2010. The band signed a deal with Excelsior Recordings that led to the recording of their first and self titled album in October 2010. The first single Beyond Repair spent 21 weeks in De Afrekening on Studio Brussel and tied for the longest run on the show in 2010. The band played at Pukkelpop 2010 and were invited to open the main stage in 2011. Not long after their show the festival was cancelled due to damage caused by severe storms which killed five people.

The Sore Losers released their second full-length album Roslyn in February 2014, reaching number 5 in the Ultratop album charts and spent 52 weeks in the charts. The three following singles 'Working Overtime', 'Don't Know Nothing' and 'Tripper' became number 1 in De Afrekening and Hotlist charts from Studio Brussel. In July 2014 the band played at Rock Werchter and on 20 December 2014 they sold out their first headline show at Ancienne Belgique which was broadcast on Acht (TV channel). The Sore Losers were nominated for the Belgian Music Industry Awards 2014 in the categories 'Alternative' and 'Breakthrough Artist'. The album was released on 20 February 2015 in Germany, Swiss and Austria, followed by a German clubtour together with Triggerfinger.

In November 2015 the band went into the Vox Ton studios in Berlin with Grammy award-winning producer Dave Cobb[1] for only 10 days to record their third full-length album Skydogs.[2] The album came out on 18 March 2016 to critical acclaim in Benelux. The group’s sound is described as a raw blend of the early Black Sabbath, Jack White, The Stooges and The Black Keys, continuously in search of the essence of rock and psychedelia.[3][4] They sold-out another headline release show at Ancienne Belgique[5] on 15 April 2016 and supported The Boss Hoss in Swiss and Austria in May 2016.


The Sore Losers are influenced by blues rock bands from the 1960s-1970s, particularly bands like MC5, Led Zeppelin and The Yardbirds. The band name is inspired by the same titled cultmovie from director John M. McCarthy.[6] The title of their third album Skydogs is a reference to Duane Allman's nickname.



  • 2010: The Sore Losers (Excelsior Recordings/V2)[7]
  • 2014: Roslyn (Excelsior Recordings/V2)[8]
  • 2016: Skydogs (Excelsior Recordings/V2)[9]


  • 2010: "Beyond Repair"
  • 2014: "Working Overtime", "Don't Know Nothing" and "Tripper"
  • 2016: "Cherry Cherry", "Emily" and "Got It Bad"


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This page was last edited on 23 June 2019, at 09:34
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