Alamo Race Track

The Amsterdam-based band Alamo Race Track will soon release their 4th album.
Next to their work for theatre, culminating in successful productions such as
‘How Long is Now’ together with the dance-company Conny Janssen Danst
and ’Lebensraum’ together with the theatre-company Jakop Ahlbom, the band
has been working most of 2014 on their 4th studio-album called ‘Hawks’.
All recording, mixing and mastering have been finished and the band’s new album
will be released march 23th 2015.




Alamo Race Track is:
Ralph Mulder (Vocals, Guitar), Leonard Lucieer (Guitar, Pedalsteel), Jaap Bossen (Guitar, Organ),
Robin Buijs (Drums, Percussion) & Peter Akkerman (Bass, Upright bass)


Conny Janssen Danst met Alamo Race Track in de piste van Carré

Conny Janssen Danst is het moderne dansgezelschap uit Rotterdam onder leiding van choreografe Conny Janssen. Janssen is ook bekend als choreografe voor het populaire televisieprogramma So You Think You Can Dance. De laatste jaren zoekt Conny Janssen haar inspiratie in de thematiek van de grote stad. Poëzie en schoonheid van pure dans ruilde ze in voor grillige en ruige voorstellingen, al is haar soepele en virtuoze danstaal nog steeds karakteristiek voor haar werk. Janssens nieuwste locatieproject How long is now krijgt een geheel eigen versie voor de piste van Carré en wordt live begeleid door Alamo Race Track.
Vrijdag 18 januari vindt er om 19.00 uur een inleiding op de voorstelling plaats.


Alamo Race Track at Reeperbahn

















Sorry for the silence! We have had a great first run with Conny Janssen doing How Long Is Now, thanks to everyone who came to see us and everyone who wrote such nice things about it. Now gearing up for some “Alamo Race Track” only shows in Germany, plus our own little show in the Kleine Komedie theater in our hometown.


We have three shows coming up, looking forward to playing for you all:

21 09 Reeperbahn Festival – MCN Showcase – Molotov, Hamburg , Germany
21 09 Reeperbahn Festival – Own Show – TBC, Hamburg , Germany
27 09 Kleine Komedie, Amsterdam, Netherlands (Special Performance)



Us five have been really busy the last months writing and rehearsing with the renowned Conny Janssen and her company of dancers for her new performance DANST. The premier will take place in August and will run through until November.


We are happy to announce we will be joining our friend Jakop Ahlbom once again for a second round of LEBENSRAUM. The dates will include September and October.



Thanks to everyone at Oerol for such a fantastic time! Hope to see you again next year…


We had a great time this weekend in Zwolle playing Bevrijdings Festival. This Friday we will be making a small show again, this time for radio, but some fans are able to join us, so please come on in:

Vrijdagmiddag Live
Friday may 11th, Vrijdagmiddag Live (Radio 1),
De Kroon
Entrance: Free



We are excited to announce we will be taking part of the worldwide Recordstore Day initiative on April 21st and supporting our indie stores.
We will be playing two shows in support of the Velvet stores in Leiden and Rotterdam, please go to our live section for further info and timings, and make sure to go check all the cool activities in your local record store that day.



Tomorrow Ralph and Len will kick off as part of LEBENSRAUM!
Make sure to go see them when in a town near you, there will be great visuals, great music and a few tricks!
















Sorry to all our London fans and friends for not making the show tonight. We will be back in the UK very soon!



Thanks Germany for a great tour and great time, we cant wait to see you again. Special thanks to Thomas from Scorpio, Silke from Scorpio, Ueli from Flux and Flor from the Ramones Museum for making our stay even more fun!



We are making our way to the UK this March as part of the International Live Music Conference. Find info here.
We have also added the Bevrijdingsfestival in Zwolle and the FFYS festival in Luxembourg.



We are excited to announce that Ralph and Len will be once again joining forces with the Swedish theater director Jakob Ahlbom for his new piece LEBENSRAUM. The performances will kick off from March and will run until May in different theaters across the Netherlands. Please follow the link for dates and further info.


























Special thanks to Volkskrant, Plato, Record Store Day, Oor, 3VOOR12, Live XS, all other medias and people who included our album on your Best of The Year lists, means a lot to us, and we are very honored.



Here is a small session we did while in NY for the nice folks at Break Thru Radio:

Alamo Race Track - BTR Live Studio [ep81] from BreakThru Radio TV on Vimeo.





Nederland heel erg bedankt!!




Germany here we come! We just heard our Track “Apples” climbed in the college radio charts to number 14, and in return we have just booked four shows in February/March to come and celebrate with you all:

28.02.2012 Köln Blue Shell
29.02.2012 Hamburg Prinzenbar
02.03.2012 Berlin Privat Club
03.03.2012 München Feierwerk



We would like to formally welcome Silke (FKP Scorpio) and Klaus (INK) to our team! We are really glad to have them book us…. Germany and Austria we are coming!



Germany seems to have taken a liking of us, and we certainly have taken a linking of them. We have this month features in Rolling Stones, Visions and Westzeit plus some great reviews from Germany’s finest… Danke Deutschland! And see you in February!

“The Dutch of Alamo Race Track have enough of Fleet Foxes and Mumford and Sons,
they have studied the incredibly songs of wry and strings”
*** Rolling Stone (DE)

“Brilliant songs, enchanting voices. Perfect autumn music!”
Guitar Magazine (DE)

“Songs like ‘The Moon Rides High’ are genuine folk anthems.”
8 / 12 Visions Magazine (DE)

“Playful & dreamy, songs full of gentle Acid- and Freakfolk ingredients.”
7 / 10 Eclipsed Magazine (DE)

“Mercury Rev & Fleet Foxes as well as fans of Neil Young’s softer records should be
PIRANHA Magazine 12/11 (DE)

“Fleet Foxes or Other Lives couldn’t do it better!”
5/5 Frizz! Magazine 12/11 (DE)



De Volkskrant (Holland’s daily newspaper for you foreigners) and Plato (Hollands biggest music retailer) have awarded us with Top 10 in their list of best albums of the year. Others beside us in both lists are fantastic artists such as Tom Waits, Wilco and PJ Harvey, we are more than honored!



We have been nominated for Best Song Of The Year with “Unicorn Loves Deer” at 3VOOR12 (Dutch NPR for you foreigners..), which we are very excited about. Please take a minute to go here and vote … Thanks! ART.



We are confirmed to make a special acoustic appearance at Crossing Border Festival in Den Haag. Its a small show at 5:00pm for our project with Jakop Ahlbom LEBENSRAUM. Right after we will be driving to Perron 55 for a full on show in the south!



Today we kickstart today our Dutch tour, come and join us in cities all around the Netherlands!






Tonight Ralph will be doing a special appearance at De Wereld Draid Door! Make sure not to miss it.



We have been confirmed to do a show at the Museum De Hallen in Haarlem during a special exhibition in honor of Louise Bourgeois



We just came back from NY and Paris, and what a wonderful time we had! We played over 5 shows in one week and we stayed at a wonderful beachhoouse in New Jersey.
Big thanks to David Newgarden, to Adriaan Pels, Breakthruradio team, to MaMa event, to MCN and to Ferarock for making us feel so welcome in both places. Paris, we will be seeing you very soon again!





We have announced our new autumn Dutch club tour for November and December. We are honored to close the list of dates with a hometown show at the Melkweg.
See the list at the “live” section.



We will finally be making our way to the big apple for two CMJ shows with MCN and one of our own at the Mercury Lounge.



We will be working together with Jakop Ahlbom on a new theater production, and we would like all our fans to help us by being part of it be part of it. Please go here for more information on how to help. Thanks!



We are very happy to announce that we are confirmed to play Into The Great Wide Open in Vlieland this September.
Other artists on the list are Agens Obel, Villagers, Kurt Vile and Pete & The Pirates…see you at the Island!



On August 26 & 27 we will be in Finland performing again as part of INNENSCHAU.



We stopped by the office of Face Cultureand did a session and an interview. See the first footage here.



MaMa Festival in Paris has invited us along with MCN to participate in their music convention/showcases this October.



We just heard the great news that we have been nominated for best album of the year on 3voor12 (to us Dutch people the equivalent to Pitchfork+NPR).

Read more here (Dutch) and here (English)



Today we kick off our tour  with Canadians The Weakerthans throughout the Uk, Holland and Germany.



Its our pleasure to welcome Peter Akkerman as our new bass player! Read the full news here.



MA 28 OKT 2013 SCHIEDAM 20:15 (try out)
Theater aan de Schie

VR 01 NOV 2013 ROTTERDAM 20:15 (try out)
Rdamse Schouwburg

ZA 02 NOV 2013 ROTTERDAM 20:15 (première)
Rdamse Schouwburg

ZO 03 NOV 2013 ROTTERDAM 14:30 (matinee)
Rdamse Schouwburg

ZA 09 NOV 2013 GRONINGEN 20:15
Stadsschouwburg Groningen

VR 22 NOV 2013 LEIDEN 20:15
Leidse Schouwburg

ZA 23 NOV 2013 MAASTRICHT 20:00
Theater aan het Vrijthof

WO 27 NOV 2013 SPIJKENISSE 20:15
Theater de Stoep

WO 04 DEC 2013 LEEUWARDEN 20:15
De Harmonie

ZA 07 DEC 2013 WAGENINGEN 20:15

VR 13 DEC 2013 DORDRECHT 20:00
Schouwburg Kunstmin

MA 16 DEC 2013 HAARLEM 20:30

DI 17 DEC 2013 HAARLEM 20:30

WO 18 DEC 2013 HAARLEM 20:30

ZA 04 JAN 2014 UTRECHT 20:00
Stadsschouwburg Utrecht

ZO 05 JAN 2014 UTRECHT 20:00
Stadsschouwburg Utrecht

WO 08 JAN 2014 TILBURG 20:15 Theaters Tilburg

VR 10 JAN 2014 DEN BOSCH 20:30

DI 14 JAN 2014 DELFT 20:15 Theater de Veste

DO 16 JAN 2014 HENGELO 20:00 Rabotheater

VR 17 JAN 2014 HOUTEN 20:15
Theater aan de Slinger

ZA 18 JAN 2014 BREDA 20:30 Chassé Theater

DI 21 JAN 2014 HELMOND 20:15
‘t Speelhuis

DO 23 JAN 2014 HEERENVEEN 20:15

VR 24 JAN 2014 MEPPEL 20:15
Schouwburg Ogterop

ZA 25 JAN 2014 ZWOLLE 20:15 Theater de Spiegel

WO 29 JAN 2014 AMERSFOORT 20:15 De Flint

VR 31 JAN 2014 GOUDA 20:00 Goudse Schouwburg

ZA 01 FEB 2014 AMSTERDAM 20:00
Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam

ZO 02 FEB 2014 AMSTERDAM 20:00
Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam

WO 05 FEB 2014 EINDHOVEN 20:30 Parktheater

DO 06 FEB 2014 ALMERE 20:15
Schouwburg Almere

VR 07 FEB 2014 AMSTELVEEN 20:00
Schouwburg Amstelveen

DI 11 FEB 2014 PURMEREND 20:15 Purmaryn

DO 13 FEB 2014 ZOETERMEER 20:15 Stadstheater Zoetermeer

VR 14 FEB 2014 NIJMEGEN 20:00
Keizer Karel Podia

WO 19 FEB 2014 HOOFDDORP 20:15
De Meerse

VR 21 FEB 2014 DRACHTEN 20:00
De Lawei

DI 25 FEB 2014 CAPELLE A/D IJSSEL 20:15 Isala Theater

DO 27 FEB 2014 ALKMAAR 20:15 Theater de Vest

VR 28 FEB 2014 DEN HAAG 20:15 Lucent Danstheater

MAART 2014
DO 06 MRT 2014 ROTTERDAM 20:15 
Rdamse Schouwburg



APRIL 2014

VR 04 APR 2014 HANOVER (USA), Hopkins Center

ZA 05 APR 2014 HANOVER (USA), Hopkins Center

WO 09 APR 2014 BOSTON (USA), ArtsEmerson

DO 10 APR 2014 BOSTON (USA), ArtsEmerson

VR 11 APR 2014 BOSTON (USA), ArtsEmerson

ZA 12 APR 2014 BOSTON (USA), ArtsEmerson

ZO 13 APR 2014 BOSTON (USA), ArtsEmerson



Past Shows:


HOW LONG IS NOW – Conny Janssen Danst
18 01 Carré, Amsterdam
19 01 Carré, Amsterdam
20 01 Carré, Amsterdam (matinee)


12 01 Eurosonic Festival, Der Aa Kerk, Groningen, NL
20 01 Patronat, Haarlem, NL
26 01 Vooruit, Gent, BE
04 02 Charlerio, Belgium w/ Megafaun
09 02 Luxor, Arnhem, NL
22 02 Stukafest Amsterdam, NL

28 02 Köln, Blue Shell, DE
29 02 Hamburg, Prinzenbar, DE
02 03 Berlin, Privat Club, DE
03 03 München, Feierwerk, DE

15 04 Le Grand Mix, Tourcoing, FR
21 04 Velvet Record Store, Leiden, NL (Record Store Day 11:00 – 11:30 am)
21 04 Velvet Record Store, Rotterdam, NL (Record Store Day 14:00 – 14:30 pm)
05 05 Bevrijdingsfestival Zwolle, NL
25 05 Orange Blossom Special Festival, Beverungen DE
27 05 FFYS Festival, Tüntingen Tuntange LUX

21 09 Reeperbahn Festival – MCN Showcase – Molotov, Hamburg , Germany (3pm)

21 09 Reeperbahn Festival – Own Show – Angies, Hamburg , Germany (00:30)

27 09 Kleine Komedie, Amsterdam, Netherlands (Special Performance)

LEBENSRAUM – Theater piece with Jakob Ahlbom

14.12.12 Glimps festival, Ghent, BE

DANST – Theater-Dance piece by Conny Janssen
November in Rotterdam.


Supporting The Weakerthans
23 06 The Garage, London, UK (SOLD OUT)
24 06 The Peel, Kingston Upon Thames, UK (SOLD OUT)
25 06 Rotown, Rotterdam, NL
26 06 Bitterzoet, Amsterdam, NL
28 06 Gruenspan, Hamburg, DE
29 06 Lido, Berlin, DE
30 06 Kamp, Bielefeld, DE
01 07 Underground, Cologne, DE (SOLD OUT)

30 07 Lekkerkerk, NL (Special acoustic performance)
06 08 Micro festival, Liege, BE
12 08 Zomerpark Feest, Venlo, NL
20 08 Magneet Festival, Amsterdam, NL
26 08 Vaunusali, Korjaamo, FI w/ Innenschau
27 08 Vaunusali, Korjaamo, FI w/ Innenschau
03 09 Vlieland, Into The Great Wide Open
17 09 Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, BE w/ Herman Dune
25 09 De Oosterpoort, Groningen, NL Plato Planet
30 09 De Amer, Drenthe, NL
01 10 Cul de Sac, Tilburg, NL
11 10 Arenbergschouwburg, Antwerp, BE w/ Herman Dune

17 10 Mercury Lounge (early show), New York, US
19 10 CMJ The Delancey, New York, US
20 10 CMJ The Delancey (afternoon show), New York, US Dutch Impact Party – MCN

21 10 MaMa Event, Les Trois Baudets, Paris, FR
22 10 MaMa Event Le Trianon (conference), Paris, FR Dutch Impact Party – MCN

04 11 Podium Asteriks, Leeuwarden, NL
05 11 Museum De Hallen, Haarlem, NL (Louise Bourgeois Exhibition) *** Special Appearance
18 11 Crossing Borders Festival, Theater aan het Spui, Den Haag *** Special Acoustic Appearance (5:00pm)
18 11 Perron55, Venlo, NL
19 11 Burgerweeshuis, Deventer, NL
24 11 Mezz, Breda, NL
25 11 Victorie, Alkmaar, NL
26 11 Cayen, Enkhuizen, NL
01 12 Paard, Den Haag, NL
09 12 LantarenVenster, Rotterdam, NL
10 12 Ekko, Utrecht, NL
15 12 Melkweg Oude Zaal, Amsterdam, NL
16 12 De Groene Engel, Oss, NL
17 12 Stille Nacht, Underground, Lelystad, NL (Festival)


Unicorn Loves Deer (2011)

Word’s Sweet Troubles
Shake Off The Leaves
The Moon Rides High
Motorman And Owls
Hypnotised I
Unicorn Loves Deer
Hypnotised II

Black Cat John Brown (2006)

Black Cat John Brown
Don’t Beat This Dog
Stanley vs Hannah
Kiss Me Bar
The Northern Territory
My Heart
The Killing
On The Beach
Lee J. Cobb is Screaming a Lot
Breaker-Breaker 1-2
The Open Sea
The Chocolate Years

Birds At Home (2003)

Don’t Frighten Them
Happy Accidents
We Like To Go On
Summer Holiday
Short Leave
Life Is Great
Speed Up
Flame It Up
I Have Seen The Light
The Low End
Wild Bees
Birds At Home
Life Like Fire


Picture by Dirk Wolf

Picture by Nick Helderman



(for press clippings, please go here.)

“The four guys create a classy and tight rock sound brimming with references: Radiohead, XTC, Joy Division, and Television, to name a few. Such influences are, however, assimilated and re-assembled with enormous skill and success—especially the superb arrangements, which give each piece a certain depth.” (Vincent Moon) Le Blogotheque

“Combining elements of indie, folk and pop, Alamo Race Track are ready to take the US by storm with their hooky goodness,” FILTER (US)

“The Dutch of Alamo Race Track have enough of Fleet Foxes and Mumford and Sons, they have studied the incredibly songs of wry and strings” *** Rolling Stone (DE)

“Brilliant songs, enchanting voices. Perfect autumn music!” Guitar Magazine (DE)

“Songs like ‘The Moon Rides High’ are genuine folk anthems.” 8 / 12 Visions Magazine (DE)

“Playful & dreamy, songs full of gentle Acid- and Freakfolk ingredients.” 7 / 10 Eclipsed Magazine (DE)

“Mercury Rev & Fleet Foxes as well as fans of Neil Young’s softer records should be thrilled!” PIRANHA Magazin 12/11 (DE)

“Fleet Foxes or Other Lives couldn’t do it better!” Frizz! Magazin 12/11 (DE)

“a revelation from the Netherlands’ Liberation (FR)

“The Dutch quartet confirm their rise” Le Monde (FR)

‘[...] probably one of the catchiest groups you’ll discover .’ Slug Mag (US)

“Weird and wonderful enough to make you stop whatever you are doing, in order to seek out everything the band has recorded.” New York Press (US)

‘a calm and cool pop album with just enough tendency to rock that you never quite grow bored’ Tripwire (US)

“Cast a glum spell that is hard to shake” Spin (US)



“Vijf jaar geleden verscheen Black Cat John Brown, de prachtplaat die het Amsterdamse Alamo Race Track succes in vooral Frankrijk bezorgde. Daarna werd het stil, tot de band vorig jaar de muziek bij de voorstelling Innenschau (2010) verzorgde.
Nu zijn ze echt terug, in gewijzigde samenstelling en met een album, Unicorn Loves Deer, dat uitnodigt tot het gebruik van een waaier aan superlatieven, waarvan ‘dit is het beste Alamo Race Track-album tot dusver’ de voorzichtigste is.

Frontman Ralph Mulder schrijft liedjes zoals Marco van Basten voetbalde: zo mooi, zo gracieus, ongrijpbaar, altijd wegdraaiend naar de kant die je niet verwacht. De titelsong is lichtvoetig als een kinderliedje; het tweeluik Hypnotised stijgt op als Mercury Rev in zijn topjaren.

Grimmige rocksongs met Joy Division-gevoel maakt Alamo Race Track steeds minder. Het handelsmerk is nu intelligente pop met eindeloze verbeeldingskracht, zo rijk en avontuurlijk als popmuziek zijn kan.” (Menno Pot) De Volkskrant * * * * *

“Frivool, slim, zo af en toe een beetje raar.” (Atze de Vrieze) 3VOOR12 – Album Van De Week

“Knappe liedjes, bijzondere arrangementen en prachtige teksten over de kleine en heel grote dingen in het leven. Trots.” (Erik Zwennes) 3VOOR12 – Album Van De Week

“Het album is gevuld met fantastische songs (…) Tot nu toe het beste Nederlandse album van 2011.” * * * *

Unicorn Loves Deer zou zijn weg naar een nog groter publiek moeten vinden: het is het beste dat Alamo Race Track to nu heeft gemaak en een reuzensprong in hun oeuvre. (…) Het lange wachten meer dan waard.” Parool * * * *

“De achteloze pracht van Alamo Race Track blijkt een mijlpaal in de Nederpop” Dagblad Tubantia


Ralph Mulder “Breaking The Law” at DWDD

Motorman & Owls – Live at MaMa Paris 2011

Break Thru Radio Session (NY)

Alamo Race Track - BTR Live Studio [ep81] from BreakThru Radio TV on Vimeo.

Black Cat John Brown – Live at IntoThe Great Wide Open 2011

The Northern Territory

The Northern Territory – La Blogoteque

#30.2 -ALAMO RACE TRACK-Northern… door lablogotheque

Black Cat John Brown

Lee J. Cobb Is Screaming A Lot

Open Sea


Find us on:





Jaap Bossen (Band)

Jan ten Boom (NL Bookings)
BOOM! Agency
Phone: +31 (0) 513 41 63 07

Jimmy Kinast (Agent FR)
3C Tour
Phone: + 33 (0) 5 57 53 02

Silke Westera (Agent Germany)
FKP Scorpio
Phone: +49 (0)40 853 88 888

Klaus Plewa (Agent Austria)
Ink Music
phone: +43 1 925 7500 (OFFICE VIENNA)
phone : +43 3861 20 127 (OFFICE AFLENZ)

Peter Verstraelen (Agent BE)
Phone: +32(0)3 448 25 01

Adriaan Pels (Press / Label)
Excelsior Recordings
Phone: +31 6 55 747 787