On October 16th we’ll have another punk show in Cafe Lokaal, Heemskerk. It’s been a while since we’ve had a punk night at that bar, so we thought we’d put on some amazing bands. Besides Elway (US) and Translated, All Aboard from Germany will fill our lives with some punk rock joy. We had a little chat with Marius on music, touring, partying, and all other important things in life.
Could you please introduce yourself? We’re All Aboard!, a punkrock band from Monchengladbach, Germany. Artur plays guitar, Nils plays bass, David plays guitar and sings and I’m Marius and play drums.
Who or what has influenced your music? What are you listening to at the moment? Just to name a few: Descendents, Black Flag, Hot Water Music, Alkaline Trio and so on. We listen to loads of the bands playing THE FEST. We’re good friends with Nothington, Red City Radio and many more in the American Punkrock scene. When we’re in the van we listen to the new THE HOLY MESS record lately. Also the latest ELWAY E.P. is pretty damn good.
What have you released so far? Anything on the shelf? We started out with a Demo in 2010. On tape. All DIY. Than we had the Radio E.P. out in April 2010. After that we did a split 7” with a German punkrockband called Francesco. It got more professional with our first album called ‘Twelve Little Compliments’ which we released in September 2011. We’re very proud of our new baby ‘Opportunities’. It’s a 7” EP due out in October 2012. Get your hands on this sweety!
You’re touring with Elway this tour. How did that come together? What do you expect of touring with an American band? How stuff like this comes together :) I loved the band since their 10-4 Eleanor days. A friend of mine, Ryan who plays/played in a band called SPANISH GAMBLE first showed them to me. I was really blown away. So then they came up with ELWAY and I liked it even better. Due to funny circumstances I found out that Tim, lead singer of ELWAY was playing drums on the NOTHINGTON tour last year. We played a couple of shows together and somehow he talked his boys into touring Europe. Before that it was basically Chris from Nothington, Benny from Klownhouse Tours and me talking Tim into doing that tour. I really think Elway is one of the best new ‘Fest-bands’ around. How could you not like them?
What is the best and worst thing of touring? I guess the best thing is that you’re seeing different cities and get to know amazing people everyday. Plus the party-fact. We love partying. To us, a tour is a big party-holiday where we just do what we love. The worst thing about touring is the smell in the van after the second day. We can’t really complain about anything. Touring Europe is always amazing. You have short drives, get a warm meal and a place to sleep every night. I don’t know what else to ask for. I mean we didn’t tour longer than 3 weeks in a row yet but you get to miss your loved ones at some point already. We invented a very typical saying: Thirst is worse than home sickness.
You’re known as a hard partying band. What are your favorite drinks? Any fun party fact to share with us? Somehow this rumor keeps coming up to us. I don’t know why. Favorite drinks are possibly beer and whiskey but at some point we’re fine with anything that’s free. There’s loads of cool stories of us partying. I just can’t remember them. I have this drunk-alter-ego called Warius. Maybe you best ask him. He doesn’t do interviews when he’s more than 1 meter away from a bar though.
Where would you still like to go with the band? We’d all love to tour the US for once. I mean it’s like the worst thing you can possibly do with a European band but somehow we’re all curios. That’s definitely on our ‘to-do-list’.
Germany is a big country with a rather big scene (bigger than Holland). Do you think this is an advantage or a disadvantage? That’s a hard one. I guess the German punkrock scene (at least for this kind of punkrock) is still growing. You have maybe ten good German punkrock bands. You have loads of mixed bills every night ‘cause there not many promoters for this kind of music yet. The scene is growing and we’re a part of it. That’s awesome. I feel that the Dutch scene is more connected to the UK so you get these trends or whatever you wanna call it earlier. The shows we played in Holland were awesome and there are loads of amazing bands compared to the size of the country. Another point is that Germany is big enough to do like a 10 day-tour in it. You’d not be able to do that in Holland. I just don’t know what’s better :)
You also organize shows. Why did you start doing this? What do you thin k of the whole ‘doing shows yourself’ thing? I started with small shows like 8 years ago. Just putting on shows for my former band and friends. Somehow I ran into a couple of ‘booking agencies’ then. I made friends with them and the bands over the years and somehow they keep coming back to our hometown. The shows here are amazing most of the time. Monchengladbach is not like a big city (300k inhabitants) but then there’s like 70-150 people actually LOVING what they hear. It’s not like every show is that good, sometimes you have to pay the food you cook out of your personal pocket. But yeah, it’s a hobby. You get to know people and get your favorites bands to play in your hometown. Somehow it’s all worth it even if you don’t get any money out of it. If my shows make a profit, the money is split between the bands or I just donate to cool organizations.
Anything to add? Thanks for the interview buddy. We’re looking forward to the show in Heemskerk as we heard a lot of stories about that place from in Leagues Apart. BRING IT ON :)
First of all, we had a great time at the Joyce Manor / Apologies, I Have None show. What great bands! Thanks to all of you who came out to the show. It was great to see people from all over the country.
Also, we will be organizing our first all dayer called North Empire Fest 1 (originality is not our strongest point) on Saturday November 17th at De Bakkerij, Castricum, NL. Expect something like 9 punk bands. More info soooooooon! But we can already say the headliners will be Crazy Arm (UK) and Apologies, I Have None (UK). STOKED.
‘Punk is dead’ is a saying often heard. That’s not true, at least in Holland it is not. To prove the Dutch punk scene is vibrant and alive North Empire has released Say Cheese!. This compilation features 18 Dutch punk rock bands, each contributing one song. Varying from established to upcoming bands, every single one of them hardworking and delivering top quality songs. Making it obvious the Dutch punk scene is alive, varied, and offering a lot of great music to listen to.
The compilation is available as a ‘pay-what-you-want’ download. All the revenue made with this compilation will go to a good cause. Wakker Dier in this case, a Dutch organization fighting for the welfare of animals in the bio industry. Please help out when you download the compilation. The compilation is available via: http://northempire.bandcamp.com
Featured bands: Anvery, Brat Pack, Long Way Down, Translated, Sweet Empire, Note To Amy, De Aanslag, New Pokerface, Face Tomorrow, Sparky’s Revenge, Antillectual, Drunktank, All On Black, Break Character, Midnight Menace, Sidewalk, The Real Danger, and Sparrow Falls.
Monday September 3rd we will be welcoming VRGNS (US, members of Dead To Me) on this tour Sam will be joined by Jamie (The Arteries) on bass and Reza (The Cut Ups) on drums. Also playing will be acoustic super star Jeff Rowe (US). Support comes from Sweet Empire. Location will be somewhere in Heiloo, exact address tba.
Ian of Acoustix ‘n Stones made some recordings of some of the people who played the Groezrock Acoustic Punk Meeting II. Recordings include Communicaution, Oliver John Ward, Rob Lynch, Slowyear, Sweet Empire, and Versus The World.
Hope that the people who were there have enjoyed themselves at the Groezrock Acoustic Punk Meeting II just as much as we did, and at the rest of the festival of course. We really had a blast! Thanks for coming down to the BBQ area and making this happen. We’ll definitely be doing this again next year. If you have any pictures or videos please do share them with us: email@example.com See you at Groezrock Acoustic Punk Meeting III ! We’ll do our best to make that even better!
We’ll be heading down to Groezrock tomorrow to see some of our favorite bands. But first the Groezrock Acoustic Punk Meeting II will be happening tomorrow (22:00h, BBQ area at campsite, facebook event).
After a successful edition last year, it’s time for edtion 2 of the Groezrock Acoustic Punk Meeting.
When: Friday April 27th 2012 - 22:00h Where: BBQ area at the campsite
Bring some booze and party!
See you there! Don’t forget to invite all your friends!
Info for bands: - We’ve got one acoustic guitar, anything else should be brought along yourself. - We’ll try to get some kind of stage available, if you have any ideas please get in touch. - In case of rain we will probably cancel the event. - Due to the huge line up, we can’t let you play entire sets. Probably 5 songs max, maybe even less. This is just so that everybody can play. Thanks for understanding. - When you get to the BBQ area please try and find one of the North Empire Bookings guys to ‘sign in’. - Any other ideas are very welcome! This is a thing we all do together (DIY yeah!), so any plan to make this a better/cooler/funnier/etc. event are more than welcome.
The next N.E. show on April 22nd 2012 will feature Trails, amongst others. Trails are a UK band who have managed to create a unique sound, blending punk, pop, indie, and everything a normal person should like. They combine this all with a fresh sort of mental illness. We had the honor to ask them a few things.
Could you please introduce yourselves? Trails consists of 4 derranged mentalists on a mission to destroy minds and melt faces wherever we go.
What/who inspires you music-wise? We have an endless list of influences but to name a few - RX Bandits, Mars Volta and Propagandhi.
How would you describe your music and what is your music about? Lyrically we discuss everything from personal experience to political and environmental issues that we feel strongly about. Musically we try to combine originality and accessability to the best of our abilities.
We think you are a great mix between punk and indie. Do you think you’re more punk or more indie? PUNK!
What have you done so far and what will you be doing in the near future? We’ve played with the likes of Arcane Roots, Tellison, The Computers and Gay For Johnny Depp. We’ve just recorded two singles of which one, A Turn Of Phrase, is already released. We’re planning to get an album ready either late this year or some time next year. Other than that we’re just touring as much as possible.
How did you get the ideas for your crazy videos (links: 1 , 2 , 3 )? The dangerous depths of our deranged minds. We’re masters of delicatable brain farts.
Old school question: Do you prefer CD or vinyl? Vinyls win for artwork and collectability whereas more people have a CD player and this makes copying the content onto your compueter way easier.
New school question: Do you think the Internet has been a positive for the music industry? Yes and no. Yes - the ability to digitally distribute your music to the entire world as well connecting with fans, labels and booking agents. No - the abudance of bands has caused a vast saturation of the music community making it harder to stand out from the crowd.
What do you expect from your upcoming mainland tour? Any special things you’d like to do / see? We’re just really keen to visit some new places and play to some new people. Anything on top of that is a bonus. We’ve heard some great things about shows in mainland Europe so we’re really looking forward to them.
What can we expect of your show at De Groote Weiver, Wormerveer? 110% pure rock energy with crowd interaction, some good old rowdines; and whole lot of fun
Anything you’d like to add? Check out the video for our new single “A Turn Of Phrase” at www.wearetrails.com. We’ll have this available to buy on CD at the gig along with our EP and vinyl copies of our first ever single “All The Other Humans”
We can’t wait to see Trails live set. Hope to see all of you reading this there too. April 22nd 2012 @ De Groote Weiver, Wormerveer, NL (15:00h, 5€). Be sure to check Trails out via the link above and be even more sure to check out their videos!
Local heroes Against All Odds will be playing the already awesome show, but now even more awesome, on May 11th in Rockcafé Asgard, Beverwijk, NL (20:00h, free) with Crazy Arm (UK) and The 20 Belows (DK). This makes the line up complete. Can we say ‘show of the year’? This might be it!
Besides that we can confirm that acoustic wonder Jeff Rowe (US) will be playing somewhere cool in our area on Tuesday September 4th 2012. More on this soon!
Coming Saturday, March 31st, PJ Bond (US) and Mark McCabe (UK) will play their lovely acoustic sets in the back room at Cafe Lokaal, Heemskerk, NL (20:00h, free).
A few days later, Tuesday April 3rd, we’ve got a huge line up ready to play Cafe Lokaal as well (20:00h, free). That night Bangers (UK), The Revenge Of The Psychotronic Man (UK), The Respirators (DK), and Sam Russo (UK) will give it their best.
(for links to the aforementioned bands check out the ‘shows’ section)
The next North Empire show is coming Saturday at Rockcafé Asgard, Beverwijk, NL (20:00h, free entry). This time we will be partying to French acts Wank For Peace and One Thousand Directions as well as local heroes De Aanslag. (for links to the bands, check the ‘shows’ section)
Also, on Sunday March 18th there will be a ‘secret’ show with The Heat Tape (US) and Sweet Empire (20:00h - 23:00h, BYOB/donation). If you’d like to know where: firstname.lastname@example.org is the answer!
It’s time for another interview! This time it’s Wank For Peace from France. These guys do quite some touring so if you don’t know them yet, you should definitely check them out. Go on and read about their name choice, Horsebites, etc.
Could you please introduce yourselves? So we are Wank For Peace, from Angers, France. We’ve been a band since 2008. Laurent plays guitare, David Bass, Flo sings, and Antoine plays Drum. Antoine is the new one! The show with you guys will actually be his second show. We all have shitty studies and shitty jobs.
Your bandname is rather ridiculous, what’s the story behind it? If wanking wasn’t allowed for worldpeace, what other activity/ways would you choose to gain this goal? That’s nice to answer such a question! Nobody ever asks us that in France, because people don’t get how shitty this name is! So there is no real story… We started playing together in April, in June a friend asked us to play a show, we had no name, one of us said “Wank For Peace”, we play the show under that name, and now we’re stuck with it. We know it’s ridiculous but we don’t really care. I mean that’s just a name! If people aren’t smart enough to go beyond the name… whatever… We don’t want to get famous, we don’t want to a “hardcore credibility” name. So we’ll keep this one until the end! And world peace isn’t something we believe in. It takes a lot of faith in mankind to believe something like this.
How has music influenced your lives? And what artists have influenced you the most? We’ve been into music since we’re teenagers, it has always been quite important, but those last 3 years, since the beggining of Wank For Peace, pretty much changed our lives. All those places we’ve been, all those people we’ve met influenced our lives in many ways. Politicaly, Ethicaly for example. They way we live our lives back home, the choices we make, all that has been completly changed by the band! And now our girlfriends hates us. And if we should pick artists I guess we would chose Kid Dynamite (obviously), Blink-182, NoFX, Guerilla Poubelle.
'What Will Remain' (link) is your first LP, can you tell us something about it? Does it have a general theme? It is! This is a very urgent LP, we wrote the songs pretty fast, recorded the LP right after. If feel like it’s really spontaneous. I don’t know if there is really one general theme, but there is definitely some general directions. Time is one of those, the way we use it mainly. Choices is another one. How much we hate any kind of pride. I guess that this Lp is mainly influenced by our discovering of that music scene, of touring, etc. We’re still newcomers so may be it’s also a bit naive…
The artwork for your LP has been done by ‘Horsebites’ (link), one of the most popular for punk bands at the moment. What made you choose to ask him? That was kind of a child dream. We have been listening to so many band who had a cover by him that we said “who knows may be it will be our only LP, let’s ask him”. He said yes! He is actually a very nice dude! We met him when we played with No Friends on their European tour. He drew the cover right after their tour! Richard is really amazing, he worked with so many awesome huge bands, but he cares about what he does, the fact that we met him on tour probably helped but he did it quickly and he listened every single details we had to say about the cover! I would want to say “give him some work to do” but he really is busy enough with kiss and beyonce designs.
You’re from France, unfortunately we don’t know that many good French bands in Holland. What bands from France are really worth checking out? There are a lot of amazing bands in France, but quite often they hide in their green countryside and don’t tour that much. You should check No Guts no Glory, Birds in Row, The Traders, Zombies Are Pissed, Justin(e), The Helltons, Nina’school, Nine eleven, Can’t Bear this Party, Maladroit, Daria, One Thousand Directions, The attendants, As We Draw, Charly Fiasco, Guerilla Poubelle, Mon Autre Groupe, Pink Flamingos…. Okay this list might no be objective because lots of them friends… but still.
You toured like 10 countries, what’s the best one to play? Which one has the best drinks/food? And which one has the nicest girls (or boys, whatever you fancy)? What place do you really recommend to other touring bands? We all had a major crush on Slovenia. The landscape and the people are so nice! We also had the best afterparty food there! The guys from In-Sane took us a place that made Cheese Bureks, amazing unclear memories about that! We also loved Hungary! I guess the more east you go, the better this is, people in France for example don’t really give a shit about punk shows anymore. And we don’t do girls, or boys. On tour we only do each other.
You have been to Holland before. What do you hate about it? When we went to holland with the band, we arrived at 11pm, we played at midnight and we left town at noon the day after , so all we did is party at steenjwijck. So we’ve got nothing to hate about Holland except Laurent who eems to have been thromatized by all thos bikes “horning” all around when he came to Amsterdam when was 17. But what we can hate is the way french people see holland. Drugs and hookers. Shame on them!
Anything else you would like to add? Thanks for asking, and thanks for reading, all this cool adventure really means the world to us!
Wank For Peace will be on tour in March. Come and check them out on Saturday March 17th at Cafe Asgard, Beverwijk, NL with A Thousand Directions (FR) and De Aanslag.
Looks like our little initiative of the Acoustic Punk Meeting is going to get quite some attention and people attending/playing, as it has been posted as a news feature, and on the events page, of the official Groezrock website.
People who want to play can still send us an e-mail to: email@example.com
Last year we organized an acoustic show at the Groezrock campsite. The organization of the festival stole our idea and set up an actual acoustic stage but we won’t let them drag us down so we’re going to have edition II this year!
This is mainly organized and promoted via Facebook, so please check it all here. We can say it will be on the Friday night (the night before the festival starts), 22:00h, BBQ area. Lots of bands will be playing. BYOB and have a party!
The give you an idea; it’s bands/people from all over Europe who play guitar and sing a few songs.
Our first show of 2012 is coming up. It will be an all UK band night. One of those bands is As We Sink! This three piece play fast, nice, sing a long punk rock. Joe took some time to answer some questions.
Could you please introduce yourself? I’m Joe and I play the drums, Sam is our Guitarist and vocalist and Chris is the bassist. We play punk rock music in As We Sink.
Where are you from, what have you done so far, and what are your future plans? We are from South West of England, and we have played lots of shows around the UK, and have done a few tours and weekenders. We have a split 7” with our friends Donnie Brasco. We are coming to mainland Europe this month and we are hoping to do as many tours and shows as possible this year. Over the last few months have recorded an EP which is going to be coming out very soon, which we are all really excited about.
What are your songs generally about? Our latest EP is about our lives. Things like making big decisions to push yourself forward, working shit jobs and earning no money while trying to make the band work. Just stuff we can relate to really.
Last November all your gear got stolen, which must have been devastating. Could you explain your feelings on this? Have you found any of the gear back? It’s every bands worst nightmare to have their gear stolen, but we found it hard to dwell on it as we had so much support from friends, bands and promoters. There were people lending us gear, buying our merch and collecting at shows to help us out. The amount of support was overwhelming, and just shows how the scene can pull together when things go really wrong. Some of the stolen equipment turned up in a pawn shop in the city where we live, and the investigation is still going on.
Have you been to the mainland before? What do you expect from touring over there? We haven’t been to the mainland before, but everything we have been told from other bands has been amazing and we are very excited to be playing in new places and meeting lots of new people, in lots of new places.
What is the UK ‘scene’ like? In addition to the last question; do you think it’s different to the mainland? The UK scene is definitely getting stronger, and as I explained earlier, everyone is really supportive of each other and help out whenever people need it. I think it’s a great scene to be involved with, and can’t wait to get touring again in 2012.
As 2011 is almost over, could you do a top 10 of your 2011 albums? In no particular order: Bangers – Small Pleasures Great Cynics – Don’t Need Much Crazy Arm – Union City Breath Goodtime Boys – Are We Now, Or Have We Ever Been Seahaven – Winter Forever Horrible Crowes – Elsie Polar Bear Club – Clash, Battle, Guilt, Pride Defeater –Empty Days and Sleepless Nights The Wonder Years – Suburbia I’ve Given You All and Now I’m Nothing Basement – I Wish I Could Stay Here
Anything you’d like to add? Thank you to everyone who has shown support to us, and especially when we were going through hard times last year. It’s a new year now, and we are going to play as much as possible to new people, in new places.
We’d like to thank Joe for his answers. Please be sure to check their new EP out, we’ll let you know when it’s out. Also come down to check them out live on Wednesday January 25th in Cafe Asgard, Beverwijk (20:00h, free entry) with Fights & Fires, The Shuffle, and Truro.
He just came back from a tour trough Russia, he’ll probably be on another tour when this gets posted online. Fortunately Tim had some time to answer some questions. Read and find out what Tim has to say on touring, Antillectual, Eminor7, and more.
First of all, could you please introduce yourself? Who are you, where are you from, where are you going? Well, I’m just a simple guy from Hoofddorp (Amsterdam) The Netherlands, I’ll try to survive on the Road as a solo guy for about 2,5 years right now, and I’m thankfull for being still on that road. At this moment of writing I’m touring Russian where I will travel around for 2 weeks, and than ill head back to Germany, Holland and than down towards South of Europe till the beginning of December.
You tour a lot. How does that go with what most of us would call “normal life”? Any plans to go somewhere you’ve never been before? When you decide to go on tour fulltime, you can say goodbye to your normal life, your friends, the normal live pattern, actually you won’t be able to see your family that often. You have to leave most of that behind, it’s a choice you make, it’s not an easy one (well it starts easy, but soon you will see it can be fucked up so now and than). You will actually loose most of it, but at the end your real friends will support you no matter what. And luckily my parents and family are supporting me a lot, that means a lot to me. As I said I’m in Russia right now, which is not new to me as I was there earlier this year with Antillectual, but now I will visit a lot more places all over this crazy country where I haven’t been before so I’m excited. I would love to tour Australia, New Zealand and the West-coast of the States but the tickets are a bit expensive, but maybe someday.
Any great experience whilst touring you would like to share with us? Where should we go and visit, or where not? I don’t know, there are too many stories. At every tour there will happen some great things and also the fucked up things. Although the bad things are mostly the cooler stories to tell. If you want to checkout my experiences you can visit my website (timvantol.com) and checkout my journal. Where should you go and where not? It’s hard to say, I’m a big fan of playing in Germany, those people know how to handle with the whole music scene. I love Sweden cause it’s so beautiful. I love to see new things, and actually those countries where you hardly find any luxury (east of Europe and Russia for example) it’s good to face the facts, just to know that we should stop complaining and should be happy with what we’ve got, at least those people seems to, and they live without any luxury.
As said, you’re touring endlessly, but you also run your own label Eminor7, how does that go together? Any future plans for the label? Well as soon as I’m off or as soon I’ve got some new ideas and time I will put some time in the Label, It’s not a fulltime label kinda thing, I mostly release my own stuff, I wish I could release other acts, but it’s financially impossible right now, and I’m not able to put shit loads of time into promotion for other bands. Although I would love to. I’m trying my best, and will keep on doing that. For now on the Label is split up in 3 parts, the Label music part (where I’m release the records), the Screenprinting part (where I print shirts for bands and friends, and also where I print EminorSeven shirts) and the Backseatsessions part (where Mark is doing a lot of work for, it’s a video session thing, where we put bands on the backseat of a driving vehicle and let them play an acoustic song). Beginning next year I will take some time of from touring and I’ll stay at home for a while, so I’m planning to get some bigger machines for the screenprinting stuff, and will probably try to do more with the whole label, maybe a new solo release or something. I’m really looking forward to it.
You’re Dutch, but you live in Germany, what is the biggest difference in the punk rock community between the two? What could we learn from each other? Well the German scene is alive, and will stay alive for a while (well at least I’ve got that feeling). The People/venues know how to welcome bands and how to handle things. The kids will show up at shows on time. No bullshitting they are all there for having a good time. I seriously don’t have a clue what’s going on in Holland the last bunch of years in the punkrock community, I mean we’ve got a couple of regions where a bunch of bands try to help out and set up shows (which is really awesome), but even if they want to help out keeping the punkrock alive, most of the audience/visitors hardly seem to give a fuck, unless you are a bigger band. Back in the days there were a shitload of youth centers in Holland which were always fun to play, but where did they all go? But I think I’m not the right person to ask now, I haven’t been that much in Holland for playing shows the last years.
You played bass in Antillectual for a while. What is the most important or useful thing you learned from that time? Well that might be the fact that there is no change that you can combine 2 fulltime projects at the same time, even if you really want to. There will be always one project which won’t get as much attention as it should get.
You’ve released your debut album “Road Sweet Road” in March 2010 and a 7” in May 2011, when can we expect something new? Well I’m working on a split 7” with my good friend Matt Tansey, hope that will be released (by EminorSeven) at the beginning of our tour in November. That November tour will be my last tour of the year, and after that I’m planning to take off for 5 months, to write a new album, to work on the label, to do some other things, I mean I’ve been touring my ass off the last 2,5 years, and I think I should take some time off, and hopefully I will get some good inspiration to write a new album. Being on the road will also isolate you (well me I guess), it’s good to be back and just look around and see what’s happening instead of getting in the van, loading out the van, play a show, drink some beers get some sleep and repeat. And as I really can’t write on the road, it’s good to sit at home and write.
Will you ever pick up an electric guitar again? In other words, start a full band? Oh hell yeah, I will pick up the electric guitar again (it’s laying somewhere under my bed right now, being dusty), if I’m gonna start a new band? I don’t know. It’s hard to start from the bottom, and i don’t know if I really want to do that. But maybe…. Or maybe I will call some old friends and setup a project thing. I love to be on the road with friends as a band and feel the energy as a full band, I just need some good punkrock tunes so now and than (just like the most of us).
Do you prefer touring solo or with other (backing) musicians? I did this fullband (playing my solo songs with a band) tour last may, and that was just awesome, it turned out so well, that we decided to do it next year May again but than instead of 2 weeks, a whole month. I love it. But the reason why I went solo is because I got sick and tired of being the only dude in the band who worked his ass off, and also to arrange things for a whole band see if everybody is able to go on tour (jobs, girlfriends, family meetings etc. etc.). I love the freedom of going on tour when and where I want, and just actually do what I want to do.
Anything you’d like to add? Thanks a lot for giving me the change to answer some questions, thanks a lot for having this blog and for setting up shows and try to keep our punkrockhearts still beating. Hope to see some faces in November while I’m playing 2 shows in Holland (1st of November – Café Lokaal in Heemskerk and 2nd of November – ACU in Utrecht).
North Empire will host a show for Tim on Tuesday November 1st at Cafe Lokaal. Come down and find out for yourself why this guy is so good live and why people love him so much. If you won’t be able to make it, check out Tim’s new 7” ‘What It Takes’ on Shield Recordings. We also want to thank Tim for his time to answer these questions, really appreciate it.
…happy DEAD TO ME day!!! today, i bring you an exclusive listen of their brand new song “The World Has Gone Mad”. this song will be found on their upcoming full length titled “Moscow Penny Ante” which will be out on OCTOBER 25th on the great Fat Wreck Chords. i don’t know what more i can say about this band on here that i probably haven’t already said; dudes are awesome and some of the nicest people around. and i am always very excited to hear whatever new Dead To Me material i can get my hands on. (this new full length is no exception…it rules). the DTM kids are currently on a full US tour and you should probably go catch them play live, because they are pretty damn good at that as well. for those TOUR DATES, go HERE.
if you wanna order “Moscow Penny Ante” from Fat, you should head over HERE in the next few days/weeks to score a copy.
again, much love to the Dead To Me crew and the people at Fat Wreck Chords for hooking it up with this song to throw up on SIQSHIT. and don’t forget the 4 art piece that IAN from DTM did for this blog…more info on those will be posted on Monday.
REPOST and REBLOG the shit out of this all weekend.
Tomorrow is Translated’s EP release at Cafe Lokaal, Heemskerk! Together with Austrian punks Soey, who also have a new album just released. Come down and hang out to some terrific punk rock tunes. Starts at 20:00h, entrance is free.