This song could just as well have been written this last week. Maybe it would have been titled “Welcome to Mare Nostrum” or something similar. I hope the inspiration to write songs like this again next year, or at whatever moment in the future, dries up. Us Europeans, the individual European nations and the European Union as a whole should get its shit together and end this humanitarian tragedy.
Behind the scenes we are working hard on new songs. We hope to record our new album this spring and release it in the fall or winter. But in the mean time this is happening:
Music video “Work Horses vs Show Ponies”
It has been a while since we last posted a tour report. And our last music video came out almost a year ago. So we made a combination of both for “Work Horses vs Show Ponies”. You can check the music video below and while you’re at it, subscribe to our youtube channel to stay up to date. The video was shot during the 150 days on the road after the release of “Perspectives & Objectives”. Footage was shot all over Europe and includes tours with Propagandhi, Ten Foot Pole, ZSK and festivals like Monster Bash.
“Perspectives & Objectives” out as a benefit tape
Somewhere between trying to be hip and realizing that people don’t necessarily buy tapes for the sound quality, we came up with the following idea: we raided our old tape collections to release “Perspectives & Objectives” on recycled tapes. The release is limited to 50 hand numbered tapes. Lyrics, liner notes and a download are included to provide you with a high quality version of the album. But the best part is that since the production of these tapes is low-cost, all proceeds will be donated to Kafka. Kafka is an NGO that keeps track of extreme-right activities and tendencies in the Netherlands. A very noble initiative, but they need money to keep doing what they do.
So this project is 3-in-1: Hip tape, quality download, contributing to a better world for people and environment. What more could one want?
You can place your pre-order here. The release is in cooperation with our friends from Trilob Records (Adhesive, Banquets, In-Sane).
FEB 27 DE Wermelskirchen, Wider Rechts Woche @ Ajz Bahndamm Wermelskirchen w/ Christmas, Prime Meat APR 3 NL NL Goes, BoemTikFest @ ‘t Beest w/ Honningbarna, Otis, Rites MAY 09 CH Zurich, Obenuse Fest @ Hafenkneipe, Eldorado, Kinski, Kino Roland w/ Title Fight, ASTPAI, Broadcaster, Irish Handcuffs, Hysterese, Chelsea Deadbeat Combo, Deadverse, HELL & BACK, Spirits, Risk It, Lions, Worst In Me, Uriella MAY 22 FR Paris, THIS IS MY FEST @ La Peche France Paris w/ Guerilla Poubelle, VERSUS YOU, Great Cynics, Hogwash, Slice of Life, FAKE OFF, Intenable, No Guts No Glory, Water Mane MAY 23 UK Norwich, The Owl Sanctuary w/ Braindead, Petrol Girls, Holiday MAY 24 UK London, More of This IV! @ New Cross Inn w/ The Human Project, Sweet Empire, Irish Handcuffs, Demon Smiles, Petrol Girls, Mug, Dynamite Dynamite, Sink Alaska, RxR, The Twin Dracula, Not Penny’s Boat, No Matter, Chairmen Of The Bored, The Dead Anyways MAY 29 DE Hannover, Stumpf
Recently we played a one-off set at Doornroosje in our hometown Nijmegen. To make it a special night we did a mix of songs from our first album, Silencing Civilization, and covers that we used to do or prepared especially for this occasion. We play those old songs every now and then in “normal” sets, but you might not ever see us play those covers again. That’s why we decided to put the video footage on Youtube.
Enjoy the playlist, re-live those sweet memories if you were there that night and in case you want to stay up to date with our Youtube endeavours, subscribe to our channel!
Propagandhi – Stick the Flag Up Your Goddamn Ass
Van Halen – Jump Kid Dynamite – Wrist Rocket
The Offspring – Nitro
Face to Face – Ordinary
We were asked by DJ Native if he could make a remix for our song “Work Horses vs Show Ponies” from our latest album “Perspectives & Objectives”. Being real adventurers and always interested in experiments we obviously agreed and sent him the tracks needed. What came out can not be labeled, but one thing is certain: we’re happy to hear a totally different yet amazing version of our song and we’ll never be able to re-enact this live. So enjoy the mix and the video!
If you’re interested in making your own remix of one of our songs and you need tracks (or anything else) from us, get in touch!
This song criticises the role of women in todays society in general and girls in the music scene in particular. Despite all efforts and good intentions few women participate in music, actively and passively. Roller derby is a typical example of how women can have a different role in a young and active scene.
I would hate this to sound sexist: “This goes out to all the girls”
So few here, girlfriends, wives and cooks. From the back of the room, only here for the looks?
I hoped we could provide a safer alternative in this gated community
But it seems we’ve failed
Contrary to popular beliefs girls are not just donuts.
How we warn our daughters shows how civilized we are
What do you expect, examples given and standards set?
How we treat our maids shows how civilized we are
Stop burning the witches, burn our blueprints on their stakes
And use the second sex’ craft to bake a pink print for a change
Girls in our scene are underrepresented, in both audiences and bands. When playing with (partly) female bands or in front of an equally mixed audience I often feel like addressing them. What always holds me back are other bands dedicating songs to girls, “This goes out to all the girls”, for all the wrong, sexist reasons. It would be cool if girls at shows were not only welcome for their looks, boyfriends or cooking skills, but also just for being there or for their music. I think a lot more girls would eventually join in. “From the back of the room” is a documentary about actively involved women in the punk/hardcore scene.
Girls and women in our society aren’t treated much better. There still is a lot of sexism, hidden or not. A very recent example is the scandal of Dominique Strauss Kahn raping a black maid and getting away with it. Not because he was innocent, but because the girl wasn’t “credible” enough.