2017 holds many a promise for BoB. We are working on new songs for recordings later in the year. In the meantime a nice string of gigs is lined up already, while more is brewing. The St. Pat. weekend sees us playing three gigs, among which one on Fri. 17 with LQR in PoGo (Gorinchem, Nl.) and one on Sat. 18 with The Ceili Family in Pelmke (Hagen, G.). In spring two long weekends with our Czech friends Pirates of the Pubs are scheduled, one overhere and one in Bohemia. So there is lots to look forward to already.
2016 was an eventful and fun-filled year for BoB. We released our debut cd MY DRINKIN' AIN'T DONE which received some positive reviews (see posts below), and we played almost 30 gigs, traveling to and playing in Germany, Belgium and England.
Late January our pal Paul Henshaw brought his Scientific Simpletons over for a long weekend of shared gigs overhere, which were a load of fun and solidified some firm comradeship. In the St. Pat.'s weekend we played four gigs in a mini cd-presentation tour. Early May we crossed the Channel to play a long weekend of gigs with Paul Henshaw on his home turf, his garden renamed 'Camp Bastard' being our temporary base. A gig at a Bikers-fest in a muddy field was an adventurous highlight, as was playing the Big Rivers Festival in Dordrecht. In autumn, we spent a long weekend in Germany, while the year ended in style by playing at major festivals in Bibelot and in Paard van Troje (at the international Folkfest).
After returning home from our short Oktober trip to Germany, autumn has two more highlights in store for BoB, playing at folk festivals in Bibelot, Dordrecht, November 19th, and Paard, Den Haag, November 27th.
The moment we dreaded, the moment we feared, the moment of truth has finally come: we had our measures taken by the guys at Paddy Rock. It seems they have taken a liking of what we came up with on our debut cd:
When I first picked up the gauntlet of Celtic Punk one of the first persons I became acquainted with was Andries van den Broek. A long time friend to Paddy Rock and the genre and once upon a time the accordion player for Mr. Irish Bastard. Needless to say when he told me he was starting a new band back in 2013 I was pretty excited! Over the years, yes years I was always updated, sent songs, and provided with plenty of information regarding the the song writing process, festivals and so on.
There were trials and tribulations, enough to sink nearly any other band but as St. Patrick’s Day of 2016 approached, I received my copy of “My Drinkin’ Ain’t Done”. It is a style that a Bunch of Bastards like to call “Full Force Folk” as they are from the Netherlands. When I listen to new albums or music there are a couple of hallmarks that I look for. First I like unique sounding vocals. Next I enjoy a variety of instrumentation and lastly I love originality. Bunch of Bastards (BoB) delivers all of this and more. I knew from the beginning that Andries would bring some phenomenal accordion shredding, which he does. Throw in a smattering of sweet ass banjo licks and I am hooked. As previously mentioned the band comes from The Netherlands. (Holland to the lay person) and as such come equipped with a unique dialect which is very suitable for a “Full Force Folk” band. As for the last hallmark “My Drinkin’ Ain’t Done” tops out at 14 track, with all but the last being originals.
In a nutshell, if you are after something that is different than the persent Eastern European Celtic Punk Standard I would highly recommend “My Drinkin’ Ain’t Done”. It is a fun, upbeat album that is not your standard pub fare, I would have to say 2 of my favorite tracks off the album are “Back In The Day” and “Many a Good Reason”. Truly, Andries and company have packed a lot of talent, thought and experience into these 14 songs and delivered a marvelous debut album for a Bunch of Bastards! Look for them soon, at a Pub near you!
So what can one expect when one's debut cd gets reviewed on a reknown site such as www.shitenonions.com ?
well, we certainly did not expect this, for feck's sake:
"My Drinkin’ Ain’t Done is fast’n’rowdy Celtic punk meets Gypsy from the Netherlands. Low, growling lead vocals, all the bhoys on the piss gang vocals, accordion, banjo, mandolin and dirty sleaze-rock guitars with a Bastard attitude. Reminiscent and obviously influenced by the Dropkick Murphys, Blood or Whiskey and the Dubliners and for spice the junkyard sounds of Tom Waits and early Dolomites and The Zydepunks. A strong debut from a band with a great promise."
So what did the first half of 2016 have in store for BoB? Rather a lot, we like to think. Early on we finished recording our album and had the production, mastering and artwork done. We got the album out just before St. Patrick's Day, about which we collected some positive reviews since. All this didn't stop us from arranging a nice little string of gigs: no less than 20 in the first six months of this year, including gigs in Belgium, Germany and England. Shortly, we play one more major festival (Big Rivers in Dordrecht), before slowing things down for a while, not because we are not in demand, but due to consecutive holidays by various travel-minded band-members. We'll be back full force folking in autumn, various gigs are being discussed and a short German tour is already announced. Take care !!