BoB proudly present Sky over Rotterdam

The sky over Rotterdam is so peaceful now
But my old man, he still remembers how
That war made that sky such a restless place
And airplanes were never hard to trace
First them planes brought war, then they raised hopes high
And in the end, they dropped food from the sky
The sky, the sky, the sky, over Rotterdam

One morning in spring, German planes were all around
That brought their bombs, burnt our town to the ground
People ran for their lives, many trapped by the fire
And for five years to come, life would be harsh and dire
The sky over Rotterdam ..
In years to come, allied planes would rule the air
And foreign towns, were handed the same nightmare
As people starved from hunger, in the Rotterdam streets
They often said a prayer, to support them allied fleets
The sky over Rotterdam ..
Then one fine day, planes flew in really low
No bullets, no bombs, but food they let go
Never before, did the sun shine so bright
After five long years, people danced into the night
The sky over Rotterdam ..
© Bunch of Bastards

Bunch of Bastards proudly present their song Sky over Rotterdam.

The lyrics summarize the history of the Second World War in Rotterdam from the perspective of what happened in the sky over that city. The song is based on the Rotterdam boyhood wartime memories  of a bandmember’s dad.

Three episodes are mentioned in the song. The first is that on May 14th 1940, the Rotterdam city centre fell victim to a vicious bombardment, the first ever of its kind. This is 75 years ago this spring. The second episode is that the people of Rotterdam stood and watched as allied airfleets flew to and from Germany. Despite knowing firsthand what destruction they caused, those fleets did give them hope for better days. The final episode is that allied forces were allowed to conduct much needed food sorties near the city towards the end of the war, much needed as hundreds of people per week starved to death.

Using historical footage, Bunch of Bastards put together a video that visualizes the upshot of the song.

At their gigs Bunch of Bastards start this song using a manually operated air-raid siren.



BoB recorded song about WW2 in Rotterdam

The Sky over Rotterdam: the Rotterdam 1940-1945 episode in a ‘full force folk’-song.

BoB are about to release a song and video in which the history of the Second World War in Rotterdam is summarized from the perspective of what happened in the sky over that city. The song is based on the Rotterdam boyhood wartime memories of a band-member’s dad.

On May 14th 2015 it is 75 years since the Rotterdam city centre fell victim to a vicious bombardment. In years to come, the people of Rotterdam stood and watched as allied air-fleets flew to and from Germany. Those fleets gave them hope. In the last days of the war, 70 years ago soon, as hundreds of people per week starved to death, occupying forces allowed the allied forces to conduct food sorties above the city. To the amazement of the hungry and starving people of Rotterdam, low flying allied planes dropped their welcome cargo.


These events constitute the core of the song The Sky over Rotterdam that BoB will release here shortly. The audio has already been recorded and is currently being fine-tuned by our able producer Lars. 
Using historical footage, BoB are in the process of putting together a video that visualizes the upshot of the song. Expect shaky black-and-white film that underscores the three main themes of the song: the burning city after the bombardment, allied fleets in the air and the dropping of food supplies.




BoB hit German Autobahn

BoB's first major road trip! The last weekend of March sees BoB hitting the road (or the 'Autobahn' more precisely) in South-Easterly direction for a series of three gigs. The first stop will be at the Celtic Folk Punk Festival 2015 in Stuttgart (G.) on Friday March 27th, where BoB have the honour to share the international bill with The Moorings from France and Paddy and the Rats from Hungary. This promises to be a very thirsty night indeed!

From there on BoB push into Bavaria to play a full length show in Cinn Mhara Irish Pub in Kothen (G.) on Saturday March 28th, hoping to throw in some fresh air and serious sightseeing on the way.

To complete the weekend, BoB play a 'welcome back in the Netherlands' show in Sophie's Pub in Roermond (NL.) early Sunday evening (we kick off at seven)!

For more information,
check out our hosts:
Celtic Folk Punk Festival 2015
Cinn Mhara Irish pub
Sophie's Pub