BoB are happy to announce a short but genuinely international trip early next year. With their UK friends Paul Henshaw and his band the Scientific Simpletons in tow, gigs are scheduled in Nordhorn (Irish Pub Nordhorner Hof), a few miles into Germany, on Friday January 22nd, in Delft (De V) on Saturday January 23rd and Dordrecht (Merz) on January 24th (late afternoon gig).
In terms of gigs it may appear rather quiet at the BoB-front since our successful gig at Na Fir Bolg. But hey, we enjoy our summer break too! Anyhow, you can all rest assured knowing that a lot is going on behind the scenes.
For one we are busy writing and rehearsing a handful of new songs.
Of course we are busy arranging more gigs, after the 15 we played in 2015 already.
Finally we are busy preparing for some serious recording this autumn. Under the able guidance of Theo Vogelaars (formerly with Dutch punkheroes Tröckener Kecks) we aim at compiling one hell of an EP for your listening pleasure.
Our next gig is Sunday, September 6th, @Schots Keltisch Festival/Finale NK Highlandgames, where we entertain the Dutch Highlanders with some tunes in between them throwing sheep and trunks around the place.
Sunday July 5th, Bunch of Bastards traveled south to Belgium to play the final gig of the three-day international Na Fir Bolg festival. It also was BoB's last gig before the summer break (and the 15th gig of 2015).
We at BoB had a whale of a time ourselves. The crowd seemed to be having a good time as well, with singing, raised fists and some occasional drinking all in place, as well as a bit of a pit, some crowdsurfing and an all-female stage-invasion. But what about the press?
Here's a review taken from the latest edition of the Flemish e-zine Shutterwall.mag about how BoB brought Na Fir Bolg to a fitting end:
"As always, it has to end in an Irish feast! Bunch of Bastards knew very well how to do that. Giving everything they have and even more! No remorse, no mercy on this last evening of Na Fir Bolg (..). With their active and dynamic music there was no way anyone who heard this could stand still. Well done boys, you know how to be and how to handle a bunch of bastards. See you next year!".
BoB hope that's also how the Na Fir Bolg festival organizers feel about our performance, as we'd much like to be back indeed!
BoB are gonna travel south and play a gig in Belgium at the Na Fir Bolg festival in the first weekend of July. It is a great honour for us to be the last band playing at this festival, and we are much looking forward to bringing the festivities to a close in style. We are on at 24.00 hours on Sunday night, or at 0.00 hours Monday morning, whatever you fancy ;)
Here's a Q&A on BoB for you, PaddyRock's Grinning Beggar asking the Questions and BoB's Andries providing the Answers: Click here for Paddyrock's Interview
Andries and Peter were interviewed about BoB and music in general and about the story behind SKY OVER ROTTERDAM in particular:
Click here for the interview.
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.
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.