Some of the best Dutch alternative bands from the eighties & nineties in one evening! Hallo Venray has been going on for an incredible 35 years, even more incredible: the guitar rock band is better than ever, as they prove on the new album Coffee & Cake (2022). Stuurbaard Bakkebaard is back in the original trio line-up - the music of this Eindhoven cult band is still an inimitable mix of rock, blues, trash, kettle music and Captain Beefheart. The Rotterdam dark new wave/post-punk band Spasmodique celebrates its fortieth anniversary with a new album.
New album 'Hold On To A Scream coming up
The seventh studio album Hold On To A Scream by the Rotterdam based underground band Spasmodique will be released on April 15, 2023 (Record Store Day), followed by a number of performances in the Netherlands.
Hold On To A Scream will be released on LP and CD by the label Sounds Haarlem Likes Vinyl. Eight new songs were written and rehearsed during the period of lockdowns (20/21) and largely recorded live in early 22, in the Rotterdam based Far Out Sounds studio by Niek Driesschen. The album was completed, mixed and mastered in Studio 2X2 by Spasmodique’s drummer Reinier Rietveld.
Internationally acclaimed cult band Spasmodique existed for 40 years in 2021. Originated in 1981, in the corridors of a psychogeriatric nursing home in Capelle a/d IJssel, the quartet developed into a relentless live band that played throughout Europe during the 1980s and early 1990s and released four studio albums.
The group officially disbanded in 1992, but singer/guitarist Mark Ritsema, guitarist Arjo Hijmans, bassist Martin Docters van Leeuwen and drummer Reinier Rietveld continued to meet each other, with the album Villa Delirium (2002) as their first achievement. The last studio album Six was released in 2016, together with the career-spanning box set All And More of 11 CDs and 3 DVDs. Both products were received with success and Spasmodique can also still count on a loyal audience in the clubs.
On the new album Hold On To A Scream, Spasmodique once again excels in conjuring underground rock and post-punk, intuitively created and dominated by guitars and hypnotically tight rhythms. At the same time, the band broadens with pure, but no less dark songs like Orphaned Serenade and Meander. The 'scream' in the title does not express despair or fear, but rather refers to the urgent and inspiring primal scream that has been driving Spasmodique for more than 40 years.
SPASMODIQUE – City Park Murders
The illustrious City Park Murders is Spasmodique's first recording since their album SIX (2016). A dark murder mystery in traditions of earlier Spasmodique songs such as The Small World and Harbourtown, where the band also show their darkest side musically. The accompanying video is a collaboration between Mark Ritsema and the makers of the well-known Adrian Borland-documentary Walking In The Opposite Direction (2016), Marc Waltman and Jean-Paul van Mierlo. An equally mysterious tribute to the grubby cult video nasties full of cheap horror and visual obscurity, which you could rent for home entertainment at the video store in the 1980s.
City Park Murders – Spasmodique
(Written by Spasmodique)
Filmed and directed by Marc Waltman / Boegbeeld Videoproducties
Produced by Jean-Paul van Mierlo / Stichting Opposite Direction
Many thanks to Amy & Esther Abdala
Copyright: Spasmodique / Stichting Opposite Direction 2021
New album from and documentary about SPASMODIQUE coming up
Spasmodique surprises the first working day of 2022 with the release of a new single: City Park Murders. It is the first work of the illustrious Rotterdam band since the release of the album Six in 2016.
The video accompanying the new issue of the Rotterdammers looks like a mix of goth in the atmosphere of Edgar Allen Poe and more modern heart-pounding literature such as American Psycho. We see Ritsema wandering through a park, suggestively wearing black leather gloves…
MuziScene calls singer/guitarist Mark Ritsema to find out if there will be more after the single. He explains that Spasmodique celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2021. That should have been accompanied by a tour and a new album. The planned party was canceled for known reasons. That is why the band is now preparing for a postponed celebration with a new album and a documentary. And of course the band hopes to be able to play live again in 2022. Watch the video below for the explanation of Mark Ritsema…