Crank Up The Everything

Well I seem to have neglected the blog since my return from my foray to the Netherlands, so here’s something quick as a stop gap.

The Netherlands Deathfest was superb, if a bit tiring. Some great performances, especially a European firsts for Gruesome and Morpheus Descends. Superb sets by stalwarts Asphyx, Autopsy, Thanatos and Entrails. And finally getting to see Canadian old school thrashers Razor was a definite highlight – just a pity they had no merch with them!

The venue, Tilburg’s 013, was one of the best venues I’ve been inside and like the Hedon in Zwolle apparently randomly placed in a sleepy European town. Apart from the 7 foot tall Dutch in front, the views all over the place were unobscured and no real queues at the multiple bars or even the toilets. The token system employed is, well, different. Easy enough to use but you do tend to lose track on how much you’ve spent.

Punctual public transport, once we’d left England, and relativity cheap and very clean. Eindhoven mid Monday morning was odd as the city was still sleeping in at noon. None of the shops opened much earlier, which left us at a loose end for a couple of hours. The only people besides us (and the other black clad metal heads from the gig) frequenting the streets of Eindhoven were all manner of people on bicycles. So many bikes.

All in all a good weekend.

A band I was introduced to over the weekend by a friend and partial to a drop of absinthe, were native Eindhoveans Peter Pan Speedrock. They’ve only been knocking around for two decades and November this year sees them bowing out of the music world in their retirement year. See how I have my finger on the pulse?

I can safely say with music I do tend to judge a book by its cover. Either by a musical description or band name alone, I may shy away from a hidden gem, and unfortunately this Dutch rock ‘n’ roll band are one such act. Very much in the Motörhead vein with some psychobilly traits, thanks to Spotify, I’ve been listening to their back catalogue relentlessly since I got home on Monday.

With a bit of luck, even though nothing has been announced yet, I hope I get to see them on these fair shores at least once before they call it quits.

Crank Up The Everything is taken from the 2010 album We Want Blood!

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