Saturday, 3 September 2011

Introducing - Gewoon Fucking Raggen



When I was just starting my blog, I decided I'd try and post about as many bands in the Noord-Brabant scene in the Netherlands as I could. Two such bands were Malfunction and Laatste Halte. Now, Malfunction are no more, but Joost, who played guitar in Malfunction and Laatste Halte, got in touch with me about his new band Gewoon Fucking Raggen, which i'm told roughly translates as Just Fucking Shred. Quite apt I thought!

Anyway, GFR are an 80's inspired hardcore band made up by Joost on vocals, Wes XIII on guitar, Lemmy on drums and Sally Chen on bass. The band has a 17 track demo available for download via their facebook page. Go to http://www.facebook.com/gfrhc. You can download the bands 17! track demo on Mediafire at http://www.mediafire.com/?a1gv567d19wi1tb.


Joost was cool enough to answer some questions for me, and the responses are below:-

How did GFR come about then?The guitarplayer and drummer met eachother at a punk show (Disturbance) and started talking about Void, the 'drummer' wasn't even a drummer in that period, but started playing when the band started. A bassplayer was found shortly after that and they started writing songs. A few months later (september/october 2010) I joined the band. We played our first shows and recorded a 17 song demo in winter. The bassplayer suddenly vanished so we had to find a new one. Currently we have a young kid, an amazing musician (he plays all kinds of instruments), helping us out on bass, but we've founded a girl to do bass for us.

You seem to have a habit of forming awesome hardcore bands, have you grown up with heavy music and what has been your influence?It all started with Nirvana for me, it was the first band that really got to me. I read a lot about them and their influences so I gradually started to get into all kinds of hardcore and punk (Black Flag, Flipper, Minor Threat, Fugazi, Mission Of Burma) and other cool bands (Talullah Gosh, Vaselines, Beat Happening). It also motivated me to pick up a guitar (and I hope I will be able to influence at least one person to start a band / learn to play)

How is GFR different to your other bands, Laatste Halte and Malfunction?Malfunction was a mix up of all kind of hardcorebands. Different people mixing together I guess. Laatste Halte also has some different sounds put together, we got fast parts, but also some clean melodic stuff. But it's way more chaotic than the other two bands. And then there's GFR: the bandname actually speaks for itself (translation is): Just Fucking Shred (we hardly have 'breaks' or slow songs, some people even complained about it haha)

What are your plans for GFR?Play a lot of shows, write a shitload of short songs. We got about 8 songs we haven't recorded yet. Hopefully we can find a label who'll help us put it out on a (split) 7" or tape.

So what are you waiting for, check em out!



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