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Volume 76   Leave a comment

Volume 76 @ Simplon, Groningen 07.05.2005
w/The Now-Denial (GER), Seein’Red

Michael: We arrive with the equipment around 19.00 and the other bands already arrived. It’s good to meet our friends and share these last moments with them, although everything is rather misty and unreal at the same time. The concertroom is arranged very thoughtful: the stageparts are placed in the back and sides of the room. The bands play on the ground, the crowd can choose to go onstage or to suffer the pit. After setting up the backline, we do a small soundcheck, fix the lights and get some food while Maurice and Bas do an interview for the local television. The place slowly fills up with a mixed crowd. We see lots of friends that came from everywhere and there’s ofcourse Marian from Cracow in Poland who hitchhiked for almost 3 days to get to this gig! SEEIN’RED starts off with their militant hardcore, and it’s always a pleasure to see them play. There is some moments that I get the Vera vibe when we played with AT THE DRIVE IN. I see people walking away in disgust. Not used to this noise. Great! I guess THE NOW-DENIAL play a much more accessible sound. But so energetic and convincing. Yes, these are first-rate to complete this nite. When it’s finally our turn, there’s some unpronounceable suspense in the air. It’s getting very packed inside and the organization already closed the doors. I don’t know how to exactly describe other than it was in the best chaos tradition. We had to stop three times because people were falling into the drumkit. There was one particulary awkward moment when this girl crashed into my drumkit and we see her throat going straight for that cymbal. Going straight for that supersharp edge in the cymbal that was grinded because of a dent… Lucky for her AND the show, I hit that cymbal at that exact same moment and gave it a swing so she crashes into the “good” side. I’m sure we’d make the headlines by having a classic case of decapitation or at least some good ole artery bleeding on our finale… Maybe some other time. Ofcourse in true Shikari tradition all of us got damaged one way or another. Apart from the usual bruises, Mark also got a guitar smashed into his head, and I got hit hard by a crash cymbal full under my nose. Because of high adrenaline content, we start feeling the pain the day after… Thanks for everyone who dropped in, apologies to the ones that couldn’t get in and thanks to all that made these 6 years worthwile. Peace.

Posted 9 March 2019 by michaelbacteria in Shikari 2005, Shikari Video, Simplon

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Volume 55   Leave a comment

Volume 55 @ Simplon, Groningen 15.05.2003
w/Athletic Pooha, Kempes, Pooier666

Posted 8 March 2019 by michaelbacteria in Shikari 2003, Simplon

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Halloweenfest @ Simplon, Groningen NL 27 October 2007   Leave a comment

ust a couple of backstage pics.

Posted 9 January 2018 by michaelbacteria in Simplon

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Volume 01   Leave a comment

Volume 01 @ Simplon, Groningen 10.12.1999
w/Spirit 84, N.B.P.




Fake flyer made by Pascal/Office Killer

Michael: That dutch flag on the Spirit84 guitar-amp…
Bas: This first gig was a good reason to start drinking 

From the website: Youthcenter Simplon is doing an effort promoting ‘smaller” and hardcore bands. So this time we have three Dutch bands on a Friday night. The concert won’t take place on the usual stage but on the floor. This makes the room for about a half smaller which means a better atmosphere when there’s not too many people. At around 22.30 when Shikari starts, I’m astonished to see the place filled. Eventually there’s more than 100 people! Most faces I’ve never seen before. As for Shikari, I’m not objective. This is the first concert and as far as I can judge, the sound sucks. At least from behind the drumkit. In between songs it’s mass applause. Weird. Normally I’m used to screams, insults, cursing, beerthrowing and other offensive appreciations in between songs. I must admit the average visitor looks like the perfect son-in-law (yes, it’s mostly males), excuisitely and neatly dressed. Obviously with behaviour to match. I’ll get used to that. After 20 minutes of sheer posing and emo-forging, we call it quits. Take it away N.B.P.! Too bad it’s boring crossover (that’s punkrock, metal, new-oldschool…pfff, whatever mixed) from Overijssel. Musically it’s well played with 2 guitars but it drags on for almost an hour. Lyrically there’s stuff about backstabbing and being tough. Hmm. Spirit 84 gets the crowd moving. I was told they are the successors of youthcrew band Mainstrike. Already released a CD on the (in)famous Good Life label in Belgium. First 6 songs are sloppy uptempo youth of today songs. Afterwards more catchy midtempo hardcore parts in the vein of Gorilla Biscuits. I love that kind of stuff. They have great guitarsound as well. Then I notice a goofy sticker on the side of the guitarist’s amplifier: the word “straightedge” with a Dutch national flag… What the fuck?!! It’s getting crazier every year. Khrsna, hardline, christianity, nationalist straightedge. What’s next? I think I don’t want to know. 

Posted 30 November 2016 by michaelbacteria in Shikari, Shikari 2000, Simplon

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Catweazle @ Simplon, Groningen 27 December 1996   Leave a comment

1996-12-27 Catweazle - Simplon flyer-1

Catweazle / No I.D. @ Simplon Bovenbar, Groningen 24 February 1995   Leave a comment




Catweazle / Means To An End (Gro) / Moonlizards (Gro) @ Simplon, Groningen 8 October 1988   Leave a comment

1988-10-08 Catweazle - Simplon flyer-1


Catweazle Flyers-3