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30 November 2022 ~ 0 Comments

NEWSLETTER NOV 2022: Friends First Fest tickets

As the year is coming to a close, it’s time for our end-of-the-year tradition: Friends First Fest! While we’re at it we’ll also spoil some more news about the upcoming album, including a single before releasing the full record. Lastly you’ll find upcoming shows and a free shipping code at the bottom of this newsletter!

Friends First Fest poster

Friends First Fest

All bands have been announced and tickets are on sale starting now! If you wanna join us at De Onderbroek in Nijmegen on Thursday December 29, make sure to get a ticket in presale, as it will probably sell out like previous editions. We’re doing flexible rates and kids get in for free, hoping that everyone can join the fun. Keep an eye on the FB event for surprise updates and check our album Start From Scratch, which we’ll play front-to-back!

Together album artwork

New album

We’re working hard on the release of our new record. We can’t wait to share it with the world, but we’ll have to wait until the vinyl is ready. Yet, we wanted to show our loyal newsletter readers the beautiful artwork by Thomas at Dark Roast and present the title: TOGETHER! If you come to a show, you can hear a new song live: From City To City. We’re crowdsourcing footage for the music video, so feel free to film us playing it and send it over! And if you’re a label interested in releasing/distributing, please reply to this email!

Tour poster - dates below

Upcoming Shows

Because of the new album, we’re taking it easy with shows in the first months of the new year. But we’ve got sweet stuff planned around the spring release! Wanna book us?

Free shipping for albums

With a new album coming we need to make some room and get some extra funding, therefore we’re doing free shipping on all album orders! Mention AHOYAHOY in the order comment and we’ll ship it to you for gratis!


That’s it for now, next time we hope to have a new single and album pre-order for you!
Thanks for reading, till next time; Ben, Riekus & Willem

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06 November 2022 ~ Comments Off on Start From Scratch at Friends First Fest #6 2022!

Start From Scratch at Friends First Fest #6 2022!

START FROM SCRATCH is turning 12 years old this week! To celebrate we announce that we’ll play it front to back at Friends First Fest at De Onderbroek in Nijmegen on Thursday December 29. More details like bands, times, tickets coming soon. After cancellations in 2020 and 2021 we keep our fingers crossed for FFF #6 in 2022! See you there?

Friends First Fest Facebook event
All songs from Start From Scratch, lyrics, liner notes and more

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05 November 2021 ~ Comments Off on Friends First Fest 2021!

Friends First Fest 2021!

It’s time to unveil the Friends First Fest plans we’ve been hinting at! Are you ready?!

We’re very excited that we can do FFF with the current Covid measures in our favorite venue: De Onderbroek! Happening on Wednesday December 29, check the FB event to RSVP. The setlist will consist of our 11 old: START FROM SCRATCH! We’ll play it from left to right, from front to back. Tom Nieuwenhuis will join us on bass for this one, he recorded the album with us, and rehearsing the songs has been amazing!

Unfortunately, we still have to take into account that future anti-Covid measures might make FFF 2021 impossible. That’s why we will wait with ticket sales and line-up announcements. To be continued!

So, fingers crossed for now, and either way we will do our best to throw the best FRIENDS FIRST FEST ever in 2021!
(Painting by Willem’s mom!)

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01 November 2020 ~ Comments Off on 10 year anniversary Start From Scratch!

10 year anniversary Start From Scratch!

Today, November 1st, 2020, marks the 10th birthday of our 3rd full length album “Start from Scratch!”. It (still) is an important album for us and a favorite of a many. SFS seems to have been the first album that got us worldwide attention. In celebration of the album’s anniversary we had all sorts of wild plans, involving Friends First Fest and other activities, none of which will happen this year. Maybe we can make up for it next year?

If you read the title, track list and liner notes it seems that a lot of themes are relevant still, or again. We could have written songs like “Every Crisis Is a Moral Crisis” (how to deal with a heavy impact, worldwide calamity), “America’s Worst Role Model” (a horrifying American President), “Chinese Takeover” (growing influence and power of China) to describe the situation we’re in right now. Classic themes never get old!

When we released the album in 2010 we did a song-by-song introduction to the album, including guest contributions by people that did guest vocals, recorded it, released it, and other friends! Fun reads about your favorite song or the album as a whole when killing time these days:

1. Every Crisis Is a Moral Crisis (Greg Rekus, formerly of High Five Drive)
2. Buyer’s Remorse (David Finke, did the album artwork, FairTradeMerch)
3. The Hunt Is On! (Nab Ortega, formerly of Just Say Yo Zine)
4. America’s Worst Role Model (Fieke Houkes, Shield Recordings, released the album)
5. Cut The Ground From Under Our Feet (Chris Hannah, Propagandhi, did guest vocals; Thomas Nijboer, former roadie)
6. “Kraken Gaat Door!” (Etjen van der Vliet, Just Like Your Mom)
7. Some Of My Best Friends Are Meat Eaters (Marnix van Holland, formerly of Punx.nl)
8. Chinese Takeover (Lenneke Knape, formerly of Rockit Promotions)
9. Our Hearts (Yvo Kouwenhoven, former bass player)
10. The New Jew (Nico van Montfort, of XPZ Sound, recorded the album)
11. Classic Themes Never Get Old (NoReason Records, released the album)
12. So Much More (Heleen Tichelaar, did guest vocals)

Check the complete album on LP/CD, Spotify, Bandcamp, Youtube, Apple Music.

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28 August 2012 ~ 1 Comment

New EP and tours in USA (Fest!), Canada & Brazil

Shit is hitting the fan. After a period of single shows, festivals and writing music, we’re back out there with our new “Future History” EP and a tour through North and South America.

Future History EP

We will record a new full length album this winter and release it spring 2013. In preparation we have been writing, rehearsing and recording new music over the last months. In anticipation of the new album we are releasing an EP with 2 new songs and 2 bonus tracks on September 28th. “Future History” will be released in cooperation with Shield Recordings, Destiny Records, No Reason Records, Lockjaw Records and Angry Chuck Records throughout Europe and Russia. Here’s a little preview of what to expect:

We are taking pre-orders for the EP:

Americas tour

With a release of “Start from Scratch!” in both the USA and Brazil it is about time to go there. What better occasion than The Fest XI to do so? Before we play Fest we will be touring from Canada to Florida with After the Fall, Anchors and The Stereo State. After Fest we will fly out to Brazil for another leg of dates.

  • Oct 16 CAN Montreal, QC; Lesco w/ Prevenge, After the Fall, Anchors
  • Oct 17 USA Albany, NY; Fuze box w/ Cancer, Bad Friends, After the Fall, Anchors
  • Oct 18 USA Rochester, NY; Elixer w/ Weight we Carry, After the Fall, Anchors
  • Oct 19 USA Worcester, MA; Ralphs w/ Smartbomb, After the Fall, Anchors, the Stereo State, headliner TBA
  • Oct 20 USA Manhattan, NY; ABC No Rio, Saturday Punk Hardcore Matinee. w/ After the Fall, Anchors, the Stereo State
  • Oct 21 USA Brooklyn, NY; The Place w/ The Marine Electric, After the Fall, Anchors, the Stereo State
  • Oct 22 USA Philadelphia, PA; Mother’s. w/ After the Fall, Anchors, the Stereo State
  • Oct 23 USA Washington, DC; Rass Hall w/ After the Fall, Anchors, the Stereo State
  • Oct 24 USA Richmond, VA; Empire w/ Worn in Red, After the Fall, Anchors, the Stereo State, headliner TBA
  • Oct 25 USA Wilmington, NC; Soapbox, Southbound and Down Fest. w/ None More Black, The Snips, Banquets, Dirty Tactics, After the Fall, Anchors, the Stereo State, more
  • Oct 26 USA Gainesville, FL; Fest XI w/ Propagandhi, Lagwagon, Good Riddance + 250
  • Oct 27 USA Gainesville, FL; Fest XI w/ A Wilhelm Scream, Polar Bear Club, Latterman + 250
  • Oct 28 USA Gainesville, FL; Fest XI w/ Astpai, Despite Everything, Leagues Apart + 250
  • Nov 01 BRA Porto Alegre, RS
  • Nov 02 BRA Urussanga, SC; Ventuno Pub
  • Nov 04 BRA Novo Hamburgo, RS; Abbey Road bar
  • Nov 06 BRA Florianópolis, SC; Mustafa Bar
  • Nov 07 BRA São Carlos, SP; Palquinho da Ufscar
  • Nov 08 BRA Guarulhos, SP; Musical Bar
  • Nov 09 BRA Santos, SP; Tribal Club. w/ End of Pipe
  • Nov 10 BRA São Paulo, SP; Hangar 110. w/ End of Pipe
  • Nov 10 BRA São José dos Campos, SP; Hocus Pocus. w/ End of Pipe
  • Nov 11 BRA Vitória, ES; Bar Pós Graduação. w/ Bullet Bane, Blackjaw, Surra, Auria, Inerte, Trace

Whipping Post Music

From September on we will be cooperating with Whipping Post Music for our BeNeLux bookings. Get in touch with our friend Frank to help us out “live”. Around the release of our new album next spring we plan to hit the BeNeLux soil hard.

More shows

  • Sep 1, Bunkfest, Willemstad
  • Sep 22, Breakfest (Megaland), Landgraaf. w/ Destine, Kraantje Pappie, Dope DOD, Midnight Souls, As Enemies Arise, Hofbuskers, Two Days Left, Major Tom, Fallen One, I’ll Pick You Up, As Heavens Collide, more
  • Nov 28 – Dec 2 Italy Tour w/ Bedtime for Charlie
  • Feb 1, Juz Dampfmühle, Verden. w/ No Good Intentions, Substanz P

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