We don't get many Dutch bands at Gonerfest- I had the pleasure of seeing Traumahelikopter on the last European trip I had over and they were good and wanted to come to Gonerfest. "Bring it!" I dared them. And they did! Good solid guitar rock from Groningen, the rock n roll capital of the garage rock scene in Europe. Long may they reign.
What's going on in Groningen? Good bands?
Some good Dutch bands at the moment are Charlie & the Lesbians, the Homesick, Bert Scholten, Steve French & Afterpartees!
What are some of your favorite bands - any time, any place?
All-time favorites would definitely include the Gun Glub, the Replacements, the Ramones, Jay Reatard, Teenage Fanclub, the Chills, Big Star, Guided By Voices, the Jesus & Mary Chain, just to name a few... We could go on for hours!
Where's the best place to play?
It's a bit of an obvious choice: Vera, our hometown venue. Probably the best club in Europe, so much history and so many great bands who played there.
What's the biggest difference between US and European audiences?
A lot of music we like was made or originated in the USA. People seem to have more musical knowledge in general, but especially when it comes to punk and indie stuff. Lots of great labels, bands and scenes over there! At the same time there are always good things happening over here too. Would be a good thing if more European bands would be put out by US labels and get to tour there!
What are you looking forward to at Gonerfest?
We're really stoked to come over and see Memphis for the very first time, we expect to meet like-minded people, see great bands, eat delicious food and have the best time ever.
SOUNDS GREAT TRAUMAHELIKOPTER! SEE THEM AT GONERFEST!