The Fuzzbrats

5 Guys from Rotterdam, Holland playing punky grunge or grungy punk... grunk that is. But besides 3 chord punkrock there is Spanish and Arabic music, 5/4 rhythms and a song that lasts 32 seconds.

The band was founded as a trio back in 1993, now 20 years ago! Some demo tapes were recorded and quite a number of gigs were played but it wasn't until 1995 when singer and frontman Okkie joined the band, when things really started to take off. After winning a band contest in their hometown they were asked to play support for Radiohead, who were promoting their The Bends album.

The Nighttown venue in Rotterdam was sold out, the gig went fantastic and backstage the band was enthusiastically complimented by Thom Yorke and his fellow bandmates.

The Fuzzbrats were noticed by a couple of people in the audience and they were asked to do a small tour in Germany while at the same time keyboard player Chill'n Steinas joined the band. The German tour turned out to be a big success and the brats were then invited to do a tour in Lithuania and Latvia, who were back then just a couple of years liberated from the Soviet Union. And The Fuzzbrats mastered the art of eating pig's ears!

In the Baltic states, The Fuzzbrats were a big hit. They performed at the most important venues of both countries and footage and interviews were broadcasted on a couple of national TV stations.

After their return the band split due to circumstances caused by health issues. A couple of years later bass player Peter B. Thompson (aka The Butcher) was replaced by Mark van Schouwen and drummer High E. Thomas (Sons of Mogh) was replaced by Jacques de Haard (Garcia plays Kyuss, Celestial Season, Agua de Annique). The band however kept a low profile and only played a dozen or so gigs.

Since early 2013, the band has rejoined in the original line-up and is back with the same energy and fun that was present in their earlier years!

Vijf Rotterdamse vrienden spelen punky grunge of grungy punk, oftewel onvervalste grunk! Maar naast de vrolijke grunknoten zijn er ook invloeden uit flamenco, Arabische muziek en soul.

Meer dan 20 jaar geleden, in 1993 is de band opgericht als trio. Maar vanaf 1995 kwam eea in een stroomversnelling toen zanger Okkie de band kwam versterken. Na het winnen van een lokale bandwedstrijd werden de Fuzzbrats gevraagd in een uitverkocht Nighttown het voorprogramma van Radiohead te verzorgen, die op dat moment hun The Bends album aan het promoten waren.

De band werd uitgebreid met een toetsenist en er volgden buitenlandse tournees door Duitsland en later door Litouwen en Letland, die op moment nog maar net bevrijd waren van de Sovjet Unie. Vooral de tour in de Baltische staten waren een geweldige ervaring, met live-optredens en interviews voor de nationale tv.

Bij terugkomst viel de band na korte tijd uit elkaar, mede veroorzaakt door wat gezondheidsproblemen. Een paar jaar later werd bassist The Butcher vervangen door Mark van Schouwen (Demolition 4) en drummer High E. Thomas door Jacques de Haard (Garcia plays Kyuss, Celestial Season, Agua de Annique). In die periode werd echter niet veel opgetreden.

Maar sinds begin 2013 zijn The Fuzzbrats weer bij elkaar in de originele formatie. En opnieuw met dezelfde energie en lol als in het begin!

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