There is much to say about this crisis, but we are not the ones to do so…
We do see that tours and shows are getting cancelled all over the world and therefor artists are losing their income. What can we do about this, you ask? You can still buy their albums and merch online and have it shipped to your home. So do it!
Check out the bands and artists below and help them out! I know that it is not only the bands that are hit by this crisis, bar owners, stagebuilders, bookers, bartenders, soundcrews… All of them are a victim and we stand with them. But for now, this is all we can do…
This list is long and never ending. Contact us to be included. Just send us an email.
oldstylemusicnights@gmail.com

Tequila Savate
Garage punk trash voodoo duo with almost dead mexicans…
https://tequilasavate.bandcamp.com/

Jo Carley And The Old Dry Skulls
They combine the voodoo rhythms of 1930’s ska and the blues with old timey vaudeville cabaret…
https://jocarleyandtheolddryskulls.bigcartel.com/

The Devil’s Trade
One man Doom Folk. He is the best in his game and just had a European tour cancelled…
https://thedevilstrade.bandcamp.com

Loud Love
New Belgian Post-Hardcore band… They will be playing Picking Bones 2020!
https://loudlovepunk.bandcamp.com/

Your Highness
Belgium’s Riff Masters… They will also be playing Picking Bones 2020!
http://yourhighness.bandcamp.com

Slim Cessna’s Auto Club
They just had their whole USA tour cancelled on them… Pioneers in the Gothic Americana genre…
http://www.slimcessnasautoclub.com/

Everyone is Guilty
From Belgium, one of the best bands around these days… Contact them via FB to buy their album…
http://www.facebook.com/pg/EveryoneIsGuilty

Sons Of A Wanted Man
Post Black Metal band… Not the music you would expect here, but I still am a Metal head!
Their new album is stunning!
http://soawm.bandcamp.com

The Blues Against Youth
Gritty one man blues from Italy… in total LOCKDOWN!!! This man needs some help!
http://www.thebluesagainstyouth.com

Gallows Bound
Fantastic Americana Punk band! Folk punk is an insult these days, right?
They had to cut short their Canadian tour with The Brains…
https://www.gallowsbound.com/

The Wedding Funeral
Dark and eerie Gothic Americana from the American wasteland that is Jersey City…
Yes, they will be coming for their first European tour in June and will play Picking Bones 2020!!!
http://theweddingfuneral.com

Rotzak
Wild, Weird and crazy Hardcore punk from Belgium… They just released a new album and had to cancel their release party!!!
Go buy that album!
https://rotzak.bigcartel.com/

The PictureBooks
One of the, if not THE best Heavy Garage Blues bands in the world! They had to cut short their European tour… They will headline Picking Bones 2020 on friday June 12th!
https://thepicturebooks.bigcartel.com/

Moonshine Wagon
Our buddies from Spain had a tour planned with Shawn James… That’s not happening…
http://www.facebook.com/pg/MoonshineWagon/shop

Shawn James
He was on tour in Europe… Not anymore… I was so looking forward to seeing him…
http://www.shawnjamesmusic.com

Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones
They where going on a six week USA tour… Now they are not…
Top notch Rockabilly!
https://www.larahopeandtheark-tones.com/

Crazy Arm
One of my favorite UK bands… Guess what… Tour CANCELLED!
http://crazyarm.bandcamp.com

20 Watt Tombstone
We just got the news that their USA tour is shut down by the virus…
If you like heavy as shit stoner blues, give these two guys a hand (buy merch and records you idiot!)
http://www.20watttombstone.com

The Goddamn Gallows
They are still on tour, but for how long… And we are using a picture of Mikey that our very own Inny took of him, so they need to be in here. Once this tour is over, they’ll also need your help!
http://www.thegoddamngallows.com

Suburban Drugdealers
These fine lads from Sweden just got their USA tour cancelled. They are losing out on a SHIT TON of money!!! Help them out. They have merch printed for the tour and a new album out. Contact them via FB.
https://www.facebook.com/Suburban-Drugdealers-142615676399287/

This list will be updated when we get news of more cancelled tours.
Feel free to mail us with news and updates!
oldstylemusicnights@gmail.com

For now… TAKE CARE!

Here we are again with not one but two BANDS OF THE WEEK for the 2020 edition of the Picking Bones Festival. As you should know by now, the festival takes place in Linter, Belgium on June 12 and 13… Tickets can be found in the link below…

No lack of solo acts or one-man bands in the genres we like so it should come as no surprise we have two on our line-up. Let’s start with Lone Wolf omb

Bruno Esposito aka Lone Wolf comes to us all the way from Florida and that shows in his sound. If you have ever wondered how a swamp sounds… Listen to LONE WOLF omb! His raspy vocals, cool as fuck fingerpicking and that ever present harmonica is all he needs to take you on a twisted trip through the hot and muddy swamps of his home state. Bruno is a master on any stringbased instrument being it a banjo or a homebuild cane with two snares on it. He’ll play you a song on it!

If you expect modern blues you may want to stay far away while Lone Wolf is playing, because all that talent he’s got does not mean he’ll play smooth and polished blues licks for your “sunny sunday harley riding blues rocker” type of guys… Lone Wolf plays dirty, greased up blues with a punk attitude!



Up Next: Uncle Wormwood out of Finland!
As far as we know no happy music ever came out of Finland and Uncle Wormwood is no exception…
No Good
Feel Bad
One Man
Junk Band
as the man discribes it himself… It may not be the best marketing strategy to gain new fans, but that is not what Uncle Wormwood is about. This is about darkness, doom and death! Nighttime music that we will force feed you during the middle of the day!
Imagine the Angel of Death playing the blues… And that’s what Uncle Wormwood sounds like… ENJOY!


Both acts play on Saturday, 13th of June.
Get your tickets at http://www.pickingbonesfest.com

You have all read the info about the festival and bands for day one, so we’re just gonna jump right in for day two!

We open up the field to you all at ten in the morning for breakfast. Do not forget to buy your breakfast tickets on friday!!!! We’ll give you some time to wake up and work on that hangover before we start with the music…
ST= Side Stage
CTS = Cowboy Trash Stage

MIKE WEST (UK) 13.15 ST
Mike is a young guitar slinger from across the sea, maybe you have run into him on his last european tour a couple months ago. If you did, you know what to expect. Great songs with a powerful voice, just him and his guitar…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkYEwx2jEq8

HANGMAN’S DAUGHTER (USA/SWE) 14.05 CTS
Yeah I know, it is still way early for this kinda dark music, but hey… If you can’t enjoy in the sunshine how are you gonna remember it while drunk and down? Slow running, dark folk music fronted by Anna Mandrax, who has the voice of an angel… A dark angel… I hope you take your time to really listen to their songs, that is what they are made for, listening and taking them in.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvZ8erxhTLg

KING MOROI (GER) 14.55 ST
These German psychobilly lads have been going hard these last few years. Opening up for so many legendary bands, they sure have learned how to entertain an audience. The played at the second Pirate Farm Fest and where loved by all, even those that hate psychobilly… I think that says enough about the quality!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQNZr6E8Yxs

THE REDEMPTION’S COLTS (BE) 15.45 CTS
It finally worked out to get these guys on our stage! If there is one alternative bluegrass band in Belgium you should see it is these guys! Unbelievable fast picking, amazing songwriting and a kick-ass attitude on stage! Come dance with us!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFo5EcmElr0

THE DEVIL’S TRADE (HUN) 16.40 ST
This will be an exclusive show, we are flying this gentleman in just for this one!!! Why you ask? BECAUSE HE IS THAT GOOD!!! You don’t come around Doom Folk like this often, the stellar songwriting and performance of this man is almost out of this world. He has been on tour with black metal bands, dark electro acts and never did he feel out of place. I can’t wait to see the look on all your faces when he plays his songs for us.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TzSe28scF8

TRIXIE & THE TRAINWRECKS (USA/UK) 17.40 CTS
With a new album out on Voodoo Rhythm Records you know we got you a good one! A fine mix between blues and country music, that is what Trixie and Charlie will deliver. Guitar, drum and harmonica, nothing more is needed to make this a great party… Oh wait, it is Charlie’s birthday, make sure to dance extra sexy for the man!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDiuwgS8OAc

HéTTEN DéS (BE) 18.40 ST
The boys are BACK! This band around the LEGENDARY JOHHNY TRASH will play you some kick-ass cuntry tunes, made for drinking and dancing. With albums released on Drunkabilly Records you know they are golden.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WOZLC2u5D0

THE MANESS BROTHERS (USA) 19.40 CTS
Holy Crow! I’ve seen these brothers for the first time in America last year and was blown away by the energy they put up on stage. Dirty, smelly garage blues reminding me of The Monsters and so on. It is damn fucking cool to have them play at our little festival!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nw1Ukedz4UA

20 WATT TOMBSTONE (USA) 20.40 ST
So after The Maness Brothers the garage blues madness does not stop! Same set up, two guys, same genre, totally different style… And just as good! 20 Watt Tombstone infuse a big spark of stoner in their garage blues and that results in a heavy as fuck sound! Prepare to shake your head and booty!
Just so you know, they come endorsed by Gretsch Guitars…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3b5A8ayjdwA

HEATHEN APOSTLES (USA) 21.45 CTS
Bloodgrass is what they call it, and I think that sounds about right. With members from The Cramps, Kings of Nuthin’ and Christian Death this is going to be something special! What can you expect? Think theatrical, dark atmospheres with supreme songwriting and musicianship.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v35lJoa0eBk

MOONSHINE WAGON (ESP) 22.55 ST
Our friends from Spain are back!!!! And we are happy as fuck to have them close down the Side Stage this year. Folk Punk is frowned upon I have heard because of trainkids and crusties… Fuck those trustfund losers! These guys are the real deal! They where a big hit on their last American tour and put a bunch of bands in their place with their sublime songs. The new album is so damn good, so make sure you pick it up a the merch table.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Hok9Y892t0

THE PINE BOX BOYS (USA) 00.05 CTS
We are going out with a big BANG! We take pride in providing you the best bands around and when it comes to headliners you know we stand our ground! If there is one band on this planet that can claim the tittle of godfathers of murderfolk, gothic americana or whatever name you want to put on it, it is these guys! With six full length albums released they have such a huge discography to choose songs from to bring you the ultimate party!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AKBx0q9pBY

So there you have it… All the bands… Now get your ass over to the ticketlink and buy a them!
http://www.pickingbonesfestival.com

Remember, kids up to 14 years old get in for free. Leave your pets at home, and don’t be a dick… We want this to be a party for everyone. No politics, no religion, no bullshit. Just come and have a good time with friends!
Bring cash money, there is no ATM on the field.


This is a 3 piece article, one part legal news, one part interview and one part album review. Take your time and enjoy… Here we go…

On March 4th 2017 two close friends of Old Style Music Nights where arrested, this is their story.
From crowdjustice.com, https://www.crowdjustice.com/blog/casedismissed

“On March 4th, 2017, the artists known as Darren Deicide and Ethel Lynn Oxide were arrested during a warrantless search that resulted in the attempted indictment of 7 felony counts, including 2 first-degree felonies, related to cannabis growing. A successful crowd-funding campaign on CrowdJustice.org allowed Darren and Ethel to be defended by Ruth Liebesman, former head of NY NORML and federal criminal defence attorney, and Sarah Walsh, public defender. After a lengthy pre-trial intervention, all charges were dismissed on October of 2018.

Under the pretence of a reported gunshot, which qualifies as an exigent circumstance, a property rented by Darren and Ethel was searched and raided. Both were charged with 7 felony counts. 2 were first-degree felonies holding a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years, if convicted. Cannabis is still considered a schedule 1 substance under federal law.

Initially, the state’s prosecution was uncompromising, offering 5 years without possibility of parole if one other testified against the other. Upon refusing the offer, the state prosecutor subpoenaed Darren and Ethel to grand jury. Darren evoked his right to silence, and Ethel testified and argued for jury nullification. This led to an initial indictment that was disputed once the defence received transcripts of the jury instructions. A motion to dismiss the indictment was filed on the grounds that the jury was instructed to indict as well as a brief disputing cannabis’s contradictory status as both a schedule 1 substance and medically legal in the state of New Jersey. Judge John Young sided with the defence and dismissed 5 of the 2 counts. This positioned the case for a pre-trial negotiation to which Darren and Ethel agreed. All charges were formally dismissed on October, 26 of 2018.”

During this time Ethel and Darren started a new band, something they never did together. The Wedding Funeral was born… A dramatic gothic americana sound raising up from the deepest sewers of Jersey City.

The following is an interview I did with Ethel and Darren about that weird period in their life, from then to now… After the interview you can read all about the debut album “(you have been) Cordially Disinvited”.

First things first, congratulations on being free and the charges being dropped. Can you tell our readers what happened to you guys? What were the charges and what jail-time were you both looking at?

ELO: In summary the police raided our grow-house without a warrant, robbed us, harassed us, and threw us in jail. This is often how they “protect and serve” our community.

DD:  The pigs were summoned to our doorstep by one of their sheep. They initially tried to indict us on 7 charges for cultivating an ancient plant used by other shamans since time immemorial, 2 charges of which carried a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison. We showed them failure. All charges have been dismissed.

ELO: What can I say?! We live eventful lives.

You guys had the support of one of the best lawyers when it comes to cannabis related crimes. How the hell did you get a hold of her?

ELO: Believe it or not, 191 plants will scare off most attorneys.

DD: Ruth Liebesman was summoned from the aethers to lead us to victory. When outsiders like us tap into our magical sides, we are capable of a tremendous power. Our story shows this to be true, because that is precisely what happened. Ruth Liebesman is truly a force to reckon with and one who has carried the banner into battle against the charlatans on many occasions. It was only natural that she side with us as she saw what we were up against for what it actually was.

ELO: She’s a musician too. We gave her bonus points for this.

What are your views on the American justice system, now that you have experienced it first hand?

DD: The American justice system is a joke perpetuated by the fearful and willing. The entire process is bought and paid for.

ELO: I’ve always known that our justice system was corrupt, but witnessing it first hand really put my face in its feces. Crimes that do no harm to others should not be considered crimes in the first place. Our prisons are corporations attended by sadistic sheep that rob you of your money, time, health, and sanity. There’s an incentive to fill jail cells for profit and most of our “justice” system caters to this.

DD: The problem is they picked a fight with two people that they underestimated. We are not of them, and we will find more of us that are born of this anger and resentment. Their failures will continue to be reflected back at them over and over again as we continue demoralizing these useless frauds.

So… for our stoner friends out there… How good was that weed you where growing? 😉

ELO: Anyone who knows Darren and I knows very well that we do not half-ass anything.

DD: It allowed you to see the 5th Dimension.

One good thing came out of all this, The Wedding Funeral, a musical project between the two of you. Tell us all about it please.

DD: In this struggle, our constitution was tested to its maximum. We experienced misery and rage unlike any kind we had experienced up until then, and in this we had visions, prophecies, and messages. What you are witnessing is the result of this grand, magical experience.

ELO: Also, Darren’s house has a poltergeist, which we’re fairly certain is Mexican. Sometimes it turns on the radio, sometimes it talks through the microwave, and sometimes it insists we start a new project. It also gets upset if it’s October, and we’re not celebrating Halloween or making beer.

DD: The wedding and the funeral are central human rituals representing creation and destruction, the beginning and the end, the totality of human magic. Magic scares the uninitiated unless it is filled with lies. We are reclaiming it for those who live comfortably in dissatisfaction. For them, there is no paradox.

What are your goals with this new band?

DD: We seek “the others”.

ELO: Join our cult. Eat your heart out Jim Jones.

DD: In each society or culture, our kin exist. For the benumbed drones, we offer the terror within them. We will seek out the weak and push them further to the brink. Society will be driven to madness. They are our enemies and we will not spare them of their own shadows. We take the primal call of music and wield it as an instrument of psychological discord.

ELO: The only way to really do this is hit the road, so we’re planning a cross-country tour starting in June.

You told me before that with this new band you will not be putting the music online, no Spotify, no streaming… The album is only available on vinyl or as a download. What made you go this way? How about promotion for the new record? Don’t you think that when people can listen to it online or via streaming, they would order the record?

DD: Ah yes, the old “exposure” argument. That’s been thrown at musicians often while parasites walk out the back door with all the loot.

ELO: If you say you’re worthless, then there’s no reason why others wouldn’t believe you.

DD: We’ve watched musicians flagellate themselves, broke without an audience.  We are not the ones. We are challenging all frauds across the board, including the self-ordained taste-makers patting themselves on the back for bilking the weak. Pigs don’t just wear uniforms. Also, this disposable culture of instant gratification has rendered the human herd numb to the potential of their magical muse. We will not settle for such a shabby experience, streamed and deleted like so many text messages.

ELO: I’d much rather spend my time on the road making personal contact with our audience. I’ll even take an audience that hates us over hoping someone will notice us through the static of the internet. If you like our music, then you walk away with an experience and something tangible, which is something the internet strays away from.

DD: You Have Been Cordially Disinvited is selling very well, and we are most pleased by the tremendous outpouring. The entitled can continue stamping their feet. It tickles us.

OSMN: We talked about this topic on more then one occasion, that is why I threw it in there. While I disagree with Darren and Ethel, I respect their choice to not put their music out for grabs, as they call it. As a music fan and music buyer I love the streaming option and at the same time I hate it, for one, as Darren told me, musicians make shit money with it, and second, it directs me to way to many good music so I keep buying new records… I do need to buy food sometimes, for myself and our dogs…

You are planning a nationwide tour in June, how is that going? And how is the response to the record from fans?

ELO: Choronzon does most of our booking, so you’ll have to ask him about this. We’re just along for the ride.

DD: If anything, the response has been greater than what we could’ve anticipated.

ELO: There are plenty of people who are repulsed by us – they’re fun too, but I don’t think they buy our album.

DD: Many people have said to us, “This is exactly what I needed to see.” Our kin are coming out to be counted and ready to make no apologies for their discontent.

 

Last words?

ELO: Last words are for the dead and we are very much living.

DD: As for the dead in America…you are failing, and we have only begun to feel how splendid the pain will be.

You have Been CORDIALLY DISINVITED
The debut record from The Wedding Funeral… You’ve read their story above, now lets talk about the music. With Darren on guitar and vocals, Ethel takes on a whole aggregate of instruments. The musical saw, her voice, bells, gongs and so on… All this together makes for quite the interesting sound. And not for an easy review. With songs in a very dramatic Gothic Americana style, others are straight up punk bangers, but then again not… I for one have never heard a punk song with a saw in it, until now! “You’ll be Safe When You’re Dead” kinda blew my mind! But this song is not what the majority of this album is about.

“Mannequin”, that’s what this album is about. Dark, eerie and uninviting, unless you’ve got the stomach for it. Vocal harmonies about the ugly side of mankind, that saw creeping aside the guitar-melodies and Ethel’s high pitched vocals.
We can also put the opening song “Seven Day Work Week” and “Tabitha’s Lullaby” in this same congregation.

With “The Drowning Sonata” and “The Maggots” we get to the real Gothic Americana vibe. A pinch of Tim Burton, a little neo-folk and a whole lot of hate and horror!

“The Land of Dead Pigs” reminds me of avantgarde artists Negativland and that’s why I love it! “Room 609”,  also a very experimental song with djembe’s and a distorted garage punk guitar vibe, this song sounds very lo-fi but it just works…

If you are an open-minded music lover with an affection for all things weird and just a little darker you should order this record or the digital download, this comes in a nice box with pendant by the way… Just follow the links below…

http://theweddingfuneral.com/index.html

https://www.facebook.com/theweddingfuneral

Welcome to all the info you need to know about Pirate Farm Fest 2018!!!

We’ll tell you about the location, the bands, the food, our sponsors and more…

BANDS:
mainstage- friday
– Jimmy Chase
Just a guy with his guitar playing some punky acoustic songs for you all. Jimmy used to be in the now long-gone band Rattleshack, so you know he will kick some ass!

– The Detrimentals (be)
They couldn’t make it in 2017 because their drummer was rushed to the E.R. just hours before the show. But they’ll make it all up in 2018. It’s just straight forward psychobilly, you’ll love it or you’ll hate it, no in-between.
https://www.facebook.com/The-Detrimentals-1495973410702331/

– Shotgun Sawyer (usa)
This will be the first time these young cats will tour in Europe and we are fucking proud to have them at PFF! Dirty blues/stoner with a BITE!

– The Grave Brothers (be)
THEY ARE BACK!!! And they’ll have a new album out by then. They probably are the best “hellbilly/rootspunk” band ever to come out of Belgium. With members from Los Putas, Demented Scumcats, Fifty Foot Combo and more…

– The Freeborn Brothers (pol)
Maybe you know this, but Belgium is a little country in Europe, and therefore we thought it would be a good idea to have one European headliner… And who better to end the party on friday then our good friends from Poland, The Freeborn Brothers!!! Expect some gypsy folk roots punk that will shake your ass so hard you wish you went to that gangbang instead… You will be sore the day after… 😉

White Trash Dating Stage – Saturday (these bands play for free, buy their merch and buy them beer!!!)
– Big Daddy’s Breakfast Voodoo (hol)
Filthy blues from The Netherlands? Yep, but this is not your 13 in a dozen blues rock band. It’s dirty, slow and smells like a swamp…

– TH’ F’kk’n’ G’dd’mn’ Luckies (be)
The garage/punk scene is alive in Belgium more then ever and these two old fuckers know how to do it!!!
https://thfkkngddmnluckies.bandcamp.com/

– Hollywood – Of the Wolves (ger)
In 2006 in a town called Darmstadt a punk/speedrock band was formed, The Wolves…
10 years later their singer decided to sit down and record some of their songs on his own and in a differend style. In 2018 Hollywood will play those songs for you at PFF!

https://hollywoodofthewolves.bandcamp.com/

– The White Trash Dating Service (be)
The WTDS is a busking band, no they don’t play original songs, they just bring an acoustic punk rock party to a street corner near you… And I’m sure you will enjoy it and sing along… It’s fun, it’s dumb, it’s good, it’s FUCKING AWESOME…

– The Evil Daltons (ger)
25 YEARS IN THE WORKS!!! These old school psychobilly veterans are coming over just to play this one show that they don’t get payed for because they want to play for you!!! I would say that is more then a reason to go bat shit crazy while they are destroying the stage. They will have a new album out by then and it is produced by non other then P. Paul Fenech from The Meteors.

Mainstage – Saturday

– Leonhardt vs. Reverend Red (usa)
These two guys are taking a break during the summer to travel to Europe with their family. But hey… why not play a festival or two while at it? They asked to play, I paired them up… You’ll have to deal with them…

Gipsy Rufina (be/ita)
In 2017 he helped us out on friday because The Detrimentals had to cancel. In 2018 he get’s a spot on saturday. Expect some dark folk songs… Should we put him all the way in the back of the stage so you can all sit on it while listening to him?

Cowboy Bob & Trailer Trash (ger)
If you where at the first edition of the festival you should remember that these guys opened up at the mainstage on saturday. We are glad to welcome them back! And if this new video is an indication to how awesome the new album will sound, fucking hell, we are lucky as fuck!

TIO GRINGO (hol)
Hellbilly/Cuntryscum from Holland? Yeah, but with some of the most awesome folks around in this scene, once you talk to them and don’t run into them drunk before… They can be a handfull… Just fucking around! We are pround to have them!
And funny video’s are a plus!!!

– Hopeless Jack (usa)
If you love good music, you love Hopeless Jack! The perfect mix between the most dirty blues, soul and that old punkrock spirit!!! I remember the first time I saw them, the video below, holy crow, I was blown away!!! And I’m sure they will blow you away in 2018!!!

– Steering Ships With Empty Bottles (s.s. WEB, usa)
Are we proud to have these dudes play PFF 2018? Not realy… It’s just Henry and Cris… But are we happy? FUCK YEAH!!!! And we ARE damn proud! These two should play the biggest festivals in the world and then come back to PFF and play just for us, the “in-crowd”… I’m joking… But then again I’m not.
The first video was shot in our backyard, the second in our livingroom. It’s going to feel like brothers are playing our stage.

– The Hooten Hallers (usa)
The fact that these guys and girl are playing PFF could be the sole reason to buy a ticket. And we don’t blame you. If you have ever seen this band on a stage you know why they got booked.

-THE HEADLINER
We are working on it… You’ll love it!!!

TICKETS:

LOCATION:
PFF 2018 will happen at the same place as the previous editions. For those that came in the past, you know what to expect and what to respect. For the new folks…
PFF 2018 takes place at an old farm, it’s no-longer an active farm but 2 families still live there and also grow crops there. Respect their stuff, their crops and most of all their privacy! The places you are not supposed to be are fenced off. You all know what a fence means… STAY THE FUCK OUT!!! 🙂
ps. This also goes for the backstage. If you are not a band- or crewmember, please stay out. We will kick you out of the festival in 2018 after in 2017 to much people disrespected this rule. If you want to talk or hang with a band or it’s members, they will be around before and after the show. You know they’ll come out, just respect the fact that they want to prepare and cool down before and after the show.
adress:
Beurtstraat 42
Tielt-Winge
Belgium

CAMPING /PARKING:
The campsite is free. You are welcome starting Friday morning (if you want to come early, send us message). The campsite is tents only.
You can come with an RV/motorhome/caravan, but know that places are limited. The campsite for these is less then 500 meters away from the festival, but is next to the road and across from the families living on that street. So please keep the noise down and DO NOT enter their yards, unless they invite you!
You will get a garbagebag when you enter the campsite, please use it…

When parking your car, please follow the instructions from the people working the parksite. If you park illegal and you get a ticket or they tow your car… NOT OUR PROBLEM! You are a grown-up, deal with it yourself.

MONEY/CASH/ATM:
There is NO atm on site. Make sure to bring enough cash!!!!

FOOD:
We offer two foodstands for 2018. A Thai foodtruck and one gourmet hamburger foodtruck. Between the two of them you sure as hell will not starve! Yes they have vegi-food! On Saturday morning you will be able to get breakfast from the hamburger guys.

SPONSORS:
As a small independent festival we need sponsors and we are glad we have friends with great business’ that want to help us out.

TEQUILA TATTOOS:
https://www.facebook.com/tequilatattoos/

XTREMETATTOO:
https://www.facebook.com/xtremetattoo-178440752248995/

MOONSHINE TATTOO PARLOR:
https://www.facebook.com/moonshinetattooparlour/

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After a successful first edition in 2016 we will be back in 2017! Mark you calendar on June 30th and July 1st.
Friday will be all about psychobilly and heavy rock’n’roll, let me walk your through our line-up:
The SideBürns will be opening the festival. This German band with members from Cowboy Bob and Trailer Trash plays some damn fine speedrock. Before they changed their name to The Sidebürns they where known as Mr. Sideburn And The Barons.

Next up we’ll have something special for you guys! The Detrimentals vs. The Wallaroos!!!
The Detrimentals are a straight forward psychobilly band with Joachim from Tequilla Tattoo’s on drums. If you where at PFF in 2016 you know what a great band they are. In 2017 they are teaming up with one of the most promising Belgian bands in the underground rock’n’roll scene. The Wallaroos remind me of a young Kings of Nuthin. Full of energy and ready to party hard!

So you partied with us in 2016? So you remember The Mullet Monster Mafia?
THEY ARE BACK!!! The best surf trash band from Brazil will make you swing so hard that your ass will hurt the day after! But that’s not all…

Our headliner will be the legendary UK psycho clowns The Klingonz!!! They fly in for this one show only, so do not miss this you freaks!!!
Here is a live version of Bitch a song of their brand new album!!!

 

I’m damn sure we have a kick-ass line-up for friday, now let’s get on to saturday and see what we have in store for you nice folks…
The running order is not set yet, but you’ll get an idea of what we have to offer…:
We’ve got two Dutch bands this year, let’s start with them. First up, Baby Face Nelson. These guys will provide you with some sweet country punk rock’n’roll. I’ve seen them on stage a couple of times and they will get you going. Check out the video for the very catchy
“From Hercules CA to Maricopa AZ”!

Next one from the land of weed and shitty beer is CUDA. As the name may tell you this band plays fast, high powered cowpunk. It’s straight forward, nothing else to tell except they bring cheerleaders… Enjoy boys…

When we booked Call me Bronco we had to take 40RTY (so we did, it was this or nothing…)
It will be his first time in Europe so make sure to make him feel at home. We’re sure you’ll love his banjo driven folk punk songs! And he owns Beagles, so what could go wrong?

We sure are glad our friend Joshua James Esterline a.k.a. Acousta Noir will be back in our field. Without him and lots of others there would not have been a tent to party in last edition. I’m sure most of you know his music by now, so you know what to expect… If not here’s a video to remind you of his awesomeness…

The Dad Horse Experience… What is there to tell about this legend? You love him or you hate him, no in-between… We LOVE HIM!!!

Andrew Ellis came on tour in Europe for the first time in 2016,  and I have to say, I’m in love with this giant! Besides being a great guy he is one hell of an artist. With his dirty and sleazy one man blues he’ll take you on a wild trip into his world…

If you don’t know who Joe Buck Yourself is, then I have no idea where you have been the last 10 years… This man is a living legend and we are damn happy to have him play our second edition!

We have an exclusive and we are damn fucking proud about it!!! Shawn James & The Shapeshifters will play their very first show ever in Belgium!!! We know Shawn is starting to get a celeb status (remember that viral video of two guys in a wolf sanctuary? That’s him…) so we had to book him now, because we will not be able to pay him in a few years 😉
Also make sure to check out his solo stuff.
This video, shot at Muddy Roots in 2015, was my first introduction to this band and I’m hooked ever since. I play one of their albums at least two or three times a week and I have a BUNCH of records… Are you ready for some DOOOOM!?!?

Last year we had The Goddamn Gallows as headliner, I got to see them play two songs, then it was of to the E.R. for me… Long story, I don’t hold a grudge, we talked it out… You guys better make sure I get to see Carrie Nation & The Speakeasy play their set in full! I’ve told you guys before and I’ll tell it again… Carrie Nation is one of the most entertaining bands in this “scene” or even in this world! But you don’t have to take my word for it, come and see them for yourself…

Here is a little promo-video we made with all the bands:

Can we buy tickets now?
yes!
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Friday: 20 euro
Saturday: 25 euro
Combi: 40 euro

Will it be sold out?
We do not know that… There will be 500 tickets, that’s it… We had almost 300 people in 2016… You do the math…

Where do you need to be?
Beurtstraat 42, Tielt-Winge, Belgium

Is there camping?
Yes and it is free if you have a ticket to the festival

Can I bring a camper or mobile-home?
Yes, we hope the weather gods will have mercy on us this year, so we can provide a better place to camp with them.

Can I bring my own drinks?
Yes and No… You can drink whatever the hell you want on the campsite, but please don’t bring your drinks on the festival grounds. You buying drinks is what keeps this festival alive…

Is it family friendly?
Yes, but we are not babysitters. If you bring your kids, please keep an eye on them. Kids left alone will be givin’ a bunch of redbull and a Florida Georgia Line cd… Try to deal with them after that…

Do kids need a ticket?
Kids up to 12 can get in for free. Please don’t be a dick and try to sneak in your 13 or 14 year old that looks like 10…

Why does the live music end at 12 on Friday and at 1 on Saturday?
Because we respect our neighbors and we hope you will too… Acoustic jams sessions are encouraged, yes even in the tent…

Will there be food?
DUH!!!! We love food, so we will make sure you have a choice between some of the best foodtrucks around. And yes even vegetarian…  Breakfast will also be served on saturday together with that sweet sweet coffee…

The most important thing you have to know is this:
Come and have fun and don’t be a DICK!!! If you want to come to the festival and fuck things up, you’re in the wrong place. Leave your politics, religion and shitty attitude at home! This is about having fun, dancing, catching up with friends and PARTY!!!

See you in our field…

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Timetable friday:
23.00 – 00.00: The Klingonz
21.20 – 22.20: The Mullet Monster Mafia
19.10 – 20.40: The Detrimentals vs. The Wallaroos
17.30 – 18.30: The sidebürns

Timetable saturday:
13.00 – 13.40: Baby Face Nelson
14.10 – 14.50: 40RTY
15.20 – 16.00: CUDA
16.30 – 17.10: Acousta Noir
17.40 – 18.30: The Dad Horse Experience
19.00 – 20.00: Andrew Ellis
20.30 – 21.30: Joe Buck Yourself
22.00 – 23.00: Shawn James and The Shapeshifters
23.30 – 01.00: Carry Nation and The Speakeasy

 

 

Day two didn’t start slow… That was something new. I held the promise to myself to not get wasted on day one. Good for me! And good for you! If otherwise I would not have being able to film the Rock Bottom String Band. It was the first time for me and I think many others in the field to see this band from Texas on stage and they sure didn’t disappoint!

Modern Primitives where another band on this years bill that was a complete stranger to me. Their dirty garage rock was catchy, maybe a bit out of place (if there is such a thing at Muddy Roots), but I sure enjoyed it.

Like every year there where some bands that I really wanted to see and Smokestack Relics was one of them. These two brothers from Denver kicked the Little Tent stage straight in the butt and everyone bended over for more. Sleazy swamp rock stripped to the bone, I hope these guys come over to Europe real soon.

The Drunken Cuddle, the Drunken “fucking” Cuddle!!! What a feast to see and hear. If only for Katie Marie’s funny faces while going wild behind her drumkit. But we can’t forget Erik, with just a guitar and drums they create a monstrous sound that will appeal to all that like punk, wild roots or whatever. If you love good music, you’ll love The Drunken Cuddle!

Hooray!!! Sailing Ships With Empty Bottles finally got to play Muddy Roots! Better known as S.S. WEB our boys from Milwaukee where more then surprised to see how many fans showed up and sang along with all their songs. As Criss would tell me later, “I’m oblivious about how many people actually like us”. As you can see in the video it wasn’t only the fans that had fun during this set. A big shout out to Guido Greaserag for joining them on bass for a couple songs. I miss his mug on stage…

I think last years show was Dylan Walshe‘s best show I had ever seen him do. So this year he had to do something special to top it, well he didn’t… He was just Dylan Walshe, and that’s all he needs to be, it was what it was, Dylan Walshe… And it was perfect as always!!!

Jayke Orvis‘ return to Muddy Roots was that of a Roman Emperor returning to Rome after a great victory… Glorious, grand and spectacular! He invited a group of friends on stage and that’s all I will write about this, the video speaks for itself. WHIPLASH!!!

After Jayke’s set I was done filming for that day, but Muddy Roots wasn’t, far from it. I missed Joseph Huber and Dex and Crash (I did see Dex the week after in Brooklyn together with JD Wilkes, it was beautiful) because we where hanging with our friends Leni and Shinto from Belgium (if you’re ever around our little country check out their Tattoo shop, Moonshine Tattoo Parlour) who where on their honeymoon with their son Lewis. What a cool kid this is, he’ll be heartbreaker for sure! But I was not going to miss the Melvins. All I can say is this: “it was loud, it was hard and it was FUCKING AWESOME!!!”
And then we still had Those Poor Bastards and The Hooten Hallers to finish us all off. If you where there you know how it was, if you where not… Pfff, your loss! Hahaha!

Stick around for day 3

2016 marked the 10th anniversary of the Roadkill Festival in Waarschoot, Belgium. I knew about the festival, but I had never been there. I also knew that in the past they had some fantastic line-ups, this year wasn’t any different. With bands like Honky, Peter Pan Speedrock, The Goddamn Gallows, ANTI-SEEN, Fifty Foot Combo and so many more we where in for a treat.

The first thing that I noticed when we arrived at the festival was the lack of big corporate sponsors, but a real professional setting. The second thing was the layed-backness of the crew working the festival. No over the top security bullshit, no backpack checks, just pay at the door (or pick-up a press-pass, thanks Bert), buy some drinking tickets and have fun! From this moment on I knew we came to the right place and I wondered why we haven’t being coming here before.

We walked in the tent looking for Mikey Classic, we had some shirts to deliver, (pick one up at his solo tour this week!) and something very strange was going on on stage… Bleeding Antlers from the UK where providing the people with a bunch of noise and weird antics… Goat-masks, distorted vocals and shreddin’ guitars. It sounded like a mess, but I was intrigued… I’m waiting for their album to come out before I make up my mind if I like it or not… After this heathen mass Devastatiön from Belgium kicked it off at the outside stage. High speed blackened trash metal would be a good “label” for their music. I normally like this kind of music but I didn’t really pay attention to it, we had people to greet, first beers to drink and set up the camera’s… What I do remember was the vocals, and that I liked them a lot!

The Goddamn Gallows where up next. This would be their second to last show of the tour that took ’em all over Europe in 2 months. They where tired, I could see it in their eyes, but still hungry to make new fans and friends. Hardest working band in showbiz? THESE GUYS! The crowd went nuts!

Garage rock has always been an underground phenomenon, but in Belgium new bands seem to emerge everyday, The Glücks are one of those bands holding the flag high and making sure they make a lasting impression with every show they play. Drums and guitar, that’s it, but the sound they create is the equivalent of ten suicide-bombers going of at once.

HONKY out of Austin, Texas came to Roadkill to provide us with the best Superboogie Rock on the planet. The band has a cult status for a reason and they made that very clear with their show. Groovin’, hardrockin’ madness!!!

If there is one band in the world that punks, metal-heads, psycho-billies, crusties or whatever sub-genre you wish to label yourself with all like the same, it’s Peter Pan Speedrock! Eindhoven’s best export product has toured the planet more then once and are now on their goodbye tour. Nothing on stage indicates this, they are still playing hard as ever, with a huge smile on their face! What a great show it was!

We drove to our B&B in Eeklo while Peter Pan was still playing, we needed some sleep, it had been a long week and a long day, but a good day…

These last two weeks or so I had the pleasure to hang around with Andrew and his lovely wife Mary for a couple of days while they where on tour in Europe. I hooked up with them as much as I could while playing in Belgium because apart from Andrew being a great musician and singer, he and Mary are just fun to hang with! Down to earth, beer drinking, fun loving human-beings! And in the end, that’s what it’s all about. Havin’ fun, making new friends, talk life and be happy with the times you can spend with those you love.

Andrew played “Roots in het Park” in Aarschot July 21st, a little one day free festival, put on by Kurt “Da Bomb” from Rootstown Bookings. In the video you can see some of the songs he played.

Today I went to see his last show of his European tour, and that’s always bitter-sweet. I hate saying good-bye… Don’t be sad, plans are being made for a next tour, and make sure to come and see him on a stage near you.

If you forgot to buy your shirt or cd while you where at one of the shows, or like what you see in the video, contact us. We got some shirts and cd’s to sell. Yes… all money will go back to him, you do know who’s writing this shit don’t you?

photo by Angel Alonzo

East Cameron Folkcore from Austin, Texas are on a two week tour in Europe. I first got to see them at Muddy Roots last year and their performance was so incredible that there was no way I would miss them playing in Europe. There was no date in Belgium, but lucky for me there was one in Aachen, which is only an hour drive from where I live.

I got there early, so I got to hang out with them, talk life, have a drink and do an interview. They played a great show which you can see below. Last year they released “Kingdom of Fear” and for me this is one of the best “indie” albums ever made! Make sure you get your copy…

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It’s time again to promote some bands I got to know over the past months or that I know for years that I think you should give a try. We got a great response from the bands the first time, and from our readers. So I hope you will enjoy this list as much as I did making it.

Wicklow Atwater and the Fallen Flame (usa)
My friend Anni from The Kountry Kittens posted a video of these guys playing their set at Farmageddon Fest 2015. I was in awe… Hailing from Atwater Village, Los Angeles, California these five childhood friends create some fine Americana tunes that I want to experience live real soon. I hope we run into them one day.

Ando Ehlers (usa)
I think it was my co-worker Kevin that first turned me on to Ando. “Hey Tom, here’s some weird polka dude I think you will like…” Yeah sure Kev, polka… I love polka, dumbass… Hahaha, boy was I wrong! I loved it! And now Ando is in Europe and playing an Old Style Music Nights show this week. Enjoy the weird and wonderful world of Ando Ehlers!

Tim Vantol (hol)
Hailing from Holland this punk rock troubadour brings us some fine tunes with or without the support of his back-up band. He toured Europe opening for Chuck Ragan a couple of years ago and released two very good albums. I’ve seen him play a couple of times with a band and solo. With his charisma alone he can hold up a show. Great guy, great musician, great singer…

Toxic Shock (bel)
Aaaarrrgggg THRASH!!!! Remember back in the eighties/early nineties when metal and punk where still dangerous and fun? These guys from Antwerp will give you that feeling again. Pissed off, hardcore thrash metal the way it’s supposed to be played! Enjoy!

 

WE’REWOLVES (bel)
Dude… Another Belgian band? Hell Yeah! For such a small country we sure have a bunch of crazy ass bands. This is one of them. These guys are from my hometown, so fuck you! This video has it all, pizza, skateboards, beer and a whole lotta fun!

Harley Poe (usa)
You like your music with a little twist? Some dark fun? Some horror? Some sarcasm? Oh to hell with it! Enjoy Harley Poe! They killed it at Muddy Roots this year and I hope they will be back soon…

Okkultokrati (nor)
From Oslo, Norway comes Okkultokrati. If you like the old Hellhammer sound mixed with a hardcore vibe, you will love these guys. How I got to know these guys? I was at a record fair a few weeks ago and the cover of their “No Light For mass” album just intrigued me. I had no idea who or what this band was. I just bought the album… I’m glad I did!

Seuora (fin)
This could be to much for some of you, but I really like this band. They where on tour with Black Claw from Canada last month and they sucked me into their weird and dark songs from the first note. If you like Them Poor Bastards you will love this…

Nathan Gray (usa)
And now for something completely different… Nathan Gray, singer for “BOYSETSFIRE” and “I am Heresy” has released his first solo ep and I don’t think anybody had seen this one coming. A great mix between neo-folk, industrial, pop music and amazing song writing. Enjoy this statement of a song, that’s what it is… For me personally it’s the most exciting song lyrically that I have heard in years.

 

Day 3 started slow… Real slow… I was trying to figure out what went on last night. I remembered flashes of a dance-off between me and Grubb of Carrie Nation together with a strange girl climbing in a tree… It was all very fuzzy. But I had fun! It sucked that the Slim Cessna set didn’t really happen, but hey… what can we do…

 

Dylan Walshe
By now you should know that I love Dylan as an artist and as a person. And I was really looking forward to what he would bring us this time. He opened his set with a Townes song and that takes balls. If you have been following his stories on facebook you know that the man was on a cloud from all the great encounters he had the last few days and you could tell by his big smile on stage. With his first album under his belt we can expect great things from this guy!

Yes Ma’am
Thank you Cracker Swamp guys for yet another great discovery this year. I’m damn sure I have seen this band play on a street-corner somewhere in New Orleans when I was there on one of my visits to this amazing city a few years ago, and damn why didn’t I stayed longer and listened to what they did? Who will tell?
What I do know, is that I’m happy I did it at this years festival. And I wasn’t alone, this was a party from start to finish!

The Tillers
This Muddy Roots Records recording band is becoming a new household name in the modern “roots” scene and we all know why that is. People in Europe are waiting for these guys to come over and perform their beautiful music, let’s hope it will happen in 2016. For now, here’s a short video…

Dr. Ralph Stanley
What can I tell you about this man that hasn’t been said before and better? Nothing I guess? I have some thoughts about this whole thing, but nothing I want to make public here. I will discus it with you in private if you want. Watch the video and maybe you will see what I’m talking about. Everything aside, it was a privilege to be on stage with this legend and shoot this video.

Harley Poe
Yeah sure… Find some new favorite bands at Muddy Roots they say… Hooray… I did… And now they stop playing? FUCK THIS SHIT! Hahaha… Oh well, I’ll always have this video. More punk then anything else Harley Poe set the tent on fire and took everybody in there on a spooky trip. Lordy, Lordy, did we have fun!!!

We’ve seen so much more great bands that we didn’t film, but we want you to check out. So here we go…
Denver Broncos UK, side project of Slim Cessna’s Auto Club members with Munly at the wheel.
Shawn James and the Shapeshifters, stoner metal roots music? These guys were brutal!
Cannibal Ramblers, dirty low fi blues brought to you by  an evil Santa and his minions?
That band with the song “Fuck Cops”… Liz played with them… I have no idea who they were… I have the video… Help me out!!!!