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Subroutien Vera, Groningen, Rotown Rotterdam 12/9/15 - 26/9/15

Like Prometheus, Rats on Rafts are fire stealers, tricksters, concerned with conjuring up form from fire and brimstone. They are the most elemental of bands and watching them in action is like standing next to a blast furnace.

Incendiary go to Incubate - Sunday 20/9/15

On reflection I’d say that the day in Dudok was probably the closest you’d get to feeling the actual spirit that drives the real, workaday Dutch underground.

Incendiary go to Incubate - Friday 18/9/15

Incendiary go to Incubate - Thursday 17/9/15

Playing in front of a set of projections showing their trademark revolving Cannabis leaf, Toner Low got very deep into the world’s navel.

Incendiary Go to Haldern Pop 2015 - Day 2

I’m beginning to think of Haldern’s programme as a curriculum instead of just a timetable of bands.

Incendiary Go to Haldern Pop 2015 - Day 1

Dan Deacon. Where do we begin? With the Crocodile Dundee led dance off? The bizarre tai-chi contest. The drummer? The drummer! The cat noises?

Crows, St Tropez, SUB071, Leiden 21/7/15

Both bands contributed to a great night, and a lot of new people turned up and realised that there is another world outside the 3fm bubble that is actually a creative drip-feed for it.

Ein Abend Mit Kapitein Rummelsnuff, WORM, Rotterdam 8/7/15

The gig was also sort of dressing up game indulged in by two grown men whilst singing about your pals, eating, sailors, and bodybuilding.

The Ex, Fendika, WORM, Rotterdam 10/7/15

WORM had filled up nicely with a mix of Ethiopians, trendies, part time punks and Roffa dossers, existentialists, and the odd emissary from the world music chin-stroker club.

Plein Open Goes Bazart Goes Paard van Troje 25/7/15

One day, I promise, I will get bored about writing about Rats on Rafts. But not yet. Rats are unstoppable at the moment.

A Memory of Some Free Festivals - Houtfest and Park Pop 2015

Some of my Dutch pals look at me like I've just announced that I've converted to satanism when I say I love Frans Bauer.

King Ayisoba, Blue Crime, Spoelstra - AA NIght, Gebr de Nobel Leiden 26/6/15

Somehow things ended and a room full of people with a second wind ran around wondering what on earth to do next. Some night!

F.F.S. - Melkweg, Amsterdam 2/7/15

Paul comes out to bash some drums out the front, they all play keys during one passage, and Ron Mael indulges in some Basil Fawlty dancing. It's brilliant.

No Future Kids, The Homesick, SUB071, 13/6/15

Afterwards we danced to the Human League and talked about the pizza Yuko Yuko ate in Inverness. This is the stuff of dreams, of legend.

Pile, Life Savings, Lost Bear, SUB071, 31/5/15

This was the stuff; hobo rock set on a tripwire. A truly great gig and one of those gigs where listening in was the order of the day.

De Nacht van Kunst en Wetenschap Groningen 6/6/15

Watching someone pour his heart and soul out over a Thomas Dinger/Sons & Fascination backdrop does need a bit of darkness and mystery.

Frisian fun - Rats on Rafts and The Homesick - Asteriks Leeuwarden, De Lantaarn Dokkum 24/25/4/2015.

The place just explodes and I'm reminded of my younger self watching the Stone Roses or The Pale Saints when both enjoyed their brief moments of extra terrestrial illumination in the late 80s. That good, no shit Sherlock.

Frisk Frugt, Richard Dawson, Blaast, Vrooom!, Rottterdam, 18/4/2015

Using a peculiar hand motion as if blowing the song out onto his hand to inspect it, Dawson laid down the law with an incendiary set.

Record Store Day NL 2015 - Rats on Rafts, The Avonden, Pauw and The Homesick 18/4/2015

A break, more beers then Rats on Rafts. The Great and the Good were out for them; bookers, press, agents, managers, radio presenters.

Tweak Bird, Nano-Tyrannus SUB071, Leiden, 10/4/2015

Was it loud enough though? It was one of those gigs that was loud and sounded quiet, the power being held back for the odd surprising spurt of white noise.

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