Netherlands answer to......???

Face Tomorrow is a really good band from Netherlands which plays hardcore in a modern way. I interviewed them in may 2004.


Hello there, why did you start to play this sort of music and when?
-Sjoerd: I guess because us 5 have a common interest in loud guitar music. But I don't think we
 chose any type of music specifically. It's just what comes of us collectively...
 -Marc: Face Tomorrow started back in 1997... We all knew each other from other bands we were in...


Please tell me a little about every member in the group, age, family, interests and something

bad about ever one?
-Sjoerd: I'm always late, but they say it's a drummers-thing...
Marc: Since I do most of the business kinda stuff for Face Tomorrow, I can be a real bitch ;)

Why Reflections Records?
-Sjoerd: We kinda chose eachother, we became friends with the people who run Reflections.
They loved our music and we liked the way the handled themselves and their bands in this
 money-driven industry called music. So we decided to work together in creating our own path

through this jungle and see what happens.
Marc: We're really happy with Reflections, I guess we're very much on the same level considering

 our views on the music industry. They're a strong independent and have an incredible drive behind

 everything they do, it works great...


What do you like the other bands there?
-Sjoerd: On Reflections? I personally like a band called Malkovich. They'll be releasing an album

 on Reflections this summer.

 Marc: The new Razor Crusade album is really good too!
I compared you a little to Nirvana, what about that,  , is there any other bands you´re being
 compared to?
-Sjoerd: That's a good band to be compared to, altough I don't see the connection immediately ;)
 Marc: I hate Nirvana, but that's more because of their singer then because of the music. But comparisons, we've heard many really different ones, from Tool to Radiohead, from Thursday to At the Drive-In, from Boy Sets Fire to U2, Rorshach to Cave-In... I don't know, I guess we're somewhere in the middle ;)


Is there any band you want to be compared with?
-Sjoerd: Ohw, there are lot's of em, too much to mention. But in the end it's probably most
 flattering to hear you have your own sound...
Which is the most peculiar review you ever have got?

-Marc: I just read a review with the biggest compliment a band like us can get I guess, it ended

with "this record finally gives you the feeling again that you're a human being"...

Do you care about reviews?
-Sjoerd: Yes, sure... It won't distract us from what we do, but it's good to hear positive feedback

on something you take very seriously...
Which do you trust the most,  is it the bad or the good ones?
-Sjoerd: Good question. I don't trust any review that doesn't come with arguments to what's being

 said. Whether it's good or bad, it should be based on something...
 Marc: I think, either good or bad, it's just one person's view you know... In the end, we make the music for ourselves and if people like it, that's really cool. But a journalist's opinion on what we do will never change what we feel about the music...


What is the most peculiar which have happened on a gig with you, on stage or in the audience?
-Sjoerd: Some Nazi scum trying to beat down Aart on stage in the middle of a show...


How is a good gig with Face Tomorrow?

-Marc: I think playing live is all about communication. A show is not just 5 guys on a stage  playing their music, it's about interaction and about bringing something across. And if that  works, we have a good gig...


How does the average fan look like?

-Marc:  I don't think we have 'average' fans... When we started out we mostly played hardcore

 shows, but over the years we've seen so many different people at shows and played so many different shows and venues that it's hard to talk of an average fan...



What does punk mean to you, is it only a word or is it a lifestyle?
-Sjoerd: It's a way of dealing with the world around you, to not compromise to what is generally

seen as normal or good or bad... And it's a state of mind people can fill in for themselves...


How do you want to describe your music in three words?
 -Sjoerd: Groovy, stubborn and emotional...


When you do music, what is most important for you , to have good lyrics, good melodies or to have a refrain that people remembers?
-Sjoerd: It should all be good. But I think it's most important that it has a certain groove and

 atmosphere to it...
Marc: Most important is that it's real...


Is there any good bands in the Netherlands right now?
-Sjoerd: Textures
Marc: This Beautiful Mess


Who is the best lyricwriter in the world?

-Marc: It's hard to pick a favourite one, I have a lot of respect for everyone who can express themselves through words.


Politic and music, does it goes hand in hand?
-Sjoerd: To a certain extent, yes. If you choose to.

Please rank your five favouriterecords, five favouriteconcetrts you have been to and the 5 most important things in life?
-Sjoerd: Tool - Aenema, Faraquet - The view from this Tower,  Tool - Live in Dusseldorf 2001 or

 2002, Bluetip - Live in Rotterdam
Family, Love, Music, Friends


Marc: at the moment my 5 fav. records are; Coldplay - A rush of blood, Dinosaur jr - Where you


been, Beach Boys - Pet sounds, This beautiful mess - Themper the wind..., U2 - The joshua tree...

But that changes every week though...

5 memorable concerts were; Shellac '97, Helmet '98, At the drive-in, '99, Refused '99, J Mascis  


5 most important things in life; music, love, happiness, health and life itself


First, last and most expensive record ever bought?

-Marc: first one was Danny de Munck - Zo verdomd alleen, last one was scarlet - cult classic and to  be honest I never spend extraordinary amounts on collector's items or stuff like that.


The most embarrassing record in your collection?

-Marc: the first one from the question above ;)


When you´re on tour, what do you do in the tourbus to get the time going?

-Sjoerd: Sleep, talk, argue, eat, be anoyed because of the long trip...

Marc: enjoying the view and the drive or playing stupid games on my telephone.
Which is the record which must be in the tourbus, the record you can´t live without?

-Marc: With the crappy vans we have, we're lucky to have music at all ;)


What do you you know about Sweden, what is the most typical swedish?

-Marc: Ikea, Abba, Europe, Astrid Lindgren, Roxette, Henryk Larsson, Refused, Anna Lindh and DR Alban ;)


Have you heard any swedish bands?
-Sjoerd: Sure, Meshuggah, Refused, The Haunted, The Crown, The Hives
Is it many interviews? Is it boring?
-Sjoerd: Sometimes..
Which is the question you never get but want to have, please ask it and answer it?

-Marc: Which is the question you never get but want to have, please ask it and answer it?
Marc: Uh, I don't know....


Futureplans for the band?

-Marc: We just released our second album, called The Closer You Get on Reflections Records and the rest of the year we'll be promoting it. Playing everywhere we can and touring as much as possible.


For yourself?

-Marc: This year will very much be about the band. So since I do all the booking and management stuff as well I guess it's something personal as well. Face Tomorrow is something I love and believe in and it's great to be able to spend so much time on something you feel so strong about.
And of course I hope to spend a lot of time with my lovely girlfriend ;)



-Eat fruit, brush your teeth, fuck bush...


Something to add?

 -Thanks so much for the interview, check out our site www.facetomorrow.net for some mp3's and stuff...