Close Second is a group which sent me their record and it come all the way from Belgium. Their bassplayer knewed my zine and therefor they send it to me. Ivo from the group answered my questions in the beginning of january 2004.
I know these guys forever, weíve all been making music forever, thereís no real history really. Weíre just hanging out.
Please tell me a little about every member , age, family, interests, and something bad about every one?
Pieter: 22, Drums. He only likes HipHop and
Merauder and heís going to court soon for
26, Vocals and guitar.
He has a really nice mom and plays in a
Previous bands, beside of Close Second?
Pieter and Harm were Reaching Forward. Koen and me were in Facing Down.
Current bands are Born From Pain, Razor Crusade and Of No Avail.
How is it to play music like this in the Netherlands right now?
Pretty much big fun. We have these big things at shows on the side of the stage that makes our music go really loud. We call it a P.A., I donít know if you have those things?
How would you describe your music yourself, in three words?
Is ROCK enough?
I describe it as emoriented punk, what other descriptions do you get?
That varies from rock to emocore and so on......
Which bands are you being compared to?
Bands like Foo Fighters, Hundred Reasons, Face Tomorrow, Sense Field, Saves the Day.
What does punk mean to you, is it only a word or is it a lifestyle?
To us itís a lifestyle, but I donít know if we live it though
Close Second, is it any meaning with the name?
No, not really. From a list of 5 names this was the one everyone liked the most.
What do you know about Sweden? What is typical swedish?
Not that much, but Iíve made a roadtrip through Sweden once and itís a beautiful country.
Alcohol is fucking expensive in Sweden thatís for sure!
Have you heard any swedish bands?
Yeah a lot. Like: Refused, Starmarket, Venerea,
Fireside, KVLR, the Hives, Millencolin, Last
You donīt have any thought to sing in your own language and not in english?
No not all.
Why are people from Netherlands so good at speakning english, do you have any answer to that?
Because we pay attention in school.
Does music and politic goes hand in hand?
Music can be a good way of carrying out your political views.
Any good politic band you like?
You donīt have any label or, you released your CD by yourself?
Yeah we did. These four songs are the first
four we have ever written. And we thought they
How did you came in contact with my zine?
Through our bassplayer who does promotion for Reflections Records.
Where do you stand when weīre talking about mp3 and those things, is it good or bad?
Iím down with Ďm.
Do you download something for yourself?
All the time buddy
Please rank your five best records, five best concerts and five most important things in life?
What an awful question and you know it! Iíll make it three for each.
concerts: - Tom McRae live at the Melkweg, Amsterdam
First, last and most expensive record ever bought?
Here is another one!
What drives you to play
music, is it the money , the girls or what?
Is music something where people can get out their aggressiveness or?
Yeah definetly. Mosh or die.
How is a good concert with you?
Just watching a great band perform.
How does the average
audience look like, I mean which styles of people do you have on
Usually itís just girls.
Do you have good contact with your fans?
Are you supporting any football team or is football and sport only shit?
If you do , which
Futureplans for the band?
Play and tour as much as possible and record a full lenght.
My future plans include being a proffessional kisser
Ask God. He knows it all
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