I’m going to start this post by saying that too many people don’t give enough of a rats ass to go to a venue in time to see the opening bands and this disappoints me. I rarely miss the opening bands, you know why? Because for every one that doesn’t ‘wow’ you, there are five that will. That is the case for this next band, Dikes of Holland. Their fun, hyped up, garage punk tunes will give you eargasms that you will want to induce over and over.
I happened across Dikes of Holland a few weeks ago at The Echoplex in LA. I was there to see a band I have been waiting a very long time to see live, The Sheepdogs (who were fucking fantastic by the way!). So I mosey in at doors, as usual, as did about 50 others. Most people hung back by the bar even when Dikes of Holland were announced and came out. Not me, I was up in the mix. I can’t remember what the first song they played was (Maybe ’ Get Your Shovels Out’?) but hot damn, I was floored. I grew up on The Ramones and The Clash, and though I would say I have an eclectic taste in music, punk rock courses through my veins. It has been a LOOOOOOONG time since I heard some really good NEW punk music. I haven’t been immediately stoked on any modern punk since The A.K.A’s ‘Everybody Make Some Noise’ album. Well, by the end of DoH’s set, I was amped. I was hoping they would get to play longer! I was pissed that much of the crowd hardly deemed them worthy of a clap.
Anyway, DoH is made up of five members: John Paul Bohon, Christopher Stephenson, Phillip Dunne, Trey Reimer, and Liz Burrito. They are stationed in Austin, Texas and recently finished a tour with Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears (Another KILLER band, check ‘em out!). Their self titled album is fan-fucking-tastic. There is not one song that won’t get you pumped, especially considering the speed drumming, killer power chords and insane vocal variety.
Trey was awesome enough to take some time to answer the following questions for BBB, read on and fall in love with DoH!!
When and why did each of you start playing? How did you all come together as a band?
I started playing right out of high school with some friends, one of which I’m still playing with in Dikes, Jp Bohon. The rest of the band we met later on after we moved from Norman, Ok to Austin.
Explain why you chose to call the band ‘Dikes of Holland’.
After the split of our last band, Fire Versus Extinguisher, we quickly started jamming with Phil without really missing a beat and we had a show with in about a month of playing so we had to come up with a name pretty quickly. One of the first names we came up with was Dikes of Holland but with thought it might be a little too ridiculous so we kept on trying to find a new one which for some reason became a bit of an arduous process so we just went back to Dikes of Holland since we all found it to be catchy and definitely memorable.
Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
For me personally I admire bands that can stick together for a long time like the Rolling Stones, Wire, Buzzcocks, and bands such as that. I admire bands with that type of mental fortitude because it can definitely get tough sometimes.
Do you get nervous before a performance?
Honestly it depends on how many drinks I’ve had but for the most part yes. I don’t get shakey hands or break out into a cold sweat but my heart rate does get a little faster.
Any rituals before a show?
No, and I don’t that I would be into them. I like for each show to stand out on its own as its own experience. If we did the same thing every night it seems like it’d bring some monotony with it.
Describe what it was like to perform for a crowd for the first time.
In my first band I just sang and it was pretty bad. Plus, I was a pretty lazy lyricist back then so I’d just figure a couple of lines for each song and just make up the rest while we were playing which for the most part would turn into a disaster especially when there was a good PA and people could the stupid shit I was saying.
How do you handle mistakes during a performance?
We’re a pretty loose band so a mistake like hitting a bad chord just seems to add a little character to the song. At least that’s what I’ve made myself believe.
What was it like doing the last leg of your tour with The Sheepdogs and Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears? Any stories you can share?
I’m not sure if The Sheepdogs liked us too much but it might’ve just been the fact that we would steal all of their beer out of the green room. The Black Joe Lewis guys were all extremely friendly and they even mentioned taking us out on the road again later next year but we’ll see.
If you had the opportunity to change something about the music industry, what would it be?
I try not to get too caught up in the industry part of things. I know some people can get really heated when this subject gets mentioned but I like to stay oblivious to the whole thing and just focus on writing and playing.
How does your creative process typically work? What inspires you?
We are all song writers in the band but for me I just strap on a guitar and walk around the house until something I play, whether it be a progression on just one simple chord, just feels right. I don’t exactly know why one chord would spark something over another chord but basically I just hit some strings until I get an ear boner. Yeah let’s just go with that, I play until my ears get boners. Everything inspires me.
What are you working on now, and what can we expect from you in the coming year?
Right now we are working on some B-52 songs for a new years eve party but also we have about 8 songs recorded and we are going to have another writing session and then record those songs and pick the best ones for an LP. We are hoping to have it out by about March or April.
Why should people listen to your band? What makes you unique?
What makes us unique is we don’t have a lead singer and we switch instruments all the time. Oh, and we write good songs.
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