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Flying Dutchmen


Ván Records / Soulfood
November 2012


The world needs Vanderbuyst now more than ever. The fun has been taken out of sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll. In their native Netherlands, the red light zones have become cesspools of human trafficking. One by one, the coffeeshops are denying access to anyone who is not registered in the government’s database as a card-carrying stoner. Too many bands are more concerned with the quantity of “likes” than the quality of licks.

Guitarist Willem Verbuyst, drummer Barry Van Esbroek and singer/bassist Jochem Jonkman saw the writing on the wall in 2008 and did what the Dutch do best: they rolled up their sleeves and got to work. The energetic trio began crafting songs with the quintessentially Dutch attitude that less is more than enough provided you have the right raw materials. A three track demo EP led to the band’s self-titled debut LP on Van Records (2010). From the classic riff and lead sound to the catchy refrains, it was clear: this is authentic hard rock at its best. In Dutch (2011, Van Records) drove the point home again with even more finesse and fire.

But what about the band’s live reputation? In a word: incendiary! In the past three years, these driven Dutchmen have played over 200 shows in 16 countries, thrilling audiences with their high octane shows. In 2011, Vanderbuyst opened for none other than the legendary Saxon. In 2012, the band toured Europe with Grand Magus, supported Judas Priest, and hit the main stage at Holland’s famous Bospop festival. Across the border in France, they tore up the main stage at Hellfest, which also hosted Ozzy Osbourne and Blue Oyster Cult. In Germany, Vanderbuyst took the main stage at the 2012 Bang Your Head festival and promptly gave the crowd whiplash. Back home, they had the honor of supporting hard rock legend Scott Gorham’s Thin Lizzy. Vanderbuyst was also ready and willing to warm up the sold out crowd for Triggerfinger, one of the most popular rock bands in Europe. In addition to rousing festival performances and sizzling club shows, the band schooled 3FM audiences with live in-studio performances of “Tiger,” “Stealing Your Thunder” and “From Pillar to Post.” During De Wereld Draait Door, one of the country’s most popular night-time TV shows, the band invaded some 1.5 million homes with a smoking rendition of “Into the Fire.”

With the upcoming release of a new full-length album, Flying Dutchmen (2012, Van Records), Vanderbuyst continue their tireless quest to save the world from flaccid rock. Much like their ancestors before them, Jonkman, Van Esbroek and Verbuyst have achieved an amazing feat of reclamation. Vanderbuyst have restored the heart and soul to hard rock without any gimmicks or ironic hipster attitude. This is the real deal. Say it loud, say it proud: Van-der-buyst! Rhymes with ROCKS THE HOUSE!


1. Frivolous Franny
2. Waiting In The Wings
3. Give Me One More Shot
4. The Butcher’s Knife
5. Tears Won’t Rinse
6. Never Be Clever
7. In Dutch
8. Johnny Got Lucky
9. Lecherous
10. Flying Dutchman
11. Welcome To The Night