|22nd of December 2014, the Netherlands
All good things come to an end. Barry, Jochem and I will call it a day soon. We won't pull the plug immediately, but 2015 will be the last year for Vanderbuyst.
Some of you will heave a sigh of relief and think: finally! Others will curse this announcement and might want to smash our records, tear the Vanderbuyst posters from the wall or scrape the VDB tattoos of their arms. But there is no need to be dramatic. After playing 400 shows in 21 countries, recording 4 full lengths, an EP and a 7-inch, we feel the game is over, as simple as that.
To be honest, this decision didn't come out of the blue. About a year ago we realized that there was no future for Vanderbuyst. We learned that trying to make a career in hard rock is like Don Quixote fighting windmills – brave but foolish. Notwithstanding, when we came home from our European tour in February 2014 we decided to record our last album. The ones who have been listening carefully probably already saw the writing on the wall, when we sung 'sweet goodbye'.
Our passion for music is the motor of the Vanderbuyst machine, our friendship the oil. And the fuel we needed we found in our unified will to work. When colleagues in the scene (often) asked us how we got to this point, we always told them the same thing: work harder, rehearse till your fingers bleed. Promote yourselves because nobody will "discover you". Improve everything you do all the time. Invest all you have, when broke borrow or steal to support your self-deluding fantasy. In this manner, we have realized more than we dreamed of. And every time we checked off something on the list, we raised the bar again. We always gave 100% and sacrificed shamelessly. Like monomaniacs we headed for what we wanted.
Obviously, you can work your ass off all you want, you will need the luck to meet the right people at the right time and place. We have been blessed with that. An inspiring bunch they have been! The guys behind our band gave us full support and total freedom. We never had to compromise. Of course, we were always hungry for a higher level. The moment we arrived at the point that we would have to violate the integrity and the core of our band to get to a higher level, we knew we had reached our limits. The music business in general is a path of thorns, no need to dwell on this. But it involves a lot more than the romance of rock and roll.
That said, we will never complain! The fans we have were an immense motivation. We knew that without them we would be nowhere. We have always stuck to the philosophy that we are the same people as our audience. No barrier; we party together, united we create the energy our shows are known for. Some of our fans traveled for thousands of miles to attend the gigs. They have spoiled us with presents and birthday-cakes. However, the biggest gratitude we could get is when they sung our songs. Goosebumps all over when I think about it.
Needless to say, in all this touring and making records, we have neglected our families and friends. Nevertheless, they too gave us full support. When we told them we would hit the road again for a month, they would wish us Godspeed. They were always in the back of our mind. We knew one day we would make it up. That day has come.
Indeed, the day has come we take a look at ourselves in the mirror. With a heavy heart, we must admit that a healthy career in music with this band is not going to happen. The days where you could support your family with your rocky tunes are over. Undeniably, the opulent oasis in the days of yore is sucked dry and leaves us staring at a Fata Morgana. But luckily there is more than this band. Standing at the crossroads we realize that we have other ambitions besides playing in a hard rock band. Starting a family, trading the part time job for a more serious affair. Engaging in new musical liaisons. Traveling the world and finish studies, to name a few.
You might say: sure no problem. You can do all these things while keeping the band going! But the ones who know us a little better will understand that we cannot do things halfhearted. Our credo: all or nothing, still remains. What got us this far is exactly the thing that forces us to end this adventure. Vanderbuyst has been more than just a hobby on the side and we want to preserve that thought.
What will 2015 bring? We will rock as hard as we always did at the upcoming shows in the Spring and the festivals in the Summer. In September 2015 we will play our last Vanderbuyst gigs and make it something special. It would be nice to see you all on the last part of the road one more time.
Hopefully you will respect our choice. On our latest album At The Crack Of Dawn we sung about sweet goodbye. Let it be a sweet goodbye. All there is left to say is a big thank you! We hope you enjoyed the ride as much as we did.
Wish you all the luck!
Willem, also on behalf of Barry and Jochem
Vanderbuyst met Peggy Meeussen op zang in 013-Tilburg
Vanderbuyst zal vrijdag 31 oktober a.s. een wel heel speciale show geven in 013-Tilburg!
Men zal dan voor het eerst niet als trio aantreden maar met Peggy Meeussen van de Belgische band BLIKSEM op zang. Voor het eerst in 6 jaar moest Vanderbuyst de afgelopen week 2 shows cancellen i.v.m. stemproblemen van zanger/bassist Jochem Jonkman. Het befaamde hardrocktrio wilde echter niet nog meer shows cancellen. Op het allerlaatste moment stelde Peggy Meeussen van de Belgische band BLIKSEM zich beschikbaar om de volledige set van de band in te gaan studeren. Peggy was geen onbekende van de band omdat zij met haar band reeds vele shows met Vanderbuyst in Europa gespeeld heeft. Volgens gitarist Willem Verbuyst was Peggy met haar rauwe soulvolle strot de meest geschikte kandidaat om Jochem te vervangen voor deze gelegenheid.
Vanderbuyst is momenteel bezig met een aantal releaseshows n.a.v. hun zojuist verschenen album "At the Crack of Dawn". Speciale gast bij deze optredens is de succesvolle Belgische band Diablo Blvd. met de bekende cabaratier Alex Agnew op zang. In Tilburg zal tevens de nieuwste Eindhovense rocksensatie Wolfskop acte de presence geven.
At The Crack Of Dawn - German Release Party
December 5, 2014, official German Release Party for the new album "At The Crack Of Dawn" @ Underground, Cologne.
At The Crack Of Dawn (official video)
Brand new video for the the title track of the upcoming album "At The Crack Of Dawn"
Full album streaming
Did you already listen to At The Crack Of Dawn on 3VOOR12's luisterpaal?
Here's your chance!
Walking On Tightrope (Lyric Video)
Here's your homework for today: We need you to sing along to this next time we come visit you.
"At The Crack Of Dawn" album expected to be released in October 2014 by Ván Records.
Video Teaser: "At The Crack Of Dawn"
Video Teaser for the upcoming "At The Crack Of Dawn" album expected to be released in October 2014 by Ván Records.
Video Teaser: "Shakira"
We hope to hear you all sing SHAKIRAAAAAH with us upcoming tour.
New video: "Little Sister"
Here it is: our video for 'Little Sister'. A big thanks goes out to Thom, Lara and Iza - hell no we ain't going to do what you say, we will direct ourselves.
Little Sister / Shakira 7" (lim. 500)
Stricktly limited to 500, here's our new 7".
Two new tracks, "Little Sister" (featuring Farida Lemouchi) and "Shakira".
Waiting On The Wings
Footage of "Waiting On The Wings", recorded 29/12/2013 at De Paerdestal in Terneuzen. All accoustic.
New tourdates with Enforcer & Skullfist
Vanderbuyst's conquest of Europe alongside Enforcer, Skull Fist and the aptly named Gengis Khan continues with new dates added.
Radio 3 TV Show
Pro shot footage of Los conciertos de Radio 3 (05/12/2013) is now available on YouTube.
Welcome To The Night (official video)
Official Video for "Welcome To The Night".
Taken from the Album "Flying Dutchmen"
pro-shot footage of enrtire GMM show
Whether you were or weren't there, you might be interested to know our entire Graspop Metal Meeting show is available on YouTube.
Pro-shot. You ready for some metal?
Fonds Podium Kunsten
We would like to thank Fonds Podium Kunsten (again!) for supporting Vanderbuyst's conquest of China.
little red blog #2
Curious what our heroes have been up to in China?
The Vanderbuyst FAN PAGE on facebook put together a nice little red photo album for ya'. Check here: Little Red Blog
little red blog #1
The men of Vanderbuyst are preparing themselves in a spartanic way for the journey abroad next week. Watch the video (by Sandra Gordijn) here!
Follow the Little Red Blog here: Vanderbuyst fanclub on facebook
little red blog
From today, every day, the Vanderbuyst fanclub will post a story/photo/video about Vanderbuyst under the name: the little red blog.
Follow here: Vanderbuyst fanclub on facebook
The Dutch Hard Rock Assault invaded 19 countries so far.
Number 20 will be... CHINA!
Vanderbuyst are confirmed for Zwarte Cross 2013.
More details soon!
GRASPOP METAL MEETING
Vanderbuyst have just been confirmed for GMM in Dessel, Belgium.
Vanderbuys are to hit the mainstage on Saturday, June 29 at 11:15 hours.