Bitter Grounds - Hollowlands
With a common history stretching all the way back to 1996, Bitter Grounds’ four members are certainly no newcomers to the punk rock scene, and their early bands were central to the Dutch punk scene in the late 90s and early 00s. After being in various bands since, they decided in 2015 to revisit their love for a furious blend of punk rock and ska, sometimes throwing in a reggae beat to mix things up. As a testament to their tireless dedication, the band started playing shows across Europe and recorded its first full-length album within a year of its formation.
Bitter Grounds recorded their debut album, titled ‘Hollowlands’, at the Amsterdam Recording Company, with longtime partner in crime Menno Bakker manning the mixing table. Hollowlands’ eleven tracks contain the raw energy essential to punk rock, yet retain enough melody for audiences to sing along during the band’s energetic live shows. But don’t be fooled into thinking Bitter Grounds pull any punches, as even the band’s ska tracks retain a gritty edge not often heard in the genre. Lyrically the band values asking questions above providing answers, and doesn’t subscribe to any particular world-view. Independent in the truest sense, the band doesn’t conform to anything or anyone.
With their debut record firmly under the belt, Bitter Grounds are now out there making a name for themselves across Europe. Having hit the ground running in 2016, 2017 will see the band increase the pace and up the ante, playing shows wherever they can.