Time to invite some old local friends
of mine to talk about their old band Myriad. A Progressive Thrash Metal
band from Tilburg, The Netherlands, who are back on track again!
Please start from the very beginning. When and by who was
‘Myriad’ formed and what lead you guys to a comeback of the band?
Yeah I think myself, Serge Smolders (see also Acrostichon and Milkman)
and Frank Verraes, (a classmate of mine) started the whole thing back in
1988/89. Mark van Nistelrooy and Rene Emmen joined quickly and we
recorded our 1st demo in the Chateau studio in 1989 and
performed at the Batcave club in Tilburg. Mark and Serge left the band
and were replaced in 1990 by Adje van Osch a.k.a. Dj Rocking Adje on the
bass and Alex van Wanrooy on the drums. In 1992 Rene left and ‘Bidi’
Danny van Drongelen joined us. He was also the one who introduced us to
the American Progressive Thrash Metal band Anacrusis, which was a very
important influence for the band.
I saw you live recently at your first reunion gig at Bidi
Fest at Little Devil in Tilburg, The Netherlands. Did you enjoy the gig
and the feedback of it? what was it like to do this gig without Bidi
‘Danny’ (vocals)? Can you tell our readers what happened to your
vocalist, just before the reunion was a fact?
Harrie: I had an extreme cold and was very stressed that night,
so I wasn’t fully aware of what was happening around me. There were also
problems with the audio card. But it was very important for me that we
did it for Bidi. The mind-set was what we did, was for him. After his
passing we went on with the band, but it was with struggles. The show
was really a Bidi tribute. As many probably know Bidi passed away
unexpectedly by the hand of a heart attack in June 3th 2017 at Rockhard
festival in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
3 years ago Alex came with the idea to start playing again with the
condition from Harrie that Adje would join us as well. I agreed and me
and Harrie were busy looking over the tracks and that’s actually how we
started again. There was a bit in the song “Back to Nature” that I
changed though. The changed version was also played at the Little Devil
on the tribute show for Bidi. When he passed away, we were all very
shocked. After that happened, Alex send a email to Anacrusis about the
news of Danny’s death, and he asked Kenn Nardi (the singer of Anacrusis)
if he wanted to sing the two newly recorded songs. This because Bidi
passed away two weeks before our recording session. Kenn agreed and we
send the files of the old version to him so that he knew the original
vocal lines of the songs. We also send him the new instrumental versions
of “Thoughts” and “Back To Nature” to him. Kenn recorded his vocals for
us, and send it back to us. Harrie then mixed the vocal lines into the
newly recorded songs. Danny wanted to make the songs in Myriad a bit
more commercially accepted, he had lots of connections, also with
Anacrusis, and he had the mind-set of really putting work to the scene.
He wasn’t there for the songs to sing them as he was very busy during
the time. It’s really not a reunion but more a tribute to our friend and
passed away singer Bidi. I was also very motivated to start playing
again in the reunion and hope we will continue.
To come back to your music. Which bands are your main
influences? And have these influences changed over the years?
Harrie: Anacrusis, Trouble and NWOBHM in general, like Angel
Witch. Also the old Metallica until “Master Of Puppets” the rest was all
shit haha. Also Mekong Delta, Watchtower and New Wave music like Joy
Division and A Flock Of Seagulls. Later Anacrusis became a main
influence for myself and the band.
Ad: early bass work of Steve Harris from the band Iron Maiden,
bass work of Peter Hook (Joy Division, New Order), and uuuhm, very
difficult question, there are so many bass players which I like. Because
this is a totally different question, instead of the question: “what are
your favourite bands”. My favourite band ever is KISS, and my motto is
´Rock ´n Roll all nite and party every day´. But other favourite bands
are AC-DC, Slayer, The Cure, Ramones, Joan Jett, Volbeat, and lots more…
What are your lyrics about, do you have a certain message
Harrie: Rene and Danny wrote songs about society and criticism,
but also songs about love. Anyway, you can always give the music a
listen and make your own interpretation of the words.
Please give me the discography of your band! And are
there any plans to re-issue your old stuff on a great compilation CD
and/or Vinyl? Are there even some plans for recording a new demo, album
Ad: the first demo was called “Down To Earth” and was recorded in
1989. “Cadances” was our second demo, and the first demo with me on the
bass and Alex on the drums, which was recorded in 1990 or 1991. The
third demo of MYRIAD was called “The Well”, recorded in 1992 (produced
by Oscar Holleman), and this demo was the first demo with Danny on
vocals. In 1993, the band recorded the fourth demo “Naturalism”, which
was produced by Han Swagerman. After that demo Harrie left Myriad. About
reissuing old stuff on a compilation CD, well, we have to discuss this
with the rest of the band members. And yes, as well as Harrie and myself
(Ad), we both have plenty of new ideas for new songs. So, time will
About the past! Have you played often with ‘Myriad’, back
in the 90’s, and are there any highlights of that period you like to
not that much but we played as support for GWAR at the Noorderligt
concert venue in Tilburg (NL), on August 30th 1992, which was
a really great chance for us. Also our very first gig at the Batcave
club in ’89, was a very good memory. During our existence we played
around 20 gigs In general.
Also a very funny memory is about a show in Stabroek, Belgium on October
20th, 1990, when Harrie’s hair got stuck in my bass guitar
Harrie, is it true your old Doom Death Metal band ‘Spina
Bifida’ is on-hold? and why? Are there any plans to continue with this
band in other times?
I quit the band and have no idea about the others.
Anymore future gigs planned?
Top 5 albums of all time!
1. KISS – Dressed To Kill (1975)
2. AC/DC – Powerage (1978)
3. The Cure – Disintegration (1989)
4. Iron Maiden – Iron Maiden (1980)
5. VoiVod – Killing Technology (1987)
1. Metallica – Ride The Lightning (1984)
2. Anacrusis – Screams And Whispers (1993)
3. Trouble – Psalm 9 (1990)
4. Slayer – Reign In Blood (1986)
5. Thin Lizzy – Life Live (1983)
Ok guys, thanks for having me! See ya guys back very soon
and Ad, how can they hire you for making a great Dj set? You’re my
yearly birthday bash DJ and for sure one of the hottest DJ’s in Tilburg
Well, actually….a couple of months ago, a guy saw me working as the DJ
in Little Devil. He was very excited about all the music that I played,
so he asked me to be the DJ on his birthday in 2019. I said, no problem,
as far as I’m able to. So now I’m the DJ for his party in February. And
in the last few years I’ve been the DJ for some more people’s birthday.
But yearly I do about 18 or 20 shows as the DJ in that awesome club
Little Devil. I like to do that very much, I have a real wide taste of
musical styles in the Metal/Punk scene. Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Punk, Oi,
Death Metal, Glam, Speed, Thrash….you name it.
And indeed, since 2011, I am the DJ on your birthday bashes, Marco, and
as you know, I always do my best to make your party unforgettable.
Patchman Marco for Headbangerszine & Metal-Experience
Wanrooy - Drums
J.P. Krijns - Guitars (lead)
Rene Kuijpers - Synthesizers
René Emmen - Vocals
Ad van Osch - Bass
Harrie van Erp - Guitars
Frank Verraes - Guitars
Bidi - Vocals (R.I.P. 2017)