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Hailing from the eastern part of The Netherlands comes a band that you would expect from the western and sunny side of California. The band started in 2006 and not long after, they recorded a demo which put them on the map in Holland. With ex and current members of Beans, Citizens Patrol and Frightening Fiction they have a wide variety of musicians in the band and that’s something you distinctly hear in their sound. Influences vary from the melodic sounds of NoFX, Bad Religion and SNFU, but with a harder edge than any of these bands using influences from hardcore bands such as RKL, Stalag 13, 7 Seconds en old New York and DC hardcore bands like Minor Threat and Urban Waste. Not long after was later re-releasing their demo on 7inch vinyl, they started to record a full-length album with Menno Bakker. This became the “Hate The Neighbours”, which was very well received by critics and fans.

After releasing their debut album, Brat Pack switched guitar player Willem – who was busy with Antillectual – for Jeroen. In this new line-up they have since played all over Europe, including two tours of Western Europe, a tour of the Balkan states, a UK tour and many weekend trips to Germany, Belgium, France, Czech Republic and Denmark.

Now, three years after releasing “Hate The Neighbours”, Brat Pack is ready to unleash their second full-length: “Stupidity Returns”. This album was recorded with producer Nico van Montfort, near the town of Venlo. This town is home to the most notorious right-wing politician of The Netherlands, Geert Wilders. The bend to the conservative extreme-right of the majority of the Dutch population has been a large influence on the album. The title is in part a comparison of the current political climate to that of the late thirties. Musically, the album is again a combination of the aggressive sounds of bands like RKL and Poison Idea with more melodic influences like The Adolescents and Agent Orange, yet generally sounds more “mature”. Not conform the connotations this word usually implies, this does not mean less aggressive, energetic and urgent. Quite the contrary…

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