Each member of Den Haag started in different bands. Mike Ames started in Alice on Acid and several bands since, Adam Potter was in Eleanor’s Tribute and likewise multiple bands since. Mike Beckwith started in Smug Howlers whom Mike Ames and Adam Potter were also members. Kristian Arnold however has only ever been in Den Haag and this was his first appearance in a band. It was three weeks before the debut gig at Charlie Browns, Luton supporting The Wholls that he first picked up a microphone.
2. What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?
To help bring back Post Punk on a major scale with a movement similar to that of the Punk movement in the late 70’s. Almost all popular music at present is commercially driven and lacks creativity or passion.
3. How long have you been writing your own music?
Den Haag has always written its own music since their formation in March 2012. The band members in their own rights have been writing for over ten years.
4. Who are your top three influences and why?
Every member in the band is influenced differently but as a band:
Joy Division – They are without a shadow of a doubt the kings of post punk. A unique style, almost robotic tempo drumming, impulsive bass lines, atmospheric lead and mesmerising lyrics. No one has matched them in comparison.
Sex Pistols – One of the most influential bands of all time which is even more impressive considering they only release one album. The rawness, emotion and anger projected in their performances and personas are valuable and respected traits to Den Haag.
Nirvana – Another three piece band which creates a wonderful emptiness in songs which creates more vivid music. Although there are four members in Den Haag it is still a three piece band with vocals. Once again the raw emotion in the lyrics and energy Nirvana consistently delivered are values Den Haag hold dear.
5. Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?
“Bleak Unknown” is the first full album after our debut EP “Trials and Tributes”. It has more production value without removing the raw garage sound that has made us popular and closely bonded to the punk values. However it is more refined musically and lyrically. Named in true punk fashion as a statement on current times.
6. Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?
Three Members are based in Dunstable, Bedfordshire and one member in Mill Hill, North London. Dunstable has a very healthy pub venue scene and popular open mic nights. However lacks a full blown venue as it did back in the 70’s and 80’s where huge bands such as Sex Pistols, Pink Floyd, The Specials, Madness, Clash etc played at the famous Queensway Hall. Sadly now an ASDA! For this reason we consider ourselves more of a London band as most our gigs are played in Camden and surrounding areas. Also most of the band work in London making gigging more convenient. Although our most played venue is The Horn in St Albans which is an excellent venue and has a loyal following.
7. Who else can you recommend from your local scene for people to have a listen to?
For a small town, Dunstable has several punk/post punk signed bands (must be the drizzle and ghost town status of the area which ignites this creative style). Dutch Order are a good example of this. However we have good friends in Tantrum and Colombia whom are both air tight, catchy and creative Indie bands.
8. Give our readers a roundup of where they can find you online and hear more of your music.
Our website (including bio’s and lyrics):
Listen to us on Reverbnation:
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