FROM: NETHERLANDS | FOR FANS OF: COUNTERPARTS, VANNA
There is something about the emotional post hardcore of the Netherlands that always seems to strong in comparison to the rest of Europe. Whilst their scene has continuously changed and evolved, and with it found that the escalation and de-escalation of it’s growth, it seems that once more Amsterdam and it’s surrounding cities are becoming a hot bed for the genre.
With the likes of Jera On Air festival now becoming a contender on the festival circuit, and with the Netherlands moving into a regular touring country it seems that there couldn’t be a better time to turn to the Netherlands for the best new bands within both punk and hardcore, of which Amsterdam’s emotionally charged post hardcore outfit, I’ll Get By has been leading the scene.
“being on stage is like an addiction, you just can’t get enough. I think a lot of bands realized this after being silent for a while.“
First off did the name ‘I’ll Get By’ come about as a means of showing that this band is trying to bring people positivity?
Jesse (Lakerveld, Vocalist): I’ll Get By is the name of a song by Pianos Become The Teeth. That’s where we got our name from. I think the best way I can put this is: we want to give people some sort of outlet. All the lyrics of our songs are very personal and relatable, I focus on that heavily while writing.
You hail from the Netherlands which seemed to once have a super strong hardcore and punk scene, of which for a while slowed down. Why do you think it’s growing again?
If we’re talking about Post hardcore/metalcore/melodic hardcore then yes it definitely slowed down for a while. I think that is because people are just too busy, don’t have enough money, or simply have other priorities. But honestly being on stage is like an addiction, you just can’t get enough. I think a lot of bands realized this after being silent for a while.
How important is it, especially in countries such as the Netherlands, that people support the local scene just as much as they do international touring bands passing through?
The Netherlands has a great supportive scene. As a local band it helps so much when you see people actually giving a fuck about you when starting out.
Your sound is of course post hardcore, of which with artists such as Stick To Your Guns and Counterparts is known for it’s honesty. Is playing this style of music cathartic for you at all?
I would definitely say it’s cathartic. It’s a release of frustrations, which I can’t really get from else.
Let’s talk about how honest the lyrical content is on this record. Why do you feel you had to be so honest with your lyrical content?
I was really depressed when we started writing these songs. I had no vision of what I wanted my future to look like, and I was being haunted by anxiety. That made me question: ‘’What’s the point in going on?”. I also didn’t talk to anyone about it. But these songs helped me release a lot of pent-up frustration and, eventually, made me open up more about how I felt.
“I didn’t talk to anyone about it. But these songs helped me release a lot of pent-up frustration and, eventually, made me open up more about how I felt.”
Do you feel that music truly is the global language, and that it can open up conversations that may normally be hard to have?
Definitely. I wrote these lyrics because I was too afraid to talk about my problems. I want people that feel depressed to be able to relate to the lyrics and feel like they’re not the only one feeling alone sometimes.
At the same time it seems that that particular style of sound and genre is getting super popular again. So what are you doing to make I’ll Get By unique?
My vocals are heavier compared to other vocalists in this genre. I think we’re a perfect mix of melodic and heavy hardcore. Fans of different subgenres of metal/punk could dig our music.
Do you think that people jumping onto music trends can be positive or can it be negative?
I think most bands jump onto the latest trends because they’re too afraid to try something different. I can’t blame them, It’s pretty hard getting your name out there as a starting band. I think the most important part is that you enjoy listening to what you write. That you’re basically your own biggest fan.
You released your EP, Tiny Room last year, but it seems that the band had been working on it for a while. Most new artists feel they have to rush to get new music out there, but why did you wait so long?
We’ve had some line-up changes and our guitarist Wessel engineered and mixed our EP. He was really busy at that time so everything took a bit longer. But it was definitely worth the wait. We’re extremely proud and happy about how Tiny Room turned out.
Finally what can we expect from this band for the rest of 2020? What’s the ultimate goal with this band?
This is all going to sound obvious, but play as many shows possible, especially outside of The Netherlands. Doing a lot more press to promote our EP, and write new songs for upcoming releases. I want the next thing you hear from I’ll Get By to make you go ‘’This band made a big step up from their previous release’’
Tiny Room is out NOW. Stream it below.