Listen to the live set:
What’s Worse / Death Or Glory/ Unnecesary Barbaric / Business Machine / 4 mei [May 4th] / They Even Took The Memory/ I Only Wanna Be With You [Dusty Springfield cover] / The Lesson/ Ongelijkheid [Inequality] / Zomerdag [Summerday] / Fugitive / ‘musikalletie’ [???]
This registration of ‘Bambix’s first (of two) performances at Netwerk (Aalst) – 88-03-13 – courtesy of Jan ‘Bux’ De Vriendt. The band (from the area around Nijmegen, The Netherlands) still exist after all these years but in a totally different line-up (www.bambix.org). Personally I’ve always preferred the original trio (once described as “girls, nice melodies and good vocals” – but so much more than that; I reviewed it as uptempo punk-rock) with Nathalie Delisse (guitar), Willia ‘Wick’ van Houdt (drums/vocals) & Maniet ‘Petite’ Voets (bass). At this time they had done a demo and were on some compilations. In 1989 Martin Pick (Wuppertal, Germany) released their initial 7″ (They Even Took The Memory).
Here’s a ‘Bambix’ interview from around that time…
Maniet – Nathalie – ‘Wick’
Nice to hear something from the ‘good old days’ when we were energetic, jumped around with guitars and stuff, drove for hours, etc. The first memory coming to me is that there was an active bunch of people in Belgium, with fanzines and such. We regularly had the honour, after or before a concert, to get interviewed and were asked to give our opinions (people were still listening to us back then – haha – nowadays we’re not asked much) about communism; world-peace; nuclear arms; animal-suffering, etc. The straight-edge movement was also quite active. A lot of idealism, friendship and creativity, and a heart for a better society; that’s still something worthwhile to strive for now. The bands we played with were mostly (like ourselves) enthusiastics with a mind of their own. And both the authenticity and the fact of doing things together, was awesome.
In ‘93 I quit ‘Bambix’ because of a burn-out. I missed things enormously and it was difficult to talk about it for a while; but later it got nice again to dig up a fun anecdote once in a while. I still love music; to put my heart into something, cooperation, nature, creativity, craftsmanship and idealism. ‘Bambix’ meant a lot to me.
Don’t recall much about the period 89/90. We played Belgium regularly and these were often great shows, sometimes not. Later, first Nat and then Maniet left ‘Bambix’, and I went on with other people. We came to Belgium from time to time: for concerts of course (e.g. small tour with ‘G.B.H.’ and with ‘Fabulous Disaster’) and we recorded an album with Didier Moens (guitarist of ‘La Muerte’). ‘Bambix’ mainly played Germany but also Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France and The Netherlands. In ’99, I made a kick-ass compilation-album with female punk-bands only; which taught me about many new bands, that I helped here and there with a show or introduced to a label. We regularly tour in Brazil, all our records are available there. I also booked many gigs and tours for Brazilian bands. And bands from the U.S. (e.g. ‘TurbonegrA’). With ‘Bambix’ we also toured Argentina with ‘Eterna Inocencia’ – cool band – and ‘All the Hats’, a super tour that was! The icing on the cake is that we just finished the recording of our best record ever: ‘The Storytailor’. It contains everything I ever wanted to make. It’s the culmination of why I’m punk, why ‘Bambix’ is in my heart, what music does to me and how I can express myself with lyrics & music; together with the two best musicians I know. Wonderful that the alternative punk-scene has formed me through friendships and how that scene, even before the internet, made the world smaller; that we swapped punk-tapes through the mail with people from Brasil or The Philippines; and that those friends from back then are still my heart-buddies. Keep up the spirit!