Concrete Meal talk to GIGsoup in this exclusive interview.
With their angsty atmosphere, Concrete Meal are three guys whose music oozes punk. Performing at venues around Amsterdam, Concrete Meal are a punk trio that blow away the audience at every show with their powerful rock vibes.
How did the band form?
DAVE: Well, me and Dries were friends in elementary school and we played together when I was 12 and he was 11, but we didnt have a bassist.
DRIES: We didnt have a bass player so we were just like playing around I guess.
DAVE: 3 years further, we met at Rock Out! and we were like, “yo lets play together,” and we started jamming.
DRIES: We started together, just down in my house. And he was talking about Bas and we invited him for a day to come play with us and shit and it was alright- we were like, “we have a band.”
Which musicians inspire your music?
DAVE: Blink 182, Green Day -but the 90s Green Day, The Offspring…
DRIES: Those are all punk bands that we kind of ‘fit in’, but before I was in this band I didn’t listen to that much punk, I was listening to Slipknot and Limp Bizkit.
DAVE: Me neither, I used to listen to AC/DC and that kind of stuff, but then I listened to punk bands and realised I wanted to play that.
How do you find the music scene in Amsterdam?
How did you come up with the name Concrete Meal?
DRIES: When we were in elementary school, and it was just the two of us, we were called Rocktober – it was a name he (Dave) came up with, it was just for fun you know we were like eleven/twelve. Then we kind of grew apart, and then we ruinited sort of and i came up with the name concrete meal. This was because i was skating a lot at the time and i was listening to a rap song and they were rapping about ‘eating the concrete’ after you slam really hard and I was like huh, Concrete Meal, that’s fucking awesome.
What kind of music did you grow up with?
DAVE: I grew up with Kiss. My dad always used to listen to Kiss so then I listened to it and I liked it because they had face makeup, and I thought that was really cool because I was little. So yeah I grew up with Kiss, AC/DC and Led Zepellin.
If you could have written any song, what song would it be?
DRIES: Uh…uh… yeah I dont know.
DAVE: For me, its ‘Basketcase’ from Green Day.
DRIES: Uh, I think ‘Eyeless’ from Slipknot is awesome. If we wrote that, that would be pretty cool.
This Concrete Meal article was written by Fox Kitsuane Atkins, a GIG soup contributor. Edited by Natalie Whitehouse.