Music Bugle Exclusive – Q & A – Ink Bomb

Artwork for Ink Bomb/No Breakfast Goodbye Split album. Photo courtesy of Dental Records.

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

Lost limbs and astronaut suits are suddenly in style – just ask Ink Bomb.

The Netherlands-based melodic skate punk outfit, who’ve been compared to the likes of Bad Religion, No Fun At All and Pulley, have just dropped the lyric video for their new single “Mutilation Boy.”

The track will appear on their split album with fellow Netherlanders No Breakfast Goodbye, which is set to release on June 18, 2021 via Dental Records. The record’s vivid cover art – which was created by Berlin-based tattoo artist Jord Jansen – symbolizes the unity between both bands, as their respective characters come together to join hands.

The Music Bugle had the chance to speak with Ink Bomb – whom consist of vocalist Joost Hoedemaeckers, bassist Arina Banga, drummer Paul van de Geijn and guitarist Quirjin Foeken – about “Mutilation Boy” and more.

Music Bugle – How did you guys decide the band name?

Joost Hoedemaeckers – After the terrorist attack on the Charlie Hedbo Office in Paris, France, Arina came up with this name. It signified the word being a weapon, which would always hit harder than any extremist attack could.

Arina Banga – Ink Bomb also stands for freedom of speech and freedom of press.

Paul van de Gejin – We all like reading, writing and literature, so we wanted to have a band name that reflects that.

Music Bugle – How would you describe the Netherlands to someone who has never been there before?

Joost Hoedemaeckers – A country that refuses to come to peace with its own demons.

Music Bugle – What made you want to get involved with your recent split album?

Joost Hoedemaeckers – We knew No Breakfast Goodbye from the local scene. In March 2020, we were thinking of ideas that we could do to keep our collective flames burning and keep the lockdown boredom at bay.

Arina Banga – A couple of months before the pandemic, we already had the ambition to make a split album together. Cancelled shows – and in the beginning, naively “postponed” shows to a date only two months later – accelerated this plan. All our songs are written during the pandemic and they – therefore? – sound a bit darker than our earlier work.

Music Bugle – What excites you the most about your style of music?

Quirijn Foeken – The melodic punk rock we make has a lot of energy, but also carries great melodies. We try to write songs as stories, where the song goes wherever it needs to go, so sometimes, we have unusual song structures. That is fun to write and to listen to.

Paul van de Geijn – The energy. As a drummer, I can give it my all. If I don’t have the feeling that I am on the brink of death after a gig, I know I did a bad job.

Joost Hoedemaeckers – The way our music can be a pressure valve release for all the things that haunt you in your sleep.

Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise?

Paul van de Geijn – I have a metal phase and listen to Gojira. I also like ’80s-inspired meme music like Vaporwave.

Joost Hoedemaeckers – Meat Loaf.

Arina Banga – 80’s punkish power pop, like The Go-Go’s and Divinyls and loads of Press Club.

Quirijn Foeken – Elbow, Face To Face, Delic and Lesley Gore.

Music Bugle – What are three of your favorite all-time albums?

Arina Banga – This question is impossible for us to answer collectively. A strength in our songwriting is that we don’t have the exact same background music-wise and try to incorporate parts of other genres in our skate punk. I’ll describe these individual preferences! Quirijn loves skate punk – NOFX, Flatliners – and hip-hop. Did you know that he is producer and beat maker in his hip-hop project Breekpunt? Joost is a big fan of poppy punk rock, like Screeching Weasel. Paul doesn’t like punk at all, which makes him definitely the punkest member of the band. His heroes are Daft Punk and Sonic Youth. My all-time favorites are Bad Religion and Sahara Hotnights. Without them, I probably wouldn’t be in a band.

Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?

Quirijn Foeken – I’m happy to say that everyone in the band is healthy, so that’s good news. We had a lot of shows cancelled in 2020 and so far, we have no shows planned in 2021 and that really sucks, but we tried to make use of our time and write and record songs. We don’t hibernate!

Music Bugle – Where do you go when you need an escape?

Paul van de Geijn – To the sweet, forgiving world of anime and cute anime girls – non-sexually, of course.

Arina Banga – The best escapism is reading and surfing.

Music Bugle – What does today’s music industry need more of?

Quirijn Foeken – Music and especially punk rock, is not really known for its diversity. We actually discussed this in the making of a new video, where we ask our friends to participate. I don’t think it’s something we can really change as a band, but it’s good to be aware of. In the early days of the band, everybody assumed Arina was our singer just because she’s female. That’s weird.

Paul van de Geijn – The current music world needs more of less autotune and less drum manipulation.

Joost Hoedemaeckers – Selflessness.

Music Bugle – What’s a quote that motivates you to keep doing what you do?

Arina Banga – A highly frequent expression in our practice room and during band meetings is, “Let’s try!” It’s not a very special or famous quote, but it illustrates our way of writing songs and the way we make plans for our band perfectly and while trying something, for example, setting up a tour abroad or looking for a cool record label, we just go for it. This approach has been very fruitful so far!

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