By Nicholas Jason Lopez
Dive into this.
Netherlands-based group No Breakfast Goodbye recently put out a split album via Dental Records with label mates Ink Bomb, upon which they celebrated with lyric videos for “The Losers Club” and “No Dice.”
Skate punk all the way, they combine classic punk stylings of predecessors like NOFX and Blink-182 with modern elements from acts like Neck Deep and Trash Boat.
The Music Bugle had the chance to talk to band members – singer/guitarist Simon Janssen, bassist Freek van Kouteren and guitarist El Chefe – about “The Losers Club” and more.
Music Bugle – How did you guys decide the band name?
El Chefe – When we were deciding on the band name, I was doing quite a bit of intermittent fasting, so this was what I said to my girlfriend before going to work each morning.
Simon Janssen – Well, that’s obviously bullshit. We had quite a hard time coming up with a good name, until out of the blue, our drummer explained, No Breakfast Goodbye!
Music Bugle – How would you describe the Netherlands to someone who has never been there before?
El Chefe – Prepare to be offended, because the Dutch are extremely direct.
Music Bugle – What do you hope for from the rest of 2021?
Freek van Kouteren – We hope that the lockdown gets lifted soon, so we can re-start band practice and play as many shows as possible.
El Chefe – If all goes well, we’re also hoping to record some new music before the year’s end.
Music Bugle – What made you want to get involved with your recent split album?
Freek van Kouteren – We had been friends with Ink Bomb for some time already. When the pandemic hit, both our bands got stuck in the same boat of not being able to play shows or even rehearse. To still make constructive use of our time, we discussed the possibility of recording a split record.
El Chefe – Luckily, Quirijn – Ink Bomb ‘s guitar player – has all of the recording facilities at home, which made for quite a smooth recording process.
Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
El Chefe – We played our last show in November of 2019, after which we went on a little break because of the birth of my third son. Little did we know that this break would last well into 2021. During this break, band practice was possible sporadically and we have played only one live stream. Sadly, we’ve mostly seen each other through Zoom calls, but – knock on wood, the Dutch government lifted some of the restrictions and enabled us to have our first band practice in ages!
Music Bugle – Which of your songs was the hardest to write?
Simon Janssen – I guess that’d be “Fisherman’s Friend.” My best friend recently moved across the country, which means we don’t get to hang out as much as we used to anymore. The song’s about him leaving and what it meant for me, which is obviously quite a difficult subject for me. I’ve tried to describe my feelings in “Fischerman’s Friend,” without becoming overly dramatic and still maintaining a catchy, punk-rock tune. It was quite a balancing act.
El Chefe – On top of that, it’s also the most challenging song musically. Especially, the outro took me quite a while to record properly, but I’m very happy with the end result.
Music Bugle – Have you been working on any new music?
Freek van Kouteren – We’ve used this downtime to compile all old songs, half-decent riffs and song ideas that were left on the shelf. On top of this, we’ve been writing quite a lot of new songs as well and have been making demo recordings. Altogether, there’s probably enough material there for a double album and accompanying world tour.
Music Bugle – What has been your biggest challenge lately?
Simon Janssen – Beating the final boss at Ninja Gaiden 6 on PS4.
Freek van Kouteren – Finding Hentai that I haven’t seen yet.
El Chefe – What’s Ninja Gaiden 6?
Music Bugle – What is your favorite movie soundtrack?
El Chefe – I’m probably quite boring here, I like a lot of Hans Zimmer’s stuff like the “Gladiator,” “Inception” and “Interstellar” soundtracks.
Simon Janssen – “Jurassic Park,” no doubt.
Freek van Kouteren – “Star Wars,” obviously.
Music Bugle – If you had to pick your own theme song, what would it be?
El Chefe – This is continuously changing for me. At the moment, I’m massively into Origami Angel’s album ‘Gami Gang’ and I often catch myself singing and dancing along in the grocery store.
Simon Janssen – “My Heart Will Go On,” by Celine Dion is my tune.
Freek van Kouteren – “Born To Be Alive” by the Village People.
El Chefe – That’s by Patrick Hernandez, you moron.