A few days ago we came back back from tour. Played Denmark for the first time and played Norway and Sweden again after 11 years. We had great times, went to inspiring places and say amazing bands. Thanks to everyone that booked us a show, hosted us and gave us food. Special thanks go out to Stefan and No Fun At All, Eva, Henri at Destiny Tourbooking, Troels, Jan and Out Of Bounds, the people at Blitz, Myteri, Illvilja, Dødsdømt, Afke & Espen, Fredrik, Sophia and Hannes at Sekten, Dolorifics, Jens from The Bowery Room, Micky and Uphill Struggle, Wayl and Peter Rosvik for making awesome photos in Oslo. See you all next time. Meanwhile, enjoy our new LP Forvm: https://open.spotify.com/album/5ut8E7J2LqI7ua1m6dCH4R
No, this is not your worst nightmare… This is FORVM, our latest record, out today on White Russian Records on 12″ vinyl and available on all your favorite streaming services! It’s a warning against the rise of neo-fascism and the extreme right in ten short, fast loud bursts. Check it out here: https://music.smashthestatues.net/album/forvm
More on how this record became to be? Read the interview Never Mind The Hype did with us on our new record here. [dutch]
Tomorrow may 18th we’ll throw a little releaseparty in de Plu in Nijmegen. Come dance with us, Note to Amy and New Best Friend!
“Let me paint a picture in tones of black and grey…”
Today, on May 5th, we celebrate Liberation Day in The Netherlands. A day that stands for a country liberated from fascism. But in The Netherlands, lots of countries in Europe and basically all over the world we see the rise of neo-fascism. Extreme right parties that claim they will defend our freedom or our democracy, often with those words in their names, probably won’t get the irony that they are paving the way for a society that looks horribly like the fascist societies we have seen in the past. Our new single, titletrack of the record and knuffelrock-styled powerballad “Forvm” is meant as a warning for a society that might be not that far from here. Can’t you hear them knocking? They’re on your doorstep.
Don’t say we didn’t warn you!
For non-spotifiers, this song is up on our bandcamp too.
Countrymen and owls of Minerva beware, Smash The Statues are releasing their new LP ‘Forvm’ on White Russian Records on May 17. To celebrate the new release, we’re throwing a releaseparty on Saturday the 18th of May, in one of Nijmegen’s coolest DIY spaces: De Paraplufabriek. One minute from Nijmegen Central Station and a show that will end at 23:00. So unless the boreal wind is too strong, everyone could make it back home.
Supportbands will be Note To Amy and New Best Friend.
More info on https://www.facebook.com/events/634499400333377/
MARK YOUR CALENDERS!
Last Wednesday, the elections in The Netherlands were won by a political party called Forum voor Democratie. With their anti-establishment, yet elitist approach, they present themselves as a civilized alternative for the current political parties. But with their glorification of Owls of Minerva, The Renaissance and the smell of lavender, they also bring us Boreal winds to keep Europe white. Cause these fascists (not an insult, just a qualification) are openly racist, anti-feminist and totalitarian. They want to keep Europe white, purify education and journalism from leftist elements. With connections to well known alt-right/far-right/extreme-right persons and parties all over the white world and lesser known connections to fascist groups in The Netherlands, this is not an ordinary anti-establishment party, these are neo-fascists. And if we stop calling fascists what they are, then we’re on a sliding scale and normalize what once was extreme.
Rewind to last December. Four old white men decided to write and record a new album. In a few weeks time we wrote and recorded our “Aanval op de nazistaat”*. We decided to call it “Forvm” and it was supposed to be a warning. The A side of the record deals with the current upcoming fascist parties, that always have Freedom or Democracy in their names. Apparently the elections caught up on us. So the B-side paints a picture of a dystopian world that might be not that far from here. Please let that be a warning, before it’s too late again.
So a few days after the elections, we’re not proud, but we feel obligated to share the first single of our upcoming album with you. “Dvm Navis Praetoria Ressvrectionis ad Profiscendvm parata est”, or when the neo-fascists come sailing in. But remember countrymen (from all countries, races, genders) every boat can sink. It’s just waiting for the right iceberg. So instead of telling you to enjoy our new single or record, we hope it will inspire you to resist fascism in all its ways. Punk = verzet. No pasaran. We’ll be sinking your ship!
Smash The Statues
FORVM will be released on may 17th 2019 on White Russian Records. Pre-orders available on www.whiterussianrecords.nl
* See what we did there Thierry?
Oeh yeah! We’re currently in RPM studio recording some brand new tunes. But there’s nothing to hear here so move along please… Or, in the meantime, here’s a little clip from our first day!
It has been one and a half year since we played a show in Utrecht, one of our hometowns. Looking forward to this one with legendary I against I, US punks Hospital Job and our pals in Note To Amy on March 31st at dB’s. Expect a lot, A LOT of new tunes!
We’ve got some big plans for this year! And we created an instagram to prove it! So give instagram.com/smashthestatues/ a follow and you’ll be hearing from us soon!
It might be December, this seems to be 2018’s first post. We’re busy flogging the dead horse. Making plans for 2019. Can’t tell you what, but it may involve some recordings and tours. Oops!
By the way, if you’re still looking for a holidays gift to give to your in-laws, look no further: “Hello and welcome you into our humble store.”
We’re horrible with updating this thing over here, but we’ve got 2 Utrecht shows coming up. On April 25 we will be supporting Strike Anywhere and Petrol Girls at EKKO. On October 6 we will be supporting the godfathers of European political hardcore punk and true friends in Adhesive at De Helling. We are extremely stoked! Hopefully we’ll be able to announce more awesome shows soon!