See you soon in 2022
Check all recorded music of Zwardsick on: zwardsick.bandcamp.com
Fast-forward again: Arie, Rick, Bill, Aad and Philip continue to smash genre boundaries, new songs, new sound. We will be back soon!
Gary (59) has passed away. Gary Spencer played guitar and mandolin at Zwardsick(jam) from 2003 to 2016.
Fast-forward to 2021: Zwardsick is leaner, meaner, wilder and crunchier. Arie, Rick and Bill continue to smash genre boundaries in compelling and unpredictable ways. You never quite know what to expect – other than high-energy live performances.
Paul packed up his megaphone and moved on to the gentler terrain of point south.
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Rick Potma: drums, percussion, clarinet, sound samples
Arie van Duijvenvoorde: double bass, vocals
Bill Nagel: saxophones, clarinets, electronics
Aad Zuijderduijn: guitar, electronics
Philip Hayden: voice
Zwardsick originated in 2003 as Zwardsick Jam, a reunion of the 1980s punk/jazz/rock trio MiMiCri mimicri.bandcamp.com (Arie van Duijvenvoorde, Aad Zuijderduijn and Hans Loos). The idea was to develop avant-garde rock inspired by ’70s out luminaries like Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa, Pere Ubu, Soft Machine, and Henry Cow, using jams and improvisations as the foundation.
The original Zwardsick lineup featured Arie on double bass and organ, Aad on guitar, Hans on drums, and British imports Paul Eckersley on vocals and Gary Spencer on guitar and mandolin. This lineup produced three recordings: #001 (EP, 2005); Skin (CD, 2007); and Burdock Bubbles (CD, 2010).
After a decade-long run, Aad and Hans left the band in 2013. In their place came Floris van Bergeijk on guitar and keys and Rick Potma on drums; this lineup recorded an unreleased EP. In 2014, Floris was replaced by reedman Bill Nagel. At some point, Gary vanished like one of Spinal Tap’s drummers and Paul packed up his megaphone and moved on to the gentler terrain of point south. For a short time Gary was replaced by rockgitarist Bas van Erkel.
Fast-forward: Zwardsick is leaner, meaner, wilder, and crunchier. Arie, Rick and Bill continue to smash genre boundaries in compelling and unpredictable ways. You never quite know what to expect – other than high-energy live performances.