Bitter Grounds – biography

Bitter Grounds is a four-piece punk rock and ska band formed in Utrecht, the Netherlands in 2015. Fueled by 90s angst and underground aggression, the band distinguishes itself by perfectly balancing melody and grit, delivering a unique mixture of high energy punk rock and raw pounding ska songs, without losing sight of the essentials of good song writing. Bitter Grounds makes dynamic use of alternating dual vocals, backed up by straightforward guitars, edgy solos and pumping bass lines and drums. Lyrically the band doesn’t subscribe to any particular world-view. Independent in the truest sense, the band doesn’t conform to anything or anyone.

In April 2016 Bitter Grounds recorded their 11-track debut album ‘Hollowlands’ with engineer and producer Menno Bakker at the Amsterdam Recording Company. The record was received enthusiastically by critics and fans as a “breath of fresh air”, and as something that they’ve been missing in punk for a long time. The album got great reviews as one “of the most varied and innovative punk rock albums of the past few years” and was praised as an “instant classic”.

Bitter Grounds has started making name for itself in 2016. Playing their first shows throughout Europe with bands like The Real McKenzies and The Interrupters. The band intensified its schedule in 2017 by joining Muttis booking and playing popular festivals like Punk Rock Holiday (SL) and Nice ‘n’ Sleazy (UK). Shows for 2018 are looking sweet!


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Sander van Dinter : Guitar/Vocals

Ronald Huiskes : Guitar/Vocals

Daan van Bergen : Bass/Backing Vocals

Peter van der Linde : Drums