Sweet Grounds!

The first half of 2018 is looking very good already! Of course we’ll be playing lots of shows in Germany, but this spring we will also play more shows in the Netherlands. Besides, we’ll be visting Poland for two shows in the beginning of June. The middle of 2018 will see the release of our second full-length album, so expect an update on the artwork and some new merchandise sometime soon. We’re looking forward to it all!

The end is nigh!

…. of 2017 that is. For Bitter Grounds the end is nowhere in sight! On the contrary, this December we’re recording 9 brand new songs for our second full length album. We dare say it’s gonna be a rock hard hitter!

Come check us out and have a drink at our last shows for 2017 (or check the show section for 2018):
– 28 dec. @ AJZ Bahndamm, Wermelskirchen (DE)
– 29 dec. @ Hafenklang, Hamburg (DE)
– 30 dec. @ The Clash, Berlin (DE)

See you there!

We’re back!

Hey everyone, we’re back home! We had a great time and played some amazing shows. We met cool people and saw cool places, from the sunny and beautiful Punk Rock Holiday festival to the DIY underground shows in Eastern Germany. A big thanks to everyone who helped us out and of course everyone who came to see us and had a drink with us! See you all next time!

Special thanks to: Muttis Booking, SBÄM, Petar Meier, Punkoiska Franconia, MUFT Münchner Union zur Förderung von Talenten e.V., Stanley Star Promotion, Tom Ka, Punk Rock Holiday, Stefan and Robin from the Clash Berlin.

See ya on the road!

We´re almost off on our Tour, so see you people out on the road! We´re very excited about seeing new places, meeting people, and generally having a great time. Oh, and rock your socks off, needless to say. Come watch us play and share some beers with us!!!

Summer tour 2017!!!

Hey everyone! We’re excited to announce our summer tour through Germany and Eastern Europe. Check it out in the shows section! (And yes, we will play TWO shows on August 5th.) See you on the road!!!

New merch

We have two new T-shirt designs available in our store. We now also cater to the ladies!


Bitter Grounds & Department S (UK) join forces!

Friends! We’ve got more exciting dates for you! In September we’ll be playing three shows with our friends (and great band) from the UK: Department S! The Establishment (great band from Utrecht/Nijmegen featuring ex-members of Bratpack, Antidote, Beans and Citizens Patrol) will join us for the first two shows. The mighty Tusky (ex-John Coffey), also from our hometown Utrecht, will be joining us in dB’s Utrecht! See you there!


Bitter Grounds + Department S showdown:
7 Sep – Don’t Panic, Essen (DE) (BG + Dept S + Establishment)
8 Sep – dB’s, Utrecht (NL) (BG +Dept S + Tusky + Establishment)
9 Sep – TBA


Check out the shows section for further details!


Well that was fuckin’ great!

We had a plast these past few weeks, playing our awesome hometown (and sold out) venue dB’s with The Real McKenzies and The Toasters, the ‘Kabaal’ stage at the Liberation Day festival in Wageningen (NL), and sold out shows in Münster and Köln (DE) with The Satanic Surfers and our mates from DAMNIAM. Good times! Thanks so much to everyone involved! Check out the photos section for some cool shots! See you next time!

UK tour update

Yes! All dates for the UK tour with Skaciety in May 2017 are now final. Check ’em out!

First reviews are in…

‘Hollowlands’ is already getting some great reviews. Check out some quotes below!


American Oi! (NL): “Punk, ska and dirty reggae melts both energy and anxiety perfectly together, making “Hollowlands” a highly addictive rollercoaster ride you just keep on listening to!”


Away From Life (DE) (translated from German): “Bitter Grounds present great singalong punk rock with an offbeat attack and, with ‘Hollowlands’, present one of the most varied and innovative punk rock albums of the past few years, which really never gets boring.”


Colorado Punk Rock Army (USA): “This album is like a breath of fresh air for punk rock and ska. […] This band from the Netherlands will get your head moving and brain thinking again.”


Crazy United (DE) (Translated from German): “Since the 90s [the guys in Bitter Grounds] have been playing punk rock and ska in various bands, either together or separately. With this new band, they start things off at an incredibly high level.”


Dying Scene (USA): “The 11-track record is classic”


Issue Punk Zine (UK): ”…this particular CD is fantastic. […] I really can’t overstate how good the production qualities are and what a pleasure it is to listen to.”


Out of Step fanzine (BE): “With its rough around the edges and raw streetpunk sound mixed with ska and reggae, Bitter Grounds offer a very attractive, addictive and divers sound from melodic punk rock fury to more soulful reggae vibes. Spiced up with a dose of frustration, anxiety, … it gives the songs a darker vibe, unlike the more traditional skapunk, leaving a bitter taste in your mouth at times. I hope this band has a good future ahead because this debut is certainly well done.”


OX fanzine (DE) (Translated from German): “…the level here is consistently high. Above all, they do not play this talentless bouncy ska-punk, which was so badly rampant in the nineties. […] A class band with inspired lyrics – I hope these Dutchmen will often find their way into nearby Germany in the future.”


Punk Online (UK): “Make no mistake, these boys are damn good. We listened to a number of excellent albums in 2016 but this one from Bitter Grounds is right up there with the best of them.”


Upstarter (USA): “Boom! Ska-tinged punk rock fired like a rocket out of Netherlands. […] 11 smashing tracks that are simultaneously, a breath of fresh air, and a nod to late 90’s punk / ska punk. […] Check this shit out. It’s got all things that are good.”


And – for the sake of balance – yes, there was also a relatively neutral review. To each their own, of course, so here it is below.


Punk Rock Theory (BE): While there really isn’t anything bad to say about songs like the Rancid-esque “Human Touch” or the melodic punk of “Life Of Violence”, I would like to hear them switch gears within the same song as well. [Sorry, we won’t – BG] Now it’s either one or the other, which definitely isn’t bad, but it makes for a less cohesive album. 

In short, “Hollowlands” is a decent album that shows a band with more than enough skills, but also a band still looking for a sound that is all their own. Seeing as they managed to crank out a full-length with some solid tuneage in less than a year, I’m sure they will get there soon enough.