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.


Hollowlands vinyl is out!

We have received the first batch of limited white vinyl LP’s, and they’re awesome! We have started shipping, and those of you who pre-ordered will be receiving your LP’s soon!

Welcome in 2017…

Happy new year everyone!!!

We have some exciting plans for 2017! Not only will we be supporting the Satanic Surfers and The Real McKenzies on a few shows, but we will also head to the UK for a small tour with Skaciety (UK), playing some cool venues, as well as the Bearded Theory and Nice ‘n’ Sleazy Festivals! Stay tuned for more news and shows…

HOLLOWLANDS full-length OUT NOW!!!

Our first record Hollowlands is out now!!!!


So there it is, our first full length album is ready to go!! If you want a digipack-CD you can order one from us here. The vinyl freaks will have to wait a little bit longer. But your patience will be rewarded since it will be released on white vinyl (500pcs), and you can pre-order one if you’d like. Alternatively, get the digital version of the album here.

We hope you’ll enjoy the record as much as we did making it!


A big thanks to Ring Of Fire Records, Nextpunk Records and Bad Granola Records for helping out with this release.If


If you live in Germany and want to save some bucks, contact Ring Of Fire Records for a copy. If you live in the United Kingdom contact Bad Granola Records and if you live in Switzerland or Italy contact Nextpunk Records for a copy!


TOMORROW, Dec 16th!!! JUZ Yellowstone show on release day!!!

This is happening tomorrow, on release day!!! Be there!!!


Bitter Grounds store online!

Our store is now online, so your copy of ‘Hollowlands’ (or one of our fine-looking shirts) is just a few clicks away! And just in time for X-mas, too!

‘Hollowlands’ full-length out December 16th & first reviews!

Yes! Our debut album ‘Hollowlands’ will be out officially on December 16th, 2016. Our show with our friends from Antillectual on 28 December will be a release show of sorts. Unfortunately, the vinyl version of the album takes slightly longer to produce and will be out in January 2017.

Check out the first reviews of the album here:

American Oi!

Out of Step Fanzine

Meanwhile, we have a lot of exciting stuff coming up for 2017. The first new shows have been confirmed, and there’s loads more on the way. See you around!