Monthly Archives: June 2010

A Tribute to Mathijs: Top 5 Songs!

Now that guitarist Mathijs Peeters is leaving The Gasoline Brothers, I’ve decided to compile a Top 5 of Gas Bros’ songs that reflect Mathijs’ versatility and skills. Some of you may know that Mathijs was nominated for ‘Best Guitarist’ at the annual Duiveltjes Awards (by the Dutch Music Center MCN). Deservedly so, I might add. Here’s a very personal top 5. Which – of course – can be downloaded for free.

1. 2-5 Tuesday
One of the finest tracks of our 2nd album Tsk!, 2-5 Tuesday is a perfect example of Mathijs’ soloing style. Check that outburst of guitar joy starting at 4.20 min.

2. Montgomery Hughes

Our 1st album Hm! was a bit more jangly and twangy than Tsk! Especially Montgomery Hughes, which can be characterized as a murder ballad of sorts, reflected that. In this song, Mathijs demonstrates his talent for rootsy guitar stuff. I love it!

3. In Our Town

Mathijs is also very good at ‘colouring’ songs. He rarely plays too many notes. If the song requires simple guitar work, that’s what he will play. Our latest single In Our Town is a good example. In this song, Mathijs simpy plays very tasty arpeggios. And boy, do they sound great in this song! Judge for yourself!

4. Send the Husky

The very first song The Gasoline Brothers ever wrote and recorded. The original demo recording that was done in Roel’s living room, had a fantastic guitar track by Mathijs. Played straight from the heart and full of energy and wit. When we re-recorded the song at Mailmen Studio, we decided to use the original demo guitar part because it was so spot-on and energetic. It’s probably my favourite Mathijs’ part ever.

5. Sleeping Pills and Asteroids

When asked about The Gasoline Brothers’ top song, most people will mention this one. In the early days of the band, Mathijs came up with the cool riff that opens the song. After he played it, we joined in and within an hour we had written this song. It’s anthemic, alternative, energetic and uplifting. Please play it loud, as this song truly shows Mathijs’ talent as a rock guitar player!

Thanks Mathijs!

Gitarist Mathijs Peeters verlaat The Gasoline Brothers

Mathijs Peeters quits the bandMathijs Peeters stopt per 1 juli 2010 als gitarist van The Gasoline Brothers. De Utrechtse band gaat voorlopig als driemanschap verder.

‘Voor mij was de rek er uit’, zegt Mathijs Peeters. ‘Dat gevoel had ik al een tijdje. We hebben net een hele toffe periode achter de rug en daarom is dit voor mij het juiste moment om mijn beslissing bekend te maken. Of er nog een afscheidsoptreden komt? Nee, voor mij is het goed zo.’

Natuurlijk zijn zanger/gitarist Roel Jorna, drummer Léon Geuyen en bassist André Wierenga teleurgesteld. ‘Met het vertrek van Mathijs sluiten we natuurlijk iets heel moois af’, zegt Léon Geuyen, ‘maar dat wil niet zeggen dat we klaar zijn met deze band. Voorlopig gaan we wel even in onderduikmodus. We blijven met zijn drieën gewoon liedjes schrijven en opnemen. Of en wanneer we die aan de rest van de wereld laten horen, weten we nog niet. Dat zien we dan wel weer.’

Collector’s items

Voor geïnteresseerden: het debuut Hm!, tweede album Tsk! en single In Our Town zijn nog steeds te koop op cd. Mail de band als je belangstelling hebt voor een exemplaar. En denk erom: het worden collector’s item, want het zijn de enige geluidsdragers waarop je The Gasoline Brothers in originele bezetting kunt horen…

Summary in English: Guitarist Mathijs Peeters quits The Gasoline Brothers
Guitarist Mathijs Peeters has decided to quit The Gasoline Brothers. As of July 1st, The Gasoline Brothers wil continue as a threepiece – until a new guitar player is found. Mathijs Peeters says he feels he has run out of gas within this band. Remaining members Roel Jorna, Léon Geuyen and André Wierenga are of course disappointed with Peeters’ decision, although they fully respect it. ‘We hate to see Mathijs leave’, says Geuyen, ‘but we’re not done with this band yet. We feel we still have a good number of cool songs in us. We’ll continue to write and record new songs, we just don’t know when we will be ready to show them to the world.’