Last June I was at the annual D-Day rock and roll festival in Amsterdam. There were bands like THE BEL-AIRS (uk), Mars Attacks (CH), Dale Rocka & The Volcanoes (I/Sicily) The Wildgoners (F), The Be-Bops (B), Mischief! (NL). Unfortunately, one of the bandmembers of Mischief had a terrible motor accident, so their show was cancelled (he is alright now, by the way). Instead a Dutch Rockabilly trio called El Rio Trio played. The other bands were great, very authentic sound and looks. But El Rio Trio’s show was very refreshing with close harmony parts and lots of wild movement on stage. Sweet, but wild. I like that.
Writing for RBO (as we call Rockabilly-online) gives me a good excuse to catch the attention of their long, tall and handsome bassplayer: Bopper.
Bopper, tell me about the birth of your band El Rio Trio
It started after two bands Snakebite, Richards and mine, and the Haystack Hi Tones, Hans and Rolfs, fell apart. Those were the actual bandmembers at the beginning of El Rio Trio.
After Snakebite I gave myself a one year break, after playing for years, until Richard called to tell me they needed a bass player to play a little at Hans’ garage, in North Amsterdam. That’s where our roots are: Amsterdam.
On D-day (an annual Rock and Roll festival in Amsterdam) I heard many people say that you are the best band of all the bands that day. Even the foreign ones. What makes you different?
Ik don’t think that our music is that different, but the way we present ourselves sometimes is. We often hear that it shows we have a good time on stage, and I think that is very important. The fun we have on stage is real! We play purely for ourselves and it is nice to have some people come and watch us and very nice too. 60% of the songs we play are our own, and people like that.
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