It’s real hard to put into words how much I appreciated all the help we got from fans around the world. The friends made and the experiences I had are just unbelievable which is just one of the reasons for sharing so many of them with everyone right here…
One guy that sticks out a bit more than the rest is Paul from the Netherlands. Before Paul started his own band, the Paceshifters, he toured with the Supersuckers at the ripe old age of 16. With his parents and a permission, slip from his
school, he jumped in the bus. Not just once either. It might sound crazy that the Greatest Rock N Roll Band in the World would have a 15 year old on a Tour Bus through Europe but it made perfect sense to me. This was just part of how we did things… Paul was a huge fan, eager to learn and able to tackle any task with a smile. I could tell right away that he was drawn to the stage. He was always watching the band and absorbing any lick Rontrose might toss out of aMarshall. Paul had aspirations of being in a band so what an education he’d receive from us. In fact, he documented some of it here…
Q: Touring with the Supersuckers provided you with an incredible experience at such a young age…. What were a few things that you learned from us that you were able to apply to the Paceshifters?
Well this might sound a bit strange, but the most important lesson I learned from the experience is: It isn’t all fun!
At first I was a bit surprised that my parents let me go on a trip with The Supersuckers of course during some years especially Rontrose had become a close friend of ours but still..
Looking back I know they wanted me to learn that the Rock n Roll business wasn’t just fun , like I could see on TV, but that especially for the Underground Rock n Roll which the Supersuckers are, is serious hard work! And that is what I learned most from the trip. It is hard work! I mean you have to work hard!!
I was just sixteen when I had to get some working experience for my school. We were just on our way to a Supersuckers show in Nijmegen (the Netherlands) when I thought “why can’t I ask Ron to work for the Supersuckers for some time:-) So that is is exactly what I did… When the show was done Ron came over for some smalltalk and I just popped the question… “Ron, I have to get some working experience for school… can I work for you? Be your guitar-tech or something?…. Uhhhhh well…… Sure! But I have to check with Chris first… After Chris took 3 seconds to think about it, everything was set in stone. I was going on tour with the Greatest Rock n Roll Band in The World for SIX WEEKS!!
I had to work hard! I mean, I was used to lying on the couch with the remote in my hand… Long drives, little sleep, heavy cabinets, some good and a lot of bad food.. And some stuff I’d like to keep to myself… But I loved it! I wanna be in a band! And work harder than I ever did in my life..
And of course my English wasn’t all that… And some people go to a monastery for some weeks to learn a language… I went six weeks on the road with a Rock n Roll band to learn the “real” street language.. Which would you prefer:-) Now I formed my own band Paceshifters and I am the main lyric writer…
Q: When the Paceshifters toured with the Supersuckers what were a few things that you learned that you took to your own band?
Well I think the most valuable lesson is what I learned from Chris and I think that is also the main issue on Rockonomics… FANS FIRST! You have to take care of the fans. You wanna be in a Rock n Roll band, you want to tour the world? Then you have to get yourself some fans that are willing to pay a little money to see you perform and hopefully buy a little merchandise so you can pay for gas to get to the next show… It is fun!, is the best job in the world, but you need fans otherwise you can’t afford to tour!
So this is what we took to Paceshifters… Ask fans which shirt design they would like to have and provide them. Have a list at shows where fans can provide their email, so you can keep them up to date on the band. Get and keep in touch with them.. After the show get to the merchandise stand as quick as you can for some personal contact. It is fun for the fans and fun for us… and learn from the fans what they like and what they don’t..
When you visit a city on a holiday you can walk around and see the buildings and history. And when you are touring there is hardly time to do that, but when you are touring you can get to know the people that live in the city a little bit… which is probably even better.
Q: Any particular entertaining Supersuckers story you’d like to share?
Well a lot of things happened… I could tell stories about snowball fights…, drinking bouts, things written on people when they were asleep…, almost getting into a fight with a Hells Angel…, but what stands out for me the most is the Vera show in Groningen (the Netherlands) in 2009 that was the show where we released our Split CD with the Supersuckers and we (Paceshifters) got to play with Rontrose… He recorded our song “Do whatever it takes” with us for the Split cd in our attic and decided to do it live with us.. The moment I asked him on stage to join us is something I will remember my whole life! I can try to tell you how I felt, but I really can’t put it into words. Just watch:
Q: Tell me a little bit about the Paceshifters and what to expect this fall?
Well about Paceshifters… Things are going fast!!
In june 2008 my brother Seb and I wanted to start a band together and found a drummer Koen to join us. And the first song we wrote was about missing a Supersuckers show in Canada because of our age.. And two months later Rontrose stayed at our home for a week, to be able to visit a Hellacopters show, and recorded that song “Do Whatever it Takes” with us. And six months later the song (along with 2 Supersuckers’ and 2 other Paceshifters’ songs) was on a Split CD. Then we did some shows in England and the Netherlands supporting Nashville Pussy and the Supersuckers! And later we even had the awesome experience of touring Europe with Eddie Spaghetti with his solo shows. And even acted as Eddie’s backup band on 4 or 5 songs every night. Which we owe Chris Neal for BIGTIME cause it was his idea!
After that we asked Peter van Elderen (from Peter Pan Speedrock) to record our first 7inch (videoclip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2DcItii3fU ).
Then we got on a Dutch nationwide TV show “De Wereld Draait Door”, you could compare it a little bit to being on Letterman, because of our connection with the Supersuckers. And thing started rolling fast:-)
In April we recorded our Debut album, played some of the biggest festivals in The Netherlands and signed a record deal with Suburban Records!!
October 16th we have our CD Releaseshow. The album will be in stores on the 22nd and after that we are touring the Netherlands together with three other bands: Shaking Godspeed, Sunnpimp and Charlie Jones’ Big Band. And in this tour we will visit some of the nicest venues in the country, like: Paradiso, Atak, Bibelot and Hedon to name a few. Oh and just this week we received an email from Mojo Concerts that the singer from Therapy? wants us to support them on both their shows in The Netherlands!! And they are performing the Troublegum album in “De Melkweg” so this might just sell out! How cool is that:-)
We just had an interview last week and the reporter asked us: “How do you guys do it… Every band seems to work hard, but with you guys everything seems to come so easy….”
Well he didn’t understand that we learned a LOT from The Supersuckers and Chris Neal.. And we do work very very hard and love it… and it doesn’t all come easy, but because we do it with a smile it just seems to…
Hope we can someday have our own 20th anniversary show!
For a little preview of our album: www.paceshifters.com
ALSO AS A BONUS!!! CD Giveaway to the first 2 people – see below
16 Oktober Deventer Burgerweeshuis CD Releaseshow
17 Oktober Zomaarpop festival Oirlo
04 November Amsterdam Paradiso
06 November Nieuwendijk Xinix
13 November Enschede Atak
20 November Lierop Nirwana
25 November Haarlem Patronaat
11 December Almere De Meester
17 December Dordrecht Bibelot
07 Januari Venlo Perron 55
22 Januari Lelystad Underground
29 Januari Hoorn Manifesto
05 Februari Veenendaal Escape