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Hank Muddley Power Quartet

Hank Muddley Power Quartet

Hank Muddley Power Quartet


See www.hmpq.nl Only a few people know that the HANK MUDDLEY POWER QUARTET took off in 2003 as a trio, the Hank Muddley Power Trio, featuring Olivier van Till (bass), Roland de Vlam (guitar/lead vocals) and Joost Wolzak (drums). At the time they were still the backbone of Buffalo Harry & the Swingkings, the self proclaimed 'worst band in the world'. When the Swingkings went in their (still continuous) hibernation, the three men decided focus on the music they really wanted to play: Genuine Rock. Read more on Last.fm
See www.hmpq.nl Only a few people know that the HANK MUDDLEY POWER QUARTET took off in 2003 as a trio, the Hank Muddley Power Trio, featuring Olivier van Till (bass), Roland de Vlam (guitar/lead vocals) and Joost Wolzak (drums). At the time they were still the backbone of Buffalo Harry & the Swingkings, the self proclaimed 'worst band in the world'. When the Swingkings went in their (still continuous) hibernation, the three men decided focus on the music they really wanted to play: Genuine Rock. As they have put it in numerous interviews: 'we wanted to Rock, but within the Swingkings there was nowhere to Roll'. In those days they got to learn about Hank Muddley, the infamous rocker from the '70s who died under mysterious circumstances on the same day Elvis died.

Determined to preserve the name and legacy of Hank Muddley, they started jamming in late night heavy metal bars and getting their teeth kicked out. That same year they ran into Albert Deinum (lead guitar) at some wild party who suggested the Trio to record their first album at the Op 't Hof Productions studio in Hilversum. At that time, Albert was selling his honor cheap, playing in some pitiful '80s-cover-sissy's-band on weddings and funerals, which was nowhere near decent Rock 'n Roll. So when the Trio asked Albert to play along in the recording sessions, he didn't really have a choice. 'Looking back', Olivier recollects, 'the day Albert plugged in and started playing with us, we knew we were kicking booty Heavy Duty.

It was like a shotgun exploding in your face. Hank would've been proud.' 'At last', Roland adds, there was somebody in the band who actually knew what he was playing, the rest of us was really just making as much noise as reasonably possible.' 'As a Quartet we now rocked like a f*cking rollercoaster, man', says Joost, 'It feels like 20 year old piledriver in your pants'. 'There's no band like HMPQ', Albert knows, 'I've played with the finest musicians in this country, but they all start weeping and calling for their Mama's when they hear Genuine Rock. They're useless, really.

HMPQ sends them home like crying babies.' The rest, as they say, is history: the Trio became a Quartet and recorded their remarkable debut album The Greatest Nuts Vol.1. Songs on the album are instant-classics such as 'Revolver', '(Don't wanna go) Back to you' and of course the powerful 'Brass Nuts (I don't feel a thang)'. In the Summer of 2005, HMPQ finished recording their SECOND ALBUM suitably called Vol.2. In February 2004, HMPQ performed live on stage in a legendary concert in the Desmet Studio's in Amsterdam. People from all over the continent came to see this new Rock 'n Roll phenomenon, only a handful of them were lucky enough to get a ticket to see the show.

On the 12th of November 2005 HMPQ returned to the same venue and presented its second album Vol.2. On this occasion the bar at Desmet reached its all time turnover record, which more or less says it all. On February, 3rd, 2007 the HMPQ performed live on KENYA ROCK? (Yes we can!), a special benefit concert to raise funds to build schools for the children in Kenya. On this evening they presented their third album TIRED OF SIN . In September 2008, the Quartet toured the Deep South of United States of America as a trio during the 'Redneck Revenge Tour' which took them from Tennessee, through Alabama, Florida Panhandle, Louisiana, Mississippi and back to Tennessee.

You can find some footage of that tour on this website in the video segment. In Clarksdale, MS., the band recorded the album Shooting our way out. In the Spring of 2009 the band went back to the Domburg Recording Studios where they recorded their fifth album Randall's Farm Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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