Today Dutch webzine 3voor12 posted an article regarding We vs. Death drummer and singer Gerben Houwer who, unfortunately, has decided to leave the band after 10 years of loyal duty. We vs. Death on the other hand is very much alive!
“We vs. Death is very much alive!” Bass player Marten Timan is resolute about the subject. Yes, drummer Gerben Houwer recently quit the band, but that is just the end of a chapter, the end of the first ten years of We vs. Death. When asked about the reason for his departure, Houwer says: “We vs. Death is a very ambitious band and I couldn’t combine that with my busy family life anymore.”
It’s fairly obvious the band has plenty of ambition. The past few years they toured England five times and went to Estonia, Poland and Russia, among others. Even Japan got to know the Utrecht-based post-rock band in 2007. “I am proud of what we’ve been through together”, says Houwer. “The uncompromising music, the musical process and of course the shows, of which the last few were the best if you ask me.” In July this year the band toured with label mates Kismet. Without knowing yet We vs. Death played their last shows with the drummer. “There won’t be a goodbye-concert,” Houwer confirms. “My last show as the drummer of We vs. Death was in Cologne.”
When the irrevocable decision was made, Timan and the other band members put their heads together to discuss the future of the band. “We quickly agreed: we all want to continue.” Thus, We vs. Death is now looking for a new drummer. Someone who feels comfortable with the band and its ambitions, and who has his own sound. Timan stresses: “We are not looking for a copycat of Gerben.”
The band used the past few weeks to write new material and to experiment. “We are trying new things and take the time to reinvent ourselves.” What the future will bring, Timan doesn’t know yet. “At this time we are in writing mode. Hopefully we’ll be back soon with a new line-up. And a new release, of course.”
Thanks to 3voor12Utrecht and writer Daniël Apituley.