With a truckload of musical experience, Douwe, Sander, Gertjan and Barry formed a brand new band – one that radiates unbridled punk energy. The four had each toured the world with Death Alley, Birth of Joy, and Vanderbuyst, but those heavier sounds now give way to the pure pleasure and catchy tunes of Splinter.

Birth of Death was the title of the joint farewell tour of Birth of Joy and Death Alley – a tour that ended in a sold-out Paradiso (Amsterdam) in early 2019. Only a few months later, the death of these two heavyweights of the Dutch underground would result in the birth of something new. Together with drummer Barry (of hard rock outfit Vanderbuyst, which disbanded in 2015), singer Douwe and guitarist Sander (Death Alley) seduced organist Gertjan (Birth of Joy) into starting a new rock super group: Splinter.

The most important thing for us was to capture pure energy and directness in our music again,” Douwe says. This energy creates electrifying songs that are instantly catchy and new, even if the sound is an unorthodox mix of rock from different eras. In short: Splinter is fresh and danceable rock – with a Hammond organ. 




Friday 26 May