johan visschers

music

SHOWS yes, it shows. sometimes.


MUSIC Resonanz (e t f records 2021) also available on any musicplatform such as Spotify, iTunes, Deezer and much more

Hide and Low (e t f records 2017)

I Am Not Scared (e t f records 2015) also available on cassette limited edition – hand drawn!

On Air (e t f records 2013)

“Dance!” (Inner City Grit records 2010) unfortunately not available

Extended Play (Inner City Grit records 2009) unfortunately not available

Sounds For Sure is your stop for any of the physical releases mentioned above, if they are not sold out...


VIDEO Rise (official video)

My Only Sin (official video)

Tiredness Kills (official video)

Blakermat (official video)

One Hundred Twenty Seven (official video)

Fragment.SND (live bootleg)


BIOGRAPHY introduction Solo artist The Weak And The Strong (1999, Rotterdam NL) experiments with various sounds. Expect anything between plain songs and soundscapes. Words in English, Dutch and sometimes even German. Driven by “the ghosts in his head” and inspired by Michael Gira, Joy Division and Velvet Underground.

During live-shows the basic, pure, raw and intense songs are performed by just a voice and a battered acoustic guitar and more recently (and depending on the occasion) the sound on stage changed due to the use of an electric guitar, effect-pedals and a drum machine.

live/performances/achievements – past The Weak And The Strong played many shows in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France and England, including radioshows and venues: Paradiso (Amsterdam) and Bibelot (Dordrecht), but also small theaters, bars, cafes, art-exhibitions, livingrooms, and basically any sort of stage you can think of. The Weak And The Strong supported various bands: De Kift (NL), Cradle FC (NL), Miss Anthropy (UK), jd meatyard (UK), Calvin Party (UK) and Lina Paul (GE) and, besides all this, reached the finals of bandbattles 'Grote Prijs van Zuid Holland' and 'Hou Je Kop Luisterpop'. The Weak And The Strong also performed shows together with musician Selma Peelen and poet Menno Smit: the RAU!-project (2012-early 2014). They played major summer festivals Oerol and De Parade and numerous other Dutch venues were played.

live/performances/achievements – present and future In January 2015 the video 'Blakermat' was released. The short art film (by visual-artist TUHBA) accompanies a Dutch poem written by Johan 'ego echo' Visschers and music by The Weak And The Strong. The video consists of footage shot by The Weak And The Strong and TUHBA plus historical footage of Rotterdam.

The mini album 'I Am Not Scared' saw daylight on 15 June 2015 (etf records). In short: 7 tracks (soundscapes/spoken word) tell the story of a man suffering with amnesia, sitting in his room at night haunted by his inner ghosts.

In October 2017 the two-track recording 'Hide And Low' (etf records) was released continuing the approach of 'I Am Not Scared' but this time based on field recordings instead of plain acoustic sounds.

Apart from the occasional solo performance, The Weak And The Strong and Selma Peelen focus on their band MANKES (www.mankesproject.nl): music, a blend of art, poetry and all kinds of creative forms.

What others say “Sent a shiver down my spine, intimately honest.” – Miss Anthropy “Total raw emotion being beaten out of a battered acoustic guitar.” – PJ Photography “A powerful acoustic performer. Think Tom Waits meets Michael Gira.” – Mike Smith (ICG Records) “Echoes influences from Mark Lanegan, Leonard Cohen and Johnny Cash.” – Marco Polo (Avacate)


UPDATES/CONTACT To subscribe and receive a newsletter (in Dutch) concerning everything regarding The Weak And The Strong, MANKES and all related projects get in touch: egotofix [at@] pm [dot.] me


HUB mankes [current band] cradle fc [previous band – gigs every now and then] ego echo [blog/poetry/stuff] etf records [label + webshop] tuhba [collage-art/mixed media-artist; tw+ts visual: video & photography] jd meatyard [singer songwriter: tw+ts plays percussion on occasion]


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SHOWS Back on the road SOON! Meanwhile enjoy this fine piece of live footage


MUSIC LP Even In This Empty House ICG Records 2010 limited cd release / etf records 2016 digital release [live bootleg]

EP “...until we start again.” etf records 2015 [live bootleg]

EP Porn for Dummies ICG records 2012 / etf records 2021 digital re-release

EP 'Cradle' etf records 1999 / etf records 2021 digital re-release

LP Escape From The End etf records 1997 / etf records 2021 digital re-release

Get your hands on the last physical bits and pieces: Sounds For Sure Amazon

Go fetch yourself some ancient demo's etf records (free download or donation).


VIDEO When Love Is In Your Eyes

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TV Screen


BIOGRAPHY English – in short so you get the idea The band was founded in 1993 by Johan Visschers (vocals, guitar, songwriter) and he was joined by his brother Henk (bass) and Peter Kahmann (drums) in 1996. Since then the band played a lot of venues in the Netherlands, England, Germany, Belgium and France of all sorts, driven by their DIY standards. Cradle FC brings their post punk/alt rock music with pure energy and emotion, straight from the core. Always avoiding the routine, always on the look out for some improv during the set. Keeping it real. Throughout the years the band line up changed every now and then, but in the end the three 1996 members are in it for the long run.

BIOGRAFIE (NL) Sinds 1993 is Cradle FC (tot 2007 Cradle) te vinden op zeer uiteenlopende podia in binnen- en buitenland. Beïnvloed door bands als Joy Division, Swans en Velvet Underground baant de band zich een even veelzijdige als grillige weg door de muziekwereld.

Cradle FC won een aantal low profile-bandwedstrijden en was als voorprogramma te zien van onder andere 16 Horsepower (US), Calvin Party (UK), Avacate (UK), KIN (UK), Mr. Heart (UK), Umphf (UK), Bobbie Peru (UK/US), Feeding Fingers (US), Johan (NL) en Suburbs (NL).

Talloze Nederlandse en Engelse radiostations lieten CFC horen of werden bezocht voor live-sessies en interviews. Met een sterke voorkeur voor het live geluid, nam CFC diverse demo's en live bootlegs op. Bijna alles is uitgebracht via e t f records, maar ook het onafhankelijke Engelse (en inmiddels opgeheven) label Inner City Grit Records bracht muziek van Cradle FC uit.

Door de jaren heen varieert de bandbezetting regelmatig om uiteindelijk weer terug te komen bij de drie bandleden die in 1996 aan de wieg stonden van het zo kenmerkende rauwe en energiek geluid van de band. Het gevolg is dat er na een periode van relatieve stilte, waarbij er op z'n tijd nog een enkel optreden wordt gedaan, eind 2021 wordt besloten dat het de hoogste tijd is om weer meer van de band te laten horen. Er is nu zelfs sprake van een tour in 2022. Of het lukt? De wil is er, nu de hobbelige weg nog.


HUB labels etf records [label + webshop]

related bands/artists the weak and the strong [johan solo] mankes [project selma peelen, the weak and the strong (johan)] ego echo [johan blog/gedichten/proza en meer] jd meatyard [singer songwriter, johan on drums for the first couple of years and still on occasion]


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