89-07-09 Pietje Roze Konin… – Dreft – Silly Old Fart

Posted: November 15, 2012 in VV 1989
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As far as I know, this was the very first gig at the Vort’n Vis…

‘Pietje Roze Konin’ en de Zeven Gèssprietjes’ (Pete the Pink Rabbit & the Seven Grass-blades), from Menen (between Kortrijk en Ieper) were A bunch of lads who just picked up some instruments to make “a mess”: Vincent Windels (drums), Rudy Denis & later Karel Lauwers (guitar), Kurt Deprez (bass), Jeroen Lauwers (screams; later replaced by Wim Vandekerckhove & Sacha Baelen). Some of them would later end up in ‘Shortsight’ and ‘Blindfold’. I found an interview with them in Jimyh Anti’s zine (see below)…

‘Dreft’, from the Izegem-Kortrijk area, started out as a grindcore band. They were: Dominik ‘Nolf’ Denolf (vocals), Pascal ‘Scalle’ Desplancke (vocals), Sammy (guitar), ‘Mosh’ (bass), ‘Narre’ (drums). Gradually they evolved towards a death-metal sound. Later Erwin took over the guitar, and in an even later stage ‘U.J.’ played bass and ‘Josh’ Joost Noyelle guitar. ‘Scalle’ was a mate of Hans Verbeke and ‘U.J.’. I got to know them when my band ‘Repulsives’ played in Harelbeke. They sold these Westland stickers – in analogy with Hageland Hardcore. But some people incorrectly linked the name with Westland New Post… But that’s another story… I think the singer of my second band (‘Yuppies’ Death’), Joost, also hung out with them in places like pubs Het Rond Vierkant and De Reflex in Kortrijk.

‘Silly Old Fart’ were a rather noisy gang from Ieper: David Stubbe (later ‘Neuthrone’, etc.) & Fabrice Baclet (‘Neuthrone’) on bass, along with Vinnie & Davy Letiere both on vocals. See also 89-09-16.


I was the drummer of ‘Silly Old Fart’ (and the band-logo designer) at the time. Vinnie was the singer, I’m not sure of the other name mentioned…

Jan Moerman

The line-up with ‘Nolf’ & ‘Scalle’ (Sammy, Kris M. & ‘Narre’) was from 85 to 88…With Erwin (without ‘Nolf’ & ‘Scalle’) was from 88 to 92. ‘Josh’ & ‘U.J.’ joined in 92.

Kris ‘Mosh’(terd)

‘Dreft’ promo-pic ’89: Erwin – Narre – Mosh – Sammy

Davy Letiere who used to sing for ‘S.O.F.’ now runs a pub opposite of the Vort’n Vis, called The Old Bill (aiming at catering English tourists).

Tim ‘Nutje’ Denutte, ‘Neuthrone’ bassplayer

‘Pietje Roze Konin’, ‘Dreft’ and ‘Silly Old Fart’ together on a bill: it is clear that finding a silly band-name was a must when you wanted to start a band by the end of the 80s. It was summer so the concert took place in the yard. I don’t think that a band such as ‘Pietje Roze Konin’ would be able to get a gig anywhere nowadays, not even at the Vort’n Vis. Let’s say that that was the charm of that period. It would take a few years until teenagers would lock themselves up in rehearsal-spaces to produce technically better music, but until then there was indeed space for messy bands such as ‘Pietje’. We also still had to wait a bit for the straight-edge and corresponding posterboy-bands.

What I recall of this day is e.g. that a few members of ‘Pietje Roze Konin’ (that would later play in ‘Blindfold’) had an airy discussion about vegetarianism, which they didn’t seem to like. A few years later they would however spread a totally different message with their new band.

‘Dreft’ was quite a sensation to us. Sometimes a lighter was pulled to set something on fire. But eventually the hooligan-rhetoric only brings oblivion; I can ‘t remember what kind of things they pulled of that afternoon in the Vort’n Vis yard. The hypnotising, affable smile of drummer ‘Narre’ still lingers after all these years. I was indeed a fan of ‘Silly Old Fart’ back then, saw a few good pub-shows by them. I don’t think that they lasted long after this: it was rather clear that the musical preferences within the band were rather divergent.

Karel Lauwers

I wasn’t there, no idea why actually… I co-founded ‘Pietje’, did a gig at Het Rond Vierkant in Kortrijk (August 1988); after that some time on guitar for a few weeks (one gig, Sep/Oct 1990).

Jeroen Lauwers

  1. Karel Lauwers says:

    The best memories I have related to the Vort’n, are about the poetry-evenings that were organised in the beginning…

  2. Brob Tilt! says:

    Dreft live 89-06-25

  3. Jan Claus says:

    As far as I remember the singer of ‘Silly Old Fart’ wasn’t Davy Litière (who now runs the Old Bill Pub), but Vincent Dethoor (who is the co-organizer of Shadowplay Gothic Festival). [Brob: It was Tim Denutte who told me Davy sang…]

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