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The Spades


1999 - current




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The Spades

Rock band from the city of Eindhoven that plays speed rock in the tradition of Peter Pan Speedrock en 7Zuma7. In 2002 the Spades release Learning The Hard Way (Not To Fuck With The Spades).
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Denvis   gitaar, zang

Former members

Sander van Baalen   drums
Vincent Koreman   gitaar
Mark Trash   drums
John Peate   gitaar
G. Charger   drums
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Biography The Spades

Rock band from the city of Eindhoven that plays speed rock in the tradition of Peter Pan Speedrock en 7Zuma7. In 2002 the Spades release Learning The Hard Way (Not To Fuck With The Spades).


When the Wank-A-Lots break up, members Denvis and Dick and G Charger form the Spades. They are later joined by ex-7Zuma7 guitarist John Peate. The group's style holds the middle between that of Dead Boys, the Stooges and the New York Dolls.



Mark Trash replaces G.Charger in April. The group's first single, Friday Night, comes out. In November John Peate is replaced by Barry Black and Enus.

69 Charger


Drummer Mark Trash has to make way for Son of a Cop.


The Spades record their full-length debut, Learnin' The Hard Way (Not To Fuck With The Spades), with Vincent Koreman and Perry Leenhouts from the Travoltas. The Spades keep being mysterious about their background. The cover of the album shows five black men. Press releases have announced that at least one band member has been involved with the police. Again a new drummer joins the band: Ries, who previously played in straight edge bands like Reaching Forward. The Spades receive an Essent Award music award and an invitation to play at the 2003 edition of South By Southwest.

B.G.K. JudasVille Loveslug The Nitwitz Travoltas Vitamin X


The Spades Early in the year the band tours Germany (partly as support act for the UK Subs). In March the band can be seen at the South by South West (SXSW) music conference in Austin Texas. Following that the Spades will travel to Seattle to record four songs with Jack Endino (producer of Nirvana's Bleach and one of the most renowned producers of the Seattle scene). In April the band tours France. After guitarist Barry Black has left the band Vincent 'Vice' Koreman (Travoltas) joins them for a summer tour. The Spades play the Lowlands festival and in September Learnin' The Hard Way... comes out in the US on the indie label GoKart. In October and November the Spades go to the States to promote the album.



The adventures of Sir Denvis Wankalot are televised by pubcaster VPRO's popular website 3voor12. After constant arguments guitarist Tony Slug leaves the band. The remaining band members have lost the appetite to look for a replacement. Denvis does some solo gigs in Zürich, Switzerland. On July 27 the Spades debut album Learnin' The Hard Way is released Stateside on GoKart.


The Spades For the second time in their career (after 2003) the Spades are invited for a showcase in March at South By South West (SXSW), the annual music conference in Austin, Texas. They open the show at a packed Red-Eyed Fly with a stunning cover of Hocus Pocus by Focus. After SXSW the band cuts a four-track session with Jim Diamond (Dirtbombs) in his Detroit studio. At home the band plays at the Black Motorcross in Halle, organised by Jovink en de Voederbietels. Spades guitarist Veetje and singer Richard Plukker (ex-Candybar Planet) play in the band Gold Sputtered Membranes (GSM).

Jovink & The Voederbietels


The Relapse label (US) releases a split single by the Spades with Toronto's Maximum RNR. The Spades contribute with the tracks CCCP Motherfucker and Get Outta Line. In October both bands tour Canada and the US. Denvis releases his solo album Coming Home. It's a singer/songwriter album in a Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes style. Denvis has written eight out of the 11-track set. Furthermore he covers Tom Waits and The Nerds. With journalist Leon Verdonschot he performs live at Lowlands in August.



On the band's new album Above The Law & Below The Belt (April) The Spades make use of a horn section, keyboards and female backing vocals. The album is released through Drugmoney Records, which is owned by Denvis. The line-up of the band on this record is: Denvis, Vee (guitar), Rule nr. 1 (guitar), Frank Drank (bass) and Pit Maypole (drums). The Spades also record a song with former PSV Eindhoven footballer Björn van der Doelen. Former keyboard player Arno Landsbergen composes music for theatre, film and commercials and also releases the album Dirty Rock under the name Ammo. Dirty Rock contains rock-influenced tracks recorded in the period 2004-2008. The title track is also released as a 7”.


Denvis and The Spades again go on a farewell tour, this time for the very last time. The Rock'N Roll Revue 2009, together with Fury161, The Deaf, Ottoboy and DJ Dikke Dennis, kicks off on 1 May and ends on 3 July in hometown Eindhoven. The band's final line-up consists of Denvis, Pit Maypole (drums), Frank 'Drank' Kimenai (bass), Roel 'Rule no. 1' Blommers (guitar) and Björn 'The Talent' van der Doelen (guitar). The band is joined on stage by Claxon Five horn section (from Let's Quit). On 26 August journalist Leon Verdonschot (1973) presents his first book Denvis, a rock novel based on the life of singer Denvis.

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