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Dutch hardcore scene visualized

UPDATE: There’s a new version of this visualization, check out version 2.

Yordi got in touch with us some time ago to see if were interested in a visualization of the Dutch hardcore scene. At the very least it sounded original, not something I can remember seeing before. So I quickly told him we were interested for sure. The end result is pretty cool, thanks for sharing Yordi! And I’ll let you do the rest of the talking…

Background
“The Dutch hardcore scene is dead”, is a statement I hear a lot while visiting shows around the country.

Since this is quite a subjective thing to conclude, I began wondering if there was possible way to find out what’s going on right now based on facts and figures. This resulted in a little research project I did on the current ‘hardcore climate’ in the Netherlands: all the bands who are currently active in the hardcore scene* structured, analyzed and visualized. The conclusion? It’s hard for me – as a twenty two year old kid – to say if the overall scene based on the number of active bands (slightly more than eighty) is alive or dead in comparison to ten years ago or something. But it’s fun to see that there are big regional and local differences; hardcore bands cluster and merge and that’s something which shows the map very well. For example: there are things happening in Friesland, as well in the Tilburg-area and in Brabant in general. Amsterdam still got some (golden oldies) punk bands around and Nijmegen produces some fine punk(rock).

On the other side; I didn’t find any bands based in Drenthe during my investigation, and the amount of hc-acts in (the southern parts of) Limburg was disappointingly low, especially in comparison to what the MOC-scene used to be.

Anyway, the data visualization gives an insight in what bands are currently active, connected to the city (or region) they’re active in. Is the scene dead? Conclude for yourself. I am just the nerd who’s bringing the facts, figures and some incidental mosh!

*During the research I found out that it’s quite hard to define a proper definition of ‘hardcore’. That’s why I included some bands who are not really playing hardcore (in the veins of Cro-Mags) but can’t be excluded of the list. For example; The Real Danger is obviously not playing hardcore, but they are a necessary addition to the Dutch ‘scene’.

About the viz
The geolocation of a certain band is based on their ‘hometown’ as specified in their bio. The size of the bubble – to indicate the ‘importance’ of a certain band – depends on a little math thingy I did: it’s the sum of the years of existence, the amount of released demos/7”/ep’s/full lenghts plus eventually an qualitative correction. Note that I don’t have a degree in ‘hardcoremathics’ or something, so if a bubble isn’t big enough, well, fine. I probably forgot some bands, if you think a band who’s not in this viz should be included, let me know!

Sources: SWNK, 3voor12, MusicFrom, Friesland Pop, Punx.nl, invididual band sites.
Fullscreen: Fullscreen version of the map.
Download data: the ‘raw data’ sheet (XLS file) and the ‘clean sheet’ in PDF-format, since I got some requests from bookers for a summarized view of the data.

Visualization made by Yordi Dam.

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22 comments

  1. xroldx said on 2013-08-14

    Like!

  2. Tim said on 2013-08-14

    cool! I was working on something similar a while ago, but never finished it – it was a visualization of all bands that descended from Lärm. If I ever finish it, I will submit it here, too…

  3. Just Killing Time said on 2013-08-14

    Very cool, eventhough I’m sure there is a lot missing. For instance, in the Breda area you missed Lockdown, Pigteeth, Bare Hands, uMad and Second East, in Amsterdam I miss The Charm The Fury. Just to name a few. In the MOC, you missed Better Off (but they only just got started again). In Zeeland, All Seemed Lost is now called Run Like Hell and there are new bands like Rites and Bad Ragaz.

    Of course it’s hard to decide what is still hardcore and what isn’t and it’s easy to miss the smaller bands that are more under the radar (like Backbreaker in the Kaatsheuvel area).

    Still, a very cool project.

    Maybe we could think of a way to make this interactive so people can actively add bands (moderated of course)? I’m pretty sure there are more than 80 hardcore related bands in The Netherlands.

    • Pim said on 2013-08-14

      Rik: Of course there are bands missing: “I probably forgot some bands, if you think a band who’s not in this viz should be included, let me know!”

      So yeah, mention them in the comments (preferably with the info that’s also present for the other bands in the visualization) and they’ll get added (in time).

      • Just Killing Time said on 2013-08-14

        Maybe I got a bit carried away with naming bands that Yordi missed. 😉

        But again, VERY cool project.

        • Pim said on 2013-08-14

          I missed them too, because he asked me to check his first list.

          I could only add a band or two and was rather impressed with his list haha. Good to see there are even more bands out there!

  4. ben said on 2013-08-14

    Yeah, and people adding their bands themselves.

    What would be nice perhaps is when people are looking for musicians, then put a red dot on the map. Like I’m starting a band in Zaandam and I need a bassist.

    Anyway, great map!

  5. de schiets said on 2013-08-14

    Very cool map! With lots of possibilities! I think a lot of bands are missing but perhaps I just can’t find them 🙂

    Is it possible to make a search function on it? So I can type the band and then see where it’s on the map.

    Nice work man!!

    • Pim said on 2013-08-14

      There ARE lots of bands missing. That much we know since this morning haha. Next week we’ll do an update with all the feedback we’ve gotten (which is great! Thanks all)

      You could search the PDF / Excel files to see if those bands are on there 😉 I don’t know about an interactive search function. Yordi? Is that possible? (I know it’s possible if we would have handcoded it all, but I’m not sure with these services we’re using now).

  6. Goof said on 2013-08-14

    Cool. But I’m missing this Frisian bands (in alphabetical order):

    0fight8 (https://www.facebook.com/0FIGHT8?ref=profile)
    13 Steps (https://www.facebook.com/13stepshc?ref=profile)
    Ald Sear (https://www.facebook.com/aldsear?ref=profile) hardcore covers with frisian lyrics
    Bad Attitude (https://www.facebook.com/badattitudeLWD?ref=profile) Members Cornered, Pantah, 0fight8
    Coldblooded (https://www.facebook.com/coldbloodedfryslan?ref=profile)
    Elusive Disorder (https://www.facebook.com/ElusiveDisorder?ref=profile) It’s punk.
    Icepick (https://www.facebook.com/IcepickHC?ref=profile) Again some kinda active.
    Pantah (https://www.facebook.com/PANTAHHC?ref=profile) Realy great stuff!!
    Pinheadz (https://www.facebook.com/pages/PINHEADZ/146290685446637?ref=profile) punk from Ameland
    Swim or Drown (https://www.facebook.com/SWIMorDROWN?ref=profile)
    When Walls Collapse (https://www.facebook.com/WhenWallsCollapseOfficial?ref=profile)

    Also I couldn’t find New Morality…

    • Pim said on 2013-08-14

      New Morality is in there (Arnhem).

      No idea about the others, but we’ll have a look, thanks!

      • Goof said on 2013-08-14

        Found it! Stupid me was looking for Arnhem south of Nijmegen instead north of it…

  7. Moss said on 2013-08-14

    You also forgot (from Utrecht), John Coffey and Mary Fields.

  8. Moss said on 2013-08-14

    Oh and My City Burning, from Amsterdam!
    Gnadab en Galbak, allebei uit Alphen a/d Rijn.
    Divine Sins uit Hilversum/Amsterdam.
    En leefde Gewapend Beton niet ook nog?
    Through The Struggle uit Nijmegen
    The Paceshifters uit Wijhe (niet echt hardcore meer keigoeie speedrock die te gek te boeken is met hardcorebands)
    Verder is mijn brein zo ook ff leeg.

    • Tim said on 2013-08-14

      Gewapend beton zijn sinds een maand of 2 gestopt, volgens mij met bijna dezelfde bezetting door als death alley.

    • Dennis said on 2013-08-14

      ah, you beat me in mentioning Galbak and Gnadab… 🙂

  9. The Threat said on 2013-08-14

    From the Heart (www.facebook.com/from.the.heart.hc) Oud-Beijerland (Rotterdam area)

  10. Tim said on 2013-08-14

    Ik mis sowieso Pigteeth en Sex drive.

  11. plaguesplagues said on 2013-08-14

    Thanks for the respons everybody! Good to see that a lot of you are willing to contribute to this visualizaition, since my goal’s as well to make a complete summary of what’s going on in the Dutch ‘hardcore’ scene at the moment.

    I clearly forgot a lot of bands (some of them are included but linked to the wrong location, such as Sex Drive or some are ‘trapped’ in some weird software bugs such as 0Fight8 and Pantah) but I’m going to add them as soon as possible. Anyway, thanks for checking the data viz out, completing it where needed! A v1.2 will be uploaded next week I guess 🙂

  12. Crash Landing Records said on 2013-12-07

    I like the initiative. Thanks for the effort. And I would like to add:
    My own bands:
    Dirty east godverdomme – zwolle facebook.com/dirtyeastgodverdomme (90’s metalcore/clevo/mosh)
    Black water sharks – zwolle facebook.com/blackwatersharks (short fast and loud)

    And of course fucking:
    Dominatör – den haag http://www.haildominator.com (trshmtl)

    More from zwolle: teethgrinder and running late