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In the spring of '94 four friends are talking about their mutual interest: Hardcore Music. They decide it's time to start their own band, playing music they love. One week later Wyb (guitar), Patrick (vocals), Frank (bass) and Richard (drums) get together for their first rehearsal. From then on they are known as Backfire!. In the following weeks they write their first couple of songs, and record them on their first demo titled ''The Last Time''. The reactions are unanimously positive, and when German label ''Lost & Found'' get their hands on a ... Read More

In the spring of '94 four friends are talking about their mutual interest: Hardcore Music. They decide it's time to start their own band, playing music they love. One week later Wyb (guitar), Patrick (vocals), Frank (bass) and Richard (drums) get together for their first rehearsal. From then on they are known as Backfire!. In the following weeks they write their first couple of songs, and record them on their first demo titled ''The Last Time''. The reactions are unanimously positive, and when German label ''Lost & Found'' get their hands on a copy of the demo they decide to offer Backfire! record deal.

After weeks of delay Backfire!'s first recording ''Who Told You Life Is Easy?'' is released in October '95. They start playing their first shows all over Holland, and Belgium alongside hardcore legends like Warzone, Madball and 25 Ta Life. Soon their reputation is set. Less than 6 months later Backfire!'s first full-length CD ''Rebel 4 Life'' is released. Impressed with the quality of ''Rebel 4 Life'' New York hardcore legends Warzone ask Backfire! to support them on their 6 week European tour. At the end of their tour Backfire! have a disagreement with ''Lost & Found'', and the band decides to leave the label and look for a new record deal.

Several labels show interest in Backfire!, and they finally sign a deal with ''Kingfisher Records'', and a couple of months later they are in the studio to record their second full-length album ''All Bets Are Off'', which is released in September '97. In the following months Backfire! tours Europe with Deviate, and play tons of shows all over Europe to promote their critically acclaimed album. At this time Backfire!'s popularity reaches its climax, and they become a household name to every hardcore fan in Europe. The continuous touring and playing takes its toll at the end of October '98, when they are touring Europe with 25 Ta Life, they decide it's time to take some time of before they start writing new songs.

Richard uses this time to play the drums on the Commin' Correct tour in Europe and to record an album with his side project Determined. Unfortunately on March 20th 1999, Richard takes his own life. His friends and family are shocked to hear this sad news, and it takes several months before Backfire! starts thinking about their future as a band.

Replacing someone like Richard is hard, but finally they decide to continue with Homethrust drummer Igor. In June 2000 record their new album ''Still Dedicated'' at the Hautregard Studio in Herve, Belgium and onca again toured all over Europe with Madball and many more. A year later they recorded a new EP The War Stars Here, which was released in September 2001 during theyre European Tour with Breakdown and Maximum Penalty on the First Eastpak Resistance Tour.

After two years of hard work these M-Town Rebels are back with a new record. Change The Game was recorded in Brooklyn, NY and was prodcued by Mike Dijan from Breakdown an Math Henderson from Madball and A.F. While recording the record Backfire! also played a couple of shows with Madball in CBGB's and Connecticut right after they got together with Freddy Madball and Billy Grazaidei (who they've met on the Biohazard / Backfire European tour) who both appear on this great new record. Backfire! will play all the major festivals this summer and will tour Europe after the summer to promote this new studio album.

5 years in waiting and they do not dissapoint as ''In Harms Way'' proves to be Backfire!'d most visceral, pissed off energetic offering to date. Not much has changed stylistically as Backfire! still tread the same floorboards they always did, by playing aggressive New York influenced hardcore with a European touch incorporating subtle melodies here and there. Everything is there, the razor sharp guitars slashing from left to right, the armoured tank artillery, the collossal earhquake like basslines, all mixed with Patrick's signature vocals that spew forth lyrics of angst and frustration as we pass into a new year, which round everythign off the way it should be, the Backfire! way. ''In Harms Way'' is Backfire!'s assault on todays hardcore scene, make sure you're not a victim.2008 was a busy year,Backfire! played the most clubshow's in their history,was the only European band on the bill of ''the superbowl of hardcore''in NYC with AF,Madball,Breakdown,GB and many more and did a headline tour in November all over Europa with Knuckledust on the ''Home is where my heart is tour''.

In 2009 Backfire! will release a new MCD and a DVD with the whole story of their insane 15 years in this scene! Backfire! will play no more club shows in the Benelux but will focus on the festivals and the second ''the home is where my heart is tour''.

BACKFIRE! 1994 – 2009; The story ends. After 15 awesome years of making music, writing songs, touring, hard work, dedication en most of all tons of fun and laughs Backfire! is closing the book. We are grateful that we had the chance to play and tour as much as we did and we will always remember what we've got back from all of you people worldwide for so many years. It was one of the hardest decisions in our lives but we think it's time to take different directions and keep the memories of this band alive as they are now, that is the best we could have asked for, there's no other way. Thinking of the friends we've made during the years makes us feel proud and blessed, the friends we've lost are still with us in our minds and memories. Thank you all so much for letting us do what we did, helping us and believing in us. Signing off, Backfire! 1994 - 2009 Backfire! will play 2 more shows in November in Antwerp and Leipzig 2009. Furthermore we will continue working on the DVD. Stay tuned for the last details.

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Where We Belong LP
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