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If it would have been possible to get Dead Boys, Marc Bolan and Ike Turner together in one recording studio, then the result might have sounded the way The Berserkerz sound nowadays. Swinging and footstamping rock ‘n roll and soul, to which singer and guitarist Paul Phoenix adds his teardroppin’ voice in a way that would make Linda Ronstadt cry!

Paul and drummer Rocketdog met six years ago when Paul was being attacked by real scumbacks, just around the corner of the pub in Arnhem where he lived. Rocketdog wanted to help him, but the majority of hooligans was so enormous that Paul decided to pull his gun. At that very moment the police arrived and thought that the victims were the vandals, and so our heroes ended up in jail. And that’s where they met a guy called Mark, who sometimes used his fast fingers to play the bass. The Berserkerz broke out immediately and started to rehearse.

Anno 2003 the trio has become a quartet, after some people had to be kicked out and two well-known rockers from Amsterdam had been invited to join the group. Oekel Knoekel (guitar) and Olå Carbona (bass) became infamous a few years ago, when they stole a bob from an Swiss team and almost managed to qualify for the Olympics in Calgary with this vehicle.

In this line-up The Berserkerz recorded their second album last summer in the Rocketdog Studio. It’s entitled River Deep, Action High (the studio is situated under the dike of the river Rhine, and that’s were Paul had a successful night with the girl of his dreams!) and will be released early 2003 on the German label Sounds of Subterrania. To promote the album The Berserkerz will be touring Holland, Germany, Switzerland and Italy in February, March and April.

contact: Rocketdog: 06 54247805 - rocketdogstudio@hotmail.com


Read how the dutch press thinks about The Berserkerz and don’t believe a word of the rumours about the band threatening journalists to get better reviews!

The Dutch press about The Berserkerz:

Make a nice blend of MC5, Dead Boys and Ramones en force Johnny Thunders to sing like Stiv Bators, then you’re about to experience The Berserkerz. This trio almost blew up my speakers with the ten greasy, fast punkhits on this 45rpm album. Singer and guitarist Paul’s solo’s go like a joyrider in a Ferrari, speeding up and down his guitar like Johnny Thunders – again – and Angus Young. It’s a crying shame that, in Holland, there are hardly any bands in this class of the old school and that’s why kids who want to start a punkband should be obliged to listen to this record.

 (Roland Wetzels in Fret about the first Berserkerz-elpee)


I was hanging out with my best buddy and we had some dreary business in town when he remembered Paul Phoenix had formed a band with some guys from the German parts of the Netherlands. I heard they're pretty wild he said. Somehow these words still echo in my mind when I think back. I needed some action anyway. Business was slow and all the chicks where laying low ''so let's go man!'' I replied. I wanna have some fun ! The moment we got in the band started playing their mean Rhine delta rock & roll, giving me goosebumps all over. Mr Rocketdog was banging away on his stripped-down drumkit like a speeding maniac chased by the police.
What a beat man, what a beat, I whispered. Paul was getting down on his knees trying to beat his guitar in half it seemed. Spewing words in the microphone like every one could be his last. Man, they had me, by the gut and by the balls. I never expected music so raw to make the world seem a better place but it did...I needed almost all my attention not to start jumping around like a chimpansee od-ing on angel dust. Man what a show, I never missed one almost ever since....

(Butch Mayer in Stun Magazine)



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