Dude, you won't ever be forgotten!!! Rock In Peace!!!
In the meantime Herry has decided that he does not want to go on singing with yawp, and wants to revert to guitar and backing-vocals, and maybe sing a single song. We asked our former bassplayer, Daan, to take over on mike. He already did so on the tracks "below zero attitude", and "Internal political Affairs", which made him our favorite candidate. Daan has accepted our offer, so we welcome him as a re-newed Yawp member.
Erik Jansen, drummer for amongst others Gepopel, Yawp, Funeral Oration and many more bands, died in the early morning of April 17th, 2008. On friday April 12th Erik fell down the stairs of his home and ended up in coma. After 4 days of struggling for his life a far too soon end came to the life of this remarkable drummer.
In the early 80's Erik started his drumming career with the West-friese Gepopel. In this band he played with Niels (Sack-o-Woes) and Wil (Funeral Oration) hardcore punk. After the split of Gepopel, Erik, Herry (Deadlock) and Rolf started Yawp in 1986. Erik en Herry played with this line-up until this sorrowful day (22 years and 1 month!) (just Rolf quit temporarily). In those 22 years Yawp released 4 albums and 2 singles and did an Australian tour (in 1996).
Besides Yawp Erik played many years with Funeral Oration, with whom he did a few American and Germa tours and recorded 3 albums.
After Erik got RSI in 2001, which rendered him unable to drum for a few years, Yawp's reputation dropped rapidly. Many people thought we had split up. The last few years we were working hard to get Yawp back on the road again, but mainly because of our inability to manage to band and arrange shows, our stage-experience kinda slipped through our hands. A good example of this was out latest show at the Baarmoeder (Amsterdam), which was regretfully Erik's last show as well.
Besides Erik's drumming in Yawp, he was also one of my best friends. I've know him for about 25 years and we went through heaps of things together.
Erik's life slogan was "Life your life to the max!" and so he did. He used to say he wanted to have done anything he dreamt of and regret nothing. In that, he fairly well succeeded. And without playing the drums, his life would be worthless to him.
Erik, dude, Rest in peace. You will never be forgotten!!! As a friend, as a collegue, as a human...
We wish Anouk, Nathalie, Stefan, all family and friends and ourselves all strength in this painful time...
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