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Hans Roofthooft from FOD speaks about ‘The Once a Virgin Club’ – New Noise Magazine

By Vaseline Jun10,2024

Belgian punks in a sense FPS have come a long way since their humble beginnings as a Green Day tribute band over 15 years ago. In other respects, they’ve stayed true to their roots, especially as they continue to bear the name of the closing track of Green Day’s seminal 1994 album, Dookie. Twenty-twenty saw the band release their fifth album, a sprawling, experimental, narrative double album that challenged the very idea of ​​what punk rock is. Now, four years later, their new record The club that was once a virginavailable now from SBÄM and Double Helix Recordssees the band return to form with their classic ’90s-influenced, melodic pop-punk sound.

“I’m really glad we did that Sleepville,” says FOD singer and guitarist Hans Roofthooft. “It was very time-consuming and the recording took months instead of weeks. But in the end we got what we were aiming for: a record that didn’t sound (like) a standard punk rock album. For The once virginal club, it was almost clear that we didn’t want to repeat that. So we decided to go back to basics and do the opposite: as punk rock as we can get.”

Even from reading the tracklist The Once a Virgin Club, it becomes clear that this is a Green Day-influenced band from the sixth track called “Casket Base”, a song in which the band rearranges a Green Day classic. “We try to have one song ‘as Green Day as possible’ on each album,” Roofthooft explains. “For this one I started messing around with the chords of ‘Basket Case.’ If you change the order you get a different song, but I wanted it to be clear where the inspiration for this song came from.”

Like their punk heroes, FOD turns cynical as they open their single “Living in a Mad Mad World” with the devastatingly pessimistic line “It’s time we evaluate the need for human habitat.” According to Roofthooft, this is not an exaggeration. “I think people are very good at destroying things. We know that wars are not good, and yet we fight them; we only hope that they are fought far away from us. We know climate change is happening, and yet we continue to do what we do. No one wants to give up privilege; most of us want more. Sometimes I think the Earth would be better off without us.”

But no matter how fatalistic the lyrics can be, they are combined with cheerfully upbeat pop punk, as was often the standard in 90s punk. Moving away from the overarching themes of Sleepville, The Once a Virgin Club is more of a collection of reflections on various topics, not all of which are told from the band’s own point of view. “For example,” Roofthooft explains, “the last song on the album, ‘The Waiting’, is from the perspective of someone who thinks that climate change is exaggerated and that we, humans, still have plenty of time left and that we a solution for that. To be clear, that is not my opinion.” But if the world is about to end, at least FOD will leave us with a catchy and melodic soundtrack for the inevitable apocalypse.

The Once a Virgin Club is available now and you can order it from Double Helix Records. Follow FOD Facebook And Instagram for future updates.

Photo courtesy of FOD

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