Apeldoorn is the city of TOGETHER, at least for eighties Dutch heavy metal fans. The name seemed Obvious, when the guys started the band in the seventies, as they were literally together. First they called themselves "Together Rock". Back in those days, the band was a cover band, that played covers from TED NUGENT, RORY GALLAGHER and STATUS QUO.
After quite some line-up changes, the band was in 1978 in their classic line-up (see above) and started to record demos. The band became directly well-known in their region, because of their very great live shows. A fan base was growing and manager Jan Scheffers was promoting the band anywhere he could. Two demos were made, from which the "Burn In Hell" demo was the most successful one. Thirteen hundred copies of this demo were sold in a very short time!! The song "Burn In Hell" appeared on the compilation tape "When The Hammer Comes Down". A compilation tape with demo bands looking for a record deal. The result was their vinyl debut in 1984 on the legendary "Dutch Steel" compilation LP with the song "Ready To Die". A great song, which is classic heavy metal in its most pure form. This attracted the Belgium Mausoleum label and showed interest. However, the band already had plans to make an LP themselves, so the band took their fate in their own hands and payed the recording themselves.
The four songs: "Grab Your Mind", "Traveller", "I've got Your Number" and "No Matter" were recorded in the Seagull Sound Studio in Den Helder with producer Niki Buzz pushing the buttons. Earlier in the same year (we're still talking about 1984) they met Niki at a LITA FORD/MARTYR concert in Amsterdam and they asked him to produce the album. After this recording the band took the deal with Mausoleum. The only thing was that Mausoleum wanted to have a remix of the already recorded songs. For this they went to the Stable Studio from Jos Kloek and there the album got remixed with only the drums newly recorded. The total time they needed to complete the MLP was two weeks. The result was the MLP "Playing Games". The first reactions were quite good, although most heard reaction was that TOGETHER was more a live band and didn’t succeed to put their live energy on vinyl. Sadly, the MLP didn't have the impact/success the band was hoping for. Although they continued as a band, a few years later it meant the end of TOGETHER.
Nowadays most of the guys still live in Apeldoorn and they are still into metal. Due to personal problems, a reunion will not be possible as yet, but their brilliant song "Burn In Hell" appeared on the third HM Maniacs compilation CD.
(text conducted by Stefan van Zijl)
Ewald ‘Jackie’ Vredegoor – vocals
Dirk Schiphorst – bass
Wouter Nijenhuis – guitar
Jan ‘Uncle Sado’ Kasperink – guitar
Laurens Vredegoor – drums
*Demo I (Demo 1982)
*Burn In Hell (Demo 1983)
*Dutch Steel (compilation LP 1984 with track "Read To Die")
*Playing Games (MLP 1985; Mausoleum Records)
*Heavy Metal Maniacs pt. 3 (compilation CD 2004 with track "Burn In Hell")