Come As You Are focuses on three decades of guitar music; from the grunge of the early nineties and danceable Britpop to energetic punk and power pop of today. The festival gives bands a stage that have played a major role in this guitar wave over the years, up to the new heroes who are inspired by 30 years of guitar.
This year's headliner is the American rock band Soul Asylum, known from the Grammy award-winning mega hit 'Runaway Train'. It is the first time in a very long time that the band is coming back to Europe. The band led by David Pirner will release the long awaited studio album 'Hurry Up and Wait' in April. This new songs, and ofcourse the classic hits, will undoubtedly be played on this exclusive Dutch show.
Life of Agony
In 1993 the great debut album 'River Runs Red' saw the light of day, just before the millennium Life of Agony broke up, only to come back crushingly a few years later! With their strong lyrics, powerful melodies and the invariably intense live performances, the versatile rock band from New York still touches the sensitive nerve. Of course, in addition to songs from the latest album 'The Sound Of Scars' (2019), gems such as 'Let's Pretend', 'Weeds' and 'River Runs Red' will be played. Mina Caputa can't wait to make the crossing to Europe and we can't wait for her to come to Come As You Are!
Dog Eat Dog
Who doesn't know them, the bangers from Dog Eat Dog: 'No Fronts', 'Who's the King' and 'Rocky'?! The 1994 debut aka breakthrough album All Boro Kings is also still legendary, with that distinctive mix of punk rock, hip hop and metal. Dog Eat Dog loves the Netherlands and Eindhoven has also been visited a few times by the band, not to mention the time at Dynamo Open Air (1995), where they caused a slight earthquake together with the audience. That will be a portion of celebration on November 27 during Come As You Are. And you can bet that the saxophone will also come to the Effenaar!
The adventures of the various members of Millionaire read like scheming novels. So go the rumours that Tim Vanhamel has thanked for a spot in Queens of the Stone Age. After that he did spend some time in Eagles of Death Metal with Josh Homme. And Aldo Struyf in turn played with Mark Lanegan. But of course we also know Millionaire from the soundtrack of 'Ex Drummer' and the danceable hit 'Champagne'. And then in 2017 they entered the Belgian album top 200 with their latest album 'Sciencing'.
Making such good music that both Michael Stipe (the singer of R.E.M.) and Bob Mould (Hüsker Dü and Sugar) set themselves up as producers of your records: Magnapop did it. And we understand that too, because the powerpop mixed with punk and grunge is still tingly fresh. You can hear where newfangled bands like Snail Mail, The Beths and Alvvays get their inspiration. The band is in the original line-up, that wrote hits like 'Slowly, Slowly' and 'Lay It Down', back together again.