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About Downriver Dead Men Go


Downriver Dead Men Go is a cinematic post-rock band from Leiden, the Netherlands. Their highly anticipated third album RUINS will be released in 2022.

The new album will be another musical step forward for the band, showing a heavier side of DDMG. The songs on RUINS have a wide dynamic range, from exploding guitars to a thin whisper, exploring the boundaries of various musical and filmic styles. Cinematic post-rock in the truest sense!

DDMG previously released two critically acclaimed albums: Tides in 2015 and Departures in 2018, gathering a loyal and ever-growing fanbase. Both albums feature a mesmerizing, atmospheric, melancholic sound, ranging from post-rock to touches of prog and dark wave. Slow, sad and beautiful, they are the ultimate soundtrack to a dark and rainy day, covering themes of loss and loneliness.

A live performance of DDMG wraps you in a warm blanket of melancholia. Dark and brooding vocals, haunting, melodic guitars and imposing keyboard soundscapes, combined with low lighting and video projections, set the mood for an evening to remember.

DDMG is: Gerrit Koekebakker (vocals/guitars), Michel Varkevisser (guitars/backing vocals), Peter van Dijk (keys), Menno Kolk (bass guitar), and Marcel Heijnen (drums).

In 2022 and 2023 DDMG will be promoting their new album RUINS with live performances in the Netherlands, the UK and Germany. New dates and venues will be added soon.


Ruins - album cover


The highly anticipated third album RUINS by Downriver Dead Men Go was recorded in 2021 after a very successful Kickstarter campaign. RUINS shows a darker and heavier side of DDMG, covering themes of loss, war and mental health. Expect some big and heavy guitars, combined with the beautiful, intimate melodies and haunting vocals they are known for.

Singer Gerrit: “This album is our best performance to date. We have taken our songwriting and use of dynamics to the next level. Every band member excelled in the studio. We are very proud of the new music and can't wait to get this album out into the world. We look forward to performing these songs live and seeing our fans at one of the gigs!”

The album artwork is by painter, sculptor, and good friend Daniel Martin.

RUINS by Downriver Dead Men Go will be released in 2022 on Freia Music on cd, vinyl, and on all digital platforms.

Departures - album cover


2018 - Freia Music

OOR: “The best-kept prog rock secret from the Netherlands”

PROGRADAR: “The musicianship on Departures is as fine a production as you could wish, oozing with slick, languid rhythms and blossoming crescendos”

NEOPROG: “A deep and dragging voice like that of Leonard Cohen, some sound experiments, sound effects, if you dive into Departures, you’re drowning”

PROGGIES: “DDMG does a really good job translating their ideas and feelings in music"

Tides - album cover


2015 - Freia Music

PROGWERELD: “Enjoying the most beautiful sounds, as if Ennio Morricone has joined a post-rock band”

ZINE: “Tides is the soundtrack for an imaginary film”

OOR: “Tides is a collection of stunning melodies”

PROGRADAR: “If you are partial to a bout of emotionally dark, slow rock when the fancy takes, then I urge you to buy this”


Date Venue Location
June 2022 Ruins Garden Tour Undisclosed locations (private concert)

Past gigs

Date Venue Location
Sept 26, 2019 Paardcafe (+support by Sky Architect) The Hague
Sept 13, 2019 The Box Katwijk aan Zee
June 21, 2019 Art House, Zijldijk 36 (private show) Leiderdorp
Febr 1, 2019 Parkvilla Alphen a/d/ Rijn
Nov 10, 2018 Altstad Eindhoven
Jun 15, 2018 Gebr. De Nobel Leiden
Mar 10, 2018 Release show cd Departures Katwijk De Schuit
Mar 04, 2018 Progdreams VII, Day 3 Zoetermeer Cultuurpodium Boerderij
Feb 09, 2018 Vrijplaats Leiden
Jan 19, 2018 Warm Winter Fest Katwijk Vredeskerk
Nov 11, 2017 Loevestein Sessions 3 The Hague
July 7, 2017 Atelier Haagweg 4 Leiden
May 27, 2017 Tivoli Vredenburg Utrecht aftershow Woven Hand
Mrt 11, 2017 Pop Podium de Beuk Barendrecht
Feb 25, 2017 De Schuit Katwijk
Feb 17, 2017 SCUM Katwijk
Feb 14, 2017 Koffiehuis Noordwijk
Jan 07, 2017 Tivoli Vredenburg Utrecht
Dec 10, 2016 Cultuurpodium Boerderij Zoetermeer
Nov 25, 2016 Rockcafe Lazarus Leiden, The Netherlands
Oct 21, 2016 De Koornbeurs Delft, The Netherlands
Sep 10, 2016 Bonte Kraai Katwijk Aan Zee
Jun 04, 2016 Qbus Leiden
May 07, 2016 Pitcher Haarlem
Apr 09, 2016 Den Engel Scheveningen
Apr 01, 2016 Atelier Haagweg 4 Leiden
Mar 19, 2016 Pop Podium de Beuk Barendrecht
Feb 27, 2016 Nederland 3 Wateringen
Feb 15, 2016 Dwaze Zaken Amsterdam
Feb 06, 2016 Studio Gonz Gouda
Dec 04, 2015 Haags Pop Centrum Den Haag
Oct 24, 2015 Vrijplaats Leiden
Oct 15, 2015 Jeltes Haarlem
Sep 20, 2015 Live 071 radio Leiden
Sep 18, 2015 Koornbeurs Delft
Sep 12, 2015 De Bonte Kraai Katwijk
Sep 03, 2015 De Paap The Hague
Sep 01, 2015 Gebr De Nobel Leiden
Jun 27, 2015 cafe pitcher Haarlem
Jun 20, 2015 'S-HeerenLooLands Festival Noordwijk
Jun 12, 2015 De Roskam Katwijk Aan De Rijn Presentation CD Tides
Jun 07, 2015 Hellas Sport Zaandam
May 31, 2015 Midvliet FM Leidschendam
Apr 24, 2015 Scum Katwijk
Apr 10, 2015 Musicon Den Haag
Mar 29, 2015 Unity FM Leiderdorp
Mar 05, 2015 Manifesto cafe Hoorn