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Published on 30 April 2024 at 09:30

Puberty never went away with twin sisters

Karin and Margriet are still gothic stage animals

They look like they've walked out of a gothic comic book. It's dress code all black for Karin and Margriet Mol, whether they're on stage in a sweaty club or with their band Asrai or get an errand at the store around the corner. The identical rock chicks will soon have a party to celebrate.

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The compellingness of (their) kind of music is not age-related for the twins. Whether you are fourteen or a little older. (leave out our age), they still experience the music the same. “For us, music stands for creativity, rebellion and independence,” says singer Margriet Mol. Then and still now. The family hoped at the time that it was a phase that would pass on its own. But now here we are almost forty years later and it has not turned out to be a puberty phase but a way of living. The twins are already looking slightly over the horizon. Because even if the 40th anniversary as an artist is not until next year, the preparations have already been started. We are working on new songs, says drummer Karin Mol. With separate streams. The concept of releasing an album, then presenting the albums and then going on tour is outdated. Social media have also become more important in the music world. Not that performances have been sworn off, because performing on stage and interacting with a heaving crowd is what an oxygen tank is for the asthmatic. The adrenaline you feel when you're on a tour bus on your way to a performance, says Margriet Mol. And you hear the audience being wildly enthusiastic. That as a band you also experience such intense moments together that you feel a pride that transcends everything. Never been our profession. That is only for a small group of artists. – Margriet Mol


With brother Henk (now an international booker) as roadie of metal band Black Voice, a world opened up for the young teenage girls. There, at the age of thirteen or fourteen, the twins discovered the magic of music, the camaraderie of playing in a band and a life purpose that made them happy and gave them meaning. And that is also thanks to bands such as The Cure and the Dead Kenneys. Loyal fan base From the Rotterdam music scene they conquered their place in the Dutch gothic and metal scene. They have not become world stars, but they do have a loyal fan base, both nationally and internationally. We have often been outside the country's borders, Margriet Mol continues. In many Western European countries, the Eastern Bloc, Mexico. It has never been our profession. That is only for a small group of artists in the Netherlands. But Karin enjoys working as a clinical chemical analyst and I work in youth care. For the sisters who grew up in the Hoekse Waard on the Blaaksedijk, their life devoted to music does not coincide with sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. Well, at least not the drugs, says Karin Mol. In music, a lot of people want something from you. Our youth and upbringing in the Hoekse Waard certainly helped us to react soberly to everything. That past of stay down to earth, so to speak.


With the other band members, Jacqui Taylor (guitar), Rik Janssen (guitar), Martin Kooy (flex bass) and Manon van der Hidde (Keyboards), they are now engaged in the creative process of making new music. We write the music ourselves. It comes from within. And as long as you feel that, creativity has to come out. Age doesn't matter. Music is like a child, you don't distance yourself from it. The band is our life and also determines our identity.

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