In the early 1990s Poul Sven de Haan and Tiemen Seinstra began Bag Lady. At the same time they performed in a couple of other bands, some together, some separately, but beside all these suffocating democratic expressions, Bag Lady was their mutual creative exhaust-valve: music of the minority, the bottom and the odd. They hatched nine publications differing like night and day, mostly with a wide range of guest-musicians, both in writing and recording, some on their own. Because of the limited number of tastes that had to be accounted for, this could produce a wonderfully varied hodge-podge. Or like Roger Teeling put it on subjectivisten.org after listening to 6: Bharata: Merzbow, Autechre, Napalm Death, Khanate & Dillinger Escape Plan in one. In 2004 they were asked to compete in a regional final of the Grote Prijs van Nederland (the Great Price of the Netherlands). They formed a live-band with -among others- Cage! on guitar and Mathijs Beukema on drums. This collaboration pleased them so much, they decided to keep them on board. The creative life of a hermit was partially replaced with rehearsing and writing songs together. As a quartet they released The virus is airborne in 2006. In 2008 keyboard-player John den Haan joined during the recording of L'escalier to make it a quintet.
Beukema: drums, percussion, backing vocals