Music video by My Favorite Scar performing This Poison Love. (C) 2010 Universal Music B.V., The Netherlands
Stephen van Haestregt (born September 12, 1972, in Westdorpe, Zeeland) is a Dutch drummer, best known as the drummer of the Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation. On March 30, 2010, Stephen announced via Within Temptation's official website that he would be leaving the band after the Theatretour planned for April in order to concentrate on his new band My Favorite Scar.
Dark, forceful, and awesome: My Favorite Scar is a new Dutch rock marvel with many hidden depths.
They display the epic roar of Metallica, the disconsolate tones of Tool, the in-your-face ferociousness of Rammstein, and the sweeping sorrow of Alice In Chains. But these are mere points of reference, because My Favorite Scar don't copy any other bands, nor are they prisoners of any one genre.
The band members like to call it 'dark rock', and that's probably the most apt description. Their sound and lyrics are steeped in melancholy. The latter is down to singer Jay. The death of his mother, when he was just 21, had a stranglehold on him for years. "Me and my brother Evan (guitar) tried for a long time to find a song that captured that feeling within us. Now we've finally done it. We wrote it together." That song became My Favorite Scar. It was also the only band name that seemed right. Of all the scars Jay and Evan have accumulated in life, this one is their most treasured, although that seems like a strange thing to say. Jay explains: "Every scar has a story, as does this one. The positive aspect is that it continues to remind us of our mother, which is why I sing: You're the lines in my hand, the green in my eyes."
All members of the group have certainly earned their spurs in former bands, appearing on TV, at major festivals, and sharing the stage with (a.o.) Nickelback and Alter Bridge.
Producer Oscar Holleman (Within Temptation) adopted My Favorite Scar as his 'hobby project' in the beginning of 2007. They soon became a priority act for the in-demand studio veteran. Holleman co-wrote some material, provided their sound with a more grimy edge, and created the right mood for the songs. "You could definitely call him our sixth band member", says Jay.
The end result is an album where the dense guitars of Evan and Dan, and the driving, sometimes industrial rhythm patterns of bass player Pat and drummer Stephen fuse seamlessly with Jay’s catchy melodic vocal lines. My Favorite Scar sound both fierce and fragile at the same time, which is what makes their music so distinctive. They effortlessly switch between unforgiving metal tracks such as No Love Lost and remarkably accessible numbers like Kingsize and Waste, the first single. ‘This Poison Love’ was written together with Ben Moody (ex-Evanescence). The band met Ben Moody while supporting Moody’s new band We Are The Fallen last June in the Melkweg, Amsterdam.
In the short time they’ve been together as My Favorite Scar, the band have played with the likes of Disturbed, Megadeth, We Are The Fallen and they supported Kiss in the Gelredome. They appeared on the bill of the Global East festival in Kiev as well, which also included Motörhead.
Their MySpace page very quickly notched up over 150,000 hits, and early this year, they launched their own Scar Channel; a weekly on-line video update to keep the band’s swelling legion of fans informed of their exploits. It was much needed, because Evan promises there’ll be many activities to report back to the MFS faithful in the times ahead. “We’re ambitious, and we don’t shy away from anything. Down the line, we’ve shed blood, sweat, tears, and relationships for this way of life. Others may have fallen by the wayside, but we’ve sworn never to give up.”
That this band is bound to cross borders also shows the world wide DHL commercial, featuring the song ‘Waste’.
The self-titled debut album "My Favorite Scar" came out August 6, 2010. It got splendid reviews in both national and international magazines and webzines.