Yesterday, Jamie Getz of Philly-based punk band Gods and Queens posted on the band's site that they had been in a van crash in Bosnia. Their story is harrowing:
Ben pulled me out through the windshield and I took off running, screaming for help with blood pouring down my face. I honestly though Jeff was dead. A car stopped and a slew of women started screaming at me and I was screaming at them. We were in the middle of no where and as I was running two things came to mind, I think Jeff is dead, and I hope I don´t get shot like Artimus Pyle. A woman pulled me into her house and her husband and son ran to the van crash site. I found Gertjan, and he said everyone is OK. The family started talking to me via Google Translation telling me everyone is safe and that an amublance is on the way.
The ambulance comes takes us to a hospital, we get taken care of…sort of. The police arrive on the scene and inform us that we aren´t leaving until the medical bills are paid in full. The were so kind enough to escort Sara and myself to an ATM machine to pay the entire lump of the bills in full on the spot. Even after we signed some strange papers saying we have 30 day with proof of citizenship, etc. What the fuck ever right? We asked where Gertjan was, and their respone was…prison. 300 phone calls and around 3,000 [Euros] later we are out of the damned Czech and safe in Germany.
In order to help with bills, Getz, who along with fellow member Jeff Ziga work with R5 Productions, has requested that fans buy their short EP for $1.99 at godsandqueens.bandcamp.com.
Here they are at at an early November show opening for Scratch Acid at Union Transfer.