FFOOSS

Bij FFOOSS geen poespas, dit is gewoon pure rock! De band dwingt met hun stuwende, vuige en soms catchy songs volledige participatie af bij het publiek, al zei het in de moshpit of in een wall of death. Met slechts enkele singles op zak  al een aardige weg door de muziekwereld te rammen, volgend jaar februari verschijnt hun EP ‘My Life As a Teenage Wanker’ via White Russian Records.



Teddy’s Hit

Met hun wervelende pseudo-psychedelische indie rock vertaalt het Amsterdamse Teddy’s Hit moeiteloos het beste uit de jaren ’90 naar hedendaagse context. Uitgerust met een lading no-nonsense hits toont de band hun energie feilloos te sturen met vrolijke catchy riffs en melodieën, gespeeld met cocky nonchalance en lyrics die als een stroom van bewustzijn uit de mouw geschud lijken te zijn. Begin oktober bracht de band hun eerste, self-titled EP uit op het Amsterdamse ‘I Love My Label’, het label van Tim Knol. 

Steve French

There’s nothing Steve French rather does than writing songs and chasing desolate gas stations on the way to yet another dark stage. And back. On the thin edge between Car Seat Headrest and The Strokes is where Steve humms along with Modest Mouse’s The Lonesome Crowded West. When Steve ended up in an existential crisis in a Scottish suburb, he wrote it away with yet another song on fading friendships and naïve romanticism. Three years of riff-filled rocksongs and secretly catchy choruses is now collected on debut album Lightning Tiger Running. The album will be released in june on – as usual for an underexposed Dutch guitar-driven record – Subroutine Records. On this record, Steve talks about ghosts on graveyards and neverending busrides, secretly knowing that behind the horizon there’s always some form of hope.

SONNDR

As night falls, SONNDR begins to stir. A four-headed creature of the night with a keen ear for street sounds: the clatter of rolling shutters coming down, breaking glass, buzzing neon, rain drumming on the roof of a car. In this world of steel and concrete, nothing is as it seems. Headlights cast long shadows on crumbling facades, screens light up in the dark, a shop-window reflects an unfamiliar face. Behind the scenes of this Lynchian setting we find Florian Veenhuis, Glenn Kessler, Aswin van der As, and Joris Telgen. As SONNDR they translate post punk and no wave to a futuristic sound that tears and claws. With repetitive, propelling rhythms, layered noise, and acute lyrics, they express the paranoia of urban alienation. Those echoing voices, where do they come from? SONNDR holds up a mirror that reflects and distorts our reality. Any moment now, it could shatter into pieces.

Moon Moon Moon

“If you can’t win, sing about losing as well as you can”, is a quote that best describes the self-reflective and tragicomical indie pop by Moon Moon Moon. It’s no coincidence that this quote is by founder Mark Lohmann, who explores bits of everyday life with the relentless honesty. His hyperrealistic songs take you on a strangely relatable journey through personal and impactful moments in his life. Sometimes painful, but always ending on a hopeful note.  

Scram C Baby

Take 5 people from the Amsterdam, put them in the Vondelbunker Et voilà: you have Scram C Baby’s best album from its 26th anniversary.

“Give Us A Kiss” is an album on which all the qualities of the band shine brighter than ever. The godfathers of the Dutch indie still have it all: songs, sound and soul. The craziness and playfulness are still there, but they are implied in a smarter way, making the songs more rewarding. This time the band has been making music and arguing until twelve chosen songs could be compressed into one lump of granite. Coarse and refined, brightly colored.

The Small Breed

The Small Breed is a five-member psychedelic pop band inspired by the magical music that was made in the late 60s. Born from the succesfull Dutch beat/rhytm and blues group the Black Marble Selection, the Small Breed went on a search for a more rich and diverse sound. Their songs are variated, full of surprising harmonies and instruments and therefor very interesting to listen to. The use of vocal effects, harpsichord and even flute makes listening to The Small Breed a dreamy experience.

Their first, selftitled EP contains five variated tracks, recorded at PAF! Studio in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The producers in charge, Dave von Raven (leadsinger The Kik) and Marcel Fakkers made it possible for the Small Breed to get the most out of their skills and variation in sound to made them record this psychedelic piece.

la loye

The unconditionally love from la loye’s indiefolk is both subtle and layered. With whispering vocals and dark instrumentation, the band forms an intimate scenery in which the personal lyrics of songwriter Lieke Heusinkveld about the fear of growing up and the art of being alone are paramount.

The band is both unpolished and modest without renouncing the melancholy that embraces the music. la loye is the kind of band that wraps you in a large warm blanket, and tells you everything will be fine.

The Tambles

If you look quickly it might seem like The Tambles stepped out of a time machine. Besides that the boys look like extras from a 60’s cult film, their garage rock also sounds like an oiled engine of a classic Chevrolet Camaro at full speed.

You might already know the boys as the backing band from Jerry Hormone, from their successful tribute to The Velvet Underground with, among others, Maurits Westerik, Henk Koorn and Carol van Dijk as their guest musicians or as one of the most booked bands from Popronde 2018 with no fewer than 27 shows.

This fall the band will release their debut album through the Spanish Bickerton Records with which they promise to bring you back to 1966.

KIEFF

Post-punk minded quartet KIEFF combine their love for sonic onslaught, chaotic harmonies and the unusual to create exuberant and fierce songs. Strung out with wiry guitar and incisive rhythms, their approach is mostly filled to the brim with opulent ideas and joyful melodies to round off their inimitable compositions.

September 2019 KIEFF saw the release of their mixtape: Das Anton. Recorded in the small, but cosy Sahara Sound Studio helmed by legendary Henk Koorn.