Based up north in The Netherlands, The Homesick thrives well on the isolation of the Frisian rural area. Their hometown Dokkum is most famous for the slaughtering of Saint Boniface in the year 754, but the youthful trio are making quickly name on their own. Elias Elgersma (Yuko Yuko), Jaap van der Velde (Korfbal) en Erik Woudwijk released their first homemade EP Television in 2013.
Subroutine Records picked them up at a local band competition and released in 2014 their official debut EP Twst Yr Wrsts. Not even old enough to order beer, The Homesick crossed The Netherlands like an inevitable blizzard from the north. Audience at festivals like Incubate, Le Guess Who? and Here Comes The Summer were struck by their intensive and threat full shows.
Hailed as being one of the most exciting new underground bands, they returned to the cold clay soils up north to write new material. 2017 marks the release of their debut album Youth Hunt. The self-recorded and produced album filled with daring noisy and experimental pop songs with great hooks, quickly drew the attention of the international press. The Quietes, Drowned In Sound and Louder Than War all lined up to praise their bold statement.
A glorious year on the road followed with their first headliner tour and showcases at Ment, Tallinn Music Week and Vienna Waves. After joining Franz Ferdinand as support for two shows, The Homesick embarked on their first European tour taking them to over 15 countries in 20 days. In the meantime Youth Hunt became nominated Album Of The Year in The Netherlands and The Homesick got confirmed for all major showcase festivals like SXSW, The Great Escape, Reeperbahn and TransMusicales in 2018. After touring the European roads for a month, the trio returned to the studio to record the second album, set to be released in late 2019.
GigWise: “The hypnotic groove of Krautrock, the brutality of heavy metal, the jagged edges of post punk and the acid-tinged eccentricity of neo-psychedelia all appear to have worked their way into their musical DNA one way or another, made all the more compelling by the conviction with which their lyrics are delivered.”
Drowned in Sound: [score: 9] “The Homesick prove that – regardless of genre, subculture or stylistics – the best form of revolt is a bold and wholly positive proclamation of selfhood”
The Quietus: “The Homesick have the potential to be one of the great pop bands if they stick at it. This record is a solid first step in that direction.”
Clash Music: “[…] mightily impressive. With a tangible sense of contempt for their audience and a potential threat of danger onstage.”
John Robb [Louder than War]: “A mish mash of that great no man’s land of Factory records in-between Joy Division and the Happy Mondays […] Seriously good band.”