The Grand East
Tension boiling up under the surface. A balloon that’s about to burst. That’s what the new The Grand East album sounds like.
With new influences like Velvet Underground and King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, they’re bringing their sound into the present. On stage, their show is on fire as always, with a singer who sings like he’s got a voodoo priest on his heels.
Rosemary & Garlic
You might have heard Rosemary & Garlic while carelessly listening to your favourite Spotify playlists, like The Most Beautiful Songs in the World or Your Favourite Coffee House. The popularity of the Dutch DIY indie-folk band is secretly growing, gaining worldwide attention with their small, beautiful and poetic songs, each of them filled with a great sense of beauty, nature and image.
The Dutchman has been a pro for over twenty years now. In this period, he went from writing and singing in English like he did on his debut album Round Here from 1997, to songs in his mother tongue and even in Southern dialect, to eventually get full circle singing in English again. It suits him all, but as a full-blooded Americana man the latter suits him best. JW Roy has also written several nr. 1 hit songs and is available for co-writes.
After working for over a year on their debut Dear Island, the band started off great with performances at Into The Great Wide Open, radio and tv shows, and a Dutch clubtour in fall 2015. Dear Island was declared album of the week by VPRO’s 3voor12, Best Dutch Album 2015 by national newspaper Trouw, second best Dutch album by national newspaper Volkskrant while their song The Unknown ended number #1 in IndieXL End of the Year’s Top100 Single Chart.
With a mix of atmospheric and dynamic melodies and soft and heavy electronic and organic beats, the music of Habitants can be best described as film music noir. A slow rollercoaster ride from bright colorful lights to uncomfortable pit dark caves. With a solid rock history, Hans and René Rutten, started Habitants in 2015 recruiting guitar player and songwriter Gema Pérez, Anne van den Hoogen, Jerome Middendorp de Bie and Mirte Heutmekers.
Mercy John has written one of the best received americana albums from the Netherlands in years. Despite of his Dutch roots, many of Mercy John’s songs contain elements that are reminiscent of the works of Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and Ryan Adams. His second album Let It Go Easy was album of the week at several national radio stations.
Black Oak is a band formed around singer-songwriters Geert van der Velde (The Black Atlantic) and Thijs Kuijken (I am Oak). Just like the name of the band is a synthesis of both songwriters’ other band names, so too the music a synthesis of the best that both The Black Atlantic and I am Oak have to offer musically.