Rotterdam based trio Certain Animals serves you melodic rock filled with vocal harmonies. The members aren't afraid to show what records they've been listening to. Musical giants from the 60's and 70's are spinning on a daily basis on their turntable. The Beatles, Beach Boys, Neil Young, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Electric Light Orchestra are regular companions in their musical life, but also the fuzzy and phasey sounds of contemporary bands like Tame Impala influence the music of Certain Animals.
Without being stuck in the past and with a critical view on the present, the band brings you their intriguing sound which makes for an energetic live show filled with intimate moments and explosive bursts of energy.
In less then three years, the band managed to build a strong live reputation by playing shows on major Dutch festivals in famous venues all over the country. After having played across the border in Belgium, other international gigs in Germany have been confirmed for spring 2020.
While busy touring, band members Thijs van Leeuwen (vocals, guitars), Niels-Jan van Dijk (bass, vocals) and Kees Braam (drums, vocals) managed to build their own recording studio at a former red light district in the port of Rotterdam.
At their home base the trio writes, produces and mixes their music single-handedly, working towards the release of their debut album scheduled for spring 2020.
Strawberry Sunset is the first single of the album, which shows the band's new sound. The trio doesn't pretend to be tougher than it is and isn't rougher than what the song demands. The love for music does not only show in the massive record collections of the individual members, but also in their new single. Honesty is shown when it comes to their musical influences.
"Holland's hope in anxious times!" - Gijs Jolink, Zwarte Cross festival
"A very intriguing sound in which 70's artrock elements are stirred through the fuzz with ease. (...) With Certain Animals we have another exciting new band to listen to!" - Blues Magazine
Strawberry Sunset is released on BERT music (a division of TCBYML)
writer: Thijs van Leeuwen, Niels-Jan van Dijk, Kees Braam