Dutch band Certain Animals serves you melodic rock filled with vocal harmonies. The members aren't afraid to show which records they've been listening to. Musical giants from the '60s and '70s are spinning on their turntable on a daily basis. The Beatles, The 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, and they also performed across the border in Belgium and Germany.
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.
New single Tangerine is a harmonic blend of polyphony, taken straight out of black-and-white images of London in the sixties. The era when The Kinks and The Beatles could be found there in the wild. Just like their idols, Certain Animals used whirling twelve-string guitars and a lovely grunting Höfner violin bass in their recordings. Tangerine evokes the atmosphere of the hip incrowd of the time and describes an obsessive romance with a royal touch.
That obsessiveness is delivered sweetly, but - just like the song - spins out of control eventually. One of Certain Animals' more gentle songs from their upcoming debut album shows a different side of the band: a side that is not afraid to combine beautiful poppy melodies with a craving for the past, and on top of that three-part harmony vocals.
Tangerine is out now on BERT music (a division of TCBYML)
writer: Thijs van Leeuwen, Niels-Jan van Dijk, Kees Braam