HI-NRG rock trio from Amsterdam that puts on an exciting and energetic live show.
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2004 Elle Bandita
2005 Pete Philly & Perquisite
2006 C-Mon & Kypski
2007 Reyer Zwart
2008 Rudi de Graaff
2009 Bettie Serveert
HI-NRG rock trio from Amsterdam that puts on an exciting and energetic live show.
1994 - 2000
Tjeerd Bomhof, Joppe Molenaar and Sven Woodside (born in Canada, but living in the Netherlands since he was 16) form their first band when they're still in high school. When they go to university Voicst is put on the backburner for a while. Tjeerd occasionally performs with another musical project called Stofje ('Smut'). He does an internship with Conamus, a foundation dedicated to the promotion and support of Dutch music and also goes on tour with bands like Seedling and zea.
2001 - 2002
On July 13, 2001, after a year of intense rehearsing, Voicst plays its first gig after a long break at the Winston in Amsterdam. This gig is the kick off to a serious musical career. With their energetic and intense shows, the trio earns itself support slots for Belgian, UK and US bands like Enon, McClusky, Millionaire and Nada Surf.
In January Voicst plays at the Noorderslag festival. The trio wins an Essent Music Award and plays festivals like Metropolis and Lowlands. In October the trio travels to the US for a showcase during New York's CMJ Music Marathon. Voicst is also asked to do some songs for a CD in the Unsigned series, a compilation album released by the Dutch Rock & Pop Institute. The album is called College Radio: Alternative Rock Songs and comes out in December. Voicst goes to the UK for some shows with Dutch acts Pfaff, Seedling and Bettie Serveert. The EP Eat The Evidence comes out on the indie label Labelman. Bassist Sven also performs solo as a singer/songwriter under the name Sely Friday.
Together with acts like Eleven, Gem and zZz Voicst joins the Unsigned Tour. For the second year the band can be seen at the Noorderslag festival. During the summer Voicst spends five weeks in New York working on their debut album from 11 to 11 with US producer Eli Janney (Girls Against Boys). Part of the album is recorded in the studio owned by James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins). The title of the album is 11-11. The band pays for the album itself, which consequently gets them into debts. Originally, the plan was to use a lot of electronics on the album, but the opposite is the result: a heavy rock album, which closely resembles the band's live sound. The album is released on the band's own record label Duurt Lang Records ('Takes A Long Time Records'). Voicst signs a distribution deal with Play It Again Sam and in October the band returns to the US for a show at the CMJ Festival in New York. Back in the Netherlands Voicst plays at the Crossing Border festival and also supports Bettie Serveert on their tour in the autumn.
For the third consecutive year Voicst plays at the Noorderslag festival where they also do a session with the David Gilmour Girls. One day before that the trio plays at the Eurosonic festival. In January the track Acts Of Fire is used for a promo by US TV network AMC (American Movie Classics). The network heard the song on the promo CD Amsterdam Calling @ CMJ that was released by the Dutch Pop And Rock Institute on the occasion of the Dutch showcases at the CMJ festival in New York in November 2004. Late February Voicst kicks off a Belgian tour together with Dutch acts Solex and The Sheer called Holland Sucks! In the same month 11-11 is released in Belgium. Voicst is invited to play at South By South West (SXSW), the annual music convention in Austin, Texas in March. The single Dazzled Kids is played regularly on Dutch radio stations KinkFM and Radio 3. Debut album 11-11 is released in Spain in the spring. Upon returning from the US, Voicst kicks off a European tour as support act for Juliette & The Licks (the band formed by American actress Juliette Lewis). This tour is followed by several European shows with The Presidents of the USA. In the middle of the tour the band passes through Holland and issues the video alongside the track Whatever You Want From Life. The video is produced by Cut Films. On May 21 Joppe wins a Devil (musicians to musicians) Award (established by the Dutch Rock & Pop Institute) for 'Best Drummer.' In June Voicst plays every Wednesday and Thursday in a London club, among which the Luminaire. With Juliette Lewis the trio travels to Scandinavia for some support slots. In the summer Voicst performs at various festivals, including Virus in Eindhoven, Beeckestijnpop in Velsen, Conincx Pop in Elsloo, Waterpop in Wateringen and the prestigious Lowlands festival in Biddinghuizen. Voicst is snatched up by Heineken for a worldwide TV commercial that is premiered in September. In the same month Voicst plays at the mains stage of Italy's Rock In Idro festival, followed by a showcase at both Germany's Popkomm trade fair (September 25) and New York's CMJ Music Marathon (September 17). After CMJ the band embarks on a short US tour. The album 11-11 wins the 3voor12 Award, established by the same named website run by pubcaster VPRO, for Best Dutch Album of the last 12 months. Its debut album 11-11 is remixed for the US by Victor van Vught, who previously produced/engineered PJ Harvey, Beth Orton, Athlete and Nick Cave along with legendary '80s Dutch rock band Claw Boys Claw. It is re-mastered by Fred Kevorkian of Iggy Pop, White Stripes and Ryan Adams fame. The US release is scheduled for spring 2006. In November the trio supports the Posies at nine UK shows and two in Belgium, followed by shows with the Bravery in Belgium and Spain.
In January and February Voicst, now managed by James Brown manager Foye Johnson, tours Holland with zZz. In April the band supports Canadian rock band Danko Jones on its European tour. Pete Philly & Perquisite cover the Voicst song Dazzled Kids for the 'B-side' of their single Mellow. The track Whatever You Want From Life is used in the 2006 Fifa World Cup Football game. The same track is also used on a game on Google Earth, the geographical search engine on the Internet. In mid May the band plays a few UK dates including two shows at the new Great Escape festival in Brighton. In the summer the band again plays a few UK dates and appears in Ireland at the Oxegen festival in Punchestown. Besides Voicst appears at various Dutch festivals. In August the trio embarks on a three-week US tour, including two dates at the Vans Warped Tour. In October Voicst again opens for Juliette and the Licks, this time in Hamburg, Germany. Late November the band performs in Paris. Voicst contributes the song Eyes On The Road to the album Where The Wild Things Are by C-mon & Kypski.
In March Voicst travels to New York to record their second album with Peter Katis (Interpol). Recordings take place in the Tarquin Studios. Friend and colleague Rutger Hoedemaekers (About) is co-producer of the album. Debut album 11-11 is released in Japan in May (Kurofune Records). Tjeerd Bomhof contributes to a theatre show at theatre festival De Parade. A Tale Of Two Devils won't be released until January 2008, but the trio is already busy promoting the album, not only via MySpace and social media websites like Hyves, but also at the Lowlands festival during so-called silent sessions. At Lowlands, Voicst joins the band C-Mon & Kypski during a show. One week after Lowlands, Voicst performs the tracks Everyday I Work On The Road together with the New Cool Collective Big Band at the Amsterdam Uitmarkt festivities (festival that kicks off the cultural season). On 3 October the trio performs during the Friends For War Child concert at the Ahoy' in Rotterdam.
The release of A Tale Of Two Devils does not go by unnoticed during the Noorderslag festival in Groningen. The band plays no less than four times: on the street and also during a special showcase. The single Everyday I Work On The Road contains remixes by Adept and American hiphopper Braille. In the summer the trio performs at dozens of festivals, both in the Netherlands (including Pinkpop on Saturday 31 May) and abroad Europavox Festival in Clermont-Ferrant (4 June), DK-Spot Festival in Denmark (5 June) and Sziget in Budapest (17 August). On stage the trio is joined by Rutger Hoedemaekers (turntables, sampler), Mathias Janmaat (guitar), Sophie Boerner (baritone sax, sampler), Colin Benders (trumpet) and Loes Rusch (baritone sax). When Tjeerd Bomhof breaks his elbow in June, Elle Bandita takes over from him on guitar for a short while, including during a show as support act for Kane. Bomhof and singer Anouk work on material for Anouk's next album. Bomhof also contributes to Roosbeef's debut album. Late August, during the 3daysOn festival, he and Roosbeef perform together for the first time. Also in August, Voicst is on the cover of Dutch music magazine Oor. The band works with Dutch rapper Dio on the single Het Is Je Boy (It Is Your Boy).
Voicst is nominated for an Edison music award (Best Album and Best Song) and a 3FM Award (Best Artist Rock and Best Artist Alternative). Jaimie van Hek (S.C.A.R.) features on keyboards and samples. In Dublin the band records a remix of A Year And A Bit with Brian Crosby. The single is digitally available, including a remix by Perquisite. In March, Voicst plays with The Blue Van in Denmark. Late April, the band travels to the Balkan for club shows in Zagreb, Sarajevo and Belgrade and for several mini concerts in these cities (they perform on a converted garbage truck). During these shows the band hands out a free copy of a single featuring Everyday I Work On The Road in both the original version and a cover version by Mala Vita. On the way back to the Netherlands, the band makes a stopover in Budapest for a show there. On 5 May the band travels by helicopter to perform at the Freedom Festival in Leeuwarden, Groningen, Zwolle and Assen. Joppe Molenaar plays drums on the new Bettie Serveert album. Tjeerd Bomhof wins a Duiveltje (Devil) award for Best Guitarist. The music prize is an initiative of the department Pop of Music Center the Netherlands (previously Dutch Pop and Rock Institute). The winners are elected by fellow musicians. In October Voicst tours with British band Florence and the Machine in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
|Type and year||CD, 2004|
Eat The Evidence EP
|Type and year||CDS, 2003|
|Type and year||CDS, 2005|
Whatever You Want From Life
|Type and year||CDS, 2006|
College Radio : Alternative Rock Songs
|Type and year||Compilatie, 2003|
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