Nikoo’s Friends & Family out now!
We’re very proud to release our 12th official release to date. As of today the second EP titled Friends & Family by the noise-poppers Nikoo can be downloaded in our music section on a pay-what-you-want basis. Go check it out and see if the band is right when they told us: “Nikoo irritates. At least, I hope it does.”
Nikoo is a noise-pop beast to love. Songs and productions of international class. No bells and whistles, full of threat, urgency and sex. Raw and pure, hard and overwhelming. Joep van Son and his four noise makers take you by surprise as no other, full of inconvenience and dispossession.
A craze for raw, raunchy pop music got Joep van Son writing in early 2010. After merely one hour of rehearsing, the productive quintet enters the studio for the recording of six abrasive and urgent songs. “I love musician’s first impulses. Short rehearsals keep the creativity and hunger fresh. You can hear that in our recordings”, says Van Son. The trendsetting American music platform Pitchfork praises the inventive noise-pop of Eindhoven-based Joep van Son and his band members. Dutch music press too received the noise with open arms: “Somewhere between Sonic Youth at its most rocking, And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead at its fuzziest and Dinosaur jr. at its most melodious moments”, according to renowned music magazine OOR. VPRO’s 3VOOR12 adds: “A band that pushes boundaries and goes beyond them to create something new.”
The recipe for success is repeated at the end of 2010. Friends & Family, with its seven songs, screams for attention. Songs about women, girls, exes and movies, all recorded by band member and producer Rob Bours. The artwork is created by Dutch music photographer Nick Helderman (Oor, Vice, 3VOOR12, Self-Titled Magazine).
Nikoo consists of: Joep Van Son (The Sugarettes, The Very Sexuals), Mariska Louman (The Sugarettes, Foam), Rob Bours (The Very Sexuals, among others), Hugo Ploegmakers (Foam, among others), Mike Dobber (Klaus Womb & Penny super pony strip) and Pim Verlaek (Pien Feith band). Friends & Family sees guest performances by the talented Pim van de Werken (Silence is Sexy) and Gwendolien Douglas (AC Bergheimer).