Dutch indie rockers Kensington initially formed in Utrecht in 2005, and by 2008 featured a stable lineup of Casper Starreveld (guitar, vocals), Eloi Youssef (guitar, vocals), Jan Haker (bass), and Niles Vandenberg (drums). Informed by new wave revivalists Franz Ferdinand and Kaiser Chiefs, the band…
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Globally the Netherlands is probably most known for providing top dance DJs to the music scene. The influence of the Dutch on dance music is profound. Armin van Buuren, Afrojack, Hardwell, Martin Garrix are well known names, but there’s more to the Dutch music scene than you would imagine.
Besides a major dance scene, the Netherlands also introduced the world to retro pop with the likes of Caro Emerald, the first Dutch indie artist to achieve international success. And, believe it or not, the Dutch also know how to rock.
In fact, rock music has always been one of the most commercially successful genres the Dutch have known. There’s always a band of the moment and this time, there’s no doubt, it’s Kensington.
Unlike previously successful Dutch rock acts, like Golden Earring, Di-Rect and Kane, Kensington have chosen not to go for the typical American rock sound. When you listen to their music, especially in combination with the name, you would be quick to credit them as a British band.
The only difference to Kensington, compared to many English bands, is the raw vocals of lead singer Eloi Youssef. Not many English bands have that type of vocals on their music. Keane and Coldplay, for instance, have very clear vocals.
It’s no accident that Kensington has a British influence in their sound. Their big break followed after working with an English producer on their album “Borders”. So, they’ve made sure to work with international producers and master engineers on all their albums. A decision that has worked out well for them, because their success is only getting bigger.
Next year, the band will play the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, which has a capacity of 17,000 people. Other Dutch rock bands have played big venues before, but this is the first time a rock band has managed to sell out 2 of their 3 shows there, a year ahead of the show.
The band is also playing gigs in Germany, which are the first signs that they are ambitious to pursue an international career.
So, let me introduce you to Kensington. These are their latest singles: