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Krezip on the Bevrijdingsfestival Overijssel 2008 in Zwolle.
|Genres||Pop rock, alternative rock, pop punk, dance-rock|
|Years active||1997–2009, 2019|
|Labels||Warner Music Benelux (2000-2004)|
Joost van Haaren
Bram van den Berg
Jan Peter Hoekstra
|Past members||Thomas Holthuis|
Krezip is a Dutch band from Tilburg, formed in 1997. It was notable for the band members' young ages during their original break through. The band has had several successful albums and singles in Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. The origin of their name remains unclear, though a popular explanation is that the name is an anagram of "perzik", the Dutch word for "peach".
In 2008 Krezips breakthrough single I Would Stay was given a one-time-only people's choice based award for 'all-time best Dutch single', by Dutch national radio station 3FM.
Formation and demos (1997–1999)
Krezip began as a four-piece outfit in 1997 in Tilburg, Netherlands, consisting of Jacqueline Govaert on vocals, Anne Govaert and Annelies Kuijsters on guitar and Joost van Haaren on bass guitar. Though these four formed the core of the band, they found it difficult to find a suitable permanent drummer. During one of their early shows, Thijs Romeijn was in the audience, and was so impressed by the band's energy that he approached them after the show to commend them. During the conversation, it turned out that Romeijn was a drummer himself, and he quickly became the band's permanent drummer.
In 1998, Krezip, armed with two demo tapes, played many festivals in the Netherlands, such as Festival Mundial, Noorderslag, and Lowlands. Studies and age made obtaining commercial offers difficult. In 1999, they released an independent EP, Run Around.
Nothing Less (2000–2001)
The band soon received numerous offers from record companies. In 2000, they signed with Warner Music and recorded their first album, Nothing Less, with the producer Oscar Holleman. Their first single, "Won't Cry", did little to advance their career. The band gained more exposure after a show at the Dutch Pinkpop festival, with the ballad "I Would Stay" being received exceptionally well. The song was released as their second single, with a video compiled from footage of the Pinkpop show. "I Would Stay" became a #1 hit in Belgium and #2 in the Netherlands. It was the #1 song of 2000 in Belgium.
Nothing Less entered the charts at #1 in both the Netherlands and Belgium, going 2x platinum in the Netherlands. Despite this, the two other singles from the album, "All Unsaid" and "Everything And More", failed to chart. Among others, Krezip received a 2001 Edison Award, the Dutch equivalent of the Grammy Awards.
The band toured continuously on the album, though towards the end of the tour, problems began to arise. Govaert began to lose her voice, while Kuijsters experienced severe pains in her hand that stopped her from playing shows without painkillers. After the tour, Govaert needed an operation on her vocal cords, while Kuijsters was diagnosed as simply not being "made" to play guitar. The band moved her to keyboards and she was replaced as a guitarist by Thomas Holthuis.
Days Like This (2002–2003)
Despite a delay due to writer's block, the band released Days Like This in 2002. The album was certified gold (35,000 copies) later that year, and though the album was not as successful as its predecessor, it had several successful singles ("You Can Say" (#18), "Promise" (#16) and "Mine"). Despite this success, Govaert has expressed disdain for some of the songs, implying that the album was too serious for Krezip, and criticizing her own singing.
A club tour supported the album in the Netherlands, including acoustic performances in theaters. A performance for The Box TV program Pure was recorded live and released on DVD and CD called That'll Be Unplugged. The band liked the unplugged shows at first, but over time, decided to stay with rock music. Krezip also spent time promoting the album in Germany. They did two tours there and they were the supporting act for Bon Jovi in the Netherlands and supported Sheryl Crow during her tour of Germany and France.
In 2003, guitarist Holthuis decided to leave the band to live with his girlfriend in Berlin, citing musical differences. He was replaced by Jan Peter Hoekstra.
Release from record label and What Are You Waiting For? (2004–2006)
While the band wrote new songs, Warner Music forced Warner Music Benelux to drop all of its national artists, including Krezip. The band independently released "All I'm Asking For", available on their website for 99 cents.
After leaving Warner, Krezip received many offers from other record labels. After careful deliberation, they chose to sign with Sony BMG. In a speech during the 2004 TMF Awards, Krezip thanked their old label for everything that they had done. The band flew to Los Angeles to collaborate with the American producers Wizardz of Oz, writing most of their new album there. Romeijn became demotivated and found himself unable to play the new songs through not practising. Eventually, the band replaced Thijs with Bram van den Berg; he was originally hired only to play on the album, but decided to stay.
On 9 May 2005, Krezip released What Are You Waiting For?. The album entered the Dutch Album Top 100 at #1 and stayed in the chart for 27 weeks. Three singles were released. "Out Of My Bed" was first. It peaked at #9, making it Krezip's second top 10 hit. Two other singles, "Don't Crush Me" (#22) and the ballad "I Apologize" (#30), failed to make it into the top 20.
In early 2005, Krezip traveled to Ethiopia at the request of charity foundation Novib for an education campaign. The journey was recorded and shown on the Dutch version of MTV. The band also went on toured Benelux, selling out 15 big venues.
The song "Same Mistake" was used in the Dutch movie Het Schnitzelparadijs (Schnitzel Paradise), which became a huge hit in the Netherlands. The band later noted that "Same Mistake" is the only Krezip song that has never been played live.
In 2006, Jacqueline joined several artists in the Netherlands to record the anthem for the 2006 TMF Awards. The song was performed live during the award show. The single became available for download to support the foundation Dance 4 Life - it peaked at #4 on downloads alone.
Plug It In (2006–2007)
In 2007, the band teamed up with the Swedish producers Adel Dahdal and Peter Mansson to record a new album. The band deliberately chose a drastically different sound, with disco influences and more electronica, and hence teamed up with various songwriters such as Felix Rodriguez and Jesper Anderberg of The Sounds among others. The album was recorded in two weeks, and on 11 May 2007 Krezip released Plug It In. On 6 February 2007 a Dutch radio station (3FM) played a rough version of the first single, "Plug It In & Turn Me On". The song was officially released in April 2007 and entered the Dutch Top 40 at the #39. While on tour, Krezip performed at Pinkpop Festival for the fourth time, replacing Amy Winehouse. The second single, "Play This Game With Me", was released after this show, with its music video using footage of the Pinkpop show. The song failed to chart. The third single, "All My Life", put the band back into the top 10, peaking at #7.
Ten-year anniversary and break-up (2007–2009)
On 17 August 2007, Jacqueline announced on Giel Beelen's radio show that Krezip would give a special concert on 29 December 2007, in the Heineken Music Hall (HMH) in Amsterdam to celebrate its tenth anniversary. A documentary was also filmed, showcasing the band's entire career until that point with narration by the band members. The band recorded a cover of The Korgis' song "Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime". The song was used in the film Alles is liefde. Later that year, the band re-released Plug It In with the track, a new song and a number of live tracks from the HMH concert.
The band continued to tour, eventually announcing that a best-of compilation would be released in December 2008. It included three new tracks, of which "Go To Sleep" and "Sweet Goodbyes" were released as singles. Originally, it had been implied that the band thought this a good point to release a retrospective. On 2 October, however, the band announced in Giel Beelen's radio show that they had decided to break up. On the band's Hyves account, they explained that a good time for them to quit was when they were at their peak.
The band finished the tour and played two farewell concerts in the HMH. The last concert was released on CD and DVD under the title Sweet Goodbyes.
Reunion and Lost Without You (2019)
On 28 January 2019, news broke that Krezip would return to the stage for Pinkpop 2019. On January 29 2019, they premiered their new single Lost Without You on the Dutch TV show De Wereld Draait Door. On June 8, 2019, they released the follow-up single "How Would You Feel". On October 24, 2019, Krezip released their new album Sweet High.
- Jaqueline Govaert – lead vocals, piano (1997–2009)
- Annelies Kuijsters – keyboards, synths, vocals (2001-2009), guitar (1997–2001)
- Anne Govaert – guitar, backing vocals (1997–2009)
- Jan Peter Hoekstra – guitar, backing vocals (2004–2009)
- Joost van Haren – bass (1997–2009)
- Bram van den Berg – drums (2005–2009)
- Thomas Holthuis – guitar (2001–2003)
- Thijs Romeijn – drums (1997–2004)
|Title||Details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|Days Like This||
|What Are You Waiting For?||
|Plug It In||
|"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.|
|Title||Details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|Best of Krezip||
|Title||Details||Peak chart positions|
|That'll Be Unplugged (And More)||
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Album|
|"Won't Cry"||2000||—||66||—||Nothing Less|
|"I Would Stay"||1||2||1|
|"Everything and More"||2001||—[C]||65||—[D]|
|"You Can Say"||2002||18||19||—[E]||Days Like This|
|"Mine (Acoustic)"||2003||—[G]||99||—||Non-album singles|
|"All I'm Asking for"||2004||—||—||—|
|"Out of My Bed"||2005||9||5||—[H]||What Are You Waiting For?|
|"Don't Crush Me"||22||27||—[I]|
|"Plug It In & Turn Me On"||2007||21||19||—[J]||Plug It In|
|"Play This Game With Me"||—[K]||77||—|
|"All My Life"||7||7||—|
|"Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime"||2008||23||32||—||Alles is liefde|
|"Go to Sleep"||24||48||—||Best of Krezip|
|"Lost Without You"||2019||8||33||—[L]||
|"How Would You Feel"||27||85||—[M]|
|"Come Back With Me Now"||—||—||—|
|"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.|
- "All Unsaid" did not enter the Dutch Top 40, but peaked at number two on the Tipparade chart, which acts as an extension to the Top 40.
- "All Unsaid" did not enter the Ultratop 50, but peaked at number eight on the Ultratip chart, which acts as an extension to the Ultratop 50.
- "Everything And More" did not enter the Dutch Top 40, but peaked at number five on the Tipparade chart, which acts as an extension to the Top 40.
- "Everything And More" did not enter the Ultratop 50, but peaked at number 11 on the Ultratip chart, which acts as an extension to the Ultratop 50.
- "You Can Say" did not enter the Ultratop 50, but peaked at number seven on the Ultratip chart, which acts as an extension to the Ultratop 50.
- "Promise" did not enter the Ultratop 50, but peaked at number 11 on the Ultratip chart, which acts as an extension to the Ultratop 50.
- "Everything And More" did not enter the Dutch Top 40, but peaked at number 18 on the Tipparade chart, which acts as an extension to the Top 40.
- "Out of My Bed" did not enter the Ultratop 50, but peaked at number five on the Ultratip chart, which acts as an extension to the Ultratop 50.
- "Don't Crush Me" did not enter the Ultratop 50, but peaked at number six on the Ultratip chart, which acts as an extension to the Ultratop 50.
- "Plug It In & Turn Me On" did not enter the Ultratop 50, but peaked at number four on the Ultratip chart, which acts as an extension to the Ultratop 50.
- "Play This Game With Me" did not enter the Dutch Top 40, but peaked at number two on the Tipparade chart, which acts as an extension to the Top 40.
- "Lost Without You" did not enter the Ultratop 50, but peaked at number 35 on the Ultratip chart, which acts as an extension to the Ultratop 50.
- "How Would You Feel" did not enter the Ultratop 50, but peaked at number 17 on the Ultratip chart, which acts as an extension to the Ultratop 50.
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- 10 jaar Krezip documentary
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