The Kik

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The Kik at Parkpop 2013

The Kik is a Dutch music group notable for paying homage to 1960s-era Beat music with Dutch lyrics ("Nederbeat"). They released their debut CD in May 2012 and quickly received national attention.

History[edit]

The group was founded in 2010 by Rotterdammer Dave von Raven (formerly of The Madd, a Nederbeat-inspired band with English lyrics), and released two singles in English in 2011 before switching to lyrics in Dutch[1] in which, according to a critic for NU.nl, they combine camp with sincerity.[2] They released their first album in 2012, Springlevend. A reviewer for de Volkskrant commented on the humorous and upbeat lyrics (mostly about girls), and singled out an adaptation of "Pleasant Valley Sunday", a hit for The Monkees in 1967.[3] A reviewer for De Telegraaf said, "Their enthusiasm is contagious, their authentic-sounding Beatles-beats are fantastic."[4]

The Kik were announced as the house band for the Dutch television show De Wereld Draait Door, for twelve episodes of the 2013 season;[1][5] they performed on the show in May 2012 to promote Springlevend.[6]

Line-up[edit]

  • Dave von Raven - guitar, vocals
  • Marcel Groenewegen - bass
  • Arjan Spies - guitar, vocals
  • Ries Doms - drums
  • Paul Zoontjens - keyboards, backing vocals

Discography[edit]

  • Springlevend (2012)
  • 2 (2014)
  • Met De Deur in Huis (2015)
  • Armand & The Kik (2015)
  • Wij Zijn Vuilnisman (2016)
  • Stad en Land (2017)
  • Hertaalt! (2017)
  • Boudewijn de Groot's Voor de Overlevenden & Picknick (2019, live)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Kik nieuwe huisband DWDD". Het Parool. 24 May 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2012.
  2. ^ Oitman, Pierre (30 May 2012). "Rev. of The Kik, Springlevend". NU.nl. Retrieved 30 May 2012.
  3. ^ Kramer, Gijsbert (30 May 2012). "Rev. of The Kik, Springlevend". de Volkskrant. Retrieved 30 May 2012.
  4. ^ Wijlaars, Bart (26 May 2012). "Rev. of The Kik, Springlevend". De Telegraaf. Retrieved 30 May 2012. Het enthousiasme is aanstekelijk, de authentiek lijkende Beatlesbeats zijn fantastisch.
  5. ^ "The Kik nieuwe huisband DWDD". RTV Rijnmond. 25 May 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2012.
  6. ^ "Joop Van den Ende en Mart Smeets te gast in De Wereld Draait Door". TV-Visie. 23 May 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2012.