“I’m always happy when Dutch bands emerge of which I think: “that’s really good!” I’d like to add one to the list: Certain Animals. The band has a slightly vintage and psychedelic sound. It’s poppy, it’s rocky, and yet it’s Dutch! My message to the people of Belgium is: follow Certain Animals and their album ‘Songs To Make You Move’ closely!” – Stijn van de Voorde (Studio Brussel)

 

“I didn’t even know that they were from The Netherlands! It’s good! Whenever they become world famous, we at NPO Radio 2 can say that we played their record!” – Rob Stenders (NPO Radio 2) on ‘Tangerine’

 

Rotterdam based trio Certain Animals serves you melodic rock filled with vocal harmonies. The members aren’t afraid to show what records they’ve been listening to. Musical giants from the 60’s and 70’s are spinning on a daily basis on their pick-ups. The Beatles, Beach Boys, Neil Young, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Electric Light Orchestra are regular companions in their musical life, but also the fuzzy and phasey sounds of contemporary bands like Tame Impala influence the music of Certain Animals. Without being stuck in the past and with a critical view on the present, the band brings you their intriguing sound which makes for an energetic live show filled with intimate moments and explosive bursts of energy.

 

In less than three years, the band manages to build a strong live reputation by playing shows on major Dutch festivals such as Oerol, Zwarte Cross, Bevrijdingsfestival, Mañana Mañana, Big Rivers and in venues such as Paard, Rotown, Sugarfactory, Hedon, Luxor Live, Gebr. de Nobel and so on. After having played across the border in Belgium and a first succesful tour in Germany, a second German tour is being planned.

 

While busy touring, band members Thijs van Leeuwen (vocals, guitars), Niels-Jan van Dijk (bass, vocals) and Kees Braam (drums, vocals) manage to build their own recording studio at a former red light district in the port of Rotterdam. In it’s home base the trio writes, produces and mixes debut album ‘Songs To Make You Move’ single-handedly. The singles ‘Strawberry Sunset’, ‘Automaton’, ‘Songs To Make You Move’, ‘Tangerine’, ‘Love, Space & Time’ and ‘TV’ have already been released on Amsterdam based label TCBYML, accompanied by a video featuring Dutch TV-legend Henny Huisman. These songs got airplay on national stations such as NPO Radio 1, NPO Radio 2, NPO 3FM, NPO Radio 5 and KINK FM, and have been placed in, among others, Spotify’s editorial New Music Friday and New Alternative playlists. With a single being released every month, Certain Animals is working towards her album release, which will take place on september 25th 2020 at De Doelen in Rotterdam.

 

Certain Animals has matured, a development that shines through on it’s debut album. The trio doesn’t pretend to be tougher than it is and isn’t rougher than what the song demands. The love for music does not only show in the massive record collections of the individual members, but also in their new tracks. Honesty is shown when it comes to their musical influences. From ‘Automaton’ till ‘Zenith’: ‘Songs To Make You Move’ is a record made by music lovers, for music lovers.

 

Press quotes

 

“I’m always happy when Dutch bands emerge of which I think: “that’s really good!” I’d like to add one to the list: Certain Animals. The band has a slightly vintage and psychedelic sound. It’s poppy, it’s rocky, and yet it’s Dutch! My message to the people of Belgium is: follow Certain Animals and their album ‘Songs To Make You Move’ closely!” – Stijn van de Voorde (Studio Brussel)

 

“I didn’t even know that they were from The Netherlands! It’s good! Whenever they become world famous, we at NPO Radio 2 can say that we played their record!” – Rob Stenders (NPO Radio 2) on ‘Tangerine’

 

“This self produced EP sounds very open and the songs will definitely work on a festival such as Down The Rabbit Hole.” – OOR Magazine

 

“Holland’s hope in anxious times!” – Gijs Jolink, Zwarte Cross festival
“A very intriguing sound in which 70’s artrock elements are stirred through the fuzz with ease. (…) With Certain Animals we have another exciting new band to listen to!” – Blues Magazine

 

“Great EP by Certain Animals, recorded in their own studio. Thank god there’s a repeat function.” – Never Mind The Hype on EP ‘Down The Rabbit Hole’

 

“One of the most high-profile bands from Rotterdam, at this moment.” – 3voor12 Rotterdam

 

“Fucking hell, this is good!” – Martin van Waardenberg, Dutch actor

 

“Bloody good song!” – Hugo Borst, Dutch writer, columnist and TV personality on single ‘Image’

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