The '60s Dutch "Nederbeat" scene made a huge contribution to the rock'n'roll canon. The Outsiders, Q65, Shocking Blue, Golden Earring, and more. The Heck, all the way from the North of the Netherlands, Drenthe, that is, are the latest heir to the throne.
Singer Henri was the preaching frontman of de Keefmen and the Miracle Men and this debut album 'Who? The Heck!!!,' which is out on Dirty Water Records (London, UK), contains some future sixties-influenced pop classics, served with the power and intensity of punk. Living legend Frans Hagenaars managed to capture the energy of their live shows in the studio which resulted in this timeless debut. Musically the band can be placed somewhere in between the Sonics and Reigning Sound.
Their personal favourites Dead Moon, Seeds, Real Kids and Pagans are present and obviously also the Nederbeat influence; Cuby and the Blizzards, The Outsiders and Q65 can be heard when listening to The Heck! Some other good news is that their sold out and sought after singles 'Waiting In Line' and 'For Cryin' Out Loud' are included on the LP!
The Dirty Water Club started in October 1996 in the Tufnell Park neighbourhood of north London, at a venue called The Boston. The club's name is derived from The Standells' 1966 hit 'Dirty Water' which glorifies the US city of Boston, Massachusetts.
Past performers have included The White Stripes (voted by Q Magazine as one of the top 10 gigs of all time, Mojo one of the top 30 and Kerrang one of the top 100!), The Gories, Country Teasers, Black Lips, NOBUNNY, Kid Congo Powers, The Fleshtones, Billy Childish, Radio Birdman, The Dirtbombs, Thee Michelle Gun Elephant, The 22.214.171.124's, The Horrors and The Brian Jonestown Massacre to name just a few. The club has also seen some original '60s performers, such as The Monks, ? and the Mysterians, Kim Fowley, Sky Saxon, GONN, Michael Davis of the MC5 and more grace its stage.
Their in-house record label, Dirty Water Records, is one of the leading garage/beat/(real) R&B labels in the world.