Posted in music on September 17, 2013

By Doug Moore

The Netherlands
The Netherlands

Brooklyn's impossible-to-Google Netherlands are best known for their frontman Timo Ellis, who in turn is best known for his laundry list of high-profile past collaborations. John Zorn, the Melvins, and Yoko Ono (who just played NYC) are all prolific collaborators, but few individuals can claim to have worked with all three.

As you might expect from Ellis's résumé, Netherlands is a pretty strange band. They play gritty, high-energy punk/metal, anchored by a huge distorted synth bass tone; the effect is something like Future of the Left banging out one of Torche's more rambunctious tunes. Even stranger is the video for "Tabitha", which we're debuting in this post. Instead of a narrative, it offers a crazy-quilt of surreal images: claymation animal heads exploding, psychedelic color washes, and grotesque line animations of melting human faces and bursting pimples. The video's got a sickly, sugar-high energy that matches Ellis's yowling vocals and caveman riffs perfectly. If you've ever watched Wonder Showzen, you may pick up a resemblance to AugenBlick Studios' nauseating animated clips. That's a good thing in my book

Netherlands will self-release their second album, Silicon Vapor, on October 29. Stream the video below.

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Netherlands - "Tabitha"

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Comments (8)

When these tickets go on sale the networks will be Clogged. I don't get it...to me they are dam cheesy. No gouda will come from this band. I heard they will be playing in haarlem? I hauge the way these bands get popular.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2013 2:36 PM

I see what you did there.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2013 2:45 PM

heavy...

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2013 4:52 PM

This is one of the best bands in NYC hands down.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2013 5:23 PM

Diiv > Heroin > Netherlands
Fact.

Posted by Anonymous | September 18, 2013 3:06 PM

weak. meh.

Posted by Anonymous | September 18, 2013 3:14 PM

The animation reminds me a little of Bruce Bickford!

Posted by Braelynn | October 15, 2013 7:03 AM

NETHERLANDS FUCKING ROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOCKS! My favorite workout music and wake up music for sure! kick-ass song. the whole album is awesome.

Posted by Neva | October 18, 2014 10:08 AM

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