Amsterdam indie rock quartet Ensor looked back to the heyday of Nineties college rock for their debut album Kicks, channeling the gritty but cheerful sound of the Pixies and Hüsker Dü, with the melodic sensibiltiies of Dutch predecessors Bettie Serveert riding on top. It's a full-grown album with a dark sense of humor (The Day I Tried To Call You From My Coffin), head-over-heels seductive vocals (Do It) and passive-agressive boredom (U-Talk).
Kicks is a spot-on title for an inspired collection of songs. In years to come it might be considered as the second coming of the Amstel-Wave, that particular variety of six strings sound that dominated alternative radio in Holland twenty years ago.
Bas Jacobs: baritone guitar,vocals
Manue Ornon: guitar,vocals
Marcel de Rooij: bass, guitar
Michiel Verburgh: drums, percussion
- The Day I Tried To Call You From My Coffin
- Yeah Yeah Yeah
- I Know You
- Do It
- A Song To Cut Like A Knife
- New Deal
- Clap Clap
- The Magickal Return of Scorpio Scarecrow
- 05/31 De Nieuwe Anita, Amsterdam (CD release party)