The group was formed back in 1991, with Wim dB (alias Wim De Beuckelaer), his
sister Katrien and his partner Inneke 23 (alias Ingrid Veerman). After a first
demo in 1993 ("23 fishes"), the group welcomes the 15-year old Lara
Wolfsmelk (alias Lara Dhondt) in 1994.
De Bossen (dutch for The Woods) produces another demo ("Guitar Coffin")
and starts touring, yet it isn't until 1997 that they are offered a record contract
by the indie label Kinky Star. Their first release, an EP called "Big Bang
Machine" sprouts the radio-hit "Speed Queen".
Trademarks of the band are an eclectic taste in music (ranging from the Cramps,
The Shangri-Las, Sonic Youth, Motown, Violent Femmes and The Jayhawks to The Ramones),
dirty lyrics, harmonizing vocals and a raw, somewhat amateurish sound.
In June '98, they released their first full CD "The Girl Collection",
full of "pop-songs about cars, sex, flowergirls, sex, Phil Spector, sex,
soap bubbles and other inevitable subjects", as Dirk Steenhaut wrote
in a review for De Morgen. There's also a lot of Twin Peaks around (a song called
"Diane" - the invisible dictaphone partner - a song about "Lover
Bob" - the counterpart of Killer Bob in the series - and thank you's to David
Lynch and Kyle MacLachlan). The title of the album and the track "Spector"
is a tribute to legendary girl-group producer Phil Spector (but then only because
: "I wanna be Phil Spector, the girl detector, the girl protector, the girl
In an interview with De Mix in August '98, Wim dB explained : "This
sexy image is not something we do on purpose, although rock-n-roll has always
been a sex-thing for me. The mixed cast of the group also plays a part.
Actually, we don't plan anything, everything about de Bossen is the way it is
because we couldn't do anything else.
Technically, we're certainly not as strong as other groups. But that casualness
is part of it. It mustn't be too smooth. We won't work with producers on our next
album 'cause we want to keep that raw aspect to our music. People often describe
our music as "rock that rattles". I like that description".
Wim dB also plans on doing "something" with his 18-year old brother
("he's in a digital hard-core group and slightly nuts") and on an "acoustic
side-project à la Palace Of Smog" with Hans Van Rompaey of nANcy*.
I wonder where he'll find the time, because the concert agenda for the group is
loaded with gigs in Belgium and the neighboring countries.
In May 2000, they released a second album on The Twilight Bark (a label of
their own, distributed by PIAS): Feel the Beating again held their characteristic
"rammelrock", but there was another dimension that had crept in their
music as well : slower songs filled with dramatic tension. A first single became
the poppy "diver", and the most striking track "Bones, Bones, Bones",
in which Wim dB laughs about his own thinness.
Band members :
- Inneke 23 aka Ingrid Veerman (bass, backing vocals)
- Lara Wolfsmelk aka Lara Dhondt (drums, backing vocals)
- Wim dB aka Wim De Beuckelaer (vocals, guitar)
Buy CD's of this band at
- Big Bang Machine (EP - Kinky Star, 1997)
- The Girl Collection (Kinky Star, 1998)
- Feel the Beating (Twilight Bark, 2000)
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