Who? Hailing from the Netherlands, Tjeerd Bomhof (guitar/vocals), Sven Woodside (bass/vocals), and Joppe Molenaar (drums/samples) formed in the early part of this decade, and are releasing their U.S. debut, 11-11, this week via Intrigue Music.
What’s the Deal? Voicst take their name from a South African slang word meaning “manic energy,” and they’ve got plenty of it on 11-11. They draw equally from the poppier side of the post-grunge era and from ’90s power pop, melding chipper, punchy three-minute arrangements with upbeat, awkwardly English lyrics on songs like “Whatever You Want from Life.”
Fun Fact: After earning a spot at New York’s CMJ Music Marathon, Voicst were able to hook up with producer Eli Janney, the ex-Girls Against Boys keyboardist whose worked the boards for the Rapture and Secret Machines. PETER GASTON
Now Hear This: Voicst – “Whatever You Want from Life” (Download MP3)
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On the Web: voicst.com