The Arthurs is an alternative/indie rock band from Amsterdam/Rotterdam (The Netherlands) formed around Dutch singer/songwriter Robin den Drijver. Friday June 25th 2021 the band released their second album ‘Glass’.
In their music you may hear influences from bands such as The Pixies, The Doors, The Smiths and Nirvana, but The Arthurs distinguish themselves by their own unique style and sound. Listening to their melodic, dynamic, raw, beautiful, aggressive, dreamlike and always heartfelt music, will be worth your while.
Their debut album 'When I'm Sane’ (2017) received positive Dutch press reviews. Popunie rated it as a ‘very strong debut and the perfect ticket to the biggest festivals'. Den Drijver recorded almost all of the instruments on the album himself in his living room, accompanied by drummer Jetske Blonk. ‘When I’m Sane’ was mixed by Paul Fitzpatrick and mastered by I am Oak drummer Tammo Kerbergen.
Anno 2021, the lineup includes drummer Blonk, lead guitarist Dylano Hahury and bassist Martin Memelink.
The Arthurs played notable Dutch venues and festivals and shows in Belgium and England. The band was scheduled to perform on the Bevrijdingsfestival in Rotterdam on Dutch Liberation Day on May 5th 2020, unfortunately cancelled because of Corona. November 2021, The Arthurs will support English legendary political new wave band Fischer-Z in De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, The Netherlands.
December 2019, the band released their first single and video for their second album: ‘Leave this Town’. A second one, ‘Red Letter Days’, a collaboration with Dutch actress and singer Kiki van Deursen, was released February 2020. ‘Red Letter Days’ received positive national ( “Video of the Day” at Penguin Radio) and international press attention, especially from UK-based reviewers, like It’s all Indie (“The track is an absolute wonder, a real gem…...it won't be that much longer before the band goes international and captures their hearts) and Nova Blog ("Their music reflects a sense of musical completeness and expressive maturity, that has few equals”).
A third single, ‘Void’, was released April 2020. American blogsite The Static Dive described it as “the mix of reverberated, moody vocals and high volume, melodic guitars reminds me of some of the best psychedelic and goth bands of the 80’s and 90’s. There are hints of The Church, Dinosaur Jr and Bauhaus. But The Arthurs definitely put their own spin on the sound. In the end, their brand of hypnotic Rock is all their own.”
July 17th 2020, The Arthurs released a fourth single and music video: ‘Something with Oceans’. According to UK-based Indie Groove Music Blog the track “has a dreamlike sound that comes from the heart, as they take Britpop guitar and combine it with noughties indie to create a familiar sound that is bound to unite music lovers from different generations". UK blogsite The Other Side Reviews concluded that “The Arthurs have outdone themselves with their latest ‘Something with Oceans’.”
The music video for ‘Something with Oceans’ was chosen as Never Mind The Hype “Video of the Week” and Penguin Radio “Video of the Day”. About the video The Static Dive wrote: “If Frederico Fellini was to direct an episode of Baywatch, I think it would look a little something like this”. ‘Something with Oceans’ was also nominated for the Rotterdam Music Awards 2020 Track of the Year-category.
Friday June 18th 2021, one week before the release of their second album 'Glass', the band will first release a single and music video for a track called ‘Window’. Just like their debut album ‘When I’m Sane’, 'Glass’ was mostly recorded and produced at home by Den Drijver and again mixed by Paul Fitzpatrick and mastered by Tammo Kersbergen.
The Arthurs show their ambition with a strong live performance, like the Dutch Jitters Blog mentioned in their Westerpop Festival review, desrcibing them as ‘a unique indie rock band, different from others, that grabbed our attention to the stage immediately’.
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