Published Sep 12, 2018Netherlands lead singer and multi-instrumentalist Timo Ellis has collaborated with Yoko Ono, Cibo Matto, Ween and John Zorn, though none of that truly hints at their sound. The closest collaborator to which one could compare the NYC quartet's avant-garde sludge — both the musical style and the word, as in a thick and wet mixture — is Melvins.
Like those Washington genre melders, Netherlands are overly prolific. Case in point, this song and video for "Rewild!" is off February's Hope Porn EP and serves as the last video for the six-song release, but they already released fourth full-length Black Gaia in August.
Musically, Netherlands run parallel to King Buzzo and co. in that they plum the depths of bassy frequencies, inject them with watery psychedelic notes and lay unconventional vocals atop — in this case the hypnotic falsettos of Ellis.
The leader also spoke of the meaning behind the visual collage of a video before addressing their recently cancelled run with Mastodon and Dinosaur Jr.
"The video conveys a basic message of urgent environmentalism. EARTH FIRST. Secondly it's advocating for humanity to aspire to more than just being mindless, consumerist, capitalist parasites/serfs," Ellis says. "We likely have less than 100 years left, so everybody's got to get out in the streets and regularly start fucking causing trouble.
"And to our Canadian fans, we are massively bummed that we had to postpone our shows due to an emergency in the Mastodon camp, but we are working on new plans and we will be back as soon as humanly possible!"
Check out the video for "Rewild!" in the player below.