Rose of Kraak & Smaak- for the Grateful Web

Holland's breakthrough act KRAAK & SMAAK is getting ready to rock North America as a full band in support of their latest album PLASTIC PEOPLE out now on ULTRA Records.  On November 6 at Eighteenth Street Lounge in Washington D.C., they'll kick off their 14-show date tour that will take them through many major markets throughout the U.S. and into Canada in support of the album.

Although KRAAK & SMAAK originally started out as a studio project for the founding members Oscar De Jong, Mark Kneppers & Wim Plug, it quickly became one of the hottest live properties in electronic music. The additional live band members of Ro Krom (drummer, vocalist), Rose (vocalist) and Marc (bass) - coupled with the keyboards, FX and percussion played by the band themselves - are a formidable slice of funk on the dance floor.

Released September 9 in North America as the band's sophomore record, Plastic People captures the K&S brand of future funk and features the first single "Squeeze Me."   The song is currently gaining great exposure through Rhapsody's national TV ad campaign which can be viewed here.

In addition to the banjo twang, disco suave synths, hints of a string orchestra, gypsy-tinged clarinet melody and the soulful broken beat that threads its way through the music, the album also has stand-out collaborations, including "That's My Word" which features one of their heroes, rapper Dudley Perkins.   Wrote Bruce Tatum of Time Out New York (September 11-17), "From the boogie-time bounce of album opener 'Bobby & Whitney' to the dreamy disco of 'Thinking Back' through to the vaguely Eastern, synth-led exoticism of closer 'To Everyone Who Has,' Plastic People has a breadth and depth that puts most club-oriented albums to shame."

Since releasing their debut album Boogie Angst in 2006, they have played over 200 live band gigs, have been hailed as a "Must See Live Band," supported the stadium-rocking Faithless on their European tour and played some of the most prestigious gigs in the U.S. last year including SXSW and shows at the Winter Music Conference.

KRAAK & SMAAK will appear in North America this November:


DATE                        CITY                              VENUE                     

Thu      11/6               Washington, DC                    Eighteenth Street Lounge

Fri      11/7               Baltimore, MD                     Bedrock

Sat      11/8               New York, NY                      Mercury Lounge

Tue      11/11              Austin, TX                        The Parish Room

Thu      11/13              Madison, WI                       Majestic Theatre

Fri      11/14              Chicago, IL                       Subterranean

Sat      11/15              Lawrence, KS                      Granada Theatre Kundilini Rising 2

Tue      11/18              Denver, CO                        Bluebird Theatre

Thu      11/20              San Diego, CA                     The Loft

Fri      11/21              Los Angeles, CA                   Music Box @ Henry Fonda Theatre

Sat      11/22              San Francisco, CA                 The Independent

Mon      11/24              Whistler, BC                      Garibaldi Lift Company

Tue      11/25              Vancouver, BC                     Richard's on Richards

Wed      11/26              Seattle, WA                       Nectar Lounge

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