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