de Warande - Turnhout
‘Zet dat effect toch af als je tegen het publiek praat’
‘Ik was mee tot de eerste Pink Floyd-solo’
drums,vocals: Erik Heestermans (Véronique Vincent & Aksak Maboul, Ignatz & de Stervende Honden, Judith Kiddo) (35)
guitars,vocals: Kristof De Clerck (36)
bass,vocals: Naomi Bentein (Lagüna) (28)
NINU (formerly Night Nules) is an Antwerp-based band led by Kristof De Clerck, who started messing around with an 8-track in 2014 under a starlit sky in the Spanish town of Nules. A deserted cabin on a rocky beach, an ominously choppy sea, stray dogs howling and barking in the distance are the backdrop for a stubborn type of indie rock. Entrancing music with a engaging atmosphere, for listeners with a knack for suaveness and hook-friendly allure.
These days, NINU operate as a trio, with Naomi Bentein (Lagüna) on bass and Erik Heestermans (Aksak Maboul, Judith Kiddo, Ignatz & de Stervende Honden) on drums.
‘Suck It Up’, their 2015 double ep, displays a wide range of musical genres – from weird pop to mathy rock, from hip tunes to an almost-ballad: it’s all there, centered around quirky guitar riffing and a voice drenched in effects.
The 2018 ep ‘Other Girls’ – their first real band effort – shows them in a more mature form, stylistically cutting clear: one ballad, one groovy tune, and one rocker.
‘Three’ marks a turn towards simplicity. Apart from ‘Big Bird’ – resuscitated from a demo track – these songs share the same vibe: straight forward, no-nonsense. Maneuvering in the grey areas between indie rock and danceable pop, carried by a solid rhythm section and driven by wayward guitars and vocals – this music is out to make you nod your head. Lyrically, fatherhood and a life less confined are the underlying themes. An outlet for all (missed) opportunities, hopes and dreams.