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Henri Keefman - Guitar, vocals
René Katerbarg - Bass
Erik Berends - Drums
Who? The Heck? The Heck is the new sixties-influenced garage punk band from Henri Keefman. Henri was the preaching frontman of de Keefmen and the Miracle Men and is currently one half of the Sensational Second Cousins along with his, uh, second cousin.
Now he’s ‘back from the grave’ with The Heck, which is sonically a progression from the Keefmen. Henri’s pen has been working overtime popping out one stomper after another. Combining the same influences of his favourite bands as always: the Real Kids, the Remains, the Seeds, the Pagans, Dead Moon and the Reigning Sound. Since they are from the north of the Netherlands obviously also the Nederbeat influence remains very strong i.e. echoes of the Outsiders, Q65, and Cuby and the Blizzards can all be heard in Henri's songs.
The Heck’s sound can be described as more wild than de Keefmen ever was. It’s definitely more straight in the face and punk influenced. Their live performance is extremely tight. The shows are always full of energy, at a high pace, hectic and mostly ending up with the band members somewhere in the crowd.
Their debut album should see the light of day in early 2019. But for those of you who can’t wait that long, here’s their debut single: ‘Waiting in Line’ b/w 'Why?!'
"Right after DINOSAUR Jr. finished their show in the main hall The HECK kicked of their set in a very packed basement at the legendary VERA club. A large part of the audience still wanted a good dessert, and they got it. Henri Keefman’s songs have always been good. The torch that has been transferred from The Keefmen is still good to hear. Rough sixties garage, but with reluctance and enough space for tension. Never getting bored. Better with every song. The greenness of the band was still heard alittle (1st show!) but power, in tightness, many people can learn a lot from them!!!"
- Douwe Doorduin
"Henri Keefman has a well-deserved state of service in the Northern Music scene. With The Keefmen and The Sensational Second Cousins he already built a significant reputation and now he is back with The Heck. A formation in which Keefman connects music from the sixties, with country and garagerock. They kicked of their set with "Waitin in Line" a powerful "Beat" monster with the lead for Keefman's guitar and voice, but excellently covered by Katerbarg and Berends. The Heck is a solid band, despite the fact that the age of one year has yet to be met. A band with already a lot of nice songs and an own sound.