THE TIBBS are a Dutch soul outfit comprising Elsa Bekman (vocals) Henk Kemkes (guitar) Michael Willemsen (bas) Bas de Vries (drums) Paul Jonker (Hammond) Berd Ruttenberg (baritone sax) Coen de Vries (tenor sax) Siebe Posthuma de Boer (trumpet). The band have been in business since 2012 and fuelled by their mutual passion for retro soul – especially with a Northern flavour – they’ve become a big draw in and around Amsterdam.
In 2014 they released their first EP, followed by a vinyl single on the renowned German Tramp label. Now signed to Record Kicks the Tibbs are about to release a brand new double A sided single…. ‘Next Time’/ ‘The Story Goes’.
‘Next Time’ is a pacey, up-tempo number with parping brass that has just a hint of ska about it. It packs plenty of energy – rough and honest. ‘The Story Goes’ is a little more polished (though not that much) and a little less frantic. Again the punchy brass brings plenty of appeal and the middle trumpet break is a real gem. Stick a white label on this and you’d convince many a Northern souler that they’d found a long, lost classic!
The single is released on April 1st and heralds an album… ‘Takin’ Over’ which hits the sales racks at the end of May.