Owen and Helên
Tingle In The Netherlands is an electro-pop collaboration between poet Helên
Thomas and electronic musician Owen J based in Manchester UK. We have been creating music together since 2009.
Musically, others have described our sound as being reminiscent of bands such as Kraftwerk, Ladytron, Chris & Cosey, Severed Heads, Soft Cell, Human League and Vince Clarke. These comparisons reflect many of Owen’s musical influences which would also include bands such as Liaisons Dangereuses, Tuxedomoon, Danielle Dax and YMO. While Owen creates the majority of the music Helên provides most, but not all, of the lyrics as well as contributing some vocal melodies. Although we have performed at Ste McCabe’s Pussywhipped event in Manchester, we consider ourselves to be a studio band so currently do not have any plans to perform live.
Our first EP, ‘Prostitute's Handbag’ was released in 2010 and included a remix, by Atomizer, of the title track. ‘Prostitute's Handbag’ reached number 11 in the Dandelion Radio Festive Fifty 2010, receiving votes for the original version and the Atomizer remix.
In February 2013 our debut album ‘Why Can’t You Write Something Nice For A Change?’ was released on the Nerve Echo label, and is available to buy from http://www.nerveecho.com, Bandcamp and iTunes.
What people are saying about Tingle In The Netherlands:
“ If you're not into songs about whores, intergalactic caretakers or perverted horror stories then it's clearly best to avoid these songs. However if you're looking for this type of thing and you'd like to hear it set to some brilliantly dark electro-pop melodies, then Tingle In The Netherlands are probably just the thing you want. The title track of the 'Prostitute's Handbag' EP sounds like a sleazy Kraftwerk, complete with the priceless lyric "made in China, bought with vagina"”
Mr Scott - mrscottmusicblog
“Cool, atmospheric, witty, clever, poetic, funny and demented. This is definitely an EP you ought to check out if you like Erasure, Kraftwerk, New Order, Yazoo and others. It’s tons of fun with no doom and gloom or heavy preachy lyrics.”
Alannah Murphy - In the Night
“Tingle In The Netherlands has the 80s dry-ice-euro-disco-gloss of a Pet Shop Boys / Giorgio Moroder team up with lyrical inspiration from Christopher Isherwood”
Dave Collins - Level 4 Magazine.
“Tingle In The Netherlands are one of the few bands whose music lives up to the excellence of their name, and they also earned a deserved high entry in the festive fifty last year with the scorching 'Prostitute's Handbag'.”
Mark Whitby - Dandelion Radio
“A mixture of effects-laden male speech on some tracks, and hilarious female singing on others. It's been a long time since the vocals in an electronic track made me laugh, but a few on here do just that. Magnificent stuff.”
“think discarded pet shop boys lyrics found in a dark room produced by anne clark (if she actually had a sense of humour.)”
“Hey there, lovin the 80's electronic feel. Sounds like Vince Clarke has produced the tracks you have posted here. I lost my heart.....dripping flash in hyperspace. Quality”
Big Drum Records
Tingle In The Netherlands’s tracks