The Netherlands holds one of the best underground rock scenes out there, and a recognizable face in their crowd is the spade-tattooed, grizzled mug of Dennis Hendrik Overweg (aka Dikke Dennis). When he wasn’t working in his Amsterdam-based tattoo shop (since sold), he was found in clubs across Holland as the notorious mascot for defunct heavy rock trio Peter Pan Speedrock, soaking bystanders with beer, belly sweat, and god knows what else.
When the Speedrock era of Dennis’s life wrapped at the end of 2016, it would only be a matter of time before the urge to stand before a crowd would come back to him. Forming a band wasn’t out of the question; he’s already had that experience fronting Eindhoven rockers, The Spades and Peter Pan Speedrock for a one-off release in 2001.
However, Dennis’s own band, one he alone masterminds, is what destiny calls for next after 2016’s conclusion. Now, that destiny has come full-circle with the arrival of Dikke Dennis & de Røckers and their debut 7″ Prehistorisch Beest. People, get ready.
Cliches aside, Dikke Dennis & de Røckers are a solid quartet of the old rock guard working with the new guard as Dennis enlists Holland surf punks, del-Toros, to round out the faction. Who are the del-Toros, you ask? They toured the whole state of California recently; you can read about it here.
Together, these four have made numerous rounds across Holland with their headlining gigs, festival appearances, and support for international touring groups like Bob Wayne and Supersuckers. With those live gigs in the books as a warm-up, the logical next step is to record something, and that’s why you’re reading this. Prehistorisch Beest clocks in at a hit it and quit time range of fewer than six minutes of stripped-down pub rock.
Side A is the only original cut with “Prehistorisch Beest;” it’s a basic-structured, rock anthem best suited for dives joints where lager is king, and the kind of clap you get comes from an audience and all the toilet seats.
Side B is one for the history books, as God knows how many other bands have covered “Ain’t Nothin’ To Do” by the Dead Boys. The only takeaway here is, it’s all in Dutch and is more free-form in its delivery: nice work all around and a good gauge on these four guy’s chemistry.
Dikke Dennis is back, believe it. His image personifies the rowdy Dutch rock scene; he’s always been a complementary force in that world, separate with his own thing and adds value and extra cajones with whom he teams with. It’s best for both worlds; now Dennis has come full circle with his own. Again, destiny, man.
Pre-orders available through Shiny Beast.