Boomkat Product Review:
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Bettie Serveert's debut album "Palomine" it's being reissued by Matador for the first time since its original release.
Back in 1986, singer and guitarist Carol van Dyk, guitarist Peter Visser and bassist Herman Bunskoeke got together in Arnhem under the name Betty Serveet, naming themselves after a series of tennis guidebooks written by Wimbledon winner Betty Stöve. But Visser and Bunskoeke were also part of De Artsen, a more popular band whose career seemed to be taking off - Betty Serveet didn't last, and van Dyk became De Artsen's sound engineer. A few years later, De Artsen splintered and the trio reformed as Bettie Serveet, adding dummer Berende Dubbe - they recorded a tight set of demos, and Matador came knocking.
"Palomine" (pal 'o' mine, geddit?) was released in 1992, a green-gilled but feverishly popular debut album that established a career that's still in full flow - the band are still touring and releasing music three decades later. They admit now that they didn't know much at the time, and didn't have any grand ambitions, but that's no doubt why the album created such a stir at the time and remains a firm fan favorite. van Dyk's vocals are raw and untrained, and aptly suited to her bandmates' rabble-rousing indie-pop constructions. There's a hint of grunge, punk and riot grrl energy, but this is pop music - sugary in the best way and rough around the edges.