Members: Tjeerd Bomhof: Guitar and Vocals / Sven Woodside: Bass and Vocals / Joppe Molenaar: Drums and Samples
Tjeerd Bomhoff is born in Amsterdam. Joppe Molenaar is born in Amsterdam. Sven Woodside is born in Canada.(hes the barefoot one).
They grow up. They meet as teenagers and realize they can all play instruments
They begin to play their instruments together.
In 2000, while on holiday in Johannesburg, South Africa, Tjeerd notices a bizarre slang word spray painted on a wall, VOICST; a word that apparently translates to Manic Energy.
The band has a name.
Voicst begins to make music.
They release an EP called Eat The Evidence on the Belgium label, labelman.
While in New York City for CMJ they meet Girls Against Boys bassist Eli Janney and decide to make a record.
11-11 the album is born out of borrowed money, favors and band aids.
Victor Van Vugt hears the basic tracks and decides to join the circus that is Voicst. He twiddles a few knobs, moves a few faders and mixes the album.
Record gets released in Holland, Belgium, Spain, Australia, Japan, The United States and Canada.
People seem to like it.
Band tours all over the world with everyone and anyone. Sleeping wherever they can. Band even wins awards with bizarre titles (Essents, 3voor12, Fabby) and finds their music showing up in even weirder places: Heineken and Google Commercials, Video Games (FIFA World Cup 2006), trendy TV shows (One Tree Hill) and at a few strip clubs. Despite all of this, some press people and others seem to like it:
"Band to Watch for 2007" - 9 out of 10 Album Review Rocksound Magazine (UK)
"Potent power pop-rock that wipes enough fashion-punk snot in your ears to keep things from sounding sanitized. If you look at the complete picture, youll find a band providing an interesting take on goodtime grooves, zigging towards fun while emo kids zag to the dark side" - ***1/2 Rolling Stone Magazine
"11-11 is about as perfect as one can get for a debut record. Like Supergrass, Voicst devote their own manic energy (Voicst means manic energy in South African slang) to bright and humorous tunes that make you glad to be alive, while also giving you something to think about. 11-11 is the best album of 2006 so far, and will certainly be up there in my end-of-year top five" - PopMatters
Looking forward, in 2007 Voicst will camp out in Bridgeport CT to record a new album with Peter Katis (Interpol, The National). Should be out in Holland around August and the rest of the world after.