houses is a young alternative indiepop band from Amsterdam, taking cues from bands like Broken Social Scene and Death Cab For Cutie. Singer Ella´s vocals shift between fragility and powerful emotional outbursts.
After a few months of locking themselves in the practice space, they make their live debut in 2009 at the band´s stomping ground, Cafe Pakhuis Wilhelmina. This was the first of many shows at the Pakhuis, resulting in more confidence, songs and fans.
This prompts the band to record in early 2010. The scene of the crime is a little studio in Ella´s hometown valley in Switzerland. They return from the session with 5 songs, all of which end up on their EP ´End Of Story.
After the release things happen quickly. The record is noticed by local DJ´s and songs from the EP end up on many a playlist, not just regionally but nationally as well by stations like 3FM, 3voor12 and KinkFM.
Armed with just one EP they make their first television appearance in the newsshow ´De Wereld Draait Door´ and land a spot on Noorderslag, the Dutch SXSW.
Following Noorderslag the band retreats to the Basement Studio in The Hague in February 2011 to record their first full-length. With the assistance of friends they record the album in a matter of weeks, producing it themselves.
After an extended period of tweaking and mixing the band finishes the record in the summer.
The record ´Clean Life´ will be released on September 19th with a releaseparty being held at the Paradiso club in Amsterdam, kicking off a clubtour for the fall.