- K's Choice
Infobox musical artist
Name = K's Choice
Img_capt = Sarah and Gert Bettens on the cover of their album "
Background = group_or_band
Alternative rock Folk rock
Years_active = 1994–present
Label = Sony
URL = http://www.kschoice.com/
Sarah Bettens Gert Bettens Eric Grossman Jan van Sichem Jr. Koen Liekens
Past_members = Bart van der Zeeuw
K's Choice is a Belgian rock band from
Antwerp, formed in the mid-1990s and touring as recently as 2006. [cite news|publisher=" Jerusalem Post"|date=November 14, 2006|author=Jonathan Clapsaddle|title=Belgian rock band K's Choice makes a triumphant return] The band's core members are siblings Sarah Bettens(lead vocals, guitar) and Gert Bettens(guitar, keyboard, vocals). They are joined by Eric Grossman(bass), Jan van Sichem Jr.(guitar) and Koen Liekens(drums). The band has produced gold and platinum albums, and has also appeared on an episode of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer". [http://www.sheermusic.co.za/ViewAlbum.asp?SiteID=1&ID=197]
In the early 1990s, Sarah and Gert played in an amateur band, The Basement Plugs. This led to the discovery of Sarah, who was offered a chance by a label; mainly because of her smoky, enigmatic voice. Under a more English name, Sarah Beth, she appeared on several movie soundtracks with covers including "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" (originally by
Hank Williams) for the movie "Vrouwen Willen Trouwen" (Women Want To Marry) and a duet with Frankie Miller, "Why Don't You Try Me", (originally by Ry Cooder) for the movie "Ad Fundum". She was offered a contract and formed a band with her brother Gert. The band was named The Choice and in 1994 they recorded their debut album " The Great Subconscious Club".
In 1994 the band had five more or less permanent members: Sarah and Gert Bettens, Jan van Sichem, Jr. (guitar), Koen Liekens (drums) and
Erik Verheyden(bass). These five toured Germany and the United States in support of the Indigo Girls. When they learned of another group in the U.S. named The Choice, they changed their name in order to avoid legal problems; they decided upon "K's Choice" by going through the alphabet to see which letter would sound best in front of the word "choice". Since they thought they needed a story behind the new name, they used to tell that the K referred to Joseph K.from Kafka's the Trial, but later the band revealed the arbitrariness of choosing the "K".
In 1996 they recorded "
Paradise in Me". "Not an Addict", the first single taken from this album, was very successful and brought international fame. It can be argued that this single was their most popular hit, and even 10 years later in 2006 receives fairly good airplay in major markets. It was at this point that their drummer Bart van der Zeeuw had been replaced by Koen Liekens, and bass players continually changed. For the next year (1996-1997) they toured supporting Alanis Morissette, who heard the band playing on a European festival and handpicked them as her support band. In 1998 " Cocoon Crash", their third album was done. Meanwhile American Eric Grossmanhad become the permanent bass player. In 1999 the band appeared on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" in the episode "Doppelgängland" performing their song "Virgin State Of Mind". In 2000 their last studio album " Almost Happy" was finished and Koen Liekens returned as drummer. In 2001 "Live" (a 2-CD collection of live recordings) was in stores, and in 2003 "Ten" (a collection of ten years of singles and songs that didn't appear on their albums, plus the brand new single "Losing You") was released, accompanied by a DVD bearing the same name.
In 2003 the band decided to go on a sabbatical. Gert and Sarah both wanted to try out some solo work. Gert produced an album for a Belgian band, Venus in Flames, and Sarah recorded a solo mini-CD "Go" and appeared on several movie soundtracks with songs of her own ("All of This Past" for "Underworld" and "Someone to Say Hi To" for "
Zus and Zo").In addition to four full albums, a live album, and a best-of, they also produced four limited edition and fan club CDs: "Extra Cocoon", "2000 Seconds Live", "Home" and "Running Backwards".
In 2005 Sarah released her solo album "Scream" in both Europe and the U.S. Sarah has been performing tour dates in both hemispheres. Gert, having flirted for a while with the band name Moon Brigade, has announced that his new band's name is "Woodface" (which is also the name of one of his favorite albums from
Crowded House). Woodface released its first album "Good Morning Hope" on 19 September 2005. [ [http://www.woodface.com/ Woodface ] ]
Sarah released another solo album called "Shine" in 2007.
Gert Bettensconfirmed that a new K's Choice album is scheduled for release in 2009.
Gert and his band Woodface opened at several of Sarah's shows in 2007 and 2008. During Sarah's encore, they performed several well-known K's Choice songs.
Their music can be described as guitar-based
singer-songwriterrock or folk-rock. It ranges from very delicate and intimate singer-songwriter songs to songs that are stronger, more active and louder. Sarah's smoky, enigmatic voice is the band's best known characteristic. In the seven years between "The Great Subconscious Club" and "Almost Happy" the music changed from raw and guitar-based to a more subtle and delicate sound. Sarah and Gert write most of the music and lyrics. Most of it is written separately. Sarah mainly tries to express ideas in her songs, and has a hand in writing silly and tongue-in-cheek songs. Gert has one big theme: losing the one you love. While most of the songs are easily accessible and open, some others are strange and incomprehensible. This led Sarah to comment: "Listening to the lyrics for the first time, you may find it hard to understand their meaning. When you listen to them a second time you may sense a basic truth in these cryptic words. If you do so, please let me know."
"Not An Addict" is featured in the film "
Wild Things". [cite web |url=http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120890/soundtrack
title=IMDB's "Wild things" soundtrack]
The Great Subconscious Club" (1993)
Paradise in Me" (1996)
Cocoon Crash" (1998)
Almost Happy" (2000)
*"Extra Cocoon" (1998)
*"2000 Seconds Live" (1998) (fanclub only)
*"Home" (2001) (fanclub only)
*"Running Backwards" (2003) (fanclub only)
* [http://www.kschoice.com/ Official site]
* [http://www.sarahbettens.com/ Sarah's solo site]
* [http://www.woodface.com/ Gert's new band site]
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