Following their utterly exhilarating (and frenzied) performance supporting Bull in 2021, we are delighted to welcome back Personal Trainer for a headline show on BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 29th May!
They were described as “a manic indie rock orchestra that taps into the wayward spirits of Car Seat Headrest, Silver Jews, The Fall and LCD Soundsystem”…
Amsterdam-based collective Personal Trainer seek out sharp-witted ways to prolong the innate joy of being a band just plugging in and playing. Willem Smit, the group’s conductor and cheerleader, started the band as an ultimate love letter to the vibrant scene he himself inhabits. Initially, it meant playing shows in impromptu lineups, with individuals of varying skill levels, interests and sensibilities. At the hub of this volatile energy, Smit embraced his role as jester in court, performing his own songs like a lost tourist on a karaoke bender.
This enthusiasm became reciprocal, as bands ranging from Pip Blom, Bull, Home Counties, The Klittens to Global Charming – as well as Smit’s other outfits Canshaker Pi and Steve French – frequently rubbed elbows on stage. Personal Trainer shows became known as rousing rituals, with songs that more or less sounded like all your favourite indie rock luminaries jam-packed into big-beaming pop psalms. One of the band’s early career highlights was a 24 hour performance at Amsterdam’s legendary pop temple Paradiso.
“An understated and slow burning joy – full of subtlety that you can’t help but return to” – So Young
“Their juxtaposition of bleak verses with an impassioned, hard-hitting rock chorus illustrates the beauty and harshness of our inability to fully understand things” – Paste
“A very diverse, exciting and exhilarating proposition” – Under the Radar