The Nits are a Dutch pop group, founded in 1974. Their musical style has varied considerably over the years, as has their line-up with the core of Henk Hofstede (the group's lead singer and lyricist), Rob Kloet, drummer, Robert Jan Stips (Supersister, Gruppo Sportivo, Golden Earring), keyboards.
LUXURY is about beauty and originality. The music is song-oriented, both punchy Progressive rock and mellow symphonic pieces. Elements of folk, baroque, electronic music, psychedelia, heavy-metal and jazz can be heard. The powerful compositions and pert lyrics are performed with skill and gusto. The end result is unlike anything you ever heard before: unpredictable yet transparent, fierce next to tender, both demanding and accessible. Critics often associated the names of Ennio MORRICONE, RADIOHEAD, THINKING PLAGUE, THE NITS, VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR, RENAISSANCE and KING CRIMSON with the Dutch band. The eccentric low-budget debut “Lunar Escape Velocity” (2001) has been called many things, but never dull or lacking ideas. The 2005 release “Perishable Goods” is an aural adventure in twelve tracks. Musical themes evolve throughout the album in a symphonic way.
This is the story of Nits, a restless bum and a hopeless cynic as he returns from his journey with an obsessive intention of bringing back his ex- girlfriend and their beloved dog. She however, throws him down the drain and so he finds himself, contrary to his anti- political and anti-everything attitude, stuck on top of a tree overlooking his beloved's apartment fearlessly leading an environmental battle against real estate sharks.
The wild Hamadryas Baboons of Ethiopia have a friend in biologist Mat Pines, they even pick the nits from his hair. He's been studying and living with them for five years in the remote and arid Awash National Park.
2008 digitally remastered and expanded edition of the Dutch Prog Rock quartet's debut album, originally released in 1970. Featured on the soundtrack of the film Control (the Ian Curtis/Joy Division bio-pic), interest in the band is at an all time high. Led by keyboardist Robert Jan Stips (later of The Nits), Inspired by the work of Soft Machine and Caravan, the group recorded a quartet of master works. Eccentric, accomplished and unique, Supersister could run circles around almost any other band of the era.
Leona started her career at the tender age of 3, when she started to play the piano, Leona, the Canadian born, Jamaican blooded singer/songwriter/actress, has developed a tremendous love for performing. At the age of 6, Leona established herself with her family from Toronto Canada in Oestgeest, the Netherlands. Here she enrolled at the Conservatory of Music at the age of 17. Although she cut het education short after het 3rd year, it had become quite obvious that showbiz is where she wants to be. After been sent to Hollywood for two months by her record compagny at the time she performed as suppoting act for Dru Hill in 1999 performing with Dutch R&B group Sat-R-Day in Rotterdam's Ahoy. She was asked to accompany The Nits, Arling & Cameron and Junkie XL on their Tokyo tour in 2000. In 2001 she played the Nubian slave Aida in Joop van den Ende's hit musical AIDA. Which lead to more theatre shows such as o.a. Big Black & Beautiful and The Blues Brothers.