After four years of performing live on stage, Trenchcoat decided to build their own recording studio. Stepping into the world of recording-techniques the band embarked on a journey to produce and record their own album.
The luxury of owning a recording studio enabled the band to freely experiment with a variety of old microphones, recording equipment and instruments. New songs were written and existing arrangements were re-examined. While recording, the sound of Trenchcoat evolved into a more mature, darker package.
Eventually there were enough songs recorded to put out an album. The band asked Jan Schenk (Voicst, Blues Brother Castro, The Moi Non Plus) to mix the new album. For mastering they turned to Alan Ward (Black Sabbath).
Good friend Rogier Wieland (previously responsible for the international critically acclaimed stop-motion music video “Whatcha Got”) was asked to do the artwork of the album. With the help of Ane Bang he delivered an album for which the artwork was unprecedented in terms of creativity and originality.
Martijn Baak (lead vocals) * Pascal de Haan (guitar) * Gijs Pannebakker (banjolele / harmonica / vocals) * Jelle van den Bogaard (upright bass / vocals) * Tom Smits (drums) * Laurens van Heesch (trumpet) * Daniel Follmann (slide trombone / sousaphone) * Rens Vernij (alto & tenor saxophone / vocals) * Luuk van der Meer (baritone saxophone)
– More than 400 gigs at home and abroad (inc. De Melkweg, Paradiso, Bevrijdingspop, Patronaat).
– Trenchcoat shared the stage with Royal Crown Revue, The Slackers, The Kings of Nuthin ‘ and Room Eleven.
– The songs “Razor Dave” and “Sweet Addiction” appear on the compilation CD “Dutch Delight Vol. 2 ” (Stacey Records / BMG).
– Debut album “Rolling In Style” is released in 2005 on the international label Rockhouse Records.
– During the Popronde (2008) Trenchcoat was the most booked band.
– In 2008 the unique and international critical acclaimed stop-motion music video for the song “Whatcha Got” wins the award for best music video on the Red Stick International Animation Festival in Louisiana (USA). The music video is also part of the exhibition “The Fantasy Factory” in the Noordbrabants museum early 2010.
– Bass player John Hatton of The Brian Setzer Orchestra covers the song “Racing With The Devil” on his CD “Gospel Bop” (2011).
– On September the 3th 2012 the band signs at Massive Music and Massive Publishing with their song “Rolling in Style”.