The guys of The Check 1-2 gathered at the end of 2005 in Amsterdam to try out a few new ideas. They knew each other quite well since they all used to play in Dutch sixties garagerock The Skidmarks for a few years and played well over 250 shows all across Europe together. Result was that they found the sound they were looking for pretty quickly. Under the influence of their hero Greg Cartwright of The Reigning Sound their sound got a more sixties, soul and country feel.
In 2006 they recorded an album with Remko Schouten at IJland Studios, and mixing was in the good hands of Henk Jonkers. In January 2007 their debut album CHECK 1-2 was released in the Benelux by Munich Records. Their single I Won’t Cry got some airplay on Dutch national radio 3FM by dj Michiel Veenstra. The band signed with booking agent Rock’nRollHighschooland played a lot of shows, including opening for Arctic Monkeys in Tivoli Utrecht and a tour through Spain.
From 2009 until 2011, The Check 1-2 took a break because drummer Peter van Rijn had moved to the U.S. In the summer of 2011 drummer Benny Olgers (of Melomanics fame) joined ranks. The band recorded music for the documentary In MijnHoofd, which premiered at the Cinekid Festival and was also programmed at IDFA.
In 2012 drummer Peter van Rijn returned from the U.S. and took back his spot behind the kit. Finally, in 2014 The Check 1-2 had written and recorded twelve songs for the album, again at the IJland Studio, with extra dubs at the infamous Hok P of Maarten Heijblok. The LP Bring it all Down will be out on Crash Records as well as on the Spanish label FOLC Records, owned by the infamous partypunkers Los Chicos. In June, The Check 1-2 will do a tour through Spain to promote the album. With their new bass-player Erwin Woldring they are locked and loaded to take the stage again.
The Check 1-2 are: Peter van Rijn (drums), Erwin Woldring (bass), Sander Borst (vocals, guitar) and Jim Pacobs (vocals, organ)
Contact band: Maarten van Essen, firstname.lastname@example.org