T-99 (Amsterdam/The Netherlands) has proven to belong to the top of the alternative European roots scene of today. With their eclectic mix of rock 'n' roll, blues, country, surf, punk together with a touch of eastern European and north African influences, they tour all over Europe since 1999. T-99 are three young bohemian characters and an old dog, playing on vintage and weird instruments with wild energy and a high dose of passion, carrying out an original blend of musical styles what could be defined as the T-99 sound.
THE 4th ALBUM
After three successful albums, 'Vagabonds' is the new T-99 record. It contains 13 original tracks treated with the well-known T-99 formula: a blend of rootsy, rockin' and bluesy elements, flavoured with some exotic melodies. This new album by T-99 lures the listener inside a musical sideshow where geeks, freaks, fire eaters and human cannonballs hold sway. The band signed for production themselves and the album has been released by their old habitat, the label Cool Buzz.
With the release of the album "Coo-Coo" in 2001, T-99 introduced itself as being the most promising new band in the Benelux blues and roots scene. After a few member changes in 2003 the band released another album in 2004 titled "Strange Things Happen". Partly recorded in Amsterdam and Tucson, Arizona it has guest appearances of Teddy Morgan (also production) and Dave Gonzales of The Paladins. The third album "Cherrystone Park" which was released late 2005 showed besides more catchy songs also a psychedelic side of T-99 that lead them to an even larger audience.
Through the years T-99 showed itself as being a constant factor on (pop) festivals and stages across Holland, Belgium, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Great Britain and the US. In its existence the band has played among others at Noorderslag, North Sea Jazz Festival, Waterpop, Popkomm (DE), Belgium Rhythm & Blues Festival (Peer, BE), Oerol, De Parade, Noorderzon, and Eurosonic. The band also functioned as successful support for Chuck Berry, Dr. John, Los Lobos and Little Feat. Music by T-99 is being used in several TV-shows and programs like NOS Studio Sport, Keuringdienst van Waarde and AT-5 and the trio has done several performances on national Radio and TV. In May 2008 the band was invited by radio DJ Mark Lamarr to make exclusive recordings at the London BBC studio's for the popular radio show 'God's Jukebox'.
OOR Magazine: "...most exciting and renewing roots band in the Netherlands and far beyond..."
Mischa den Haring – vocals, guitars, mandolin
Martin de Ruiter – vocals, drums, percussion, trash-kit
Donné la Fontaine – upright bass, ukulele, banjo-ukulele & rhythm guitar
(T-99 is also an incorrect spelling of T99.)