Seventies rock band Yonkers, based at The Hague, Netherlands was founded in 2001 by singer/guitarist Michiel Jonkers. Not only is the band name derived from his last name, it also associates with the city of Yonkers, in the proximity of New York, U.S.A.
Musically, Yonkers offers a fair deal of rock, rooted mainly in the late sixties and early seventies. Influences are many but Cream, Free, Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Heart, Aerosmith, The Black Crowes, early Queen and AC/DC are in the band’s mutual top 10. Within Yonkers the emphasis always lies on a combination of solid groove and melody in songs that clearly bear the Yonkers signature. On stage, spontaneous, energetic and powerful.
Yonkers' line-up was a steady one from 2002 until 2007 during which period two studio albums were recorded (Ain’t No Kid's Stuff, 2002 and Open Up, 2004). These two albums took the band to a series of gigs on the smaller as well as medium sized venues of their native country. The line-up more often than not reinforced by well-known guest players such as Nico Christiansen (ex. Livin' Blues) and Michael Eschauzier (ex. Shocking Blue). But despite some smashing album reviews in the magazines a breakthrough to bigger venues did not occur.
With the unexpected death of their drummer in 2007, Yonkers got caught in a musical vacuum which would last up to 2009. Marianne Jonker was finally found a worthy replacement She, together with nephew Niels Evers on bass (who replaced his predecessor in 2011), kickstarted a redefinition of the YONKERS sound by laying down either such relentlessly steady grooves, or melodic intervals, thus leading the band towards ever increasing dynamics and from one boiling point to another.
2010 saw the release of their EP “Odd Ones Out!”, which was presented to fans and press at the famous Café Paard van Troje, The Hague.
In January 2012 YONKERS presented their highly inspired, third studio album, "Hard cases and bad ass faces". This album immediately drew the attention of the music press because of its smashing artwork and the CD itself, which resembles the good old, vinyl, LP. Subsequently the album was dealt a handful of nice reviews (MusicMaker, Popunie, 3 voor 12 among others). As a result, the band decided to cut a single version of one of the album's tracks, "Lucky Charm". The single was embraced by a number of radio-stations (Rob Stenders' KX Radio, Wereld Omroep, RTV Parkstad, Optimaal FM, Midvliet FM, Omroep Spakenburg, Radio Hengelo and others) all around The Netherlands and keeps receiving airplay. Further album promotion, of course, also included extensively touring The Netherlands and, as a kind of a nice surprise, Germany.
Over the course of 2013 YONKERS will celebrate their 12 ½ year Anniversary by touring a selective number of venues. Besides, the band is anticipating on going into the studio again, the fruits of those sessions to be released in 2014.