Introducing Amsterdam Seven-Piece Personal Trainer | Share Their Inclusive Single “Rug Busters” | Announce UK Tour

Introducing Amsterdam Seven-Piece Personal Trainer | Share Their Inclusive Single “Rug Busters” | Announce UK Tour



Photo Credit: Kilian Kayser

Amsterdam’s much-tipped seven-piece Personal Trainer return today with a joyful new single, the rambunctious and inclusive post-pop of “Rug Busters”.

Produced by regular collaborator Casper van der Lans, it follows the excellent “Key Of Ego” and is another taster of the band’s ongoing progression from last year’s debut EP “Gazebo” on tastemaker label Holm Front (Walt Disco, Krush Puppies, Sports Team).


Personal Trainer are the brainchild of Willem Smit, the band’s front man and a multi-instrumentalist whose early talents saw his last band, Canshaker Pi, record with Stephen Malkmus while still teenagers. Personal Trainer began as an attempt to bottle the fervent energy of Amsterdam’s indie scene and to allow for something entirely unpredictable on stage and in the studio – an ever-shifting line-up of friends and peers playing together with only one rule: there are no rules.

Willem Smit says of their new single:

“I wanted to make a song to dance to for everybody – no one excluded. The idea was to make a song that brings people closer to each other, no matter who they are, who they are with, what they believe or what they’ve done. 

“Dance”, “Dance Dance Dance” and “Song 2 Dance 2” were three of the working titles before I settled on “Rug Busters” – “busting a move” meets “cutting a rug” or something.”

Personal Trainer know how to get things done. Featuring a video by the band’s own Kilian Kayser and filmed in the parking lot beneath their keyboard player Abel Tuinstra’s studio, it’s one of those cuts of film that proves two things – firstly, if you have one great idea, that’s enough, and secondly, when forced to, yes, indie kids can dance.

“Coming up with a simple idea that feels a bit dumb, but sparks something inside of me or the band – then trying to give it your all to make the idea into something cool – has become a recurring approach for Personal Trainer.

I think we applied this to both the song itself as the video. I’d been trying to come up with an idea for the video in the van with the band or on the phone with my fellow Trainers. On our way back from a show we decided we should write a choreography and perform it, preferably in a nondescript space. The first ideas for the choreography were written in a bar in Amsterdam on that very night by a couple of Trainers, but the bulk of the thing was written and rehearsed in my bedroom.

It was a sight to behold watching six twenty-somethings busting rugs in a relatively small space. I was and am still very proud of everyone’s perseverance and heart, and I think the video turned out great. I think most Trainers – including myself – are a bit ashamed of the video too!”

The band, already known for their memorable live shows, have announced a handful of UK dates for May, including a performance in Brighton around this year’s Great Escape.

Catch Personal Trainer on the following dates:


4 Manchester – Yes Basement
5 Leeds – Hyde Park Book Club
6 Newcastle – Head Of Steam
7 Edinburgh – Sneaky Pete’s
8 Glasgow – Broadcast
10 Nottingham – Rough Trade
11 Bedford – Esquires
14 Brighton – Hope & Ruin
15 Bristol – Crofters Rights
17 London – Moth Club

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Most bands should be familiar with the honeymoon phase, those lofty formative stages where creativity blooms as the purest of fruits. The fingers itch, the eyes wander off to rapturous highs, the body trembles electric with creative energy waiting to be unleashed upon unsuspecting onlookers. Unfortunately, the honeymoon phase is usually just that: a phase. After each landmark or hurdle you clear, things tend to get more and more convoluted. Those impulsive why not’s can sour into routines and lots of contemplation in between said routines.

Thank heavens, nobody told indie rock crusaders Personal Trainer this was all supposed to be temporary. The Amsterdam-based collective seek out sharp-witted ways to prolong the innate joy of being a band just plugging in and playing. Willem Smit, the group’s conductor and cheerleader, started the band as an ultimate love letter to the vibrant scene he himself inhabits. Initially, it meant playing shows in impromptu lineups, with individuals of varying skill levels, interests and sensibilities. At the hub of this volatile energy, Smit embraced his role as jester in court, performing his own songs like a lost tourist on a karaoke bender.

This enthusiasm was reciprocal, as bands ranging from Pip Blom, Bull, Home Counties, The Klittens to Global Charming – as well as Smit’s other outfits Canshaker Pi and Steve French – frequently rubbed elbows on stage. Personal Trainer shows became rousing rituals, with songs that more or less sounded like all your favorite indie rock luminaries jam-packed into big-beaming pop psalms. The delirium of playing “The Lazer” for the umpteenth time would perpetually elevate to religious fervor. Understandably so: it’s a song that attacks things like restlessness, boredom, drudgery or shame with the stubbornness of a kamikaze-artist.

Personal Trainer are:

Abel Tuinstra – keys, samples, trombone
Willem Smit – vocals
Kilian Kayser – percussion
Ruben van Weegberg – bass
Kick Kluiving – drums
Franti Maresova – guitar
Otto de Jong – guitar

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