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Bitchcock

With this curious name tribute to Hitchcock, but with a feminine touch and thug, Annemiek van Grondel and the drummer Elisabeth Esselink began rehearsing in a dark studio. It was the summer of 1990, but it was not until seven years later and several lineup changes that the band matured and finally showed their cards, an mixture of alternative hard rock and melodic guitars.

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Country: The Netherlands
History: 1990 – 2005
Status: Inctive
Style: Alternative Rock/Metal

Biography:
With this curious name tribute to Hitchcock, but with a feminine touch and thug, Annemiek van Grondel and the drummer Elisabeth Esselink began rehearsing in a dark studio. It was the summer of 1990, but it was not until seven years later and several lineup changes that the band matured and finally showed their cards, an mixture of alternative hard rock and melodic guitars.

They toured Holland, opening for bands such as Hole, Babes In Toyland and Killdozer, but also visited Switzerland, Germany and Austria. The same year they played in front of 6500 people at a concert, and in front of just 5 a few months later.

As a legacy, Bitchcock recorded an EP called “Gusher” and the LP “The Birds”, which garnered good response from the specialized press in their. To move away from a band called Rockbitch, they radically changed its name to be called LeSabre, honouring a Buick from the 50s.

And with the name change they came the problems. After recording an LP “The Devil Is A Woman” which never saw the light, desertions began. Yolande gave way to Abel Canizales the first man entering the lineup, something that Annemiek and Ly accepted despite their traditional opposition. Always wanted to remain a wholly female group, although the good work of Abel changed their opinion. Even so, Bitchcock/LeSabre was injured to end up disappearing, after fifteen years of existence, not enduring another lineup change.

Lineup:
Annemiek van Grondel – Vocals, Guitar
Ly Spijkstra – Bass, backing vocals
Yolande Nagelmaeker – Lead guitar
Sam Ford – Drums

Former members:
Elisabeth Esselink – Drums
Gerrie van den Akker – Drums
Abel Cañizales – Lead guitar
Yohan van Reede – Guitar
Sandrijn Holleboom – Drums
Walter Kloppenborg – Guitar
Alan Natale – Drums

Discography:
1996, “Gusher” (EP)
1998, “The Birds” (LP)
2001, “The Devil Is A Woman” (Unreleased LP as LeSabre)

Related links:
Bitchcock interview @ Metaladies.com

All the pictures taken by: Jacquie Maria Wessels

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7 comments

  1. fuckin love it…any nor cali tours or shows coming up?

  2. Why u dont have Cynthia Witthoft in your site?
    The band is Greaatttt@@@@!!!
    :)

  3. Well they certainly rock and are very pleasant people, but I’m afraid the band does no longer exist… Such a shame.
    http://www.muziekencyclopedie.nl/action/entry/Bitchcock

  4. The Hitchcock legacy can be heard thruout the songs of this AWESOME band….unique:)

  5. Hi there,

    Here’s a video of Bitchcock over a live radio track for anyone studying ancient history:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-xYiwFtrug

  6. Thank you for the link, awesome!

  7. You’re welcome Metaladies, thanks for the great website!

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