Bands to Watch #353: Tears & Marble

By on Friday, 7th August 2015 at 12:00 pm

Bella Hay (vocals) and Cris Kuhlen (producer) make up Tears & Marble, an electronic band from The Hague in Holland. The Dutch duo are able to craft smooth, atmospheric and perfectly-balanced electronic pieces, making them one of the most exciting up-and-coming acts of the year so far.

In 2013, the duo captured the attention of blogs, radio stations and music critics worldwide with their haunting cover of Haddaway’s megahit ‘What Is Love’. Their almost-unrecognisable rendition contained an atmospheric aurora of percussion, guitar plucks and sparse piano keys, replacing the cheesy dance track everyone knows (and loves). The following year, Tears & Marble unveiled their debut single, ‘We Don’t Like You’, an unnerving melody with soft, enthralling vocals. The single proved extremely successful, coming seventh in’s “Best Track of 2014” list.


‘We Don’t Like You’ was one of five tracks to feature on the ‘Romance’ EP, which Tears & Marble released independently in June 2014. (Listen to it on the band’s Soundcloud.) Since then, Tears & Marble have gone on to win over fans across Europe, regularly playing prominent music festivals, both nationally and internationally. Their appearances included a performance at PITCH Festival in Amsterdam, as well as a support slot during TGTF buzz band Glass Animals’ Amsterdam show in November 2014.

Six months later, Tears & Marble made their UK debut at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton. To coincide with their performance, the duo released ‘Blood & Gold’ as a single from their EP. The track received positive reviews from fans and critics alike, with the music video being selected for VEVO’s “Power Premiere” feature.

Tears & Marble are certainly a band with a vision, and they are doing everything in their power to make it happen. With one successful EP already under their belt, it won’t be long before they unleash new music upon the world. If their future releases are anything like their previous work, there is every chance that Tears & Marble will become a big name in the music business.


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