Personal Trainer

Personal Trainer


Sun 6th 19:00 - 20:00

The Smudge

“Dutch indie-rockers expertly juggle with pathos, clatter, and Malkmus-esque deadpan.” 


“An understated and slow burning joy – full of subtlety that you can’t help but return to” 

So Young Magazine

“Equally loose and tight in the right places, flicking through musical genres as if it’s all one big pick and mix, ‘Big Love Blanket’ sees Personal Trainer arrive in perfect health.”


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. 

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. The ten tracks of their rapturously received debut album "Big Love Blanket", released late in 2022, arrived fully-formed, displaying a playful, almost hyperactive diversity of sounds and influences, landing on one all of their own.