Late 1991 the band enters the Grand Prix of the Netherlands talent show, but does not reach the finale. 1993 - The band name is changed to Cords. Their full-length debut Taurus No Bull is produced by Nick Sansano and released in the US on the TVT label. The Cords tour the Dutch clubs, followed by a US tour as support act of such bands as Barkmarket, The God Machine and Cop Shoot Cop. Despite their success abroad the Cords don't seem to be able to impress the Dutch music press.
The band performs in Paradiso and at the Lowlands Festival and also goes on a European tour supporting The Gun Club. 1994 - The Cords perform at the annual Noorderslag Festival and the German music convention Popkomm. The mini-CD Gasping is released in August. 1995 - Jacky Peters (ex-Chambre Jaune) joins the Cords. Fans start a fanclub and a fanzine and the band plays at the Roskilde Festival in Danmark. Singer Simone performs the song Storm in Paradiso, Amsterdam, with the Metropole Orchestra during the show With A Little Help From My Friends. 1996 - The album Hear!See!Feel!Taste! is the band's first self-release.
It is recorded in Boston (with producers Malcolm Travis and Robert Fisher) and in New York (with producer David Kahne). The band embarks on another US tour, although without the support of a US label. Following this the band tours the Netherlands and performs at the Dynamo Festival in Eindhoven. 1997 - Hear!See!Feel!Taste! is released in the US. A concert at the South-By-South-West music convention precedes a US promotional tour.
In Boston the band records material for a new album with producers Robert Fisher and Malcolm Travis. The Cords also tour through Australia. 1998 - Yuko Murata, formerly in charge of merchandising, joins the band. 1999 - The CD Lunchbox (produced by Steve Albini, who produced an album by Dutch band The Ex the year before) comes out (VAN Records). Then the Cords split up. Pieters and Holsbeek continue their musical partnership in the lo-fi-sample project Telefunk.
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