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Point Quiet album
Arend Bouwmeester invited us to come and play in his oh so fabulous Club Calotte, this Monday. He didn't have to ask twice! Club Calotte moved from Bellevue to the Melkweg. Joining the party: the Will Sophie Band, Nanette Drazic, Theo Sieben and Laurens Joensen. And you?
It's been pretty quiet here for some time. It's just that we were busy recording our new album and, let's be honest, dealing with everyday life. We hope we can give you some news on our new album pretty soon!
For now, we just want to tell you that you might like to visit Ontspoord by De Toneelmakerij, if you happen to be somewhere in The Netherlands this Autumn. It's the Dutch version of Naomi Wallace's "The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek", with music from Lucinda Williams, Mary Gauthier, Tom Petty, Steve Earl, Alison Krauss, to name a few. And from us! Frédérique Spigt and Bob Fosko sing Long May You Hide, and it opens with the untitled ghost track from our first album, played live by their excellent band! Our thanks go out to Frédérique Spigt and all at De Toneelmakerij!
More? Klaas Guchelaar made this great pic for Fileunder's "Zonder Woorden" section.
Update: More cool pics on Klaas' blog.
This song was actually born from the painting. Or more precisely, the painting triggered images and memories, merging and dancing with each other, until they spawned a short story, on which the song is based: a lost love and a lost past, kept alive by a man on the (somewhat figurative) shores of a lake, until lost is found again, but whether it is real or not is largely up to the listener. In real life, this painting reminded me of the lakes seen while being on tour in Canada, from the greater ones in Ontario to the smaller ones spread over northern Quebec, and the always nostalgic feeling they produced, maybe linked to memories of beaches of my home region (les Landes in France) at Fall. All great places for melancholia, which we now share with you.
Painting Canada - Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven, June 30 to September 30, Groninger Museum, Groningen.
More on The West Wind and the exposition: some day soon on this website...
Just to show you what the original version looks like. On squared paper, in a small note book. Click on the image to see the full version.
Video by Simone. Feel free to download the mp3
Braving the gods of adversity (by ways of public transports imperatives, variable-geometry schedule and other infrabass invasion from a nearby performance), we had fun (and a bad case of collective nerves) on Monday night in Amsterdam and we stayed the course on stage. How could it be otherwise, when the dressing-room atmosphere looked like this?
We're currently recording our new album, but we sure didn't want to leave you in a long, dark silence, especially in winter. Which is why, from now on, you'll find covers regularly posted on our site, recorded guerilla-style: fast, raw and heartfelt. Just like us (excepted for the " fast" part...). We start with our own humble rendition of Steve Earle's jewel: Fort Worth Blues. Written with Townes van Zandt in mind, but universal in its poignancy and humanity, this song tells you why Texas keeps calling those who ever set a foot there. Yours truly, included. And it speaks of friendship, love and wanderlust. We hope you'll enjoy it as much as we enjoyed covering it.
Some thoughts by Simone after about our very nice Wisful Music gig. Made you wonder what it was like? The Wishful people made some videos. And they are on Youtube.
And if you're in for some more music, check out Binoculers. She definitely was part of the magic, that very evening in that very living room.
What a great time we had last Sunday, visiting the Sunday Roots Club in Aalten. And we were very happy to make our contribution to 3FM's annual Serious Request by playing on Aalten's Schiller's Request stage.
We got some complaints recently, about songs that were missing in our lyrics section. Here's good news! Our main man Pascal took a dive in his archives and he managed to come out with all the missing ones. As a very special treat, and on a very special request, we present you Long My You Hide in its very first orginal form.
A picture by Auke van der Hoek.
We took some time off this autumn, but in the coming months we'll be back on the road! We had a great start of the series of gigs, playing the Club CanapÃ© festival with the fabulous Dazzled Kid. The coming weeks we'll explore the north and the east of The Netherlands. Not too familiar territory for us, but we heard pretty good things about the place we'll play. We're looking forward to the experience and well, norhterners and easterners, it's up to you to prove those good stories are true.
More good news. The Bellevue Theater asked us to play on their Club Calotte evening on February 27th. We'll be there. It simply is one of the best places in Amsterdam for us.
Live in a small living room in Groningen
Videos by Wishful Music, from our gig on January 28, 2012.
Red Eye Nights
The Man I Once Was