Leo Kattestaart wrote a very nice blog post (in Dutch) on AltCountry.nl. We do appreciate it, Leo!
And, talking about Leo: if you happen to live in the Rotterdam or Den Haag area, you should keep an eye on The Lock Keepers. It's Leo & friends, organizing great live gigs in Grand café De Waker in Maassluis.
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!
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, June30 to September 30, Groninger Museum, Groningen.
More on The West Wind and the exposition: some day soon on this website...
The Long Goodbye - hand written - April 16, 2012
Fort Worth Blues (2) - March 19, 2012
Video by Simone. Feel free to download the mp3
Bellevue backstage - February 29, 2012
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?
Fort Worth Blues - February 24, 2012
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.
To wake up in Groningen - February 15, 2012
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.
Winter tour - November 30, 2011
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 Canapé 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.
Website makeover - September 5, 2011
If you've been here before you probably noticed. The PQ styling team has been working very hard on a new website layout. Our webmaster wants you to know that your more than welcome to mail him all your comments, complaints and compliments.
Summer note - July 11, 2011
Just a short summer-note... We are happy to announce that in august we'll start rehearsals and recordings for a new album. And...we published a new short video that you can watch here. Most of all we wish you an inspired summer!
June 20, 2010
The good people at VPRO/3voor12 selected Anchors And Birds for their Hollandse Nieuwe compilation this month. We're proud of that!
On April 16 we did a live radio session in Stork on Air on Radio West. Our multi instrument wizzard Jan couldn't make it that evening, but we think we managed to do pretty well anyway. So, we want to share the recordings with you. Hats off to Bas Martinius, who did a fabulous job on the live radio sound.
Our new album will be released by Continental Records Europe and distributed by V2. We expect to announce a release date very, very soon.
White Sands is now Point Quiet. Yes, we changed our band name. For reasons far too complicated to explain to you.
This is our new website, still very much under construction. For now, there's a biography, some pictures and, far more important, the news that's right ahead of you in the middle of this page! If you want to know more about our history, visit our old web site. We'll keep it online for a while.
Feel free to mail us with your questions or remarks. We're nice people. Or at least, we try. Most of the time...
April 7, 2009
Culminating in a 5-part harmony vocal session, we completed the recordings for our new album. The mixing phase will now start and we'll keep you posted about it regularly (we might even put 1 or 2 takes online at some point, but we don't promise anything... keep watching this space though...).
Apart from that, Rotterdammers should write down april 14th in their agendas, since we'll be hitting the town on that day (see gigs section).
We thought you'd like to know that.
January 27, 2009
Want to know a secret? Yes? OK, here it is: we're working on our second album. Even better: we're making good progress. Still better: we really like what's happening in the recording process. We're in the final stages of recording now, aiming for a release this summer.
We can hardly wait to play our new songs on stage. So we started working on that part as well. Keep an eye on our “gigs” page. A date in your local venue may be added shortly.
March 29, 2008
We’ll have the pleasure to play again the Binnenach festival in The Hague on april 29th. We got great reviews for our debut CD Deseronto (apart from a single one actually, so we won’t complain...) which probably helped a lot...
This year, the Binnenach program is particularly attractive with (among others) performances by the Hans’own personal hero Johnny Dowd, The Hague’s brilliant altcountry combo John Dear Mowing Club, and a guy who's probably the best upcoming singer-songwriter of his generation (I know, it sounds overcooked, but trust me, it’s true!) Hayward Williams (I’d put him on a par with Great Lake Swimmers’ Tony Dekker, to give you an idea). In other words, be there. If you please.
December 23, 2007
Our debut album 'Deseronto' is out! 12 tracks of americana noir, we're very proud of the result. In this christmas period, do your CD collection a big peachy favor and order it from Plato (Benelux, Europe in general) or CD Baby (rest of the world!). Oh and more reviews to be read on the press page.