I went to Lentepop 2003 today, a dutch metal/rock festival in Gouda. List of
all bands can be found on their website. I went to see
ECS (Eyes can't see - A becoming rock opera) and Signs, a band which started
again after 10 years.
ECS was cool, they are still in the creation process and the music is pretty
proggy, with our ex-guitarplayer Ron Oppelaar and drummer/founder of the
project ECS Sjon Tol. Their gig was fine, though the sound was horrible.
After ECS came Signs, which is a pure sympho/progrock band. They told the
audience they hard reformed after 10 years. The old songs, which I didn't
know (didn't know the band until today) were cool and the new material even
cooler. There is more bite in the new songs and singer/bassplayer
Hans de Graaf seems a dutch Geddy Lee, playing and singing so easy!
Also the guitar player Ron van der Park and keyboard player Marcel Faas did
a great job, as well as the drummer Bert Vliegen. As a guitarist, I always
have more attention for what guitarists do and I talked to him later and
told him it was fantastic. It was a pity the sound was (once again) horrible
which had caused the guitar to sound like crap at times, but he played awsome, very
melodic and with whole his heart!
In +/- 30 minutes they played real prog with the usual elements prog needs.
I told Ron van der Park it would be awesome to gig once in for instance De
Boerderij at a prognight. If you really dig sympho/progrock with an typical
IQ/Marillion touch and Dream Theater kinda like riffs, check these guys out,
they are awesome.
Before the summer break they will gig once in Noorderhaven at the
Minirock-Festival June the 26th. Check them out, check also their website