Last Saturday was of course Record Store Day as any music lover will know. A great day to celebrate the independent music stores. Not only by buying lots and lots of music but also for watching a lot of great bands playing instore sets.
This year the Record Store Day started a bit early. Tangarine just has a new album out (Seek and Sigh) and will be playing lots of instores on the western side of the Netherlands, but hailing from the North, they wanted to do some gigs here to, so on Friday they played a bunch of stores around here and ended the day in the record department of the Vanderveen store in Assen (the place where most of my hard earned cash got lost for years on end). Perfect for me as I could simply go by bicycle.
Tangarine is a twin duo. They’re great on guitars, but the magic happens when they sing together. A folky, sixties/seventies sound, great songwritership with most songs autobiographical. With the very dry humor the guys have talking between the songs, the time just flew by. Great set and they sold lots of albums after the gig.
On Saturday Record Store Day was on officially and I was in the train early in the morning (as my poor little Alfa Romeo had not yet returned from her MOT). Missed the train by two minutes, took the next one, rushed through the center of Groningen and made it just in time into Plato for the set of Mister and Mississippi, a Dutch band that sounds divine. I was truly amazed by how young the band members are. Based on their sound I had expected a somewhat older band. But the gig was amazing. The guitars ran over small amps but the vocals and percussion were done completely unplugged, it sounded incredible. I really want to see them again both in a bigger venue and I’d love to see them do a full show in such a small setting.
Made my way over to the other side of the city center and made it to the store “De Jongens van Hemmes“, another great little record store in Groningen where Avery Plains was setting up. Looking kinda rough, but they sounded very accessible. “Very different from what we normally sound like” Well, that does sound intriguing and I’ll have a chance to find out at Noorderzon later this year! Looking around on the internet I found descriptions in the area of “Dark Country” Alternative, heavy… right up my alley! Anyway; the songs were very good and the three guitars -including a 12-string- made quite an impression.
I just had time for one more gig and ran back to Plato where Vanderlinde played a great solo set. Don’t know the man very well yet, but he has a great voice, it sounded impressive. Will have to look into that a bit more.
Although it was still early in the afternoon and there were far more bands in various stores I had to get back home to prepare my livingroom for a houseconcert. The very first one in my house, exciting stuff. More on that in the next blog!