Last year Carol van Dijk and Peter Visser of Bettie Serveert fame were asked to go to Australia and record an album for the ‘In A Cabin With‘ project. The idea is to write a bunch of songs and record them with local musicians in a few days time. Often with the ‘In A Cabin With’ projects, musicians of different bands are put together creating completely new bands, this time Carol and Peter went together returning with a bunch of songs written under the bandname ‘Me & Stupid’. With Carol on vocals and guitar and Peter on guitar, the album was bound to have a strong Bettie Serveert feel. Is that a bad thing? Heck no! I love the Betties.
Some bands you just can’t see often enough and for me Bettie Serveert fits in that category perfectly. I saw them not so long ago at Noorderslag and the PlatoSonic festival, but both were very crowded and in the middle of the EuroSonic/Noorderslag weekend, meaning I didn’t really have that much time to really listen to the music.
Luckily the Betties were about to tour the Netherlands and that led them to Vera on Thursday March 25th. The venue was nearly sold out in presales. Opening for them was the local band The Monroes, playing a mixture of Garage rock / Surf music and Pop/Rock. A great act, and did a great job warming up the crowd for Bettie Serveert
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After The Monroes set, the monitor speakers were quickly removed or rearranged to make as much room on stage as possible for the Bettie Serveert members to move about. Guitarist Peter already warned me not to place camera’s or lenses on stage during the concert (took that advice to heart ;)). Currently their touring with Voicst drummer Joppe Molenaar and I was in awe seeing him drum. He’s a brute force driving the band on. Carol, Peter and Herman were great as always and Peter was indeed all over the stage. The setlist contained a varies set of old and new material and a Moss cover. I had a great time again and cannot thank the guy who was in charge of stage lights enough, that’s awesome these days
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Back to the 3voor12 room for two of my favorite Dutch bands. In the afternoon I had already seen a short set of Bettie Serveert and I felt extremely happy when I was able to get myself a half-decent spot in the 3voor12 room to see them again. However, this time I was pressed for time, so I didn’t stay very long, but with the two sets combined I did get to see the band quite a bit
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I was actually way on time for the Anne Soldaat gig and stood fairly in front of the queue waiting for the doors to open. Anne Soldaat’s album ‘In Another Life’ make it to 2nd place in my 2009 album list (only to be beaten by Vic Chesnutt) and his concert in Vera last year was one of the highlights of the gig-season. Now again it was great to see a few songs of Anne. In the afternoon I saw him play solo at PlatoSonic, here at Noorderslag he played with band
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On Saturday, before Noorderslag started, we first visited the last PlatoSonic day. First into the Coffee Company to see Anne Soldaat finishing his set. A while ago I saw him in Vera with band. Great to see that the songs hold up so well when he plays them solo acoustically
As Anne’s set finished and he started the interview part of the show, I made my way into a very crowded Plato store where one of my all-time favorite Dutch bands was about to play. Bettie Serveert is back and is rocking again. Even in this very short in-store set (due to delay and a tight agenda). It was fantastic to see Bettie Serveert again. If I wouldn’t be able to see them at Noorderslag this night at least I’d seen them in Plato
I did not go back to the Coffee Company to whatever was playing there as Plato remained crowded and I wanted a good place to shoot the next band that would play there. DeWolff made it high into my albumlist of 2009. A bunch of young guys from the Netherlands playing psychedelic rock form the seventies. It was a good set, but to add a drum-solo in the first song of an already short in-store gig was a bit too much
After DeWolff I was able to get back to the Coffee Company where Charlene was about to start. Charlene came in third in the fourst edition of the Dutch Idols series. She’s a nice girl blessed with a good voice. The genre however isn’t really my thing
And now that was all done, the only thing that remained for Eurosonic/Noorderslag 2010 was Noorderslag!