http://wonomagazine.blogspot.nl/2018/04/sweet-sally-sad-departure-stream.html. An album full of ambition, setting the bar several notches higher for Jan Stroomer and his band members. Thursday 12 April was the official launch of the album and all the musicians were on stage and a dancer. Just to underscore the level of ambition this project is about.
The audience in Scheltema was looking at a black, see through curtain. Vaguely the set up of instruments could be seen in the dark behind it. There was enough music to go around, only not coming out of the PA system, but from the room behind ours where another band was playing disco and funk at another, gala party. Culture anno 2018. Making money on the one end and presenting culture in the other. It made me fear for the quality of the show as support act Out Of Skin was all but drowned out in its most intimate moments.
The album was played integrally. I have said all I can possibly say about it as is. Live it became an experience. All the details came out so fine, with compliments for the sound mixer as the sound was superb and not too loud. (The disco had totally disappeared, at least for me.) Compared to the record the accents were more defined. A just louder hit on the snare, a clearer cut stop-starts, made the music more emotional. Like a live show can, perhaps should, be. The variety in genres came across even more vividly, simply by seeing it live.
This was most likely a one off as having twelve musicians and a dancer on stage is unsustainable. What a shame it is. This show ought to go into the theatres across the country as it will attract and be appreciated by lots of people of a certain age, like me and my friends.
And then to think that there's no guitar (except for a bass) within earshot on this album.
The eclectic musical mix hadn't changed one bit. They have only become two years better. Billy Joel like piano songs, slightly jazzy piano based songs, not unlike The Stream's (and they played a cover by that band), a ska song with saxophone and The Beatles from 1964 and other 60s pop. It all came by in a song or six, all played with enthusiasm, self-confidence and fun. Sunday At Eight does what it wants to do and what it feels like doing. That may be a hinderence building a career in music. It certainly is not a problem when you keep wanting to surprise the people listening. The band also released a first EP recently, under direction of Jan Stroomer of The Stream. Who knows, more is to follow here soon.
With the beautiful vinyl version of Sweet Sally Sad Departure under my arm I went off to the station catching the train within seconds before departure. Life can be good at times and sometimes even better.
(All photo's by) Wo.
Here's the link to our Spotify Playlist to find out what we are writing about: