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Labtones Live! January 28, 2012

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In 2012, Labtones will continue the succesful Labtones Live series! Keep an eye on this blog for news, videos and reviews!


Annik - Photo: Patricia van Zwoll

The first 2012 edition took place on Saturday 28 in Merz, Dordrecht. Three Labtones artists got the chance to present their music to a live audience in a great atmosphere. First on stage was Annik (NL). They played a very interesting mixture of rock, funk and soul. Singer Anneke has a very special and beautiful voice, which perfectly fits the original music. The fact that she sometimes also played the trumpet certainly adds to the originality.


Annik - Photo: Patricia van Zwoll


Annik - Photo: Patricia van Zwoll

Next, Fraud the Band (IE) gave a set. In a very small setting (voice/guitar and flute), they played folk music with an Irish sound. A group of people gatheredsilently in front of the stage to enjoy the intimate and beautiful songs.

Grant Moff Tarkin (BE) gave the final show of the night. And what a show it was. Their music is very original and creative, and clearly inspired by artists from earlier years. They sometimes even sounded like a crossover between Velvet Underground and Neil Young. Singer Julax has a good voice and looks like she is completely absorbed by the music. And so was the audience!

Want to more know about these artists? Visit their profile pages:
http://www.labtones.com/artist/annik
http://www.labtones.com/artist/fraudtheband
http://www.labtones.com/artist/grantmofftarkin

Fourth Labtones Live! event: An amazing night

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Photo: Amber Zwartbol

On Saturday October 22th, 2011, a big crowd visited the fourth Labtones Live event in Merz, Dordrecht (The Netherlands). It turned out to be a very special evening, with a good atmosphere and amazing artists on stage.


Bedroom Monkees (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)


Bedroom Monkees (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)

The evening started out calmly with the singer-songwriter music of Bert Smeets from Bedroom Monkees. Normally he performs together with a band, but tonight he is alone with a guitar and ukulele. In this minimalistic setting, the songs of Smeets really stand out. The audience is grabbed by his voice, which has a nice raw edge to it. The people sit down in front of the stage and listen in silence to his beautiful music.

http://www.labtones.com/artist/bedroommonkees


Blue Fish Brothers (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)


Blue Fish Brothers (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)


Blue Fish Brothers (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)


Blue Fish Brothers (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)

The Blue Fish Brothers consist of three brothers on vocals, keys and drums, together with a bass player and guitarist. The five-piece band recently switched from a punk-rock sound to a more acoustic sound. Due to the suburb vocal harmonies, the music gets a kind of country-feel to it, although rockabilly and rock 'n roll influences can also be heard. Their music is full of creativity and variety. Without a doubt, this band has gained more fans tonight.

http://www.labtones.com/artist/bluefish


Loop the Balloon (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)


Loop the Balloon (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)

The most original act in this series of Labtones Live! events is Loop the Balloon (known on Labtones under the name of Happy Elf). Using loop stations, balloons and other unconventional instruments, he makes looped dance music. And he is quite successful with his music; he has already performed on the big Lowlands festival, for example. The audience is clearly surprised by his act and a lot of smiles appear during his performance. “I could go on for hours”, he says, when the end of his set is near. That'll be a very good idea for next time!

http://www.labtones.com/artist/happyelf


Earthman Doublewood (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)


Earthman Doublewood (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)


Earthman Doublewood (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)


Earthman Doublewood (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)


Earthman Doublewood (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)


Earthman Doublewood (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)

The last band to perform is Earthman Doublewood. The band is formed around Gered Stowe (Belgium). The other members originate from Schotland, USA, England and also Belgium. The songs on their Labtones profile are very minimalistic, but tonight they are played with a full band. The addition of bass, drums and other instruments like banjo and steel guitar gives the music much more layers and a kind of Americana sound. Earthman Doublewood is clearly influenced by singer-songwriters from the past, like Bob Dylan and Neil Young. But what's more important: they do not simply copy these artists but the songs have very good qualities of their own. They close their set with the Labtones hit Blue As Skies and leave the audience with a feeling that they just experienced something very special.

http://www.labtones.com/artist/earthmandoublewood

This fourth Labtones Live! evening was the last of the series, but we will return in early 2012 with new editions. Hope to see you then!

Third Labtones Live! event: A variety of styles

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The third Labtones Live! event took place on Saturday October 15th. Three acts with a variety of musical styles performed on stage. Here is a short report with text and pictures!


Deauville Blue (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)


Deauville Blue (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)


Deauville Blue (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)

The first act to perform was Deauville Blue. The band was formed by members of Wash Inc. (also known on Labtones) when they met singer Angelica Gerde on a vacation. The gig at Labtones Live! was their first performance in this setup, although nobody noticed that, probably. Angelica has a lot of experience in the music world, which reflects in her voice and stage presence. Her voice blends beautifully with that of Wash-Inc. singer Ingrid. The two singers are supported by a guitarist and a double bass player. The band plays jazzy versions of famous songs, Wash-Inc. songs and some own material. Let's hope more gigs will follow soon!

http://www.labtones.com/artist/deauvilleblue


Frank Montis Trio (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)


Frank Montis Trio (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)


Frank Montis Trio (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)

Frank Montis of the Frank Montis Trio also has lots of experience, both as playing for others as being the frontman of his own jazz / soul band DelMontis. On Labtones Live!, he performs in a slightly different setup (without Saxophone player Rolf Delfos). He sits behind his Fender Rhodes, while he sings Delmontis songs and an occasional cover song. He has a very nice, strong voice and his playing on the Rhodes is also amazing. Together with his bass player and drummer, who also play very good and steady, he sometimes starts to improvise, with long and suburb instrumental solos.

http://www.labtones.com/artist/delmontis


IJzeren Vogel (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)


IJzeren Vogel (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)


IJzeren Vogel (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)

The last act of the evening is very special for Labtones, since the album by IJzeren Vogel was mostly recorded and produced in the Labtones Studio. This project by Dutch singer Alex van Holstein is quite special: music with electronic and rock influences, combined with unconventional Dutch lyrics. On the self-titled album, Van Holstein got musical help from various friends, but recently he formed a completely new band with other skilled musicians to perform the songs live. The musicians are able to translate the songs to a live situation very well and the audience clearly enjoys the original songs.

http://www.labtones.com/artist/ijzerenvogel

Second Labtones Live! Event: Ladies Night

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On Saturday October 8th, 2011, the second of four Labtones Live! events took place in Dordrecht, The Netherlands. This time, the theme was “Ladies Night”; four female singer-songwriters performed their songs for an enthousiastic audience.


Sarah's Blue Dress (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)



Sarah's Blue Dress (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)

Sarah from Sarah's Blue Dress (whose real name is Joyce and indeed wears a blue dress tonight) brought her full band to the event, consisting of a drummer, bassist, pianist and cello player. Her songs have a melancholic feel, with beautiful melodies. The band plays very well, and very creative too. But probably the most noticing about Sarah's Blue Dress is Sarah's voice: pitch-perfect and full of emotion, giving the songs just the right touch.

http://www.labtones.com/artist/sarahsbluedress


Danalyze (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)

Danalyze performs alone, together with her guitar. “I am trying to sound like a full band”, she explains to her listeners. Surprisingly, she manages to sound like a full band indeed. Her guitar playing has a raw edge to it, reminding a bit of PJ Harvey (it is no coincidence that Danalyze covers a PJ Harvey-song in her set). Her voice is beautiful and perfectly fits the folky songs.

http://www.labtones.com/artist/danalyze


Pantoufle (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)


Pantoufle with Danalyze (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)

Pantoufle normally performs with two other musicians, but at Labtones Live! she performs on her own, supporting herself with her guitar. And she does this in a way like she is always performing like this, only asking for rhythmic and vocal support by the audience on two occasions. She also asks Danalyze on stage for a beautiful duet. Her songs sound very honest and original and a big part of the audience listens in total silence.

http://www.labtones.com/artist/pantoufle


Vera (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)


Vera (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)


Vera (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)


Vera (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)

The second Labtones Live! event ends with a performance by the Labtones Artist of the Month October: Vera. Together with a double bass player she brings songs from her most recent album Bubbles & Bones, and her previous album Leave a Line. The interaction on stage between Vera and the bassist is really enjoyable and so are the poppy songs and her warm voice.

http://www.labtones.com/artist/vera

First Labtones Live! event a big success!

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The first Labtones Live! event took place on Saturday, October 1st 2011 in Merz in Dordrecht, the Netherlands. On this first evening, a total of five artists from this music network presented themselves live to the audience.


Alpha Eleven (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)


Alpha Eleven (Photo: Frank Eisenga)

Alpha Eleven from Amsterdam is te first artist ever to perform on Labtones Live!. He is also known on Labtones as 'Maanman', his Dutch singing alter ego. Alpha Eleven plays two sets during the evening, consisting of a variety of songs from both projects. This results in a mix of English, Dutch and even French songs, including some well-known hits from the LabCharts. He performs alone on the intimate stairstage, supporting his singing using guitar or piano. His blues and folk songs are stunningly beautiful (and so is his voice) and he manages to leave everybody speechless.

http://www.labtones.com/artist/alphaeleven


Duncan Idaho (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)


Duncan Idaho (Photo: Frank Eisenga)


Duncan Idaho (Photo: Frank Eisenga)

The members of Duncan Idaho are full of ambition; they recently scored record and booker deals and are ready to conquer the musical world. And without a doubt the world is ready to be conquered by these sympathetic indierockers. Their songs have brilliant melodies and are full of creativity and beautiful harmonies. It will only be a matter of time before we will hear these on the (inter)national radio!

http://www.labtones.com/artist/duncanidaho


Theo Sieben (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)


Theo Sieben (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)


Theo Sieben (Photo: Frank Eisenga)


Theo Sieben (Photo: Frank Eisenga)

Theo Sieben is a singer-songwriter inspired by traditional folk and roots music. A group of people gathers around the stage to enjoy his melancholic songs. Sieben clearly likes the atmosphere and talks extensively between songs to inform the audience what the songs are about. Using electric and acoustic guitars and his voice he manages to produce an authentic sound that forces you to listen closely and enjoy his beautiful songs.

http://www.labtones.com/artist/theosieben


This City Shines (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)


This City Shines (Photo: Frank Eisenga)


This City Shines (Photo: Frank Eisenga)

Each individual member of This City Shines has lots of experience in the national and international music world playing in bands such as I Against I, Davenport, San Andreas and Jeremys. With this amount of experience, things can't go wrong musically. Indeed, This City Shines rocks loud and steady. They are influenced by bands like Foo Fighters and Jimmy Eat World, meaning that they treat the audience with rocksongs with nice melodies and original guitar riffs. Singer Katelijn has a good voice and stage presence. Pretty soon this band will play the big festivals!

http://www.labtones.com/artist/thiscityshines


The Hilton Halo (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)


The Hilton Halo (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)


The Hilton Halo (Photo: Frank Eisenga)


The Hilton Halo (Photo: Frank Eisenga)

The Hilton Halo are one of the first bands that registered on Labtones. Since then, they scored an impressive number of LabCharts hits (including a #1 position for All In). This band is serious about their music and want to stay in control over their own art. Recently, they turned down a record deal and booked a trip to LA to work with the world-famous producer Greg Gordon to record a couple of songs. Everything about this band is of very high quality, from the songs to the playing and the stage performance. The audience enjoys the rocksongs, which are full of power. Synth sounds play a big role in their music, giving it an original sound. The band is even forced to play an encore, in which they play the famous Labtones hits All In and Your Man, with Labtones co-founder Arjan on Kazoo (!). The Hilton Halo provide the perfect ending to a great first edition of Labtones Live!

http://www.labtones.com/artist/thehiltonhalo

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