IOEarth & Mangrove
February 4, 2012, De Boerderij, Zoetermeer(NL)
Unfortunately few people showed up for the double concert of IOEarth and Mangrove at Cultuurpodium Boerderij in Zoetermeer. Maybe the weather conditions were to blame, because a lot of snow had fallen and the temperature was far below zero. However, the roads were passable, so most people must have been able to travel to the venue safely. Maybe these bands are not famous enough to attract a larger audience. Well, it might be a combination of both. Sure, compared to the Dutch prog band Mangrove, IOEarth don't have a strong following in The Netherlands yet. In April 2011 they performed for the first time on a Dutch stage during the iO Pages Festival (see review). At the time they were welcomed enthusiastically and they had a big impact on many people, but apparently this wasn't enough to attract a larger audience at the same venue. Also Mangrove deserve a larger audience. Since they belong to the top of the Dutch prog scene it's rather strange that only few people showed up. Anyway, it must have been the weather after all...
IOEarthThose people who didn't attend this concert will get a second chance to see the show of IOEarth, because the whole performance was recorded on audio and shot on video.
The title track was again the opening piece of the show, just like on the iO Pages Festival last year. However, this time the band's original female singer joined again after giving birth. At first it was difficult to see whether it really was Claire Malin, because she was dressed in a long black gown, wearing a mask and making impressive theatrical moves. While singing about red roses she handed one to someone in the audience. Cinta Indah
MangroveMangrove already shot a DVD at this venue, but unfortunately it hasn't been released yet. It's planned in due course of time; maybe later this year. This DVD will certainly show what a fantastic live band Mangrove are. Well, anyway they showed it during this concert. The musicians probably felt a kind of magic in the air during this performance which they themselves regarded as one of the best they ever did. Who am I to disagree?
Not only the music was perfect, but the lightning on stage deserves a special mention as well. That wasn't expected at all because the man who's responsible for the light show during Mangrove's gigs wasn't present. Illness prevented him from travelling with the band, but fortunately he wasn't missed at all. Thanks to the available facilities of the venue and a good stand-in, the band got a superb light show. Together with the perfect sound - which is almost perfect at this venue - it made the picture complete. People who stayed at home being afraid of the low temperature in the open surely missed two excellent concerts that deserved a larger audience, but unfortunately you can't always get what you want!
Henri Strik (edited by Peter Willemsen)
Live Your Life Part One
Live Your Live Part Two
Light And Shade
Pictures IOEarth by Arthur Haggenburg
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Line up IOEarth:(left to right)
keyboards, Theremin, additional guitar
lead guitar, acoustic guitar, lead and backing vocals
Time Will Tell
There Must Be Another Way
Pictures Mangrove by Arthur Haggenburg
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Line up Mangrove:(left to right)
Roland van der Horst:
bass guitar, bass pedals
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