July 6, 2014 - 't Blok, Nieuwerkerk a/d IJssel (NL)
One of the most exciting new progressive rock bands coming from the Netherlands, without a doubt, is Minor Giant. During the two times I witnessed them live on stage, they really blew me away with their music and stage presentation. When they performed at the first Progmotion Festival (2012, see review), they hadn't been on stage before, but they
During the two former shows I had witnessed, the band had approximately one hour to show the public what they were capable of. Not being part of a festival, and therefore the only band on stage, they had more time to spend on stage this time. They had ample time to come up with two different sets, and a final encore. This meant they had the chance to play every track from their album and, furthermore, play some new material and a couple of covers too.
This time the opening tune was not the title track of their debut; something that had been the case most of time, hen they started a concert. Strangely enough, they had the courage to play a, for me, completely new composition. They named it In The Morning Sun, and turned out to be of the same high level as the tracks on their first recorded musical
The same can be said about the second set. Every piece of music sounded top notch! Once again, the band started with one of their completly new compositions Grasping For The Wind, which they plan to be featured on their second release. Jos was the person who, next to Jordi, mostly did the presentations in between the songs.
This fine solo and perfectly covered song were a splendid end to a concert that, for me, can be regarded as one of the best I have seen in 2014 so far. Wow! It was really stunning what this new Dutch progressive rock band displayed in front of a crowd, that should have been much larger. Maybe the good weather and the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil were to blame, even though no games were played during this brilliant performance!
Henri Strik (edited by Esther Ladiges)
Setlist Minor Giant:
In The Morning Sun
On The Road
We All Need Some Light
Dream With Eyes Wide Open
Times Like These
Grasping For The Wind
Lead Me Home
Hand In Hand
We Are Strangers Here
The Last Road
Minor Giant by Arthur Haggenburg
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Line up Minor Giant:(left to right)
electric and acoustic guitars, lead vocals and backing vocals
keyboards, lead and backing vocals
Rik van Dommelen:
bass, bass pedals and backing vocals
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