Frequency Drift & Unkh
November 22, 2014 - De Pul, Uden (NL)
The German progressive rock outfit Frequency Drift visited our country for the first time to do a concert at venue De Pul in Uden. I had wished they would play before a larger audience to welcome them, but only about forty people had showed up when they started their ninety-minute set. However, I had already taken into account that only few people would visit this concert since both the Dutch support act Unkh and Frequency Drift are rather unknown bands in the Dutch prog rock scene. Moreover, more prog concerts were held on the same day at other venues. Anyway, the fact that few people showed up didn't prevent these bands from giving a good performance just to show what they're capable of.
UnkhTwo months ago I saw Unkh for the first time live on stage. At the time this band, with a rather strange name, supported the Cuban prog rock band Anima Mundi at De Cacaofabriek in Helmond. The four musicians succeeded in entertaining me throughout their short set (see review). They performed some excellent prog rock pieces all taken from their debut album Traveller
Frequency DriftThe music of Frequency Drift isn't easy to describe since they blend all sorts of musical styles: from folk to rock, from prog rock to classical music and from metal to Celtic folk music. Thanks to the many instruments they play, among which some 'strange' instruments like the cello and the harp, their songs sound rather diverse. In order to perform this music live on stage seven musicians are involved. This means that it was rather crowded on stage and since all musicians drew the attention you sometimes didn't know where to look. I think it
However, when the show continued the sound improved for the people in the audience. Throughout the concert they could enjoy the fabulous vocal performances of the eighteen year old (!) lead singer Isa Fallenbacher. So far she recorded only one album with the band being Over (2014, see review). She still has to learn how to introduce the songs that were mainly taken from the band's last three studio albums. From time to time she looked a bit shy but at the moment she had to sing her vocal lines she sounded confident and with a clear and pure voice. The way she performed Dead (see video) was pretty amazing! But Isa Fallenbacher wasn't the only musician on stage showing to be outstanding. What about Sibylle Friz on the cello and the recorder? Her cello parts
The musician who drew the most attention was undoubtedly guitarist Christian Hack. He not only proved to be an excellent guitarist but he could also manage well with the flutes and the wavedrum. The latter was a kind of electronic device on which he could reproduce the sound of a conga and other percussion instruments, but it
The rhythm section consisting of bassist Wolfgang Riess and drummer Thomas Amon did a great job. Many times they made it possible that the other musicians could excel on their instruments by supporting them with a fine rhythm or a strong groove.
In April 2015 the band will return to the Netherlands in order to appear at the Progdreams Festival at Cultuurcentrum Boerderij in Zoetermeer. Guess who will be in front of the stage when they begin their performance..?
Henri Strik (edited by Peter Willemsen)
Theme Of The Mighty Mushroom
Fast Food For The Common Man
Unkh by Arthur Haggenburg
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Line up Unkh:(left to right)
drums and backing vocals
keyboards, lead vocals
Matthijs van Nahuijs:
bass, bass pedals and backing vocals
Setlist Frequency Drift:
Ringshining / Summer's End
Frequency Drift by Arthur Haggenburg
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Line up Frequency Drift:(left to right)
electric guitar, flutes, wavedrum
keyboards, electric guitar
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