Relic Floyd

March 22, 2014
Cultuurpodium Boerderij, Zoetermeer (NL)

Relic Floyd is a 2014 project by members of the Dutch Pink Floyd, founded in 2009. On their website we noticed these seducing words: 'Enthusiastic, professional musicians, armed with an unconditional love for Pink Floyd,
give the audience what it wants: that unique Pink Floyd feeling!'. Well, this evening around 150 visitors were taken on a mind blowing musical trip back to the 1967-1975 Pink Floyd era to enjoy that unique Pink Floyd feeling, often resulting in goose bumps all-over!

Four piece band Relic Floyd has a sound which is mighty close to the early Pink Floyd. With one's eyes closed, one might think this is the real Pink Floyd, from the very first notes of Atom Heart Mother (1970) - which sounded better without an orchestra, as Relic Floyd proved - to the final notes of Celestival Voices from A Saucerful Of Secrets (1968)! The latter song had wonderful violin parts, coming from the Mellotron M400, played by Ruud Peeters. Only one song was included from the Syd Barrett period, but it's one of my favourites, namely Astronomy Domine. It was a dynamic and psychedelic version with lots of improvisations.
Guitarist Bart Logtens did an excellent job throughout the entire set, by playing some superb slide- and steel guitar parts on his instruments. He did an especially outstanding job on One Of These Days . Keyboard player Paul Daamen succeeded to generate that wonderful and unsurpassed vintage keyboard sound on Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun (with some strong drumming by Maurice Mater), Shine On You Crazy Diamond and Echoes. He accomplished this by using instruments such as the Hammond- and Farfisa organs, ARP synthesizer and Fender Rhodes electric piano. During Eclipse, singer/ bass player Ruud Peeters almost morphed into Roger Waters, due to his emotional vocals and facial expressions.
In the second part of the show the crowd really showed their appreciation and emotions, by delivering primal screams and roars and most of all by giving them a standing ovation. The band was visibly very pleased with this emotional reaction, which they fully deserved. Most of all, this concert was a very skilled and inspired tribute to the early Pink Floyd!

Erik Neuteboom (edited by Esther Ladiges)

Setlist Relic Floyd:

Atom Heart Mother
Astronomy Domine
Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
Shine On You Crazy Diamond pts 1-9
Speak To Me
On The Run
Time - Breathe Reprise
Us & Them
Any Colour You Like
Brain Damage
One Of These Days
Celestial Voices (excerpt from A Saucerful Of Secrets)

Line up Relic Floyd:

(left to right)
Ruud Peeters (Roger Waters):
bass, Mellotron, vocals
Paul Daamen (Richard Wright):
keyboards, vocals
Bart Logtens (David Gilmour):
guitars, vocals
Maurice Mater (Nick Mason):
drums, percussion.

Pictures Relic Floyd by Erik Neuteboom

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