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GC032: TMGS “Rivers & Coastlines: The Ride” CD

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GC032 : TMGS “Rivers & Coastlines: the Ride” CD | 15-02-2013

                                                LP @ I Have A Tiger records

1. Tell Everyone 2. Coastlines 3. New Scene 4. It’s a Ride 5. Headed Home

6. Bring Me the Night 7. Slow Me Down 8. The Fear 9. Evening Blues 10. Wolves Come Out

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“Rivers & Coastlines: The Ride ” CD | GC032 | 2013 | one-sheet | reviews | gigs & photos & mp3’s & videos |

Written by Green Cookie

January 17th, 2013 at 1:11 am

TMGS: “The Moe Greene Specials” cd

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TMGS: “The Moe Greene Specials” digipack CD | GC010 | 13.06.2005 |

one-sheet Facebook contact/booking reviews gigsTMGS website TMGS Bandcamp

CD: € 8.00 post & digital download included

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TMGS: “Crime Scene Love”, Open Road (Again) CD, Sonic Rendezvous (2007)

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BIO

TMGS started a decade ago as a 100% instrumental surf and spaghetti western band, with it’s full name being: “The Moe Greene Specials”. The twang guitars and trumpet sound are still there but the music has evolved over the years to a more melodic pop/rock with definite alt. country influences. Over time some of the original musicians left, other members joined and since the beginnning of 2008 the band came to it’s final cast. Ever since TMGS has officially become the band’s name, also to emphasize their subtle break with the past.

TMGS is: Kristof Janssens (acoust. & electr. guitar, vocals), Peter Lodiers (electr. guitar, vocals), Gert Herrijgers (acoustic & electr. bass), Koen Van Loon (trumpet, percussion, vocals), Bart Raats (trumpet), Dirk Van Rosendaal (drums, percussion, vocals), Yves Seyns (keyboards, organ, vocals).

REVIEWS

“The Moe Greene Specials play a seriously moody and dramatic form of spaghetti western, with multiple guitars that create a thick wash of sound, and bass and drums, and accompanied by horns that add to the Morricone experience. This album is really fit for a film score.” Phil Dirt – Reverb Central (USA)

“It’s certainly the best spaghetti western album that Enrio Morricone never made and, to my ears at least, better than any of the albums hi did make. This is because it is intended for listening to rather than as an accompaniment to pictures. If you have any spagwest albums you certainly need this one too. If you ever fancied trying one and weren’t sure where to start, then this is the place. Ok hombre?” Alan Taylor – Pipeline magazine (UK)

“From Belgium, The Moe Greene Specials play cinematic instrumental surf and spaghetti western tunes that evolve almost symphonically, with trumpets doubling the guitars. Musical influences vary from Calexico-style desert songs to Stax soul to Dick Dale.” ZPTDUDA music.com (USA)

“(…) Hiermee maken ze een superpakkende, instrumentale mix van surf, texmex, americana, western, easy tunes en lichte soundscapes. Ofwel een heel fijne mix van Friends Of Dean Martinez, Calexico, Dick Dale, Pixies, The Treble Spankers en een vleugje Scenic. Het is niet alleen lekker, het is ook retegoed! Het zou de ideale soundtrack van een spaghettiwestern kunnen zijn, maar het kan ook je ideale plaat zijn om achterover te liggen in je hangmat en een koel bier bij te drinken (…)” Subjectivisten.org (NL)

“(…) Hun instrumentale surf n’ western zou niet misstaan als soundtrack voor een klassieke mafiafilm. Zeer fraaie en pakkende liedjes, vormgegeven met contrabas, trompet, conga’s, castagnetten en andere toepasselijk authentieke instrumentelarij. Het gebeurt mij niet vaak dat een plaat mij vanaf de eerste kennismaking direct pakt maar deze keer is het helemaal raak. Ik kan hier heel erg van genieten, zo mooi en vooral sfeervol als dit album is (…)” fileunder.nl (NL)

DISCOGRAPHY

  • The Moe Green Specials (CD) Green Cookie Records (2005)
  • Open Road (Again) (CD) Sonic Rendezvous (2007)
  • Borders OK (CD) TMGS (2010)
  • Rivers & Coastlines: The Ride (CD) Green Cookie Records & (LP) I Have A Tiger Records (2013)

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TMGS: “Maplewood Drive” video clip

“Maplewood Drive” by TMGS. A video clip created by Scott Beck for the TMGS song, using shots from the movie “The Bride Wore Blood”.

For more information, visit the Bride wore Blood or the Moe Greene Specials

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TMGS: “The Bride Wore Blood” trailer

Trailer for the 2006 Bluebox Limited release “The Bride Wore Blood: A Contemporary Western.”

A bounty killer is hired to protect a bride-to-be in this contemporary Western. When secrets reveal the past, blood is shed and a deadly mystery unfolds.

For more information, visit the Bluebox Limited Films

music: “Maplewood Drive” by The Moe Greene Specials.

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Written by Green Cookie

November 9th, 2009 at 11:11 pm

TMGS: Reviews for “Rivers & Coastlines: The Ride” cd

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{ review } Gert Thijs, Indie Style (05/06/2013)

http://www.indiestyle.be/album-reviews/tmgs-rivers-coastlines-the-ride-melancholie-voor-onderweg

TMGS – Rivers & coastlines: the ride : melancholie voor onderweg

Door Gert Thijs, gepost op 5 June 2013, 23:03

The moe greene specials zagen het levenslicht toen ze tijdens de Russ Meyer Pussy Galore Tour de muziek mochten verzorgen. Met hun twanggitaren en mariachitrompetten maakten ze filmische surfrock die zich uitstekend leende voor de camp en cult van Russ Meyer. Vanaf dat instrumentale debuut in 2005 evolueerde de groep plaat na plaat. Onderweg vervelde de naam naar TMGS en dikte de band aan tot zeven leden.

‘Rivers & coastlines: the ride’ is het vierde album van TMGS. Opnieuw hoor je dat ze verder gegroeid zijn naar een heel eigen groepsgeluid. Door de personeelsuitbreidingen zijn er liefst drie zangers die elkaar mooi aanvullen. Want ondanks die verschillende stemmen is het resultaat toch een heel coherent klinkende plaat. De twang- en mariachi-elementen zijn er nog steeds maar de basis van de nummers ligt veel meer in indierock en americana.

Aanvankelijk verscheen ‘Rivers & coastlines: the ride’ enkel op vinyl, sinds kort is het ook op cd beschikbaar. Dat de nummers eerst op vinyl verschenen, komt tot sterk uiting in de opbouw van de plaat. De eerste helft, ‘Day side’, klinkt opgewekt terwijl het tweede deel ‘Night side’ een donkerder en desolater geluid laat horen. In elke song sluimert er een zekere melancholie door. Zo voelt ‘Bring me the night’ heel opgewekt aan met dat tex-mexritme maar de tekst reflecteert een veel somberdere realiteit.

Zoals de titel doet vermoeden, is het een album voor onderweg. Zelf gaf de groep al aan dat hun plaat moet werken in de auto, misschien niet dadelijk op de A12 maar als je je ogen sluit terwijl je luistert, krijg je zeker het gevoel van onderweg te zijn. Nummers als ‘Coastlines’, ‘Headed home’ of ‘It’s a ride’ zijn een directe afspiegeling daarvan.

TMGS heeft weer een stap vooruit gezet met met ‘Rivers & coastlines: the ride’ dat heel gevarieerd klinkt maar tegelijk ook een heel eigen, coherente sound heeft. Dat maakt dat de plaat je van begin tot einde kan boeien. Je krijgt het gevoel dat alle puzzelstukjes op hun plaats gevallen zijn en dat de groep zelfverzekerd met haar muziek naar buiten mag komen.

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{ interview } Wout de Natris, WoNo Magazine (02/06/2013)

http://wonomagazine.blogspot.nl/2013/06/interview-with-tmgs-stof-janssens-for.html

zondag 2 juni 2013

Interview with TMGS’ Stof Janssens for WoNo Magazine’s blogpost

By Wout de Natris

© WoNo Magazine 2013

You can listen to Rivers & Coastlines: the ride and buy the album here.

Just a few months back Erwin Zijleman tipped the world on the band TMGS from Belgium. After listening to Rivers & Coastlines: the ride the album developed itself into one of my favourite albums of the past years in a very short time. (Click here for the review.)  The unique mix of musical styles, the refined melodies and intricate instrumentations spoke to me in volumes. Enough reason to find out more about the band. Here’s the result.

Most readers may not be familiar with TMGS. How would you like to introduce yourself and the band?

Well hello there, we are TMGS. A seven piece band from Antwerp, Belgium. Over the years we had several line up changes, but we’ve been playing more or less with the same line up for 5 years now. We don’t want to pin ourselves down to a specific genre, but in a ‘name it or die’ situation, we ‘d probably go for alternative country rock with horns. Or something like that.

The band evolved from instrumental surf and spaghetti western music to this blend of pure pop. This is quite a transition. In how far was this an organic transition?

Pretty organic really. We never thought about it, it all just went naturally. We listen to a lot of music, so there are always changing influences around. We started out as an instrumental surfband, playing old tunes from the sixties, but when we started making our own songs, it all changed quickly. An album we listened to a lot back then, was The Black Light by Calexico, so that obviously was a big influence when we recorded our first album. And from Calexico we got into related bands like the whole Howe Gelb/Giant Sand world. But also Wilco, Magnolia, the Sadies and Richmond Fontaine. We were lucky enough to play a few shows with Fontaine and really related with them. Willy Vlautin was an influence when we started to sing. None of us really wanted to be a singer, but we felt we had to do it for the sake of the songs we were making. And now that I think of it, every TMGS album was made with a different line up. So every time when a new member joins the band, dynamics change and new influences are brought in.

Is this transition also the reason you changed the band name into TMGS?

Yes, that’s the main reason. When we felt we had a definite line up with Dirk and Yves joining on drums and keyboards, we wanted to make a new start, but not turn away completely from what we had done so far. Another reason is that our first name ‘the moe greene specials’ got spelled wrong so many times, we got fed up with it. TMGS only got spelled wrong once (TGMS) so far, so that seems to work alright.

There are still hints of surf guitar and the twang of the spaghetti western. Who were your main influences and what attracted you to this music?

The movie Pulp Fiction and its soundtrack had started a surf revival that lasted quite a while with bands like Fifty foot combo and the Revelaires in Belgium and the Treble Spankers in Holland. That got us started. We played songs by sixties bands like the Bel-Airs, the Pyramids, the Lively Ones and so on. And when we started using a spanish guitar, we added a more western/mariachi feel to it that we picked up from Ennio Morricone and Calexico.

On ‘Rivers and coastlines: The ride’ many influences can be heard. From The Posies, Teenage Fanclub, Big Star to The Beatles. Were you exposed to this music along the way or were these (sort of) influences always there?

We grew up in the nineties listening to bands like the Posies, Buffalo Tom and Teenage Fanclub. So I guess they were always there, inspiring us indirectly. Through them, we discovered Big Star and the Byrds/Parsons who were hugely influential on the nineties guitarbands. The Big Star reference is quite new and surprising to us. But we don’t mind. We like the Big Star records a lot, so it’s a huge compliment.

There is also the desert connection of Calexico/mariachi trumpets. Together with the influences above it makes a mix that is special. Who were there first, the band members with trumpets or the concept for this mix?

The idea of having horns in the band was there from the very beginning. Koen is one of the original members. Though he didn’t have a trumpet yet, he always showed up at rehearsals and just sat around. We also had a saxophone player back then who didn’t have his own sax. They both joined the local fanfare to get instruments and learn how to play for free. A saxophone was used in a lot of those old surf songs, and we liked the idea of having a small horn section, but when he left the band we decided to go with a second trumpet instead of the saxophone. Because it worked better with our own songs. When Bart joined on trumpet, he was the first one in the band with sort of a musical education bringing in a more technical style which defines the TMGS sound up till today.

In my review I wrote that TMGS tries to make the perfect pop song. Do you think it’s possible to write one and if so what should such a song contain?

We’re not really trying to make perfect pop songs, in fact we like to play around with alternative structures and basically try to avoid typical songwriting. Then again, sometimes it’s good to just go for a basic structure. A good song writes itself for the most part. When there’s a lot of struggling to get it right, that’s usually not a good sign. But yeah, on Rivers & coastlines, most of the songs seem to have a basic pop structure. We are just trying to make the songs as good as possible, but not in terms of a perfect pop song. That sounds a little boring to be honest. I guess over the years, musicians created sort of a template structure for the perfect pop song, but the emotional element that makes a song genuinely good is still a mystery. And that’s a good thing too.

The music has a hint of melancholy and sadness. Do you feel more comfortable musically in these moods?

We use a lot of minor chords, so that defines the atmosphere quite a bit. But it’s never all sad. There’s always beauty and hope to it. Probably that’s what melancholy is all about. We like to put some contrast in the songs, like combining moody lyrics with happy musical arrangements or vice versa. For some reason, it seems easier to write a sad song than a happy one. Don’t know why, it just is.

The songs are arranged in a lush and warm way. How are the songs conceived, from a total upfront concept or organically together as a band?

Most of the time Peet (and sometimes Yves) comes up with the chords and a basic idea, and then we play around with it for a while, adding words and changing parts. Sometimes the basic ideas are more or less the finished song, other times it gets turned upside down and changes quite a lot. In that case, it really becomes an organic band process with everyone throwing in ideas.

Who is responsible for what in the band?

I play guitar and do some singing and since I started the band, I guess I’m considered to be sort of the leader in terms of making decisions and generally keep things going. I also provide the artwork and most of the lyrics. Peet plays guitar and does most of the singing lately. Musically, he is definitely the main man writing 80% of the songs. Yves also delivers songs, he sings and plays keyboards and brings in some unexpected elements since he listens mainly to hiphop and dub records. Dirk adds a lot of ideas in singing harmonies and his distinctive drumming style adds a lot to our sound. He could be considered being the counter weight in the band. When we’re down about something, he always tries to get us up, and at times when we’re flying high, he easily brings us down again. Then there‘s Bart and Koen playing trumpet & percussion, and recently, Roeland joined us on bass and backing vocals. And that’s TMGS right there.

Where does “The ride” in the title lead us to?

Everywhere and nowhere particular. We like to invite listeners to fill in the missing data themselves. It’s fun to play around with the idea of a concept album, although it isn’t one. We vaguely tell a story, with the music, artwork and the tracklisting. It’s more about feeling that there’s a story and things are falling into place, rather than getting all the info straight. I like to think of it as a David Lynch movie, where you get the feeling you know what’s going on, but you can’t tell exactly what. The combination of all those things is very important, we spent a lot of time getting the songs in the right order, even though we know people will shuffle the hell out of it on their iPods.

Are the references to Rivers and coastlines a reflection of the part of the country you live in?

Not really, it’s a line from ‘Tell Everyone’, the first song on the album. The idea of a ride along raging coastlines was very appealing and romantic in a way. And it matched perfectly with the backcover photo I took on a trip with Koen way back in 2002. I think it’s taken in Big Sur, California. That last verse pretty much sums up the whole idea of the album. So it became the title.

In the song(title)s there’s travelling, riding, coming and going, change and continuum in life mentioned. What is your message here?

The TMGS music has always been very cinematic. We like to call it ‘landscape music’. It seems to be working best while travelling. In a car or on a train with landscapes passing by. (Maybe that’s your ride, right there.) But it can also be a period in life you go through, emotionally or whatever. We don’t want to send out a message or anything. Except maybe from the fact that sometimes you need to go a long way to end up exactly where you started from. There’s always the need of getting away from something. It’s like the great Ronan Keating said: ‘life‘s a rollercoaster, you just gotta ride it’.

Is the grass greener over there or is coming home preferred?

Yes, but coming home is needed to see the bigger picture.

How does coming from Kalmthout influence the music TMGS makes?

We’re pretty relaxed and we’re just going our own way, trying to make music that’s timeless, not following latest hypes or trends which only sounds like an exhausting thing to do. Maybe that’s a countryside thing.

In Belgium bands band members seem to play in endless other bands. Is this the case for TMGS as well?

We do play in other bands or make music at home, apart from TMGS. Bands and projects like The Incredible Sucking Spongies, Mount Venus, Tim Boston, Tortilla Kid, Superette Rita, The Heavy Machinery and Boutros Boutros Ghali. But none of that is related to each other. So there’s no scene or anything like that. TMGS is our main thing.

What can we expect from TMGS in the near future?

More albums, more evolution & hopefully a lot more live shows, (which are hard to find because we don’t have a booking agent or management or whatever). We started working on new songs, so hopefully soon, new stuff gets recorded. As long as we have fun doing it, we’ll just keep going.

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{ review } WoNo Magazine (26/04/2013)

http://wonomagazine.blogspot.nl/2013/04/rivers-coastlines-ride-tmgs_26.html

vrijdag 26 april 2013

Rivers & coastlines: the ride. TMGS

You can listen to and buy Rivers & coastlines: the ride on the TMGS’ bandcamp site.

Two weeks ago Erwin Zijleman blogged on this excellent record (click here), today Wo. writes on his opinion.

Just because Big Star sold a few hundred units only during its active career and is now seen as super influential, we, in 2013, have to make sure that TMGS sells a million. At the minimum. And that means a role for you too, dear reader. Rivers & coastlines: The ride is nothing short of a masterpiece. There are so many familiar things on this record and at the same time this record is so astonishingly fresh and new. It sparkles like it just had a Spic & Span treatment.

TMGS is a band from Kalmthout, just across the border, known, at least to me, for its arboretum and heather fields. All the rustic, rural countryside associations I had, have been swept aside by Rivers & coastlines: the ride. Circa 10 years ago, the band started its first incarnation under the name The Moe Green Specials, playing instrumental surf guitar and spaghetti western songs. This slowly evolved into TMGS, a band searching for and more than once finding the perfect pop song. The twang of its days gone by is still to be found on Rivers & coastlines, sparingly but quite clear.

TMGS has a line up that is not your every day’s. Kristof Janssens (acoust. & electr. guitar, vocals), Peter Lodiers (electr. guitar, vocals), Dennis Colman (electric bass), Koen Van Loon (trumpet, percussion, vocals), Bart Raats (trumpet), Dirk Van Rosendaal (drums, percussion, vocals), Yves Seyns (keyboards, organ, vocals). Two trumpet players in a seven piece band! And they are heard. Mariachi like sounds sound playfully, full of melancholy. Yes, not unlike in spaghetti westerns. Or in desert music like Calexico’s. What TMGS does perfectly is blend these sounds into the perfect pop tune, creating its own universe along the way.

Talking of perfect pop tunes. The intro to ‘Evening blues’, sung by Kristof Janssens, is tugging the notes along. Like the guitar is being dragged behind the rest of the song. Neil Young style all the way and then there’s this organ, full and warm. Under cooled singing, aloof, void of emotions, creating a very good song. Big Star is referenced regularly. TMGS rises to the same heights as this legendary band form Memphis. ‘Wolves come out’ and ‘Headed home’ match the same form of longing that ‘Thirteen’ and ‘My life is right’ do on ‘#No.1 record’. The whole sixties from The Beatles to The Byrds and Buffalo Springfield come by. Everything with a twangy Rickenbacker, a Hammond B3, multiple vocal layers and harmonies, blending pop, folk and beat into something new. Not unlike the new Dutch band Sunday Sun. TMGS searches for the possibilities within a song, goes after the ultimate joy of singing, works hard on the arrangements, applies mood, colours and different sounds. There’s a huge difference though with Sunday Sun. Where moodwise Sunday Sun is in the full midday sun, TMGS is in the twilight, but the bands are soulmates, as Sunday afternoon vs. Monday morning.

For a band that used to be a-vocal, TMGS singers sing pretty good. No matter how many details TMGS puts into its music, (the moment the trumpets come in during ‘Tell everyone’ is heavenly!), vocally the band presents itself in a strong and persuasive way. Like Chris Bell or Roger McGuinn, Peter Lodiers also puts this layer of emotion into his voice that puts the mood beyond the here and now, aimed at something behind the horizon. Supported by several band members it makes TMGS a very vocal band.

Rivers & coastlines: the ride is a record to become totally addicted to. I just want to hear it again and again and can listen to it all day long. There is a danger in this, I know. Either I will get bored and discard it or Rivers & coastlines becomes a true favourite album over the years. This remains to be seen. For now I’m enjoying myself tremendously and so should you. TMGS has made one of the very best records of 2013 to date. CHECK IT OUT HERE.

Wo.

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{ review } Willem Jongeneelen, BN DeStem (19/03/2013)

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{ review } Erwin Zijleman, De Krenen Uit De Pop (16/02/2013)

dekrentenuitdepop.nl (16/02/2013): “Grote kans dat de muzikale vlinders ook bij jou gaan kriebelen” (Erwin Zijleman)

Voor het minder bekende rootstalent in de zaterdageditie van de krenten uit de pop, zocht ik de afgelopen weken afwisselend in uithoeken van Canada en de Verenigde Staten. Dat dit talent ook veel dichter bij huis is te vinden, bewijst het uit het Belgische Kalmthout afkomstige TMGS, dat met Rivers & Coastlines: The Ride een buitengewoon knappe plaat heeft afgeleverd.

TMGS is de opvallende naam van een band die een paar jaar geleden nog als The Moe Green Specials door het leven ging. The Moe Green Specials verrasten een aantal keren met een mix van surfrock en de soundtracks bij spaghetti westerns, maar wisten het grote publiek nooit te bereiken.

TMGS maakt op Rivers & Coastlines een mix van alt-country, countryrock en frisse gitaarpop, die als je het mij vraagt wel klaar is voor een groot publiek. Ik moet zeggen dat de nieuwe richting me wel bevalt, al is het maar omdat TMGS het onderscheidend vermogen van de vorige gedaante van de band heeft behouden.

Rivers & Coastlines is in de Vlaamse pers al vergeleken met The Jayhawks en Wilco in haar vroegere jaren. Dat is fraai vergelijkingsmateriaal, maar het vertelt maar een deel van het verhaal. Net als The Jayhawks en het vroege Wilco maakt TMGS lekker in het gehoor liggende alt-country die de zon doet schijnen, maar de band voegt hier op fraaie wijze zeer uiteenlopende invloeden aan toe. In veel songs op Rivers & Coastlines gaat TMGS wat verder terug in het verleden dan met name The Jayhawks. Deze songs herinneren aan The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Gram Parsons en door de fraaie harmonieën zelfs aan The Everly Brothers.

De muziek van TMGS laat zich echter niet alleen beïnvloeden door de klassiekers uit het verleden, maar staat ook op bijzondere wijze in het heden. Hoewel de predicaten alt-country en countryrock voor een belangrijk deel van toepassing zijn op de muziek van TMGS, verwerkt de band ook invloeden uit de hedendaagse gitaarpop en de neo-psychedelica en is het bovendien niet vies van Mexicaanse Mariachi trompetten. Een uiterst subtiel vleugje 70s rock en new wave maken het af. Rivers & Coastlines heeft door de mooie gitaarlijnen en de psychedelische sfeer ook wel wat van bands als Band Of Horses of Mercury Rev en begeeft zich door de trompetten op het terrein van Calexico.

Voor alle vergelijkingen geldt echter dat ze uiteindelijk niet zo heel lang stand houden. TMGS is op Rivers & Coastlines: The Ride uiteindelijk vooral zichzelf. Ik was na één keer horen verliefd op deze plaat en bij herhaalde beluistering is de liefde alleen maar sterker geworden. Waar veel bands in dit genre niet graag van de gebaande paden afstappen, laat TMGS horen wat er gebeurt wanneer je dit wel doet. Ga Rivers & Coastlines snel beluisteren. Grote kans dat de muzikale vlinders ook bij jou gaan kriebelen.

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{ review } Dirk Steenhaut, Cobra.be (08/02/2013)

Cobra.be (08/02/2013): “Bevlogen vakmanschap” (Dirk Steenhaut)

Vier letters. Dat is het enige wat overblijft van The Moe Green Specials, een band uit Kalmthout die ten tijde van zijn debuut nog instrumentale surfrock speelde, met meer dan één knipoog naar spaghetti-westernsound van, pakweg, Calexico. Intussen is TMGS al aan zijn vierde langspeler toe en is er heel wat veranderd: het septet grossiert nu vooral in songs die het midden houden tussen indie-gitaarpop en melodieuze countryrock.

Op ‘Rivers & Coastlines: The Ride’, hoor je echo’s van The Jayhawks, het vroege Wilco en -in het geval van ‘Coastlines’ en ‘Headed Home’- Band of Horses. Soms lijken de invloeden van TMGS zelfs nog verder terug te gaan: ‘New Scene’ en het door een ouderwetse latin-vibe aangestoken ‘Bring Me The Night’ (met Buni Lenski van DAAU op viool) herinneren respectievelijk aan The Everly Brothers en Gram Parsons. Maar ook de voorliefde voor het oeuvre van Joey Burns en de zijnen klinkt, dank zij het veelvuldige gebruik van een jankende pedalsteel, een twangy gitaar en naar Mexico wuivende trompet, nog regelmatig door.

TMGS, dat niet minder dan drie zangers in de rangen telt, schrijft sfeerrijke, tussen pittig en slepend geposteerde liedjes, waarin grillige landschappen voorbijschuiven en een zekere ‘wanderlust’ niet ongewoon is. ‘Rivers & Coastlines: The Ride’, via een Grieks label ook op vinyl verkrijgbaar, is opgedeeld in een relatief lichtvoetige Day Side en een iets desolatere Night Side. Op die laatste staat onze absolute favoriet, ‘Evening Blues’, waarin de afwisselend knagende en bijtende gitaren op hun grofkorreligst klinken en ook een hitsig orgeltje zijn opwachting maakt. De muzikale gelijkenis met ‘Taillights Fade’ van Buffalo Tom nemen we er graag bij.
Niet alle tracks zijn even memorabel, maar met bevlogen vakmanshap kom je, zo te horen, ook al een heel eind. Een van de songs van TMGS werd ooit op de snaar genomen door het Amerikaanse Richmond Fontaine. Een mooier compliment lijkt ons nauwelijks denkbaar.

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{ review } Rif Raf (12/2012)

RifRaf (12/2012): “Met zo’n plaat in je achterzak moet je niet bescheiden beginnen worden. Wegdromen!”

Written by Green Cookie

June 5th, 1013 at 12:16 am