• Tue 02/06

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    CHUCK PROPHET & THE MISSION EXPRESS (us) (UITGESTELD NAAR 03.02)

    ROOTSROCK, AMERICANA
    EXCLUSIEVE CD-VOORSTELLING

    ZAAL DE ZWERVER - LEFFINGE

  • Fri 05/06

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    COUNTRY, AMERICANA

    CAFÉ DE ZWERVER - LEFFINGE

  • Thu 11/06

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    FRANKIE & THE WITCH FINGERS (us) (UITGESTELD)

    Garagerock, psyche

    CAFÉ DE ZWERVER - LEFFINGE

  • Thu 25/06

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    ANA POPOVIC (us) (UITGESTELD NAAR 23.04)

    Leading Lady van de hedendaagse blues

    ZAAL DE ZWERVER - LEFFINGE

  • Fri 26/06

    uitgesteld

    SHHT + BOROKOV BOROKOV + WILLY ORGAN (UITGESTELD)

    Een dolle avond vol bands met een hoek af!

    ZAAL DE ZWERVER - LEFFINGE

  • Fri 11/09

    tickets

    LEFFINGELEUREN 2020

    ONTDEKKINGSFESTIVAL

    LEFFINGE

  • Sat 12/09

    tickets

    LEFFINGELEUREN 2020

    ONTDEKKINGSFESTIVAL

    LEFFINGE

  • Sun 13/09

    tickets

    LEFFINGELEUREN 2020

    ONTDEKKINGSFESTIVAL

    LEFFINGE

  • Fri 02/10

    tickets

    AMERICAN AQUARIUM (us)

    Americana, Alt. Country

    MUZIEKCLUB DE ZWERVER - LEFFINGE

  • Sat 03/10

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    ANNA BURCH (us) + support (NIEUWE DATUM)

    INDIEPOP, ALTROCK
    VOOR FANS VAN ANGEL OLSEN & COURTNEY BARNETT

    CAFÉ DE ZWERVER - LEFFINGE

  • Wed 28/10

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    NIKLAS PASCHBURG (de) + Mirek Coutigny (NIEUWE DATUM)

    NEO-KLASSIEK, PIANO, AMBIENT
    I.S.M. KAAP

    KAAP/ VRIJSTAAT O. - OOSTENDE

  • Fri 30/10

    tickets

    DONAVON FRANKENREITER (us)

    'The Record Player Tour'
    Surf, singer-song, ...

    ZAAL DE ZWERVER - LEFFINGE

  • Sun 01/11

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    OLD TIME RELIJUN (us) (NIEUWE DATUM)

    Avant-garde garage blues
    Denk Beefheart, Jon Spencer, ...

    CAFÉ DE ZWERVER - LEFFINGE

  • Fri 20/11

    tickets

    CASSELS (uk) + Kookaburra (NIEUWE DATUM)

    Narrow Seas
    Punk, postpunk

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  • Fri 27/11

    tickets

    6DE ZWERVER MUZIEKQUIZ (NIEUWE DATUM)

    70 JAAR POPGESCHIEDENIS
    IN MINSTENS EVENVEEL VRAGEN

    ZAAL DE ZWERVER - LEFFINGE

  • Wed 03/02

    tickets

    CHUCK PROPHET & THE MISSION EXPRESS (us) (NIEUWE DATUM)

    ROOTSROCK, AMERICANA
    EXCLUSIEVE CD-VOORSTELLING

    ZAAL DE ZWERVER - LEFFINGE

  • Fri 23/04

    tickets

    ANA POPOVIC (us) (NIEUWE DATUM)

    Leading Lady van de hedendaagse blues

    ZAAL DE ZWERVER - LEFFINGE

  • Sun 16/05

    tickets

    CHRISTOPHER PAUL STELLING (us) (NIEUWE DATUM)

    Singer-songwriter | Cd-voorstelling
    Produced by Ben Harper

    MUZIEKCLUB DE ZWERVER - LEFFINGE

‘HARD LOVE’ VAN STRAND OF OAKS 9/10

15/02/2017

‘HARD LOVE’ VAN STRAND OF OAKS 9/10

Zonder overdrijven is 'Hard Love' één van de meest geanticipeerde rockplaten die ons de komende maandan vanuit de USA zullen bereiken zeiden we een tijdje geleden en niks lijkt minder want de eerste recensie zijn er reeds boenk op. Zo geeft The Line Of Best Fit een mooie 9/10 veil voor dit nieuwe album! 

When you are trying to run away from a problem, sometimes you collide headlong with inspiration. In the best case scenario, that inspiration miraculously turns into your salvation – causing you to stop running and start saving yourself.

Strand Of Oaks new album, Hard Love, is equal measures escape and preservation for Tim Showalter. The nine assured, sprawling new songs reflect both a desperate search for meaning and significance in a world that doesn’t value the truth as much as it should, as well as a desire to forge a deep connection with something – and someone – real, while we still have the time.

On Hard Love, Showalter brazenly leaves his folkier, electro-tinged past behind him in favor of a more visceral, potent sound. The raw emotions coursing through these songs remain fragile, but are far less fractured than they were on his 2014 breakthrough album, HEAL. The album illustrates the hazy decadence of years on the road balanced with a craving to return home to a life close to resembling normalcy.

The Replacements-echoing lead single, "Radio Kids", expresses a yearning for the days when having a good song on your stereo and exciting plans for the weekend was all you needed to get by. The rousing "On The Hill" and "Taking Acid and Talking To My Brother" both reflect the psychedelic bombast of The Verve, which injects the material with an illusory clairvoyance and the temperamental self-reflection that only arrives in the early hours after a night filled with soul searching.

"Cry" forms the sentimental centerpiece of the record, as the plaintive piano ballad tenderly illuminates the pain and pleasure of a love that has grown heavy over the years. But Showalter isn’t interested in wallowing in those unguarded emotions for very long, as he and his trusty cohorts (producer Nicolas Vernhes and guitarist Jason Anderson) turn the noise up on the rollicking jams "Everything" and "Rest of It" that boisterously stand as some of Strand of Oaks finest work to date.

Charles Dickens wrote, “There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.” And moments of personal darkness are threaded throughout Hard Love, but the clarity and strength that Showalter finds when he shrugs off the gloom gives the songs a restless optimism tempered with a belief that the sun will always come up no matter how long your night has been.



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