• Thu 27/07

    tickets

    BLOW TRIO

    i.h.k.v. Theater Aan Zee

    DE GROTE POST - OOSTENDE

  • Fri 28/07

    tickets

    JONG MUZIEK #1 - GEROEZEMOES, PORTLAND, THE GIRL WHO CRIED WOLF, VLIEGTUIG

    i.h.k.v. Theater Aan Zee

    OOSTENDE (centrum)

  • Tue 01/08

    tickets

    JONG MUZIEK #2 - IN EEN DISCOTHEEK, LOHAUS, ONS, UMM

    i.h.k.v. Theater Aan Zee

    OOSTENDE (centrum)

  • Sat 05/08

    tickets

    ANTWERP GIPSYSKA ORKESTRA

    i.h.k.v. Theater Aan Zee

    DE GROTE POST - OOSTENDE

  • Thu 10/08

    uitverkocht

    ARSENAL

    TRY-OUT

    ZAAL DE ZWERVER - LEFFINGE

  • Wed 30/08

    tickets

    THE STEEPWATER BAND (us)

    Bluesrock, Rootsrock, ...
    Denk Neil Young, CCR, Tom Petty

    CAFÉ DE ZWERVER - LEFFINGE

  • Fri 08/09

    tickets

    LEFFINGELEUREN 2017

    THREE DAYS OF MUSIC, ART & FOOD

    Concerttent I Markt I Zaal De Zwerver LEFFINGE

  • Sat 09/09

    tickets

    LEFFINGELEUREN 2017

    THREE DAYS OF MUSIC, ART & FOOD

    Concerttent I Markt I Zaal De Zwerver LEFFINGE

  • Sun 10/09

    tickets

    WIJ VARKENLAND #1

    Voorstelling
    i.s.m. Theater Aan Zee

    HOEVE PRUVOST - LEFFINGE

  • Sun 10/09

    tickets

    LEFFINGELEUREN 2017

    THREE DAYS OF MUSIC, ART & FOOD

    Concerttent I Markt I Zaal De Zwerver LEFFINGE

  • Sun 10/09

    tickets

    WIJ VARKENLAND #2

    VOORSTELLING
    I.S.M. THEATER AAN ZEE

    HOEVE PRUVOST - LEFFINGE

  • Sat 16/09

    tickets

    ENDLESS BOOGIE (us)

    Psychedelic Stoner Killer Jams

    CAFÉ DE ZWERVER - LEFFINGE

  • Sun 01/10

    tickets

    ROLAND, DEREK, RONY & STEVO

    éénmalig project
    zitplaatsen

    ZAAL DE ZWERVER - LEFFINGE

  • Mon 09/10

    tickets

    DOWNTOWN BOYS (us) + support

    "America's Most Exciting Punk Band”.

    CAFÉ DE ZWERVER - LEFFINGE

  • Sat 28/10

    gratis

    WESTTALENT 2017

    concours voor West-Vlaamse Bands

    ZAAL DE ZWERVER - LEFFINGE

  • Wed 01/11

    tickets

    KEVIN MORBY (us) + support

    Autumn Falls
    New album 'City Music' out now

    ZAAL DE ZWERVER - LEFFINGE

  • Fri 17/11

    tickets

    SONGHOY BLUES (ma) + support

    Album-voorstelling 'Résistance'

    ZAAL DE ZWERVER - LEFFINGE

  • Sun 19/11

    tickets

    together PANGEA (us) + support

    NEW ALBUM ‘BULLS AND ROOSTERS’
    westcoast garage

    CAFÉ DE ZWERVER - LEFFINGE

  • Fri 24/11

    tickets

    NELE NEEDS A HOLIDAY

    Album voorstelling

    CAFÉ DE ZWERVER - LEFFINGE

  • Thu 07/12

    tickets

    STEF BOS (nl)

    cd-voorstelling
    zitplaatsen
    i.s.m. Cultuurdienst Middelkerke

    ZAAL 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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