April 28, 2016

Rob Klerkx & The Secret: Live at IJland Studio

A live performance can be a make-or-break event for a band. No tons of takes or second guessing a fellow band member's intentions. Dutch "explosive Americana" band Rob Klerkx & The Secret pass the test with flying colours on their latest release Live at IJland Studio. The Nick Cave-esque story telling songs Shadows and Final Desire are scary in a good way. After a nod to the intro of Led Zeppelin's No Quarter the call-and-response vocals in the folk rock ballad Virginia hover on top of the keyboards.

Fronted by singer/guitarist Rob Klerkx (drummer in Dutch bands Moke and Paulusma) the band have been playing together since 2006. Live at IJland Studio is a nice summary of their five studio albums of original tunes and their first decade as a working band. Rob Klerkx & The Secret are a band that can incorporate a bit of well-placed roughness into a crystal clear mix. Tension and release make a good band. And when they can cut it live - a great band.

Rob Klerkx & The Secret:
Rob Klerkx: vocals, guitars
Maggie de Bruin: backing vocals, percussion
Lode de Roos: keys, multi-instrumentalist
Ralph van Rijendam: drums
Herman Wilken: guitars
Ruard Sanders: guitars
Gideon Ferrero: bass

Live at IJland Studio is a self-released album. Get it from the band's website. Full stream on Soundcloud.

Tracks:
  1. Virginia
  2. Carry My Love
  3. Wait For Me
  4. Final Desire
  5. She Said
  6. Shadows
  7. My Enemy
  8. 21 Seasons
  9. Burning Heart
  10. Come Home

Live dates:
  • 07/15 Beverwijk, Netherlands @ Camille
  • 07/03 Breda, Netherlands @ Mezz

» robklerkxandthesecret.com

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