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|Genres||Indie pop, post-rock, pop, folk|
|Associated acts||We vs Death, LPG, Awkward I, The Black Atlantic|
Gijs van Veldhuizen
Chris van der Ploeg
|Past members||Jan-Willem Wools
Audiotransparent is a Dutch indie pop band, with influences from several genres, including americana, pop and rock. They formed in 2002, and made their debut in 2003 with their self-titled album Audiotransparent, which received positive reviews.
In 2005, they released their second album, nevland, named after the Norwegian striker Erik Nevland, who played for FC Groningen until 2008. This album was released after some changes in their line-up.
Their third album, Chekhov Guns, was released in 2009, after two years of recording in a fully analog studio, in which “all habits and rules were thrown overboard”, and the band tried to focus on “what works for the song”. The band faced several issues, including divorce, changing friendships and cancer, which form the leading themes for the songs.
As of 2005 (after releasing nevland), their line-up features Bart Looman, lead singer, on guitar and bass guitar, Michel Weber on drums, Gijs van Veldhuizen on guitar, synthesizer and sampler, Andreas Willemse on piano, synthesizer and violin, and Chris van der Ploeg on guitar.
On stage they are often supported by Hanneke Rolden on violin, Sebastiaan Wiering (who also performs with Chris van der Ploeg and Gijs van Veldhuizen in Kendler) on cello and Rogier Vroom on trumpet.
Collaboration and side projects
Bart Looman plays the bass during live shows of At the close of every day and is a singer and guitarist in The Fire Harvest. Andreas Willemse has performed with, among others, Lawn, and is a member of Utrecht-based Novack. Michel Weber is a former drummer of Benjamin B. Gijs van Veldhuizen is the frontman for Kendler, in which Chris van der Ploeg (guitar) and Sebastiaan Wiering (bass/cello) play as well. Chris is also performing solo as I Took Your Name. In the song "You are a movie", audiotransparent collaborates with Tony Dekker (vocals) and Erik Arnesen (banjo), who both play in the Canadian band Great Lake Swimmers.
Nomenclature of the songs on Chekhov Guns
From their website:
According to the russian playwriter Anton Tsjechov a gun that’s presented in the first act of a play must go off in the fifth. audiotransparent searches for the writings on the wall and glues the pieces togerther after the blast. After adultery (communication cord), divorce (castles), changings friendships (you are a movie), cancer (best laid plans) en death (far away) comes the love of the classic love song cover “never let her slip away”, en then it turns out that shards actually bring happiness….
- "The Friday of our lives" - 3"-single - December 2005 - Livingroom Records
- "Hands & Fields" - 7"-split met We vs Death - September 2006 - Dutch Indie Singles Club
- "You are a movie/Never let her slip away" (Andrew Gold cover) - 7"-double-split with Great Lake Swimmers - April 2009 - Katzwijm Records/(Weewerk)
- Audiotransparent - September 2003 - Livingroom Records
- Nevland - September 2005 - Livingroom Records
- Chekhov Guns - November 2009 - Katzwijm Records/Excelsior/V2
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