WITH FLAMBOROUGH HEAD (italian
by Michele Maestrini
Can you introduce us the band with a brief history?
I started Flamborough Head somewhere around 1990 with two other
local musicians (Frans Wolf and Wiebe Wolf). We made instrumental progmusic
using keyboards, midi, drumcomputers and electric guitar. Not satisfied
with this static approach we were looking for a drummer and Koen Roozen
joined the band. Koen introduced bassplayer Marcel Derix. After a period
Frans and Wiebe left and were replaced by Siebe Rein Schaaf (vocals
& keyboards) and Andre Cents (guitar & backing vocals). This
line up recorded our demo Bridge To The Promised Land, our first album
Unspoken Whisper and Defining The Legacy. All these albums were released
on Cyclops and were well received. After Defining The Legacy Siebe Rein
and Andre decided to leave Flamborough Head. Eddie Mulder became the
new guitarplayer and Margriet Boomsma joined Flamborough Head on leadvocals,
flute and recorders. With this line up we recorded our latest album
One For The Crow.
How is the
prog scene in Holland and how do you think to belong to it?
The Dutch progscene is alive compared to other countries.
There are some very good Dutch progbands around (Salmon, Odysice,
Plackband to name a few) and there are quite some venues who are organising
prog-gigs. Having said this, progmusic will always be a marginal cult
genre and we all know the seventies are over now. I think Flamborough
Head is a well known progband in the Dutch scene, partly because of
the fact that we organise our own annual festival ProgFarm.
Your kind of
music can be described as New Prog, what do you think about epithets
and do you think to be described well with this one?
Our first albums were in the neo-prog style. With One For
The Crow we were looking for a seventies orientated style. It's difficult
to define New Prog. It's not important how you will label our music
as long as you like it we are happy:-)
I think that
the new prog in general can be very schematic and formulaic but your
albums are always original even if there are some clear influences
on them, how is the compositive process of your songs?
Eddie and I are writing all the music for Flamborough Head.
Normally Eddie will write a piece of music and he will also arrange
most of it. When I write music I will tell the other bandmembers as
little as possible so they can have their own input as much as possible.
At the end all members will contribute to make it a typical Flamborough
What are the
main differences between your three albums?
There are two keyboarplayers on the first two albums which
makes these albums more bombastic in some way. On One For The Crow
I do all the keyboardparts myself which makes it less keyboard dominated.
On our last album we have a female vocalist which is really different
compared to the first albums with a male vocalist. Margriets also
adds flutes and recorders which is a nice contribution to our new
sound. Eddie, our new guitarplayer, is more capable of playing acoustic
material than our previous guitarist. So due to the change in line
up there is also a change in sound on our last album compared to the
Can you explain
me how did you choose the name for the band? is there some little
history about it?
Not really. On one of my holidays I visited the cliffs of
Flamborough Head on the eastcoast of England. I liked the place and
I liked the name. There is no more to it.
What are your
favourites bands in the prog scene and what kind of music do you like
apart from progressive rock?
Speaking for myself, all my favourite bands are from the
seventies; Renaissance, Yes, Genesis, Camel, Gryphon, Gentle Giant,
King Crimson, England, Focus, Caravan and a lot of others. Besides
prog I like classical music (Bach, Purcell, Handel, Telemann).
groups aren't able to live just playing music... how is the situation
inside your band?
We have the same problem, we cannot make a living by playing
prog. We all to combine Flamborough Head with a normal job. I myself
am a teacher.
There are rumours
you will come to Italy for a little festival (near my home). Can you
confirm that? And how do you feel about it?
We can confirm that. We are very pleased we are invited to
come over to Mantova to gig at a festival on October 11. It's difficult
for a progband to gig so we welcome every gig but we feel it's very
special to go to Italy and play our music over there. We have invited
Mangala Vallis (Italy) last year on our ProgFarm festival and this
year the Italian band Odessa will gig at ProgFarm, we were struck
by the fact that all these musicians were very friendly people so
we are very pleased to be able to do a gig in their country.
Did you have
the opportunity to tour after the realisation of this last cd? what
is your relationship with the audience?
No we cannot tour (although we did several gigs in Holland
and two in France (Bordeaux/Sarlat and Marseille/Progsud), it's impossible
with all the jobs we have and it's financial suicide. We loved to
but even Camel is doing a farewell tour because it's impossible to
tour for them. Everytime we do a gig and we meet all sort of friendly
people who like what we are doing and it's a pleasure to talk to them.
What the title
of the album referes to? Can you tell me if there is a concept behind
"One For The Crow"?
Not really a concept but Margriet, who wrote all the lyrics,
is telling us we should use the opportunities we get in life. Life
is to short to waste it. It's very positive compared to the theme
of our Defining The Legacy album.
album was in my opinion more oriented to a standard New Prog while
this last one is more on a classical Prog Rock vein. We noticed that
two people changed inside the band, did this thing influenced the
creative process of the new release?
Yes, I told some of it in answer 5 but Margriet and Eddie
changed the band in a very positive way. For me Flamborough Head is
evolving from a standard neo-progband into a more original progband
thanks to the input from these two fine musicians.
How did you
choose to have a female singer for this last release (i think it was
a very good choice)?
We were looking for a replacement for Siebe Rein and we organised
all sort of auditions which did not work at the end. I am married
to Margriet and she was involved in several other musical projects
and I asked her if she was interested to audition also. She agreed
and not because she is my wife but because of the fact she was simply
the best we asked her to join Flamborough Head.
A final typical
question: what are your projects for the next future?
Eddie and I are involved in Trion, sort of a 'in-between'
project. We do this together with Menno Boomsma, drummer of Odyssice.
This trio will release an album this autumn also on Cyclops, it will
be an album with seventies instrumental progmusic with only the mellotron(sample)
as my keyboardsound. For the rest we are working on new material for
Flamborough Head which we hope to record next year and we are preparing
ourselves for Mantova and ProgFarm later this year.
Review (in italian):
Defining the Legacy; One
For the Crow;
Tales of Imperfection