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Labtones Live! 22 October 2011



Photo: Amber Zwartbol


On Saturday October 22th, 2011, a big crowd visited the fourth Labtones Live event in Merz, Dordrecht (The Netherlands). It turned out to be a very special evening, with a good atmosphere and amazing artists on stage.



Bedroom Monkees (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)



Bedroom Monkees (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)


The evening started out calmly with the singer-songwriter music of Bert Smeets from Bedroom Monkees. Normally he performs together with a band, but tonight he is alone with a guitar and ukulele. In this minimalistic setting, the songs of Smeets really stand out. The audience is grabbed by his voice, which has a nice raw edge to it. The people sit down in front of the stage and listen in silence to his beautiful music.

http://www.labtones.com/artist/bedroommonkees



Blue Fish Brothers (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)



Blue Fish Brothers (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)



Blue Fish Brothers (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)



Blue Fish Brothers (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)


The Blue Fish Brothers consist of three brothers on vocals, keys and drums, together with a bass player and guitarist. The five-piece band recently switched from a punk-rock sound to a more acoustic sound. Due to the suburb vocal harmonies, the music gets a kind of country-feel to it, although rockabilly and rock 'n roll influences can also be heard. Their music is full of creativity and variety. Without a doubt, this band has gained more fans tonight.

http://www.labtones.com/artist/bluefish



Loop the Balloon (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)



Loop the Balloon (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)


The most original act in this series of Labtones Live! events is Loop the Balloon (known on Labtones under the name of Happy Elf). Using loop stations, balloons and other unconventional instruments, he makes looped dance music. And he is quite successful with his music; he has already performed on the big Lowlands festival, for example. The audience is clearly surprised by his act and a lot of smiles appear during his performance. “I could go on for hours�, he says, when the end of his set is near. That'll be a very good idea for next time!

http://www.labtones.com/artist/happyelf



Earthman Doublewood (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)



Earthman Doublewood (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)



Earthman Doublewood (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)



Earthman Doublewood (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)



Earthman Doublewood (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)



Earthman Doublewood (Photo: Amber Zwartbol)


The last band to perform is Earthman Doublewood. The band is formed around Gered Stowe (Belgium). The other members originate from Schotland, USA, England and also Belgium. The songs on their Labtones profile are very minimalistic, but tonight they are played with a full band. The addition of bass, drums and other instruments like banjo and steel guitar gives the music much more layers and a kind of Americana sound. Earthman Doublewood is clearly influenced by singer-songwriters from the past, like Bob Dylan and Neil Young. But what's more important: they do not simply copy these artists but the songs have very good qualities of their own. They close their set with the Labtones hit Blue As Skies and leave the audience with a feeling that they just experienced something very special.

http://www.labtones.com/artist/earthmandoublewood

This fourth Labtones Live! evening was the last of the series, but we will return in early 2012 with new editions. Hope to see you then!



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