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Nice Beaver was founded in 1997, when members of local bands Scotty! and For Cryin’ Out Loud decided to work together. With musicians from places as far apart as Arnhem and Boxtel, you can hardly call Nice Beaver a local band, but given the location of their rehearsal studio, the group stems from Papendrecht, a small town near Rotterdam.
The name Nice Beaver refers to a joke from the movie Naked Gun, where a game is played with perceptions and expectations. Sometimes things are not what you perceive them to be, and sometimes what you see is what you get. A similar game with reality and our expectations can be heard in the music of Nice Beaver. Deceptively simple rhythms turn out to contradict the melody, while the most complex patterns produce groovy tunes.
A musical genre is also a straitjacket, and Nice Beaver doesn’t like being labelled, but with one style of music the band feels a kinship: progressive rock. This kind of music reached it’s first peak in the seventies with bands like Yes, Camel, Kansas and Genesis, and in the 21st century it made a connection with heavy rock. Groups like Dream Theater and Spock’s Beard introduced this music to a broader audience. Nice Beaver combines this progressive rock with influences from heavy metal (Led Zeppelin) and the new wave of the eighties (Simple Minds). The result is heavy, complex and yet melodic progressive rock.
The lyrics play an inportant role. The songs tell no stories, but the words and the music together create an atmosphere or express a feeling. Melancholia, loss and the lack of communication, but also rebellion, optimism and love are recurring themes.
Nice Beaver has it’s own recordlabel, No Beaver Records. In 2000 a CD-single Nice Beaver was released, and in may 2001 the first album On Dry Land saw the light. This CD was recorded at the Stable Studio’s in Arnhem and produced by Mike van Dalm.
Nice Beaver is not a quiet band, live shows produce quit a racket. However, the melody reigns supreme thanks to musical craftsmanship and the subtle balance between rhythm-instruments and guitar and synthesizers. A Nice Beaver show is an energetic experience, the joy and enthusiasm for making music explode from the stage.
Nice Beaver are (from left to right):
Hans Gerritse - guitar and vocals
Erik Groeneweg -vocals and keyboards
Peter Stel - bassguitar and vocals
Ferry Zonneveld - drums and vocals
"On dry land"
© 1997-2002 D.U.R.P. - http://www.durp.com/
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