Monday 4 April 2011

Lots Of Fire From The Dazzled Kid

A few years ago the band Voicst took the low lands by storm. Their catchy songs and exciting live performances were drawing big crowds. Then it got quiet and the members of the band decided to take a break and go their own way for a while. Front man Tjeerd Bomhof started writing songs which eventually led to the first album by Dazzled Kid. Time to check him out in the Melkweg.

Dazzled Kid in the Melkweg Amsterdam, March 30 2011 (Ronald Says 8 out of 10)
The album 'Fire Needs Air' was received with mixed reactions. It has some good songs on it but it also has a few that aren't really that special. It will be interesting to see what the songs sound like on stage. First the band Houses are warming up the crowd. And they do that quite successfully. Their songs sound strong and the band play with lots of energy. One to keep an eye on.

Dazzled Kid is more than a one person project on stage. Bomhof brought five more people with him including percussionist Alan Purves and Marc Constandse on bandoneon and hand drum. This adds a new layer to the music. The band is playing on a high level and are pushing each other to new heights. The songs have more cohesion on stage. They have good arrangements and with this setup and band get a new dimension. Bomhof looks pretty relaxed and is telling entertaining stories in between the songs.

But the stronger songs on the album also prove to be the strongest live. Like first single 'Embrace' that also gets the most recognition from the crowd. As an encore Bomhof tries to sing Bill Withers' 'Ain't No Sunshine' without band and amplifiers in a very intimate version. This is probably great for the front row but because of all the talking barely hearable further down the back. Too bad people nowadays can't show any respect to an artist that's trying hard to pour out his soul. The Urban Dance Squad Cover 'Deeper Shade Of Soul' works a lot better and puts a big smile on former Urban Dance Squad singer Rudeboy who is standing next to us. In the end Dazzled Kid shows that he's a valuable addition to the Dutch alternative scene.

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