A Trip Down Memory Lane

Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve written something. My apologies! Anyway, I want to pick it up again and regularly post something. Starting with this little piece about a band called 7Zuma7.

Last Friday me, my sister, her husband and my father took a trip down memory lane. In the nineties, when I still lived in a small village near Eindhoven, the city was known as ‘Eindhoven Rockcity’. This was due to a festival like Dynamo Open Air, venues like Dynamo and the Effenaar and the large number of rockbands that sprung up around the city. Bands like Peter Pan Speedrock, The Spades, Tech 9, Candybar Planet and 7Zuma7.

That last band broke up at the start of the new decennium, after releasing a self-titled ep in 1997 and their only full album ‘Deep Inside’ in 1999. Crushing, melodic stonerrock that hits you like a truck. It really is a shame that they broke up when they did, as their live shows were absolutely amazing. I think I must have seen around 5 to 10 shows of them back in the nineties and they never disappointed me.

So when the news came that 7Zuma7 was going to play a one-off reunion show in honour of 40 years the Effenaar I couldn’t wait to see them again. It was like a big trip down memory lane last Friday. A lot of familiar faces, some a bit rounder or balder or with more grey hair… Eindhoven Rockcity was alive again, even if for just one night.

And again, 7Zuma7 didn’t disappoint me. It was pretty clear that they hadn’t played together for 11 years and it was quite visible that they were nervous, but as the gig progressed, they eased right back into it. Their stonerrock felt like a bulldozer was coming right at you, like in the ‘old days’. Loud, impressive, visually attractive (great custom made outfits again!) and with those great songs that definitely withstood the test of time. Unfortunately I had to miss my personal favourite, ‘An Instant Cool’, as I had to catch the train back to Amsterdam. But there was enough left to enjoy with ‘Velvet Slide’, ‘Blue TS’ and ‘On at a Time’ amongst others.

Unfortunately, this reunion was a one-off. I’m sure that with some more gigs, the bulldozer 7Zuma7 would be back at full strenght again after which they could reclaim their place as one of the best live bands in the country.

I can only find amateur videos of last Friday, but this one is quite good, so enjoy!

I am human and I need to be loved

The lyrics to The Smiths’ classic song ‘How Soon Is Now?’ have never been more appropriate than last Friday night at the Effenaar in Eindhoven. The occasion: an afterparty for (ex-The Smiths singer) Morrissey’s gig in Eindhoven. 

There’s a club if you’d like to go
you could meet somebody who really loves you
so you go, and you stand on your own
and you leave on your own
and you go home, and you cry
and you want to die

When you say it’s gonna happen “now”
well, when exactly do you mean?
see I’ve already waited too long
and all my hope is gone

Especially at the beginning of the party, it was like being at a disco night for people with autism. Lots of (mainly male) Morrissey-fans standing on their own with a drink and their backs against the wall, waiting for god knows what to happen. Awkward at first, that’s for sure. As the evening progressed and as more alcohol was consumed the atmosphere changed completely. By the time it was past midnight, a lot of them had actually picked up the courage to start dancing. In that awkward ‘staring to the floor so nobody will notice me’ kinda way.

The Morrissey afterparty in Eindhoven

Reading the above, it may sound like me and my friends didn’t enjoy myself, but it was quite the opposite. We had a really good time dancing and chatting. It was just a very unusual atmosphere when we first arrived.

And the gig? Well, I’ve seen Morrissey on four or five different tours now and I must say: his voice has never been better. The gig could have been a bit longer (it only barely reached 1,5 hours) and of course with a back catalogue like Morrissey has I will always complain about the setlist (FOUR new songs in 1,5 hours, was that really necessary?), but all in all it was a very good gig. The highlight for me was probably a haunting, explosive rendition of ‘Meat is Murder’. And I’m not even a vegetarian…

Here’s a clip of that song that I filmed last Friday, unfortunately I didn’t get the whole song. The ending was absolutely brilliant!