Star Club West
"This is Howie"
2000, Labelman, LM013
Songs (Click the -icons
for some small realaudio-samples)
2. Stereo design
4. How nice you drop by
6. Mr. Lover
7. Howie rides
8. Enjoying the elbow room
- Nico Jacobs (vocals, guitar, piano, synth, percussion)
- Wim van den Heuvel (bass)
- Raf de Backer (drums)
- Elko Blijweert (guitar)
- Glenda Langue (violin)
- Tim Coenen (drums)
Opgenomen in "Krinkel, Glenda's Place, Sailer's place, Helenalei"
Productie Star Club West
sleeve : Ellen Loots
1 guitar, 1 singer, 1 bass and a bit of gentle drums. Melodic guitars, a sweet
voice, and a number of controlled fuzz-outbursts. The recepy of an ever greater
number of bands, it seems (just thinking of COEM, JF Muck, Orange Black, Starfighter
... and those are just the ones in the same local scene). But who is buying this
stuff? Where's the market for it? - the marketeer in me asks (he's called Noël,
and he's a bit retarted). Star Club West seem to be the sort of band that couldn't
care less about such a question. Just quietly going about their stuff, dropping
us 8 songs on little album.
Intimistic ("How nice you drop by", "Enjoying the elbow room"),
melodic ("Fragment drop"), energetic ("Liposuction") and all
of this at once ("Stereo design", "Nick", "This is Howie").
Star Club West cannot be denied an amount of quality, but - and this is the big
but - all in all it's also an album that isn't really very exciting, mesmerizing
and/or capturing. And that's even despite the shortness of it - 8 songs for 30
minutes. It's defintely okay, but not much more than that, I guess.
Only the melody on "How nice you drop by" and the frenzied part in "This
is Howie" managed to really touch me, the other songs seem to fit in too
well with the background. This is Howie. Doesn't he blend in well. Howdy Howie.
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This Album in the Press
- Andy Stevens voor UptoMusic
: ""Er is een nieuwe ster aan het Belgisch popfirmament, een Star
Club West! Net als labelgenoten Fence zoekt dit drietal
zijn inspiratie bij Pavement (maar Star Club West zoekt ze dan wel in de iets
zachtere nummers). ... Er is hier en daar nog een beetje werk aan de winkel, maar
de intentie is er, en die belooft niets dan goeds."
- TJ Hatton bij Kindamuzik
: "Star Club West display a penchant for languidly delivered vocals, piano-tinged
ballads, melancholic lyrics, and guitars that gently weep. They have plenty to
recommend them ... Star Club West exist in the twilight zone that lies somewhere
between evening and night, an all too brief period of time that brings with it
a sensation of tranquility and calm."
- bb in Rif-Raf (ned.ed.) : "Invloeden zijn er onder andere van
Palace, Pavement en Yo La Tengo. Als dit u nieuwsgierig heeft gemaakt, moet u
hen beslist gaan bekijken tijdens de Nachten. De plaat is alvast dik in orde"
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