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Summer Breeze Project: Grew closer together

Summer Breeze Project (SBP) – Neon

Contact Part I, Contact Part II, Contact Part III is the three last albums from the Dutch band Summer Breeze Project. It is natural that album number four is called Contact Part IV, but it became Neon as the fifth album was called. Neon is the chemical element with the symbol Ne and atomic number 10. Summer Breeze Project is also known as SBP. SBP plays prog with many influences as Arabic, classical, symphonic metal and more. The musicians of SPB have grown closer together over the years, both personally and musically. The track Hollow,

In the spring of 2008, a number of musicians initiated an intentionally transient Dutch progressive rock project for the summer, which they therefore named Summer Breeze Project. After a few sessions, the musicians experienced that the different musical backgrounds blended very well.

This resulted in their first mini CD Energy, which was released in March 2009. By reaching this first milestone, the project members started to see themselves as a band and they further shaped and refined their style. The compositions that followed were characterized by an epic structure, complex themes, rhythmic challenges and melodies supported by several voices. The track Leaving Earth,

SBP recorded their first full-fledged album in 2011. Unusual Horizons contains nine songs that represent the unique and recognizable sound of the band. In 2012 they recorded a tribute-single called Hollow, to support their sound-engineer Ron Willems, who climbed the Alpe D’ Huez by bike to raise money for the Dutch Cancer Society KWF.

Late 2012 Dutch record label Freia Music was looking for 8 Dutch bands that represent the best of the new generation of progressive rock in the Netherlands. The search for progressive talent in the Netherlands was carried out in close collaboration with the three leading progsites: Background Magazine, iO Pages and ProgWereld.

SBP was selected as one of this 8 bands and recorded a 9 minute track called Concrete. The album Dutch Exposure Projec was released on 180 grams wide grooved vinyl together with CD. In 2013 & 2014 SBP extended their OINK headquarters with a semi-professional recording studio. In that inspiring environment they thought out a musical triptych called Contact. In each part, the songs evolve around that main theme, but viewed from different levels. An old track from the album Contacts II, Metropolis. The video contains historic Rotterdam-footage & live videoshots.

During the release of Neon bass player Jørgen De Jonge has left the band. He is replaced by Rich Huybens (ex. Incidence, Sylvium).

Summer Breeze Project are Gert Bruins – lead vocals and guitars, Gordon Van Pelt – guitars, theremin and violin, Rene Troostheiden – drums, drum programming & percussion, Fons Panneman – keyboards, piano, Hammond, synths, soundscapes and backing vocals, Rich Huybens – bass guitars and backing vocals (2019), Jørgen De Jonge – bass guitars and backing vocals (2008-2018)

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Om Ulf Backstrøm (4050 Artikler)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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