Presenting a debut album is always tricky in a way that most of us would think that an artist needs time to be comfortable in a musical style which can be professionally represented on a record. Well, this is definitely not the case in connection with Kaspar Baum…and believe us, we are not speaking out of bias. If you listen to the full album, you will hear a complete piece of art, a professional, well-produced debut album played by well-experienced musicians.
Ugly Black Monster
Licking My Wounds
Who’s Gonna Fall
Kid On The Carpet
Kaspar Baum’s new album Vuurland is going to be released 10th December. On the record many influences can be heard in a range from the 80’s bands such as Joy Division, The Smiths and The Cure, through the 90’s bands such as Wilco and Radiohead to more contemporary bands like Editors, Arcade Fire and War On Drugs. Even Bob Dylan is not lacking as a reference. Nevertheless, Kaspar Baum does certainly have a unique sound of its own.
Responsible for this sound, next to a strongly felt urgency is the homogeneous production of the album, which was entirely in the hands of Erny Green himself. Perhaps even more important are the tasteful contributions of the three other band members who provide the characteristic voice of Erny Green with whatever it needs in each particular song. We could say that Vuurland is an album that has some timeless classics aboard. No one can ignore Kaspar Baum as soon as the debut album Vuurland has seen the light. So far we know already.
Kaspar Baum is an Utrecht-based alternative rock / post punk band around singer-songwriter Erny Green, who has already released ten original albums over the past decades and in recent years, also stood out as a vocalist in world’s best Joy Division tribute band Joy Division Undercover.
The band was formed after Erny Green had been jamming in his own Vuurland Studio with bass player Evert Smit and drummer Jelmer De Haas (both had played together in the band Walker Diver). Shortly after the Netherlands went into Corona-lockdown, the three guys decided to start working on a completely new album. In quarantine. Soon star guitarist Rempe Kooij (Clean, Mina Caputo, Pole Shift Survival Group, Dave Rave) joined the trio and Kaspar Baum was born.
During a full year of hiding in their basement studio, ten songs were written, recorded, mixed and mastered. Their result is the debut album Vuurland, an urgent masterpiece. And as befits a DIY band, all the artwork comes from Jelmer de Haas, who is, next to being drummer, a photographer, too.
Kaspar Baum are:
Erny Green (Joy Division Undercover, Polgate, The Eternal) – Vocals, Guitar & Keys
Evert Smit (Walker Diver, Sured) – Bass & Synths
Jelmer De Haas (Walker Diver, Five Dollar Shake) – Drums & Percussion
Rempe Kooij (Clean, Mina Caputo, Pole Shift Survival Group, Dave Rave) – Guitar