Towards the end of last year, baroque pop maestro Jacco Gardner took his new album Hypnophobia to Den Haag’s Paard van Troje for an intimate pre-Christmas show. Dutch psych pop outfit Eerie Wanda (featuring two members of Jacco’s live band) joined Gardner in The Hague, with All Things Loud there to bring you coverage of the show.
Having been described as bedroom pop, Eerie Wanda are a relatively unknown band fronted by the talented Marina Tadic. Jacco Gardner’s live drummer Nic Mauskovic and long-standing bassist Jasper Verhulst also made out part of the live quintet, who performed ten songs over the course of thirty minutes. Set highlight Volcano Lagoon stood out the most, with jangly guitars and Tadic’s sweet vocals intertwining nicely for a seemingly innocent end result. Don’t expect too much from Eerie Wanda; rather, expect the unexpected because the band could pop up out of nowhere at any given moment.
Jacco Gardner and his four-piece band (Frank Maston on keys, guitarist Ben Rider and the aforementioned Verhulst and Mauskovic) took to the stage just after 9pm, opening on new album title track Hypnophobia. Its demure psychedelic tones and watery vocals set the scene for the rest of the evening, which drew from Gardner’s two studio albums (Hypnophobia and Cabinet of Curiosities). Breakthrough track Clear the Air featured early on, with the dreamy Summer’s Game, Notus and Face to Face all swaying back and forth in serene beauty.
Upbeat moments were sparse throughout the set, although the speedy A House on the Moon did provide one such moment. The country-esque Brightly made for a happier moment in the show, before new single Another You proved one of the show’s musical stand out moments. Gardner is a very quiet man, only stopping to shyly talk to the crowd a couple of times throughout the 14-song set. Double-whammy main set closers Chameleon and Find Yourself introduced wavy psychedelics. The woozy Where Will You Go closed the show entirely, with Gardner and his band swiftly saying their goodbye’s as they rounded up the bulk of 2015’s world tour.
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