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Cloon

Gent, Flanders, Belgium | INDIE

Gent, Flanders, Belgium | INDIE
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Sep
26
Cloon @ Skalul

Lendelede, Not Applicable, Belgium

Lendelede, Not Applicable, Belgium

Sep
19
Cloon @ Stationsfeesten

Deinze, Not Applicable, Belgium

Deinze, Not Applicable, Belgium

Jul
24
Cloon @ Chapeau Festival

Gent, Not Applicable, Belgium

Gent, Not Applicable, Belgium

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I don't care for alternative rock music from Belgium. From dEUS to Zita Swoon and from Admiral Freebee to Das Pop: I don't understand the buzz and fuzz about it. I think it's a rather forced way to sound dull. That bloke from dEUS, Tom Barman, seems to be a really nice bloke, but despite some exceptions like 'Suds & Soda, I hardly have him heard singing songs that really did something for me. Strangely enough I have this feeling towards most of those typical sounding alternative rock bands from Belgium. Only Soulwax is a band I really like (and also their spin-off 2ManyDJs), but that's maybe because producer Chris Goss (Masters Of reality) once helped them out.

So when I saw that Cloon is a band from Ghent I wasn't immediately interested. To say the least. But fortunately I was wrong. Dead wrong. This band is good! And not only that: they have quite an original angle to their music as well! The three musicians are all born in the year of punk (1977 of course!) and they have all an intimidating curriculum vitae (music teachers, study conservatorium, jazz connoisseurs, that kind of stuff…). Their lead singer is like the black sheep of the family: he was born in 1976 and hardly finished high school. The four guys do share a mutual interest and that is a great liking for Primus, Tool and Mike Patton. Especially Primus and Patton are omnipresent in Cloon's sound. They could have mentioned Captain Beefheart as well, because 'Burn Rubber Blues' is an evil dissonant, muddy bluesrock stomper in the best Don Van Vliet tradition (and a little Tom Waits as well). More of this! However, the sexy groove in 'Phantom Days' is more like Jane's Addiction during their 'Ritual de lo Habitual' album and that's not bad either!

Still, the band sounds more coherent and distinct than you might expect after all these different kinds of artists. The five songs are stuffed with stubborn rhythms, odd time signatures and nasty hooks: sometimes Cloon sounds like a metalized indierock version of Nomeansno with on vocals the unborn son of Howlin' Wolf. That rough 'n' raw, sandpaper-ish frog-in-throat voice suits the storytelling-like textures of the music perfect. First song 'Non believer' is even the most unremarkable song with its conventional song structure and slight predictable choruses. Without this song this demo would have gained 80 points or more. Fans of all the aforementioned bands should really check this band out. Yes, even the bands I mentioned in the second sentence. So then you will finally hear how good Belgians really rock! Tom Barman should give up his unofficial appointment as ambassador of Belgian pop and hand it over to this other Tom .A highly promising debut demo. - Lords of Metal - Dr. Evil Smith


..Anyone that has seen Belgian rockers Cloon live knows what we are talking about when we say they are pretty special. And because ..special.. is a word that is used with a lot of bands, we..d like to add that we have never seen such an amazing combination of power, energy and talent!.. (Cutting Edge) - Cutting Edge


..It is an absolute shame that this band still hasn..t found a label willing to sign them. On this little disc, which is way too short, we can hear an amazing Cloon balancing between pulsating rock, metal and vocal madness. Cloon has the talent given only to the happy few. This is a band with tons of experience and songs that are hitting nails like no other bands have done before!.. - Digg*


..Anyone with an adventurous mind, fire in their soul and some money in their pockets should give these guys a record-deal! Can anyone call Mike Patton please? - RifRaf Magazine


..Bands, take note on how these guys wrote their arrangements, because this is how it..s done. Tight rhythms, great hooks and riffs combined with imaginative strong vocals.. - Garageband



...Top Class? Absolutely! Cloon deserves tons of respect, but above all a lot of airplay on everyone's radio!.. - Damusic


Discography

2006 : Cloon (self titled EP)
2010 : Mostly Harmless (debut full lenght)

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Cloon started out in 2002 as an instrumental project containing current members Maarten, Philippe, and Servaas. A 4th Cloon member joins the ranks in February 2004. Tom Claus takes his place behind the microphone and appears to be the missing part of the puzzle, performing as an excellent story-teller and vocalist, but above all a genius with a master diploma in crazy freaked-out frontmanship. New songs were written and a new Cloon was born ...

A first demo was recorded in the spring of 2004, containing 3 songs : “Judas”, “A Donut the Size of a Wheel” and “Be Amazing”. This demo-CD received unanimously positive reviews from national ànd international music press!

In november 2006, Cloon released their first "official" EP, bringing them on stages in Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany and the UK.

Cloon gets noticed by Zak Tell, frontman of multi platinum act Clawfinger, who invite them on their European tour in october 2007. Cloon supports Clawfinger in Germany, Austria and Switserland in front of crowds between 500 and 2000 people.

The longawaited full lenght debut album will be released late 2010.