B I O G R A P H Y
Signs debuted in 1987. Hans de Graaf, Ron van
der Park and Marcel Faas managed to get into the spotlight right from the
start, using technical skill, a sense of social awareness and raw energy in
their layered Prog-Rock music.
methods works out well, within a half year the band reaches the finals of
the Noordhollands Glorie band competion at the SeaPop festival in
Petten, The Netherlands. Gradually national attention increases, with gigs
at the Milky Way (Melkweg) in Amsterdam and at several well-known festivals
across the country.
At the same time their demo-tapes Chimera and Private Eyes get
raving reviews in magazines like Watt, Metal Hammer and
Record company SI Music calls PE "One of the best demo's in years",
and offers the band a record deal. Internal struggles at this company make
for a last moment cancellation of signing the band.
Partly because of this disappointing experience, and being unable to find a
'suitable' drummer, the Signs members decide to call it quits in '92 and
they all go their separate ways.
Faas focuses on the top-40 coverband circuit with prosperous bands like
Break and The Crossband.
Van der Park and De Graaf join forces with Mr. Slammer, a band that
would become very succesful in the mid-nineties with gigs on national radio
and television and a two-year tour as opener for Dutch Rock legends
Golden Earring (Radar Love, The Twilight Zone).
Years later, in March 2003, De Graaf and Van der Park decide to resurrect
their "old love" Signs. They get Faas to rejoin (they had to twist his arm)
and sign up talented Bert Vliegen as their new drummer.
The news of a re-born Signs spreads like a fire throughout the Country. Many
fans dust-off their old demo-tapes and the band gets a ton of e-mails from
They quickly do a minitour including festivals in Den Helder and Gouda and retreat to their practice bunker to write new material
for the successor of '91's Private Eyes.
Initially planned for release in November 2003, the recordings have to be
delayed due to tragic family circumstances. But this July Signs finally
seizes the opportunity to record their EP Source code in their own Wango Tango
With this new album Signs re-establishes itself as one of Hollands unique
and striking Prog bands, driven as ever and with an unmistakable sound.