Thursday, december 31st, 2009 - We decided
to break up. The decision was already made last summer, so it's about
time we'd make it official. There are a dozen of reasons for this
decision but to make a long story short: we all felt that, due to
personal circumstances, we were no longer able to give Signs the time,
the attention nor the passion this band needs and deserves. We had plans
for a new cd, but the recording process suffered too much from absence
and hiatuses. We just weren't getting anywhere and it became clear that
things weren't going to get better in the foreseeable future.
The split is not because of personal or musical
differences, we still love what we were doing and still like each other
a lot. Without any doubt, we could have gone on for years in the
haphazard way we did lately, but we knew it wouldn't be fair to to the
band's original intentions. Therefor we decided to stop. At this point
in time, it's uncertain if it will be a permanent or just a temporary
split, we'll have to see how things develop in the future.
Meanwhile, the four of us will pursue some other individual projects.
Bert's busy studying, Marcel is finishing his long term solo project and
Hans and Ron rejoined Mr Slammer for the reunion gig in March.
So, lots of exciting stuff going on, just not with Signs.
Lastly we would like to thank the fans and friends who supported the
band throughout it's history and especially these last six years.
Without you we would have lasted a lot less longer.
So we'll leave you with our best wishes for 2010. And who knows, maybe
one day we'll meet again.
Wednesday, January 7th, 2009 -
STUDIO UPDATE 1
At the moment we're back in our studio and
finally started the recording of our new album! We filled our rehearsal
studio with a big
mass of new equipment and, well, the four of us feel very enthousiastic and inspired about
Way too early to come up
with a release date yet, though. It'll probably take a while, we
certainly don't want to rush things this time.
We'll definitely keep you updated.
Friday, October 10th, 2008 -
Another gig coming up: On
October 25th we'll play a couple of sets during the Rock & Bluesweekend
in JP DuPont. We'll perform some new stuff and we are planning to play,
for the first time ever, the entire Chimera story!
Show starts at ten(ish) and entry is free as usual. We hope it'll be as
much fun as last year's anniversary gig!
Some snapshots of our performances at LMSE
and Beukende Golven were added to pictures section.
Thursday, July 31st, 2008 -
Things have been a bit
quiet on the Signs front the past few months since we've been busy with
some other (musical) projects (plus holidays 'n stuff) so apologies for
the lack of updates!
Anyway, we're getting back on track with Signs and there are two
interesting gigs coming up:
On Augst 30th we'll be playing at Den Helder's biggest outdoor
festival known as Last minute Summer Event.
On September 12th we'll do a set at Beukende Golven,
another festival that's part of the art manifestations surrounding the
Sail 2008/Tall Ships events in Den Helder.
Were lookin' forward to both, hope to see you there!
BTW; We've updated the site with some
pictures from the gig at Minirock this past
Friday, November 9th
- 20th anniversary Party!!
On november 24th we'll be
playing at Cafe DuPont in Den Helder to conclude and celebrate Signs' 20th
anniversary. So, it'll be an evening (well, night probably) full of some
very old and very new stuff from the band, accompanied by a bunch of
guest musicians and
supported by the girl rockers of the
It's gonna be a party, hope
to see you there!
Saturday, July 14th -
Great, great gig last week on the Minirock Festival
where we got play in front of a wonderful audience of 1500 people (and the
one in WK13 already wasn't too bad either).
More of those, please :-)
In the meantime we're busy writing new material and searching for a
producer for our next cd. And preparing for yet another gig... at a
birthday party! Something totally different, but it'll be fun.
Some great pictures by Peter de Bock of the Minirock gig can be found
Monday, May 28th - Another
While we're preparing ourselves for the show coming Saturday, another gig
has been confirmed. We'll be playing (once more) at the wonderful Minirock festival on
Also, we're seriously planning the recording
of a new full length album this fall. Stay tuned for more on that.
And we finally added some
new pictures to the site, from the show at Superpool on April 30th.
Thanks to Peter de Bock. Enjoy!
Friday, April 20th - Gigs!
To celebrate our 20th anniversary we're going to play some gigs:
Superpool - Koninginnedag Den Helder
Sportcenter Quelderduyn - Helderse Bands Festival
- Dag van de Muziek Den Helder
Since Bert won't be back until the end of May, Anthony Schouten will fill
in on drums in Superpool and Quelderduyn!
We're looking forward to it, hope to see you there!
Monday, February 19th -
Some good news and some bad news. To start with the bad news: Bert will,
again, be sailing a couple of times this year, but the good news is
that we've found a 'substitute' drummer to fill in. As a matter of fact
the drummer is Anthony Schouten, the 'original' drummer and co-founder of
Signs! Of course we're really happy with Mr Schouten helping us out. We no
longer have to skip gigs and hopefully can get on with things.
So, this spring we'll definitely be doing some gigs, some with Bert and
some with Anthony. Too early for details, but we'll keep you informed.
Meanwhile, we opened a
account. As you can see, we're getting a bit lonely there, so if you like
the band, please be so kind to add us to your Friends, we'd *really*
Monday, November 23rd -
Yep, Bert has returned from his travels aboard the Hr.Ms. Walrus, so
after eight months, Signs' 'forced sabbatical' has finally come to an end.
To celebrate, this thursday we're gonna do a half hour set on the annual
"Scheepsbandconcours' at the Navy Base here in Den Helder.
We're always excited about doing a gig, but you can imagine we're really
looking forward to this one!
Sunday, April 9th, 2006 - Our Source
Code EP free to download!
Yep, we've decided to give
our latest recording away for free.
And if you like it, maybe, you could do something in return:
1. Download our Source Code for free, you'll get the artwork too;
2. Play it loud, brainwash your friends, make them download it too;
3. Take the Source Code to your favorite bar, make the DJ play it, be
mysterious like you've found the fountain of youth;
4. After you've made him listen, tell the owner of the bar you are our
5. Contact us to hear what we expect to get paid covering costs;
6. Add some amount of money to make your efforts worthwhile, because there
IS a lot of organising stuff you'll be confronted with (but don't overdo it,
both work and the amount of money you'll want for it);
7. Get back to the owner and tell him you talked to us and he's going to be
honoured with our presence. DON'T tell him we're desperate to play no matter
8. Doing this you'll get our eternal gratitude, and that's even more
important than the money you'll make, right?? Sure!!!
Just head of to the mp3 section in lines
of two and remember: MAKE US P(L)AY!!!!
Saturday, March 18th, 2006 -
Next saturday's gig WON'T be with the band Solid Vision, but with Europe's
#1 Metallica Tribute band The Unforgiven.
Just so you know.
Hope to see you there!
Wednesday, february 15th, 2006- We're going to do a gig at Cape
Holland, Den Helder at March 25th. We were asked to pay tribute to one of
the most influential prog bands in history: Rush. So we're probably going
to play two or three of their songs alongside our own material. It means
we definitely have to practise hard, though: It's been a while since we've
played any Rush songs, more than fifteen years ago to be precise. So we
hope we'll be able to do their songs justice. But we like the challenge
and we're quite certain it's going to be a lot of fun.
Hope to see you there!
Wednesday, november 9th, 2005 - Aaaand... we're back! Sorry for the
extended radio silence, but it's just that our summer break this year took
a little (ahem) longer than we anticipated. However, in the mean time we
got a great live review in iO Pages magazine (#60) and we have been
working on a couple of new songs. Some gigs have been confirmed for 2006.
More about all that soon...
Thursday, june 23rd, 2005 - Our show at the Zeerocks-festival was great.
And we got a great review in Dutch Newspaper Noordhollands Dagblag, as
well. We'll post some pictures soon.
We're now preparing for (and looking forward to) the Minirock-festival,
which happens to be the nicest festival of Northern Holland. It's gonna be
a party! We'll play at 10 pm.
See you there!
Monday, May 30th, 2005 - We've added two mp3's to the site.
Scanner and the brandnew, previously unreleased
Shadow Of The Lesser Gods. Both songs were live
recorded during our show in Loose End, Reeuwijk. Hardly professional
recordings (just two small microphones) but we kind of liked them anyway
and it might give you an impression of the gig.
Hope you enjoy!
This Friday, we'll do a show together with Eyes Can't See in
Total Music, Schiedam.
Doors open at 21.00 and the entrance is free.
Hope to see you there!
Thursday, May 5th, 2005 - Did we say it'd be LATE at Queen's Day?
Well, actually, it turned out even LATER. We didn't start our set before
2.45 (at NIGHT, that is).
As it turned out, we were up to it, but unfortunately our equipment
wasn't! After two songs Hans broke his E-string, Bert ruined the
bassdrum pedal and Marcel's keyboard stand collapsed. Shit happens.
So we were forced to take a little break, and it got even LATER!
Ah, well. That's rock 'n roll, we guess.
Funny thing is, we had a fun night anyway. Sort of.
Looking forward to the next, though.
Oh yeah, we were invited (again!) to play at this year's Minirock
And we are very happy about that!
Monday, April 25th, 2005 -It's gonna be LATE, this Saturday.
We'll do a (traditional) Queen's Day gig at Grand Cafe
Superpool at 1 AM.
Lots and lots of other great bands will play at this Queensday festival,
starting at 14.00.
We'll play a couple of our new songs and, of course, some oldies.
Hope to see you there!
Tuesday, April 5th, 2005 - Great gig with Profound last Saturday.
Unfortunately, the sound conditions on the Loose End stage were not that great, so we
just had to work a little harder to compensate ;-)
Fun evening, though. We did a little interview with iO Pages (May-edition)
and some pictures of the gig can be found
Oh yeah, some more dates were announced this week. Check the
tour page for more details...
Monday, March 28th, 2005 - Signs will perform this Saturday at
Loose End in Reeuwijk. Again, a prognight together with Profound. Profound
will start the evening at 21.30 and Signs will play an hour later.
Check the Loose End Website for more details.
Hope to see you there!
Meanwhile check the wonderfuyl pictures by Astid
Sluijter of the Kade gig.
You might want to look at her website as well:
www.eyemindpictures.nl. Wonderful stuff!
March 7th, 2005 - Nice little gig we did last Friday, great to meet and
play along with the members of Aeolus and Profound, and both bands rocked
as much as we thought they would.
Unfortunately, thanks to the heaviest snowfall in decades over here, not a
lot of people were able to show up to see us.
Nevertheless, it was a fun evening and we're looking forward to the next
"prognight" in Reeuwijk. And hope for better weather...
Monday, february 14th, 2005 - As promised, a little more info on
our gig at De Kade on March 4:
Signs will be opening the Prognight at 21.30, Aeolus will play second and
Profound will be the closing act. Doors open at 21.00 and admittance will
be 4 euros.
If you want you can contact us for tickets. Just send us a mail at
Hope to see youze there!
Monday, january 24th, 2005 - We've got another gig coming up!
And at a GREAT venue to boot:
On March 4, we will play at the
Kade in Zaandam.
Again, it'll be a "Prognight" with
Profound, two very cool Progressive
Needless to say, we're really looking forward to this one!
+ + + + + +
Tuesday, January 18th, 2005 -
Definitely not "lost in
translation"(see last update): we've received the translation by the reviewer Artur Chachlowski
of the Polish Metal Hammer Review.
We'll add the full review shortly to Reviews, but here it is in short:
"Signs return as the very matured and tight band. There is big progress
in the music itself, quality of compositions, techical ability of all the
musicians and the singer. All of this makes "Source Code" the excellent
release, which gives the listener a lot of satisfaction with every next
play.[...] Signs have their own musical direction and identity and on
their new album they prove that they managed to make a quantum step
(4 out of 5 stars)
by Artur Chachlowski"
Dziekujemy, Artur! :-)
And there's MORE good news from Poland: Last week (01-12) Signs made their debut on a
foreign Radio station! At the MLWZ show on
Krakow our song Knots & Tangles was broadcasted. On the
you can listen to the complete show, or you can
listen to a little sample we made, just to
give you an idea.
Friday, january 7th, 2005 -
Best wishes for 2005, everyone!
This week, we started working on some new material for what
-eventually- will be our next album. And, so far, we think we have
some great stuff coming up!
Also, we got a review in the Polish edition of Metal Hammer Magazine.
Unfortunately, we don't speak Polish, so we have absolutely NO IDEA what
it is they wrote about our music!
However, they gave us 4 out of 5 stars so we guess it's pretty positive
As soon as we have the English translation we'll let you know.
Friday, december 24th, 2004 -
Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to you all!
Wednesday, december 15th, 2004 -
On April 2nd, we're going to do a gig in Loose End in Reeuwijk,
Profound, two awesome progbands.
ATM, it looks
like we're even gonna do some more gigs together and of course we'll keep you posted
Tickets for the event will be soon available on our site.
Also, we've updated the
reviews section with
English translations. So now all you non-Dutch speakers can read for
yourselves what the 'professionals' had to say about our music ;-)
Monday, November 29th, 2004 -
Really wonderful gig, last thursday
at the Navy base. Thanks to a great audience one of the best performances
we've done so far.
Some dvd recordings were made, and if we find the time (and multi-media
skills) we'll add some of those to this site.
20th, 2004 -
This Thursday, Signs is going to perform at the infamous
Scheepsbandconcours at the Royal Navy Base in our hometown Den Helder.
We'll play a set during the 'Break' of the annual competition.
Reportedly, more than twothousand spectators will attend the event, so
it's going to be quite big :-)
We're really looking forward to this one!
Sunday, october 31st, 2004 - We've
finally added the English version of our Biography to this site.
No Signs activities are planned for the first half of November as Bert
Vliegen is currently visiting Austalia.
Thursday, october 21st, 2004 - Lots of fun last saturday in HOT, yet
steaming Dupont! Great gig, nice crowd, excellent party!
We got another great review in iO Pages this week (november issue). Thanks
for that, glad you liked it!
Also, it seems that Source Code is generating a lot of
international attention and we like to say thanks (and hi!) to all of you
that bothered to contact us and offered some help. Awesome!
Sunday, october 10th, 2004 - This
Saturday, october 16th, Signs are going to celebrate the release of their
new EP Source Code. The band will be performing live at JP
Dupont, a great bar in their hometown Den Helder.
The band will start playing at 22.00 and the admittance is free.
Tuesday, october 5th, 2004 -
We've added the interview we did yesterday
with the Noordhollands Dagblad.
Interviews. Though, if
you can't read Dutch, don't bother ;-)
Tuesday, september 28th, 2004
- At the moment we're really
busy trying to promote Source Code. A lot of work, but also a lot
of fun. Though sometimes we start to feel more like salesmen than
Ah well, part of the game, we guess.
So far, responses have been great from everybody, thank you all for that!
In the meanwhile, you might want to check out the liner notes by Ron van
der Park on recording the cd:
"Tricky one to record: First
of all we planned to do a reheasal live demo but it's so .... unsigns,
so soon we decided to record the drums and keyboards live in our WW II
Bunker from hell. Miking the drums of Bert was quite a hassle, normally
mics tend to have longer cables than 2 meters for mixing in a distant
room, but not this time ... you got it, mixing desk next to the drums!
Can't make a bigger mistake but it was all we had ;-)
Hans' trusty Korg D16 was used to record
the tracks, we reserved 6 drum tracks and 2 Keyboard tracks, for the rest
we had to move on to my well-planned, organized and at all times fully
functional hobbyroom... did I say hobbyroom? Sure I mean studio.
Hans did his basstracks first; tweaking a
Line 6 POD, compressors, exciters, equalizers and basspickups laid down
the bottom end.
After that: crunch guitars! Mainly I used my Jem DNA for it, for the clean
parts the Fender strat GK. For the "solo" of Phenomena I trashed up the
whammy of my Ibanez 440 and for the beginning of the solo of "Kings" I
grabbed my trusty all worn Malmsteen strat for that nice bite.
More I need and I need sustain ... Fernandes! The rest of the solo's were
done by DNA and my left foot ...
Marcel had to come in again for laying
the key tracks of "Knots" as we didn't understand the Korg so well when we
started, also at that time he founded the intro of "Phenomena"
After the final keys Hans did his vocals
next to the bathroom in front of the window, waving hands at people he
thought who recognised him and enjoying the sight of beaultiful weather he
actually couldn't enjoy as he was recording his voice next to the bathroom
in front of ....
Until deep in the night we mixed the
songs until the last night before my vacation... I had to pack the next
In the meantime Hans finallized the
artwork for the cover and cd, tossed it to Marcel to print it, while Bert
played with his sub (unterwasser boot) somewhere in the Scandinavian
And that leaves us now with a cd we can
be proud of..."
Tuesday, September 14th -
Source Code is out now.
See here for more details.
The album contains four tracks. Two brand new songs; Phenomena and
The Kings Of Disneyland, and two NEW recordings of two of our old
favorites: Knots & Tangles and Scanner.
Total playing time is about 28 minutes.
For some samples of the songs, see our
Also, we got a GREAT review of our
remastered CD's Chimera and Private Eyes in Dutch
Progressive Rock Magazine iO Pages.
See reviews (in Dutch only)
Tuesday, August 31st - Due to some
last minute corrections the release date of the Source Code EP will be
delayed by a week.
Of course it's possible to pre-order the album right now by sending us an
(The price is EUR 5,00 + shipping.)
Friday, August 7th
- Signs just finished recording and
mixing their new EP,
Source Code. The CD will
be officially released by the end of August.
For those of you that can't wait that long, listen to some one and a halve
minute samples of the songs.
The Kings Of Disneyland
Knots & Tangles 1,2MB
enjoy and remember to play it LOUD!
Thursday, july 15th
- At the moment, Marcel, Ron, Bert and
Hans are busy recording
a couple of brand new tracks (supplemented with some favorite oldies) at
the Rehearsal Bunker and Ron's Wango Tango Studio.
For a small foto report, click
Tuesday, june 29th - Next week Signs
will finally return to the studio to start recording the long-awaited
follow-up to 1991's Private Eyes. It won't be a full length album, but at
least two new songs will be recorded.
Thursday, may 6th
- Last Friday's gig at Superpool's Queen's Day Festival was smokey, sweaty
and pretty awesome! Lots of people came to see us, lots of other great
bands played and everybody had a great night. We were invited to do
another gig at Superpool in the near future. We'll keep you posted about
Oh yeah, we've posted some pics in the
Tuesday, april 20th
- We're going to do a gig! It's
been a while, indeed, but we were asked to perform at a festival on
Koninginnedag (the national celebration of our Queen's birthday).
So, on April 30th we will play at 22:00 at poolhall Superpool, together
with nine other bands.
We're looking forward to it!
Wednesday, january 14th - Let's start this New Year with a pleasant
On Ron's Wango Tango Website
(see links-section) you
find the complete catalogue
(in mp3 format) of all Signs
Remember that this stuff was composed and recorded more than
13 years ago,
but nonetheless we're still pretty proud of it.
Anyway, check it out and we hope you enjoy listening to it as much
as we had recording it.
Square Circles (1990)
Privare Eyes (1991)
PS Oh yeah, 5igns.com won yet another reward!
The 2003 AWARD OF TRIUMPH, no less!
" You should consider this both a great honour and a testament
to your good taste and superior webdesign skills", they wrote.
Well, we're honoured. And thanks a bunch!
Friday, december 26th - Due to difficult personal circumstances we
won't be able to start the recording of our new cd in the near future.
However, plans are being made to make live or semi-live recordings on very
short notice. Since these recordings probably will be used for promotional
purposes only there's a pretty good chance we will add the new stuff here
Happy new year to you all!
september 3rd - At the moment Signs are busy writing new material,
which will eventually form our new cd. At this point it's too early to
give a release date, but we're aiming for december/january.
august 13 - Due to tragic familycircumstances Signs won't be able to
play at the Last Minute Summer Event-festival this saturday.
july 26th - Newspaper Interview
We've added our interview with newspaper Noordhollands Dagblad to the
site. And, you've guessed it, it's in Dutch.
july 21st - Golden Web Award
Wow! Our site's won a
Web Award. "In
recognition of creativity, integrity and excellence on the Web."
Well, don't know about that, but thanks anyway!
july 3rd - DPRP Concert Review
Check out the great review of our Lentepop gig on
Thanks to Jurrie Teeuwen from the band
We updated the Picture-gallery in a clearer order.
july 2nd - DPRP Concert Review
The Minirock-pictures are now online.
june 28th - Pictures Lentepop
Yesterday, it was confirmed that we will play at the Last Minute Summer
Festival in our Hometown Den Helder at August 16.
Last thursday's Minirock was really, really great! Pictures following
In the meantime: more pics of Lentepop!
june 23rd - Pictures Lentepop
NEW pics of last saturday's Lentepop are added. Check the...you know the
june 18th - Pictures DvdM
We've added NEW pics of last saturday's gig in Den Helder. Check the
june 17th - Setlist & Line-up Lentepop
Well, last saturday's Dag van de Muziek was a blast! We really enjoyed
ourselves and the gig went very well.
Coming saturday we'll play at Lentepop and we hope it to be even better.
Here's the setlist:
One Man Jury
Kings Of Disneyland
Trial & Conviction
Knots & Tangles
And here's the Line-up:
Can't See Project
june 12th - Setlist & Line-up DvdM
Just two days before our official 'resurrection' at the Dag van de Muziek,
of course in our hometown Den Helder. We are really, really looking
forward to it and, well, here's the setlist:
Kings Of Disneyland
Trial & Conviction
Knots & Tangles
Seems to be a pretty good balance between the old and the
Of course, there are a lot of other great bands playing this day
all over the city. Too many to mention, actually. So here's only
the line-up at the Poppodium:
may 12th - New Links
Again, we've added some interesting new
links to the site.
Of course, the
blog is updated on a pretty regular basis. So keep checkin'
april 22nd - New pictures added
some new band-pictures to this site. Taken last weekend by our
friend Peter de Bock.
See the frontpage (home) en
april 19th - Signs MP3's added
some music-files to this site. These songs were recorded quite a long time
ago, but it might give you some idea what this band is all about. Happy
Easter and hope you enjoy!
april 12th - Signs at Minirock
Yesterday, we got a call
that we will be playing at this years Minirock-festival,
which happens to be the nicest little festival round these parts. So, yeah.
We're damn happy!
We've also added some new links to the
Check 'm out.
6th - Opening Signs Website
O.k. here we are: The
Signs Official Homepage. I guess that means the band actually exists.
Not quite finished yet (there will be mp3 files and more recent
bandpictures soon), but we're working on it.
Nevertheless, we hope you'll enjoy the site and we will update on a
- Signs 2 x
This spring, Signs will perform live for the first time in 10 years.
The band was asked to be the closing-act on this years Dag van de
Muziek in Den Helder.
One week later, on june 21st, Signs will play at the Lentepop Festival
Check the tour-page for more