Struinen In De Tuinen (Strolling in the Gardens)

On 8 July, the Pondertone Time Machine will be installed at the cozy ‘Fummy’ courtyard at the 2e Daalsedijk in Utrecht during the Struinen in de Tuinen (Strolling in the Gardens) Festival. On that day I will take you back to the Good Old Days, the period 1998 – 2003. It was a time of progress, growth and change. There was no banking crisis yet, refugees were still welcome and David Bowie and Rik Mayall were still alive.
In the Time Machine I will play some Pondertone songs from that time. I will sing about loneliness, loss and sadness while I accompany myself on my old guitar, de Stofbol (Dust Bunny). During the performances you can take a look in the logs of the Time Machine for drawings, sketches and twisted thoughts. There will be no reason to panic. Everything will be more or less alright in the end, and we will travel back to the present together.

2018 marks the 20th anniversary of Pondertone. We are going to celebrate this with all kinds of special performances and fun events. All of this will be announced here, but if you really want to be among the first to know, you can subscribe for the newsletter or follow Pondertone on Facebook.

In these dark days Pondertone lets the children speak for themselves. They do not want gifts at all. Keep the handkerchief at hand, sit back and enjoy all Christmas videos by Pondertone, one after the other.

Pondertone Jukebox at the Showman’s Fair

At the Showman’s Fair, on August 25, the Pondertone Jukebox will only play requests. From 19:00 to 22:00 we will play three special live shows. You can choose from a list of songs from various artists, ranging from David Bowie to Herman van Veen and Phil Collins to Justin Bieber. To top it off, you can enter your favorite song of all time as a Special Request. If we (try to) play your song you will win a unique Pondertone T-Shirt, with the title on it. Location: Berlijnplein, Utrecht – Leidsche Rijn.

The gap between rich and poor is increasing. The earth will soon reach boiling point. Racism and discrimination are becoming more common. Meanwhile political leaders put the blame on ‘the other’, just as they did in ‘the good old days’. Join the revolution… of love and compassion. Buy this T-shirt for €15 (shipping not included) and help spread the message. Mail to info@pondertone.com for more information.

New single: Where Did Love Go?

On March 7 we released our new single. The past 19 years I rarely mixed in the political debate. Now it seems the situation world wide is going out of control. The gap between rich and poor is increasing. The earth will soon reach boiling point. Racism and discrimination are becoming more common. Meanwhile (political) leaders put the blame on ‘the other’, just as they did in ‘the good old days’.

The accompanying video on youtube explicitly shows what it’s like to live in a world without love. Screaming gulls fight over food, stuff themselves and even revert to cannibalism. At the same time you see the behaviour of mankind and the results of it.

On March 15 elections are held in the Netherlands. Untill then I try to save what I can by distributing posters and sending cards trying to convince my fellow countrymen to vote with their hearts for respect, peace and tolerance. Buy the download on our bandcamp page, for $5.30 (or more) and receive two posters (international shipping not included). If you subscribe to Pondertone through Lukida, you get lots of extra’s for one year (including the new posters). Don’t let the gulls take control!

Where Did Love Go?
Release: 7 maart 2017
Stream & download: Pondertone on bandcamp
Video: youtube
Streaming: all platforms such as Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music etc.

15 March, Rabo Open Stage

On March 15th we play the Rabo Open Stage in Tivoli/Vredenburg. Accidently our performance starts right after the concert by Elvis Costello. He is one of my great musical heroes. Since his collaboration with Paul McCartney on his Flowers in the Dirt (1989) I try to follow the career of Costello. That is quite difficult sometimes, because it tends to be quite capricious. No genre is foreign to him and he obviously hates parochialism. The brilliant lyrics, his powerful voice and the constant search for the ultimate song form the connection. The concert has long been sold out, but we play the after show on the Rabo Open Stage in the central hall. Our performance has free admission.

Gluren Bij de Buren 2017

For the third consecutive year we will be performing at the Gluren Bij De Buren (Peeking At The Neighbors) Festival. This time in Bussum and Amersfoort. On 12 and 19 February we’re happy to invite you in a living room for an intimate concert in Bussum and Amersfoort. Check the Calendar for more information.

3voor12/Utrecht presents Make Christmas Great Again!

mcga_square_v2On December 12 3voor12/Utrecht presented the new Christmas song. Pondertone wonders where it went wrong. “Who took the ‘Merry’ out of Christmas? What happened since the days When Christmas was a feast of light? “. The song appears on the new Pondertone Christmas album that can be downloaded through bandcamp. For € 7.50 (excluding shipping) you get the download and the new Christmas book. This contains the lyrics to all Pondertone Christmas songs with accompanying artwork. You can also subscribe to Pondertone through Lukida, you get the book and album for free. The song can also be streamed on Spotify, Tidal, Deezer etc. Watch the accompanying #vlog video on youtube!
Menno Pot of Dutch national newspaper de Volkskrant chose Make Christmas Great Again as Track of the week. “‘Who took the merry out of Christmas?’, is the question Utrecht based guitar band Pondertone ask. Christmas rock for those who start to cringe when December comes.”

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