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The Gathering 

Travel "Live"

Anneke van Giersbergen & The Gathering play "Travel" at Paradiso, Amsterdam, NL 2005 "A Sound Relief" Live Concert... The Gathering is a Dutch progressive/alternative rock band, founded in 1989 by brothers Hans and René Ruttent; Anneke van Giersbergen is a Dutch singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist who became known worldwide as the lead singer and songwriter for "The Gathering" between 1995 and 2007.

The Gathering  "Travel" Live

 The Gathering earliest releases were categorized as atmospheric death/doom metal, inspired by such underground acts like Celtic Frost and Hellhammer. In 1998 with the release of their 5th studio album, How to measure a planet?, they had a major shift in musical style, with the group acknowledging the growing influence of shoegaze, post rock, experimental rock and the more ethereal sounds of 4AD bands, such as Dead Can Dance, Cocteau Twins, as well as Pink Floyd and Massive Attack; they expanded their sound, which acquired characteristics of progressive, alternative, and trip rock and gained success and recognition beyond the European borders. The group continue to expand upon the experimental nature of their music.

Anna Maria van Giersbergen, known artistically as Anneke van Giersbergen, is a Dutch singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist who became known worldwide as the lead singer and songwriter for the Dutch progressive/alternative rock band, The Gathering, between 1995 and 2007.  On 5 June 2007 it was announced that Anneke would be leaving The Gathering in August 2007 to focus on a new project, The project, was originally called Agua de Annique, but later going by her own name.

In August 2007 Anneke van Giersbergen left the group to focus on her solo project Agua de Annique. On 12 March 2009, The Gathering announced that their replacement vocalist was Silje Wergeland (Octavia Sperati). Their most recent album, Disclosure, was released on 12 September 2012.

The Gathering -  Travel  Lyrics

Melodic stanzas
are symphonizing their way
through your weary head

To feed your distrust
And fill it's mouth with the desire
to soulfully be one with your creation

Not a subject to control
you call upon a higer power
for help and inspiration

The crowd waits
and turns their faces
towards you expectantly
you give them what they need
But their useless criticism
makes you die
a bit more inside

Not a subject to control
you call upon a higer power
for help and inspiration

Oh, I swoon
while loudspeakers play soft music

over your fourtieth masterpiece
You must have loved
the colour of these violins

I wish I knew you
Your fit of insanity makes me sad

I wish you knew
your music was to stay forever
And I hope...

I have no clue
if you know how much it matters
And I hope...


The Gathering  - Etymology
Frank Boeijen on the origins of the name of the band:

 "The name the Gathering has been made like eleven years ago when we started this band. We were all between 15 and 17. We were watching a lot of movies those days. One of the movies spoke about immortality and that you could kill the immortals with cutting their head off [it's the first Highlander Frank is speaking about]. In the first part of the movie, they speak a lot about the gathering. There will be a gathering once with all the immortals. We thought it was a nice name for a band, and that's how we created this name. And you can feel it's a cool name for five people who come together to make fine music."


Photo 2: Concierto de Anneque Van Giersbergen en Barcelona, Sala Bikini by Rosario López via Alterna2 (CC BY)
Photo 1: Anneke van Giersbergen by Martijn van de Streek  (CC BY)

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