On November 10th, we performed at Parkvilla in Alphen aan den Rijn. It was an outstanding performance. We played in a cinema-like setting, with a video screen behind us showcasing our film, accompanied by our own music. The atmosphere was fantastic, and the audience was very enthusiastic. It was a successful evening. Below is a live recording of “Stone in My Heart,” a song we played that night, recorded by Hans Korbee.
On November 10th, Downriver Dead Men Go is presenting a unique performance in Alphen aan den Rijn. This enchanting event at Parkvilla celebrates the vinyl release of their captivating album “Ruins” and promises an evening filled with musical beauty and cinematic magic.
Date: November 10, 2023
Location: Parkvilla, Cornelis Geellaan 2, 2406 JG Alphen aan den Rijn
Time: Doors open at 8:00 PM, and the performance begins at 8:30 PM
During this exclusive performance, the album “Ruins” by Downriver Dead Men Go will be celebrated in a special way. In addition to the mesmerizing live renditions of the songs, a unique film will be presented, bringing the music and atmosphere of the album to life. This is a rare opportunity to experience the music in an entirely new context.
Tickets are available for this enchanting event. But that’s not all! For true fans, there’s a unique combo offer available, allowing you to secure an admission ticket along with a copy of the “Ruins” vinyl album. This is the perfect opportunity to welcome this masterpiece into your music collection in a unique and memorable way.
Don’t miss out on this extraordinary evening where music and film come together to create an unforgettable experience. Downriver Dead Men Go will take you on a journey through their enchanting sound and visual art, and we look forward to welcoming you there.
Purchase your tickets now and prepare for an evening filled with emotion and beauty. We hope to see you on November 10th at Parkvilla, Alphen aan den Rijn!
Please note: Limited availability, so make sure to reserve your spot for this unique event.
We’ve got an awesome album review from progressive rock website DPRP.
Here’s a brief intro of the review:
The rather oddly named Downriver Dead Men Go are a “cinematic post-rock band” hailing from Leiden in the Netherlands. The quintet of Gerrit Koekebakker (vocals, guitar), Michel Varkevisser (guitar, backing vocals), Peter van Dijk (keyboards), Menno Kolk (bass guitar), and Marcel Heijnen (drums) have released two previous albums, Tides (2015) and Departures (2018). Ruins, having slipped past the DPRP radar when it was released towards the end of 2022, also features guest keyboard player Remco Den Hollander and promises the band adopting, in places, a rather heavier approach than on their previous albums.
The group eschews the instrumental approach favoured by the majority of post-rock groups but this in no way hampers the dynamism and shifting musical crescendos and lulls associated with the genre, particularly as Koekebakker is an expressively fine vocalist. This is evident on the crushing opener of a title track that over a glorious ten minutes sets out the expansive parameters of the album. Guitars are very much to the fore and although the keyboards can be heard they play a more subservient role fleshing out the musical horizons. It is then straight into the more restrained Secret, the seamless transition between tracks working very well blending the two pieces together in a wonderfully smooth manner. The very realistic cello sound achieved on the latter stages of the song adds delightful light orchestral flair to an altogether rather lovely song.
Want to read the full review? go to DPRP.net.
Great review of our latest album Ruins by Post-Rock Central on insta, check it out! Here’s the full review.
A dutch review about our gig at ‘Kijkhuis’ (9th March 2023). written by 3voor12. We are very happy with this review.
Thursday 9th of March we’ll be playing a very special live performance at movie theatre Het Kijkhuis in Leiden. It will be a selection of old and new songs accompanied by beautiful visuals on a big movie screen.
It’s going to be special….
Tickets are available through link below
Don’t wait too long because it’s a limited seated event
See you there!
“The band delivers another album that is top notch. More cohesive then it’s previous one. It is also darker and heavier, but still post rock as only DDMG can play. The band has risen to another level and I can only give a compliment for that, because the bar to raise was absolutely high. Every song is an adventure on its own and all songs make the circle complete and tells the story that needed to be told. That this album is only 43 minutes long is possibly the only point of criticism, but I can forgive the guys. I only bow my head and say: thank you for another gem! “
We would like to thank everyone who supported us in 2022. Be it by participating in our crowdfunding campaign, buying our music, writing great reviews or just letting them know how much they enjoy our new album Ruins. We have some very special things lined up for the new year including the official release shows of Ruins. Stay tuned for further details! For now, we wish you a happy and healthy New Year and we'll see you on the other side!
Today we received the sad news that Steen Gees Christensen, who played duduk on Departure from our second album, passed away on December the 26th at the age of 76.
Our sympathy goes out to his family.
Happiness is found downstream. say. Which is why said Dead Men are making their way there. However, when you listen to Downriver Dead Men Go, you get the feeling that the band from Leiden (that's fitting!) joins this band. Gloomy, pathetic, melancholic, dead sad, suffering - one actually fears that DDMG have buried themselves a little too much in their badly staged sadness. The title track, which introduces the third album by the Dutchmen, begins with a melancholy metallic sound - pulpy keyboards form the basis on which two guitars can build up. It has a little something of Paradise Lost - this drama, this bombast. Read the full review