Nice Beaver – On Dry Land
A Dutch progrock band that was founded in ’97 with this line-up: Hans Gerritse (guitar), Ferry Zonneveld (drums), Peter Stel (bass guitar) and Erik Groeneweg (lead vocals and keyboards). All are experienced musicians, they played in several pop – and rockbands. In 2001 NICE BEAVER (slang for ‘pussy’) released their debut-album “On Dry Land”, it got a positive review in Muziekkrant Oor, the most famous Dutch music magazine. The catchy and melodic music is rock with progressive tendencies (hints from CAMEL and RUSH). The first album contains pleasant rock with beautiful melodies and a lot of variation. Most of the seven compositions are carried by strong and alternating guitarwork (from sensitive like Andy Latimer to harder-edged like Alex Lifeson) and distinctive, quite dramatic vocals. NICE BEAVER doesn’t make mainstream progrock or neo progrock, it sounds more like an original, tasteful stew of rock, pop, new wave and progrock.