Built around the superb songwriting of genius lead guitarist Anne Soldaat and honey-voiced singer Jelle Paulsuma they burned brighter and for longer than anyone could have hoped. When Bucketfull last spoke to the band, an unbelievable ten years ago now, they had just been dropped by virgin, helped form their own label Excelsior and released their acknowledged career masterpiece Weeps. And while it is true that Weeps remains their very finest creation, the follow up Happy Traum is a more than worthy follow up, a beautiful relaxed gem that's as laced with warm sunshine as Weeps is chased by majestic storm clouds.
The unexpected departure of Soldaat before the next album, the problematical Trailer Tales, did not bode well. The album definitely doesn't work as a Daryll Ann album except on the few tracks when Soldaat and the others play and doesn't quite work as a Jelle solo album, made weak by meandering keyboards and unprepared arrangements. As subsequent live appearances both with full band Soldaat having returned to the ranks for the following tour and as a duo with label mates Johan's keyboard player starkly testify Jelle's songs from the album were as good as ever so it was just the record itself that is flawed.
Fortunately Trailer Tales was not the bands swansong and with Soldaat back on board the final album Don't Stop is a return to greatness, a blazing, jubilant work full of classic songs and at times brave experimentation in direction and approach that boded well for the future. Alas it was not to be.
Matt Dornan, editor of the much lamented Comes With A Smile and a fellow Daryll Ann believer met up with the band in Holland, towards the end of the final tour and returned to tell that all was not well in the Daryll Ann camp. Tensions were high backstage and Soldaat was both withdrawn and incommunicative. Within the week they cancelled the last two dates and announced the band were no more.
The sad passing of a great band, we will never see their like again. Well from the ashes of one great band spring two more. Jelle's band Paulusma with three other members of Daryll Ann on board, have produced a great debut album far better than Trailer Tales and are brilliant live. Ann Soldaat's new band Do The Undo shares a bass player with Paulusma and brings in a Daryll Ann associate and a new young keyboard player to complete the line up and from what I've heard so far they are also a combo to be reckoned with.
You would think that with Jelle's unmistakable golden blur, that his band would sound the most Daryll Annish and yet Do The Undo also ring with that unmistakable thing that could only be Daryll Ann. It is as if the mother band has birthed two sister bands, who though both different from each other are still so wonderfully recognisable as their mother's daughters. So since Anne and I had kept in touch for many years after that first interview and on the strength of the great songs I've heard so far from Do The Undo, I thought to get in touch and pick up from where we left off the last time, tie up the Daryll Ann story and get the lowdown on his new venture.
So Anne tell us about Happy Traum. As I remember Jelle, his brother Coen and myself spent most weekends for about a year and a half in Frans Hagenaars' studio in Weesp where we had recorded Weeps. Jelle and Coen lived in Utrecht and they picked me up by car in Amsterdam. We enjoyed the privilege of putting our ideas directly to tape no Protools then! There was no stress no deadline, no restrictions, outside involvements whatsoever.
Coen was the sort-of engineer because he knew where to put the microphone cables and so on. We had no real studio-knowledge. So it was a matter of judging by the ears. We were like a small gang cooking songs and ideas. I did the drumming and Jelle and I both did the other instruments.
Sunday-evening we left the studio to fulfil our midweek duties, all the while longing for the next weekend to come. We ended up re-recording 4 or 5 songs with Frans himself, to make those songs sound better than they did. What motivated the decision not to involve the rhythm section in the recording? Really it was a short-cut to recording an album and an attempt to record the songs just like we had conceived them in our heads. We didn't have to rehearse the songs first.
I can listen to it without feeling embarrassed. I think it has a nice, mellow flavour to it but because of the way it was recorded -layering tracks, just like, for example, the first Neil Young album- to me it sounds at times a bit sterile. And your favourite songs from it? And it was soon after this you did that Byrdsnight thing? If you ask me, I think it was Daryll-Ann at her peak.
I have a very good performance of that on tape. It 's the songs that are so fucking brilliant and they suited us very well, I think. Great guitars, great harmonies and great songs. Spinart picked up Happy Traum for a U. We left about a month later. It was all very weird indeed. We did some radio stuff but just one live show in the Mercury Lounge. Unfortunately that night we were overwhelmed and nearly paralysed by, what turned out to be, some very potent grass..
To be honest it doesn't exactly build bridges to an audience. So After this is the time your daughter was born, and you kinda left the band and yet you didn't. I basically wanted to do my own stuff, be a singer and player myself. Be a star laughs so I left, bought an Apple, Protools and Logic and began discovering harddisk recording, midi, sampling etc. I wrote and roughly recorded about 14 songs over the next eighteen months, still melodic music but with more soul and dance into it.
But couldn't get anyone interested really, maybe didn't try enough to get somebody interested, I dunno. I'm still working on that kind of stuff away from what I'm doing with Do The Undo. I told the boys I was leaving and then Jeroen Vos said that he was leaving too and so Jelle locked himself up in his trailer and made an album.
I played some guitar and did some backing vocals on it and I contributed one song: 'Equally Sympathy'. We had made a rough recording of that song during our Happy Traum sessions, but never finished it. Jelle asked me if it could be on 'his' Trailer Tales album. So we re-recorded it. Jeroen plays drums on the album.
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