Although he very well still might release a solo record in a few years time, it wasn’t an easy decision made overnight, Lentink explains. ‘I didn’t think I was a good enough singer. On stage I felt too much tension and I got stressed out from all the radio and television shows I played. It didn’t give me any pleasure at all. I don’t have any doubts about my capacities as a songwriter or instrumentalist, but being a lead singer and ‘entertainer’ never really became comfortable.’
The partnership with Bas Wilberink – who played guitar ‘in’ Bertolf – seems like the best fit for Lentink just now. The reach of Wilberink’s voice starts just about where Lentink’s stops, so instead of writing a lower chorus, he can now just let Wilberink sing that bit. Color Reporters – who are completed by Caesar Roseboom, Rutger Renden and Nicky Hustinx – have played their first ever show at Onder Invloed at EKKO in June this year and finish mixing their debut album today.
Lentink: ‘When I’m writing with Bas it always feels like there are still a hundred other things that could originate from it. That’s really inspiring.’ So, there’s plenty of inspiration between the two of them, it seems. Influences they name are The Shins, Elliott Smith – the band name came from Smith’s song Bled White, covered in this session – and George Harrison. Color Reporter songs are almost impossible to get out of your head after listening to them, which is their goal precisely, Wilberink admits. ‘On the other hand we try to incorporate a lot of details. We both get a kick out of surprising elements in songs. Wether it’s an original vocal line or an unexpected chord succession.’
I wouldn’t be surprised if Color Reporters end up making a highly impressive debut album, judging on early demos and their first ever live show, a couple of days before this session was recorded on June 10th. The quotes in this post are translated from an interview in Dutch with Color Reporters in the free online anniversary Onder Invloed magazine that was published in May.
The songs played in this session are:
All photos by Matthijs van der Ven.
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