Vangrail laat de muziek aan; “Gelukkig zijn we geen boyband”


AUGUSTINUSGA/KORNHORN – De fans hebben er bijna negen jaar op moeten wachten, maar vrijdag was hij er dan eindelijk: het tweede album van de Fries/Groningse band Vangrail. “Laat de muziek aan,” is de titel. In Leeuwarden konden fans van het eerste uur en zij die zich de laatste jaren aansloten genieten van maar liefst zeventien nieuwe nummers.

Dat de band als een speer gaat mag voor niemand een verrassing zijn. Tot 2019 staat de agenda al gevuld, maar al dat spelen heeft ook een keerzijde: het uitbrengen van een album schoot er lange tijd bij in. “Maar dat lag vooral aan mij,” lachte zanger Raynaud Ritsma vrijdagavond in een stampvol poppodium De Neushoorn in Leeuwarden. Daar konden ruim 300 fans horen waar de band al die jaren aan gewerkt had. Tijdens een flitsende show kwamen alle nieuwe hits voorbij.

Clichévraag is natuurlijk wat Vangrail met het nieuwe album wil vertellen. Ritsma begint te lachen. “Ik wil gewoon mooie muziek maken,” vertelt hij. Nog steeds loopt de band aan tegen het stempel ‘Nederlandstalig’. “Als we vertellen dat we die muziek maken worden we op één hoop gegooid met Jannes en daar scharen we ons zeker niet bij.” Maar waar dan wel? “Ik denk vooral De Dijk, 3J’s en Bløf,” zegt Ritsma.

Nog steeds is het thuishonk Kornhorn, waar wekelijks gerepeteerd wordt. Heit en Mem kijken dan trots toe, net als deze vrijdagavond. Wat dat met hem doet? Ritsma lacht weer. “Natuurlijk zijn ze trots. Ook op de jongens. Dat zouden jouw ouders toch ook zijn als je iets moois doet? Het is leuk dat ze de jongens zo hebben zien groeien.”

De afgelopen tijd was smoordruk voor de band. “Als ik de afgelopen twee weken vier uur per nacht geslapen heb is dat veel.” Persberichten werden verstuurd en oude bekenden kregen een uitnodiging voor de presentatie. “Het laatste waar je mee bezig bent is de show zelf,” klinkt het. Volgende week vliegt de band voor meerdere optredens naar Frankrijk, dinsdagavond staan ze met Typhoon, Maan en Kenny B. op het podium in Gouda. Optredens in Surhuisterveen, Surhuizum en Roden volgen later dit jaar.

Tegelijkertijd gaat de presentatie van zijn programma ‘Tsjek’ op Omrop Fryslân ook gewoon door. Door het werk bij de regionale omroep werd een nieuwe schare fans aangeboord. “Als je met je kop tv bent is dat altijd goed. Het mes snijdt aan twee kanten,” stelt Ritsma. Toch is een groot deel van de fans een groep mensen die al jaren achter de band aan reist. “Gelukkig zijn we geen boyband. Als je dat bent, is je doelgroep na een paar jaar al ter zielen. Als we op deze voet gaan kunnen we altijd door blijven gaan.”


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