Sunday, 28 August 2016

After the earthquake...

A few words from RanestRane at their official Facebook page:

After the earthquake
The earthquake of last Wednesday gave us all a terrible shock. Here in Rome we felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks: we were alive and well but we suddenly understood that something terrible was going on just nearby us. When we discovered where was the epicenter of this devastating earthquake, we jumped up in fright: entire towns have been levelled, with Amatrice, Accumoli and Pescara del Tronto suffering the most damage. Some of us have relatives and friends in the area affected. Fortunately no one was hurt.
We all started receiving text and Facebook messages and phone calls from people concerned about our safety. We really want to thank all people who genuinely cared about us and our families.
We have no words to express our heartfelt sorrow for the victims. During these days we have been wondering how to help. We are not rescuers, but performers. And there is only a way to help, there is only a thing we can do: perform our music.
As many of you know, we will perform a gig on Sunday 4th September in Bologna. Admission to the gig is free, but, as always we will have our merch items. So we decided that merchandise sales will be donated to the relief funds created by the municipalities affected (Amatrice, Accumoli and Arquata del Tronto).
That’s our way to help people affected by this terrible disaster. Will you join us?
Mercoledì scorso la terra ha tremato anche per noi qui a Roma. Con angoscia abbiamo appreso qual era l’epicentro della scossa e quali danni aveva causato il terremoto ad Amatrice, Accumoli e Pescara del Tronto. Alcuni di noi hanno amici e parenti in quelle zone. Per fortuna sono tutti salvi.
Subito dopo il terremoto abbiamo ricevuto sms, messaggi su Facebook e telefonate da moltissimi di voi. Vogliamo davvero ringraziare tutti per la sincera preoccupazione che avete espresso per le sorti delle nostre famiglie e l’affetto che ci avete dimostrato.
I nostri pensieri vanno a tutte le persone che hanno perso i propri cari e i propri amici. Non abbiamo davvero parole per esprimere il nostro più sincero dolore. Ma forse le parole non servono.
Come molti di voi, ci siamo chiesti: che possiamo fare di concreto? Noi non siamo soccorritori, né ingegneri, né psicologi. Siamo musicisti. E c'è solo un modo per aiutare, fare quello che sappiamo fare meglio: suonare la nostra musica.
Come saprete, domenica 4 settembre suoneremo al Prog Italian Festival a Bologna. Il concerto è gratuito, ma come sempre avremo uno spazio dedicato alla vendita del merchandising. Abbiamo deciso di devolvere gli incassi di domenica 4 settembre direttamente ai Comuni coinvolti (Amatrice, Accumoli e Arquata del Tronto) che hanno avviato una propria raccolta fondi per la ricostruzione.
Donare è l’unico aiuto concreto che possiamo dare. Vi unite a noi?

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

In the studio with RanestRane

Robert was invited by RanestRane to come visiting the boys in the studio.

It was a great experience and we want to share a moment with you about what is going on in the studio when RanestRane is rehearsing with a few words from Robert.

As I have a more than "common" interest in how bands work, production, songwriting etc.I was very happy to be invited by the band to join them during rehearsals in their studio.

To start, I got picked up by Mr. Perfect Timing Maurizio, at some subway station at 21.00, from where we drove on to the studio where Daniele already was waiting and listened to some pre-recorded tracks.
Next to arrive was the Magnificent Max, loaded with a Gibson Les Paul and his Magic pedalboard who installed himself in front of his amp.
After that it took a little while before the last member, the Wonderful Mr.Romano, arrived with his Nord and his laptop. After everyone made theirselves ready to play, except Maurizio, we just chatted a little bit about how the band works with the writing, what system they use for recording etc etc. It was time to start with the fun and now even the super relaxed Maurizio plugged in ;-)).
I got a nice spot to in the studio in a decent chair, thanx for that Massimo! This was needed hahaha. And the rehearsal began.

After synchronizing sound and vision the band started playing on the part of the movie they had chosen.
Surely they had a blue-print from pre-rehearsals, so everybody knew what to play, but now it was time to work it out on a deeper level! After playing, there was time for discussion. How can we make it better? What if we? Should we?.......Where it came very clear that this is going to be another band-album due to the fact that everyone is very involved in the songwriting.
This procedure went on the whole time, playing the part, discuss, playing, discussing, and every time it turned in to a better piece, over and over again. What really amazing was, was the fact how easy these guys seem to understand each other, and what is needed to make it so much better! .......a band of connected souls .....
Between discussion and playing Massimo searched for sound in his magic box, Danny was working on even better and more exciting drum fills. Thank you again Max for giving me a real chair, otherwise I would have fallen off the bar stool I had earlier and would have broken a leg or something :-)....just amazing musicianship in all four guys!

The most wonderful moment of the evening was when Riccardo asked Massimo for a certain sound and Max delivered it big time! Making Riccardo go up to Max and kiss him on his fore-head saying: "Massimo!!!"
At that moment the Italian passion was talking :-)

After that, there was a short break where we talked a bit more about music in general and learned som tips and tricks from Daniele about drums and stuff.
After the break it was time to record this version of the rehearsal to be sure to have all the blue-prints in order for the definite recordings when its time for it.

It was a wonderful evening with four wonderful and very talented guys who all share their passion in making music for RanestRane. And this passion is deep, they are more than just friends it just feels like they are brothers...all four of them.

I can never thank these guys enough for letting me share these precious moments with them .....memories for life only lets me respect them even more ....Love you guys, you are the best!!

Sunday, 7 August 2016

A few words from Fanweb Scandinavia

After 15 exciting months we would like to share some information with you about the Fanweb Scandinavia.

Fanweb Scandinavia is a project which started after the Marillion Weekends in 2015 by Robert and Lilian Boomsema.

"We went to the Marillion Weekend in Port Zelande in 2015. RanestRane was playing as a support act during that weekend. I was talking a lot with Robert about RanestRane when I first saw them in Copenhagen 2014 when RanestRane was supporting the Steven Rothery band. I was very impressed and was very happy with the fact that RanestRane would play at the Marillion Weekend so Robert could see them himself and hopefully getting impressed like I was after the first time seeing them."

"RanestRane played on the Saturday evening during the Marillion weekend. Many Italian fans were in front to support their band from their country. Also many other people were getting impressed about this band."

"Robert was really impressed, and I was happy about the fact that I was right haha, we enjoyed the rest of that weekend with Marillion and ofcourse we tried to get in contact with some bandmembers of Rane, to thank them for their talent and music."

Why starting this project?

"When we went home after an amazing week in the Netherlands (our native country) we couldn't stop thinking about RanestRane, RanestRane was the subject of the day! We bought a cd at the Marillion convention and we played it every single day several times. We were totally inlove with the music. We wanted to do something, why is RanestRane not that well known for many other people? How can we share our feelings about this band for others? We need to do something....

We came in contact with the boys via social media, we chatted and later on we came in contact with the management of the band. Our idea was to create a fanpage on the net with the hope to get in contact with other fans, to support the band and also to let people be familiar with the band. To get passionated like we are. We informed the band and management about our plans, we wanted to start a website. The boys were impressed and perhaps also a bit surprised about the impact they had on us during that weekend in the Netherlands. We started with the build up of the website, emailed and chatted about what could be done better or needed to be changed before getting online. We made agreements, we want to do the best for the boys without pushing nor damaging any contact or trust. The boys needed to stand 100%  behind our ideas! This was the important fact we wanted to have!

We started the 1st of May 2015, very excited and nervous, what will they think? Will this be good? What if...? Many questions, and I can tell you that it was such a relief when Riccardo and Daniele came back with their feedback how great work we did for them, that they were emotional and very pleased to have our support."

What happens today?

"RanestRane supports us, we build up a relationship with the band, the manager and the fans. We became officially representatives for the band in Scandinavia and beyond, we are trying to build up a network for the boys in Scandinavia and also in the rest of Europe, we are involved with the official facebook groups both in Italy and Scandinavia where we are admins, we discuss fan matters with the management and band about how we can make the website and support even better for the fans. We became a family, as friends, as fans."

Why the name Fanweb Scandinavia?

"We chose the name Fanweb Scandinavia as Robert and I are living in Sweden, the project is created here in Sweden but is open for everyone. We also communicate in English as we want to reach fans from over the whole world, not only in Scandinavia, but also the rest of the world. As we are a fanweb, we were very careful to not stand in the way for a official build up of a possible website for a possible fanclub, you never know what the future brings... We also have co operation with the Italian fans which are not able to understand Swedish, English is just the perfect language to understand for everyone. Some important articles will be translated to Italian via our partners in Italy of course"

What can we expect in the future?

"Many things are in the pipeline, we cannot inform to much about the future, time will tell :-) "

By sharing this information we would like to thank:

YOU as member and fan of RanestRane for your love and support for our work for the band. For sharing your photo's and reviews regarding the band, your happiness and joy.

RanestRane Fangroup Italy for their co operating and support.

RanestRane and their management for their trust and love, their friendship and faith.

Without you we wouldn't have made it so far!

Friday, 5 August 2016

Review Concert Teatro Parchi della Colombo in Rome - Italy 29th of July

Hi all!

Roberto the other half of RanestRane Fanweb Scandinavia went to Rome for the concert in the beautiful theatre Teatro Parchi della Colombo in Rome.

Robert wants to share his words with you!

After meeting up with a lot of lovely other members of the RanestRane family, it was around 22.00 time for the band to hit the stage, a perfect venue, being an amphitheater.

The band chose to play first set with songs from the first three albums; Nosferatu, The Shining and Monolith with opening with the song Incubo of the Shining.
It was quite clear that the band was on fire and was really focusing on putting in all efforts to make this a great show, due the fact that they changed some sounds in some of the older songs to make it fresh and exciting!

After Incubo they played some Nosferatu songs where especially Via Da Wismar made a mark where Riccardo accompanied Massimo on the intro with his Moog-synth and where Massimo nailed the guitar solo in this song perfectly!!
The audience appreciated this with a big ovation!!

Next on the setlist was Il labirinto again from Shining.
After this song Daniele took the oppertunity to thank the audience for coming to the show, which was very appreciated, as a gift to the audience they played the very beautiful song L`ultimo incontro from Nosferatu. Rewarded with a standing ovation from the audience!!
After this romantic song they played Semi from Monolith and again they showed their skill in doing so, Maurizio`s bass playing was superb, Daniele`s drumming rock-solid, Massimo was on fire and Riccardo`s passionate playing was heavenly!!


The second set, after a short break was all about H.A.L.
This is the bands latest album and it has several ”highlights” on it and some very ”not easy to play” songs on it, especially for Daniele, singing and drumming difficult patterns is hard to do!! But if one guy can do it …..its him!!

All members have a lot of input on this album as it is totally a ”band”-album where most of the material is coming from all the members putting in their very best !!
It is very difficult to say what the ”highlights” are on this album, because it’s exciting from the first till the last note. But, I`ll try to pick out some moments….

One of most beautiful songs is Freddo al Cuore with a lovely Moog solo and an even so beautiful guitar solo together with the deep bass-sounds and the singing makes it ……. you name it.
The band played with all of the passion they have and nailed every song. Spacewalk and La Perfezione che si Cerca where beautiful done with Massimo playing the most beautiful tones ever….goosebumps!
Another very special moment was the song Buio Intorno with only Daniele and Riccardo on stage, Daniele`s voice is fantastic and with Riccardo`s passionate playing it’s hard to keep the eyes dry actually.
They finished this set with the very exciting Computer Malfuntion which is a great example of the ”all members” input, because on this song everyone is playing like their life is depending on it! Really one of the highlights of the evening for sure!!

Photo Simona Rongione

After H.A.L. is was time for the encore.
The band asked the audience what to play and the first one was Materna Luna from Monolith followed by Il monolith di Tycho (closing section).
And of course the band gave it their very best again to make it an evening to remember and nailed both songs!!

After this performance the band received a very long and warm ovation from the audience who just had experienced an amazing, wonderful and ’never to forget' evening with a band formed by four very skilled and passionate musicians who make the most beautiful music.

I think, and I talked a lot with others after the show, that this show must have been one of their very best shows ever, surely the beautiful venue has been a help for that too, but a lot of people said they have never seen RanestRane ”rock” it like this ……

It was a wonderful and magical evening for both band and audience …..

Thank you RanestRane ….

Photo credits: Simona Rongione, Roberto Scorta, Catia de Cicco