The band Knight Area started back in 1982, but it took many years until the released their debut The Sun Also Rises which finally saw the light of day in 2004. Now mastermind Gerben is back with Under A New Sign. Let's find out a bit more about the Dutch!
You have released your second studio album. What's that for a feeling, releasing the second album three years after the debut?
It was a challenge for me to write 7 new songs in a short period. I was very eager to write the second album, because I was very happy to read the positive critics about The Sun.
Where do you get all those ideas for such music?
I'm very influenced by my older brother Joop with this kind of music. In the early days we constantly listened to bands as Camel, Genesis, The Enid etc.
Are there some musicians or bands you can identify with?
Well, what can I say. It's a mixture of Genesis, IQ, Camel and Steve Hackett and Threshold.
What's necessary for you in your music? Complexity or straight riffs? Or maybe the melodies?
In my opinion are the melodies and of course the skeleton of the songs most important. A fast complex riff or solo is nice, but don't make the music.
Is it possible, that some of the songs got deeper backgrounds? If so, would you tell them to us?
The lyrics of the song Exit L.U.M.C. are about a relative of one of the band members who is recovered from a tough disease. And musically, the song Dreamweaver has a hidden guitar theme below the refrains which is in my opinion very nice.
What does Under A New Sign mean for you?
Saying farewell, making a change in life, re-birthing, making a new start etc.
If you had the chance to tour with your favourite band, what band would it be?
To me: Saga, IQ, Pallas, Camel. For some other band members maybe: Dream Theater, Derek Sherinian, Symphony X.
And at least, do you have anything you would like to tell the readers and fans?
Thank you very much for answering the questions.
You are very welcome, it was a pleasure. Knight Area wishes to say hello to all the readers of this nice magazine. Thanks and hopefully we'll see you on the road!
As prog rock / metal kinda has a revival, chances aren't bad to see Knight Area on some stage. Catch them, if you can!