March 2011: singer Paul Glandorf and Balloon join
Balloon is very proud to announce that one of Holland’s
best vocalists, Paul Glandorf (ex-A Day’s Work), has joined the band.
The past few months, we’ve been working on new material and recording at our
homebase, Tjarda Studio, Alkmaar.
Balloon-vocalist Hans Baaij is also
still in the band, giving the synths all the attention they deserve while backing Paul up with great
backing vocals and more.
The addition of Paul Glandorf as lead singer gives
Balloon an even wider range of possibilities. New material is coming up soon! Check out our site for
Fall 2009: review
The French Magazine
Music Waves gave Motivation a grand review, in which Balloon are once more praised as
innovators in the (neo)prog-genre! Thanks a lot!
Check out the Music
November 2008 / start of 2009
Musea Records releases Motivation world
is now released world wide! From Japan to the USA: Motivation can be bought in music shops in a
large number of countries all over the world. Motivation is also available on several websites. Take
a look at mindawn.com, fnac.com or go to Musea
Records to view more information and buy 'Motivation'.
Balloon signs with prestigious Musea Records for world wide release
Balloon just signed a deal with the French label Musea Records, the leading
independent company specialized in progrock. Musea will release Motivation world wide. A milestone
in Balloon's flight! "We consider it to be a great honour to be under the same flag as the likes of
Anekdoten, Porcupine Tree and Deep Purple." More news will follow soon!
Shortly after Indian Summer you can hear Balloon's sounds at
the next open air festival, Parkhof Open Air. Come to the Wilhelminapark in Alkmaar at the 5th
of July to see us live again! Check the Parkhof website for more details.
Big Bang / Cosmos
We were contacted by this French
magazine and record label to send a copy of Motivation. It's on its way and it will be reviewed in
the next issue of Big Bang magazine, together with an interview with the band. A
pre-review is already put on their website www.cosmosmusic.fr. A fragment of the text: "Aux Pays-Bas, il n’y a pas que
des tulipes, des coffee shops, des moulins, des vélos ou des groupes néo-progressifs; il apparaît
quelque fois des formations quelque peu éloignées des canons musicaux de leur terre de naissance.
C’est bien sûr le cas de Balloon qui, en 9 titres (dont un de 17 minutes qui clôt le CD), offre un
progressif changeant, se mouvant d’un style à un autre avec le plus grand des
Motivation will soon be sold by Progpulsion,
a mail order service based in France, specialized in progressive rock. Check out their
Gig at Indian Summer Festival 2008
announcement is made that Balloon will perform at the Indian Summer Festival 2008. This open air
festival at Geestmerambacht, Broek op Langedijk, will be held at the 21st of June 2008. Come and see
us there, along with many other great Dutch acts like Golden Earring and Anouk. Check this website
again soon for the latest updates and scheduled time. Go to www.indiansummerfestival.nl to
read all about the festival.
Balloon added to
Balloon is added to the website www.koppop.nl. This site wants to give the
visitors an overview of bands from the region "West-Friesland" (north west part of the Netherlands)
who are - or have been - active in this part of Holland. Check it out here.
Balloon songs for sale at
From now you can buy all songs from Motivation
separately, for a small price. Go to the Swedish website www.anytist.com to check it out! If you don't want to buy our full
album, this is the place to go to.
Balloon plays Belgium: Confirmed for The
Convention festival Verviers!
Balloon is proud to announce that we got confirmed to
be the opening act of one of the 2 days of the annual prog-festival The Convention in Belgium. This
years dates are October 18th and 19th. As always the musical gathering is held in Spirit of 66 in
Verviers, Belgium in cooperation with Belgium musicmag Prog-resiste. The next
issue of Prog-resiste has a feature on Balloon. The band also contributes one or two songs for the
accompanying sampler cd. 900 copies of Prog-resiste, including sampler, are issued worldwide. All
this is great news for Balloon! We cant wait to experience The Convention this autumn and we want
all our fans to make sure to experience this festival with us. No sleep till Verviers!
more info on the festival and Prog-resiste, check out these sites:
Songs posted at French
The two Balloon songs Everything and It's still today are posted at the
French website www.evergrey.fr. From this
website you can download these songs directly. Check it out!
Number 19 at 'De Wereldse Tien'
entered the "Wereldse Tien" list of progwereld.org, the website where Motivation was also reviewed.
We are at number 19 at this moment (4th of December 2007). Go and see the full list here.
From our Radio Alfa
contact in Poland, Artur Chachlowski, we understand that Balloon is reviewed in the Polish December
edition of Metal Hammer. Artur will send us a hard copy right away. When it's in the mailbox, we'll
update you on the content of this review.
voor 12" department of VPRO reviewed Motivation. "Doordacht", "goed uitgewerkt", "All Yours is een
prachtig resultaat" and "Motivation is een verrassende cd met een eigen geluid" are a few of the
statements mentioned in this review. Go to the "read" page to read the full
best of IYR"
The It's Your Record Part 6 & 7 compilation cd's, where Balloon is
present with Nowhere and Dissolve Unseen, are at place 6 and 7 of the Lowlands top 25 list. Go to
the popinstituut website to view this list.
reached 2nd place on the Scheveningen Beach Battle first round last 10th of November.
Quarterfinal gig will be at the 16th of February 2008, where Balloon will battle against Atreides
and Flight 107 for a place in the semi finals. Go to the "see" page to look at the pictures
taken at the 10th of November gig. Go to www.saturnuslivemusic.nl to read everything about Beach Battle
Balloon with 2 songs on "The best of IYR" - compilation
Recordlabel/agency It's Your Record launches Part 6 and 7 of "The
best of IYR!" in the first week of November. The cd's are going to be promoted nationwide, at
radiostations like 3FM, Radio2, KinkFM, 100%NL and Den Haag FM. Balloon is present with one
song at both cd's; with Nowhere at part 6 and Dissolve Unseen at part 7. You can order both
cd's at www.fonos.nl. Click here to to order Part 6 and follow this link to order Part 7. Both cd's are for sale for 9,95 euros each, cd
covers are included.
At the 17th of October 2007 Radio Alfa from Krakow in Poland airplayed
Balloon's longest Motivation song, It's still today.
Also Motivation was reviewed on their
website www.mlwz.pl. Click the link to go there. You
will find the link for the review at the top section of the start page. You can also go to
our read page to read the review. It's in Polish, we are working on a translation
Motivation was reviewed on the Norwegian progrock website www.metal-norge.com. Unfortunately it is not too
positive, but we wouldn't want to keep it as a secret to you. Click here to read
the review on their website. You can also go to our read page to read this review. We did find
someone to translate the review into Dutch. It will make it a lot easier for our Dutch visitors
to understand. We are working on a translation into English.
The 21st of September 2007, 1.28 hours: airplay at USA's Progulus Radio. Track 1 of Motivation, All
Yours, filled the international air!!
Airplay in South-America, USA and
Following recent reviews of our debut-album Motivation, we got
several requests for the cd and interviews from South-America. Sites, radiostations and magazines in
Brasil, Argentina, Mexico and the USA are planning to give Balloon airplay and reviews and possibly
Check out Prog
Noise (Brasil), Nucleus (Argentina),
EufOnia (Mexico), Progulus (USA) and radiostation Musical FM 105,5
Also Poland and Serbia showed interest in Balloon. Representatives of www.mlwz.pl and www.barikada.com requested a cd to review and play on website and radio. Go to the
read page to check out Barikada's review.
Balloon on French website Metal
We didn't get every word, but one thing is clear: French music-blog Metal
Killer considers Balloon to be a very pleasant surprise from Holland. We don't know how they found
us, but they seem enthousiastic and that's what counts. We'd love to come to France! Click here to read the article at the "read" page.