Embracing my Dutch Roots

For a #TBT post this week I would like to share one of my favourites: Focus. Focus is a Dutch progressive rock band, that I like to describe as “Yodel-Rock”. Their biggest hit “Hocus Pocus” opens with some hard rockin’ riffs, but about a minute in the listener is pleasantly surprised with Thijs van Leer’s yodeling vocals.

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Formed by van Leer in 1969, the band broke up in 1978 but reformed in 2002 (a new fact I just learned). They have tour dates for the rest of 2015, although only throughout Europe. Most people find Focus’ music to be a little too “far out” for their taste. However, taking up the heaviest volume of my modest record collection, I am one for the psychedelic and unique rock sounds. They are incredibly unique- a true jewel of the Netherlands.

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