cpt. cheese-beard & the 7 sisters of prevention

Belgian band Captain Cheese-beard started out as Cpt. Cheese-Beard & the 7 Sisters of Prevention, playing the music of Frank Zappa.

http://www.myspace.com/captcheesebeardthe7sistersofprevention

from their bio:
"The "Cpt.CHEESE-BEARD & THE 7 SISTERS OF PREVENTION" ensemble was formed by Johan De Coninck in May 2006 after a year of pondering whether the whole project was actually feasible and worth all the trouble managing a production of this size. It was very surprising that finding musicians who are technically good enough to play Zappa's music, and motivated enough to take part in this enterprise was actually not all that difficult. Most of them saw it as a challenge to master these songs and developed a great appreciation for the source material by analyzing and playing it.

The basic idea when we started of was just to go for it with a basic Rock formation (Didier: Drums, Pascal: Bass, Johan: Guitar & voice, Sara: Keyboard & Rojah: vocals) and see where we would end up. As soon as we mastered the basics of a selection of tracks we started to look for people to complete the line up. Melodic Percussion, Flute, Horns and Backing Vocals.

By the time we found Katja, Ansje, Vanessa and Thomas, the core band had been practising for a few months and started to develop a grooving sound which was now enriched by all these new sounds really opening up the sonic spectrum.

We recently welcomed Kristof Kerremans and Ludovic Jean-Mart joining the group. Both saxophone players, they add extra power and harmony creating a very rich sound."

The picture on the right was taken during their concert in Melsele.

You can watch some video clips of a rehearsal at:

and some footage of the Atelier210 gig at:

"Symphony For Auto Horns", an album with original material, was released in 2015.

 

discography

  capt. cheese-beard & the 7 sisters of prevention: s/t
    (2007, dvdr-demo, belgium, private release) - all zappa material

  capt. cheese-beard & the 7 sisters of prevention: live @ the atelier210
   (2007, dvdr-demo, belgium, private release) - all zappa material 

  capt. cheese-beard & the 7 sisters of prevention: outside now
   (2008, cdr-demo, belgium, private release) - all zappa material  (including 4 different tracks)

  capt. cheese-beard & the 7 sisters of prevention: outside now
   (2008, cdr-demo, belgium, private release) - all zappa material  (including 5 different tracks)

  capt.cheese-beard & the 7 sisters of prevention: 100 fingers live on stage
    (2009, dvdr-promo, belgium, private release) - all zappa material

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  various artists: zappanale 20 - promo-cd
    (2009, cd-promo, ger, arf society)

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  capt.cheese-beard & the 7 sisters of prevention: the zoom sessions
    (2010, mp3-cdr-demo, belgium, private release) - all zappa material

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  capt.cheese-beard & the 7 sisters of prevention: the zoom sessions
    (2010, 2cdr-demo, belgium, private release) - all zappa material

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  captain cheese-beard: symphony for auto horns
    (2015, cd, bel, mottow soundz) - feat. robert martin

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concerts

  • 2007/09/11 concert 'The Spirit Of 66', Verviers, Belgium

  • 2008/02/09 concert 'JH Merlijn', Wezembeek-Oppem, Belgium
    • Heavy Duty Judy, Cosmik Debris, Titties & Beer, Pygmy Twylyte, Son Of Orange County, More Trouble Every Day, The Torture Never Stops, Peaches En Regalia, Uncle Remus, Don't Eat The Yellow Snow, Nanook Rubs It, City Of Tiny Lites, Outside Now, Yo'Mama
    • encores: Black Napkins, Andy, Inca Roads, Sofa
  • 2008/04/10 concert 'Atelier 210', Brussels, Belgium
    • setlist
      • Heavy Duty Judy, Cosmik Debris, Pygmy Twylyte, Son Of Orange County, More Trouble Every Day, Titties & Beer, The Torture Never Stops, Peaches En Regalia, Outside Now, City Of Tiny Lites, Uncle Remus, Don't Eat The Yellow Snow, Nanook Rubs It, St.Alfonzo's Pancake Breakfast, Father O'Blivion, Florentine Pogen, Yo Mama
    • the encores
      • Black Napkins, Andy, Inca Roads, Sofa

  • 2008/07/31 Cpt.Cheesebeard & The 7 Sisters of Prevention - concert "Park concert", Melsele, Belgium (Gaverlandstraat)

    • Heavy Duty Judy, Cosmik Debris, Pygmy Twylyte, Son Of Orange County, More Trouble Every Day, Peaches En Regalia, Don't Eat The Yellow Snow, Nanook Rubs It, St. Alfonzo's Pancake Breakfast, Father O'Blivion, Outside Now, The Torture Never Stops, City Of Tiny Lites, Uncle Remus, happy birthday, Florentine Pogen, Black Napkins, Andy, Inca Roads, Yo'Mama, Sofa, Titties & Beer

    2008/09/18 Cpt.Cheesebeard & The 7 Sisters of Preventions - concert 'Spirit of 66', Verviers, Belgium

     

  • 2009/07/30  concert Melsele, belgium
    • A Pound For A Brown, Dirty Love, Sharleena, Cosmik Debris, Pygmy Twylyte, Son Of Orange County, More Trouble Every Day, Zoot Allures, The Torture Never Stops, Peaches En Regalia, Outside Now, City Of Tiny Lites, Village Of The Sun, St.Alfonzo's Pancake Breakfast, Father O'Blivion, Black Napkins, Florentine Pogen, Inca Roads, Sofa
 
  • 2009/12/12 "Frank Zappa Tribute" at club 'Petrol', Antwerp, Belgium
    • with a concert of
      Captain Cheese-Beard & the 7 Sisters of Prevention
 

  • 2010/08/05 concert 'Spiegeltent Magic', Antwerpen, Belgium
    • Stinkfoot, Pound For A Brown, Dirty Love, Sharleena, Florentine Pogen, Uncle Remus, Pygmy Twylyte, Son Of Orange County, More Trouble Every Day, Peaches En Regalia, Village Of The Sun, Zoot Allures, The Torture Never Stops, Dinah Moe Humm, Outside Now, City Of Tiny Lites, Yo Mama, Andy, Inca Roads, Sofa

 

 

  • 2011/02/19 concert "Alter Ego Festival", Soignies, Belgium

 

 
   
  • 2011/11/05 concert 'Atelier 210', Brussels, Belgium

 

random notes

Here's some shots of the 2007/05/18 concert in Etterbeek, Belgium

 

 

2007 06 23

Johan says:

Some excellent Footage of the Atelier210 gig

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aa7KLczo4GA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=526mpd3eqYM


2008 02 09

in concert at 'JH Merlijn' in Wezembeek-Oppem

the 9-piece band on stage at JH Merlijn

Didier Demeestere on drums & Vanessa Spy on lead vocals - on stage at JH Merlijn

Sara Corsius on keyboard & Johan De Coninck on guitar and vocals - on stage at JH Merlijn


2008 05 07

Inca Roads
Very Raw, No Overdubs, A Pure Live performance by the Capt. Cheese-Beard & 7 Sisters Of Prevention at the Atelier 210 last April. Due to acoustic troubles we had we had an extremely poor stage sound which led to some individual mistakes (mea culpa;-) but the overall performance is pretty strong and I didn't want to deprive you from it. For those who were at the scene of the crime it's a nice souvenir.
Check it out on:
http://www.myspace.com/captcheesebeardthe7sistersofprevention

4th Track.

Enjoy

J.


2008 10

Hello Everybody,

It has been a while since we had something interesting and new to tell about Belgium's most spectacular live sensation "Capt.Cheese-Beard & The 7 Sisters Of Prevention" so it is with great pride and pleasure that we can announce, we've posted some great new live footage online. These live tracks were recorded in Melsele at an open air gig we played two months ago.

I am sure that you'll enjoy the great quality of the audio and video.

Also great to read is the following:
http://www.rootstime.be/concert%20reviews/concert%20REV%202008%20-%20105.htm

By the way; we're still looking for a booker and manager in this faded Kingdom so if someone all of the sudden has a sudden moment of enlightenment after seeing these videos, feel free to contact us.

Cheerio

Jo.


2009 07 22

Captain Cheese-Beard & The 7 Sisters Of Prevention reside in Brussels. As the name suggest, this is not just another Zappa coverband. The Captain (and his 7 sisters) pay tribute to the late Frank Zappa and have made it their goal to keep FZ's music alive.
I've seen the band perform live a couple of times, and I must say that they succeed in bringing their fun and their joy from the stage into the audience.

The band's MySpace corner: http://www.myspace.com/captcheesebeardthe7sistersofprevention

The United Mutations entry: http://www.united-mutations.com/c/cptcheesebeard.htm

The band will be opening the actual festival on Friday the 14th of August, on the main stage, at 13:00 h

 

UniMuta: Hello Johan,
I'm glad to hear that Captain Cheese-Beard & The 7 Sisters Of Prevention are scheduled to perform at the Zappanale festival. How does it feel?

Johan De Coninck: Great! The band's really exited about the fact that we'll be playing this year. We're going to do our best to come up with the best show possible and we'll try "not to mention the war ;-)" I am also kinda glad to open on the Main Stage on day one. It's an honour and it gives you the advantage of getting a proper sound check which is important for this outfit.

UniMuta: When did you get to hear your first Zappa record? Do you conscider yourself addicted?

Johan De Coninck: I started to listen to Zappa when I was about 15. I took some albums home from the local music library . I liked it a lot but also realised I needed some musical growing up to do in order to fully appreciate the spectrum of sounds and harmony in Zappa's music. By the time I was 19 I really got into it. Am I an addict? You bet I am!!! Only an addict would get into his head to play Zappa's music.

UniMuta: I've been fortunate to have seen you guys and girls on a couple of occasions. How difficult is it to find concerts for a Zappa tribute band? You're having another gig scheduled in Melsele pretty soon, right?

Johan De Coninck: I must say that I knew that it wasn't going to be easy finding gigs for a project like this but even I was surprised about how much of a hard sell it was turning out to be. Especially here in Belgium and even more specifically in Flanders. 
You have to realise that the bulk of the industry is controlled by clear channel / Live Nation and that every product needs to fit nicely in a marketable sellable package and of course we don't fit in anywhere. We don't play our own compositions but we're not your traditional cover band either. Zappa's music has Jazz influences but it's not Jazz enough to be booked on a Jazz festival like Jazz Ghent for example (Never mind that Lady Lynn, who I have no problem with but who doesn't sound Jazz at all, plays there) As soon as you speak to promoters and they hear the name Zappa, you can immediately feel how confused they get and it always ends with that it's not really their cup of tea. Of course 90% of them have never heard a Zappa track in their lives. All in all, Belgians have always been totally crap at recognizing their own talent. Most bands that have made it outside the Belgian borders were puked upon by the industry in their own country so I guess that in that respect, "We're doing just fine" ;-) 
About Melsele; yes, we will be playing there next week on the 30th of July and I would like to thank Wuff Maes for organising this event. He's one of the only concert promoters in Belgium who consistently believed in us. It's a free, open air event so put you knickers on and join us for some fun!

UniMuta: Entering Bad Doberan during Zappanale is like entering another planet. It's a life altering experience. For a couple of days, Bad Doberan is the Home of the Freaks. 
If I'm not mistaken this will be the first visit of The Captain & His 7 Sisters of the Zappanale festival, well, maybe with the exception of one little saxophone playing Sister.
Will you be able to take the entire band with you? Will you be staying the entire festival?

Johan De Coninck: Ha-ha,; you're referring to Ludo who played there with The Wrong Object a few years ago. Actually Ludo was scheduled to play the Zappanale with us but unfortunately he got another assignment which he could not refuse which is kinda sad because your testicles shrivel when he plays a solo but hey, You can't have it all. Anyway to answer you question; if we play in Germany on a festival like this, than of course I will bring the whole band along. "We're not in it for the money!" so we're blowing the whole budged on getting everybody there. In other words, we'll have about 10 people on stage. Most of us will stay at the festival to see some of the other acts. I think that they have a really strong line-up this year!

UniMuta: I'm pretty sure that you have seen the list of bands that will be playing at the festival. You're in good company. Are you familiar with some of the bands? Anyone you want to see?

Johan De Coninck: Of course bands like the Grande Mothers, Project Object, Terry Bozzio and so on but also bands like Gong. I also hope to maybe discover one two things but most important is to play a good show ourselves and once we've done that I have the whole weekend left to see some great bands, hear great tunes and soak in the atmosphere! OUTSTANDING!

UniMuta: Excellent. Thank you for your time.
Have fun & see you in Zappa-City Bad Doberan !!  (& in Melsele tomorrow !!)
 


CPT. CHEESEBEARD & THE 7 SISTERS OF PREVENTION - LIVE AT ZAPPANALE 20 -  2009 08 14


CPT. CHEESEBEARD & THE 7 SISTERS OF PREVENTION - LIVE IN ANTWERP 2009 12 12

2011 03 03

I received some fine pictures of Cpt.Cheese-Beard at the "Alter Ego Festival" 2011 02 19.

 

 
2014 03 21  
At the Arf Arf Arf festvial with special guest Robert Martin.
  • Johan De Coninck: vocals, guitar

  • Robert Martin: vocals, keyboard

  • Vanessa Spay: vocals

  • Didier De Meestere: drums

  • Pascal Hauben: bass

  • Pierre Chevalier: keyboards

  • Bart Quartier: mallets

  • Maayan Smith: tenor sax

  • Ludovic Jean Mart: alto sax

  • Tom Van Dyck: baritone sax

  • Mo Fanken: trumpet

 setlist

  • The Torture Never Stops

  • City Of Tiny Lites

  • Advance Romance

  • Inca Roads

  • Yo' Mama

picture by Steffen Schindler

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