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Sand, The - 1992 Promises And Lies

ARTIST: Sand, The
ALBUM: Promises And Lies
LABEL: Two Flags Records
YEAR: 1992


LINEUP: Andre Hercot - drums, drum programming * Patrick Muermans - lead & backing vocals * Vincent Troupin - keyboards, backing vocals * Alain Vael - guitars

Additional Musicians: Francis Winandy - bass * Francine Krucker - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Laws Of Our Mind * 02 Man Of Nowhere * 03 Why Don't You Stay Anymore? * 04 Road To A New Light * 05 City Boy * 06 Chinese Eyes * 07 Loveslap * 08 Neighbours * 09 So Strong * 10 Sea-Dogs * 11 Promises And Lies

With a universe of data covering obscure musicians and bands, it's shocking how much is still unavailable in the digital vastness of cyberspace and Belgium's The Sand is a case in point. Releasing just one disc in 1992; 'Promises And Lies' is not listed on Rate Your Music, Discogs or any other music resource and a Google search quickly overwhelms with a deluge of links related to British reggae band UB40 and little else. With dogged persistence I did find drummer Andre Hercot via Facebook although nothing on the other members or the CD itself.

The Songs
Of course this review will rectify The Sand's shadowy web presence, and for references think of a grittier Saga and to some extent German bands Jojo and Rescue with a vocalist that sounds like Pavlov's Dog's David Surkamp blessed with a less annoying range. The radio-friendly 'Man Of Nowhere' is the set's shining moment while the power ballad-ish 'Why Don't You Stay Anymore?' is a richly layered bombastic jewel, yet regrettably The Sand are fairly average. Tracks like 'City Boy' and the clever but not as sexy as it sounds 'Loveslap' are filled with premium hooks which will most assuredly please melodic anoraks but nothing sticks in the memory banks for very long which might explain the bands quick demise.

In Summary
These days I rarely see 'Promises And Lies' for sale and I suggest picking the disc up for its obvious collectability although unlike sand; don't expect to be blown away.

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