They released their song for Euroivison 2021 on 4 March. And now, just under a month later, Hooverphonic have performed “The Wrong Place” live for the first time. The Belgian group popped over to the Netherlands on Saturday and visited the Muziekcafé show on Dutch radio station NPO Radio 2.
Hooverphonic perform “The Wrong Place” live
Hooverphonic — that’s Alex Callier, Raymond Geerts and Geike Arnaert — used the live performance to expertly convey the darkness and menace of the studio version. Newly returned lead singer Geike Arnaert delivered a flawless vocal performance.
The Belgian group have had a bumpy year inside the Eurovision bubble. Their decision not to join all the other Eurovision 2020 acts in the “Love Shine A Light” sing-a-long during the Europe: Shine A Light replacement show rubbed many fans up the wrong way. While the way they unceremoniously dropped their previous lead vocalist Luka Cruysberghs in favour of Geike also left many unimpressed.
However, slowly but surely, fans appear to be coming back-on-side. Undoubtedly, Geike’s live performance is one of the main reasons. The YouTube comments for the Muziekcafé clip are overflowing with praise for her. “wow what a voice!”, writes one viewer. “Geike’s vocals are too good. The juries are going to eat this up”, says another. A third proclaims “Geike is so incredible”.
Hooverphonic on “The Wrong Place”
Hooverphonic describe “The Wrong Place” as being about “a one night stand gone wrong” — a woman who wakes up and asks “What the f*** is he doing here?!” The song is more playful than 2020 entry “Release Me” and has the classic Hooverphonic sound. When the band first heard the song, they felt an instant effect and received a lot of enthusiastic reactions from their friends and family. The song has had a lot of work done on it — there have been 21 mixes of the song.
Lead singer Geike Arnaert, who recently returned to Hooverphonic says that the two male band members Alex Callier and Raymond Geerts have calmed down since her last time in Hooverphonic. “A lot has changed, but it still feels very familiar and I feel at home”.
The band have already said that they’re curious to see how Dutch listeners will react to the song as The Netherlands is able to vote for Belgium in the first semi-final of Eurovision. Judging by the reaction to Saturday’s radio performance, they should be expecting a few Dutch votes to go their way.
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Additional reporting by Robyn