Equisa

Hailing from: Rozendaal
Genre: progressive

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When Petra Honing (vocals) and Sebas Honing (guitars, vocals) left their band Galanor in 2009 Petra wanted to resurrect some songs she wrote with George van Olffen (keyboards) back in 2004 with Stolen Dream. When Galanor called it quits in 2011 Joost (Maglev, bass) joined and soon after Johan van den Berg (drums) also joined. This is where the bandname Equisa is born, inspired by the idea of implementing Petra’s horse into the artwork. It would take 9 years until that actually happened. In November 2011 they record the EP ‘Straight Lines’ featuring 3 ex-Stolen Dream songs. When Petra Honing (vocals) and Sebas Honing (guitars, vocals) left their band Galanor in 2009 Petra wanted to resurrect some songs she wrote with George van Olffen (keyboards) back in 2004 with Stolen Dream. When Galanor called it quits in 2011 Joost (Maglev, bass) joined and soon after Johan van den Berg (drums) also joined. This is where the bandname Equisa is born, inspired by the idea of implementing Petra’s horse into the artwork. It would take 9 years until that actually happened. In November 2011 they record the EP ‘Straight Lines’ featuring 3 ex-Stolen Dream songs.

Soon after Johan quits and Raymond Otterspeer (drums) is recruited. In early 2012 Equisa decides to continue as a four-piece without George. This is the line-up behind their debut album ‘Strange Release’, released in September 2013. This established quite an underground fanbase and the album is very well received with some reviewers even citing it as the best release of 2013.

Raymond quits in November 2015 and only 5 days later Stefan Maas (drums, percussion) fills in at a gig and joins as a permanent member. After Koen Stam (keyboards, synthesizers) temporarily joins to form Sebas’ band for his release party in 2016 Koen also joins a full member, making them a 5-piece once again. In November they release the single ‘Great Minds’.

In August of 2019, during the final stages of recording their follow-up, 80’s Now (an 80’s coverband featuring Petra, Sebas and Stefan) recruits Joshua Smits on bass and soon after he also joins Equisa as a second guitar player. Their latest EP ‘Be’ is released on July 17th, 2020.

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