Nienke de Jong - vocals
Jerome Vrielink- bass
Jan Munnik - keyboards
Jan Grijpstra - drums
Mats van der Valk - guitar, grunts & backing vocals
Jens van der Valk - guitar & backing vocals
Although the band has its roots mainly in metal, many people equate Autumn with gothic rock. While Summer’s End certainly has some influences from this popular genre, the album also contains folk, nu-metal, doom, even pop and semi-classical music. As bass player and lyricist Meindert Sterk explains: "When you try not to limit yourself and or conform to a certain musical style, you are free to do whatever you want. We try to hold on to that freedom, because it provides us with countless possibilities." This non-conformity has resulted in a dynamic mixture of contrasting musical styles, pervaded with a dark atmosphere.
Autumn formed in 1995 and has become an irrevocable part of the blossoming Dutch gothic rock scene. Their debut album When Lust Evokes The Curse, released through Sony Music/Epic in 2002, put Autumn on the map with genre colleagues Within Temptation and After Forever, bands Autumn supported on tour. Following this release, the band played a lot of headlining shows and successful festival performances, including appearances at Dynamo, Lowlands, Metalfest, Fields Of Rock and M’Era Luna in Germany. At the end of 2003, Autumn took a break from playing to concentrate on writing new songs. The band began working on their magnum opus in the Summer of 2004 with producers Nico Outhuijse en Syb van der Ploeg (both of Spanner) at the SyCo studios. "Both Nico and Syb had a cathartic effect on Autumn. They were able to make us sound like we wanted to sound. For the first time, the entire recording process was a very relaxing experience. They have the gift of making musicians feel confident, stimulating everybody to achieve the best they can," says Meindert. As a result Summer’s End oozes self-confidence and energy.
Having struck a new record deal with The Electric Co., a brand-new and ambitious Dutch label, the band set out on a Dutch club tour and joined Within Temptation on the Belgian and German leg of their Silent Force tour, the latter resulting in a highly successful two week tour through Germany’s major cities in February 2005, supporting the release of Summer’s End through Universal before enthusiastic crowds in large, sold out venues. To further promote Summer’s End, the band is releasing the first single for the album, the edited version of album track Gallery Of Reality, in april 2005. It is backed up by an extraordinary video, for which the band teamed up with Dutch media company Revolver, highly acclaimed for their work in film, documentary, commercials and animation. The video aired on music stations in March 2005 and met with amazed reactions, helping Autumn claim their place as a serious contender in the ranks of alternative contemporary music.