BETRAYAL SA TOUR – CAPE TOWN

Survive the Wild

Tonight is the final tour stop of the SURVIVE THE WILD tour. See you there!

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Jagermeister presents for the very first time in South Africa, USA’s Betrayal (Mediaskare Records) on the SURVIVE THE WILD TOUR. The US hardcore outfit is set to tour alongside Truth And Its Burden (Rite Of Passage Records) and CONQUEROR HC, both prominent hardcore bands from Johannesburg.

The trio will embark on a nationwide tour that will send them through every major city in South Africa, travelling the long scenic routes between cities and soaking up South African culture and beauty.

SURVIVE THE WILD TOUR will also have select performances filmed along with a full tour documentary while on the road, to be considered for worldwide release upon completion.

A free download is available on Betrayal’s latest song “Pieces Of Home” over at www.favourthebrave.com. Download it now, learn the lyrics and sing em along with the rest of us at the show!

Sponsors:
Jägermeister South Africa, Music Connection, Monster Energy, MK Ondergrond, Handstyle Tattoos Emmarentia & Revolution

Presale tickets are available through www.webtickets.co.za.

Support Acts:

– ENMITY
– Take Hand

For more information:
Press Contact: info@favourthebrave.com
Tour Booking Agency: www.favourthebrave.com
Label: www.mediaskare.com | www.riteofpassagerecords.com

TRUTH AND ITS BURDEN INTERVIEW

Photo By Christelle Duvenage

Where does the name ‘Truth And Its Burden’ come from?

It’s basically been derived from a song by a band called The Hope Conspiracy. They have this song called “Youth And Its Burden” and I just kind of changed it up and made new sense of it.

Who’s in the band? What do you guys do outside of TAIB?

The band is made up of the following dudes: Ashley / Vocals (Me) – I do graphic and web design for my own business called Capture Creative Design, Calvin / Guitar – works as an internal sales manager for a music distribution company called Agent Audio, Niekie / Bass – works as a sales clerk for a 24 hour pawn shop and Matt / Drums – works as a store manager for a bicycle shop in Fourways.

Photo by Christelle Duvenage

Tell us more about your recent American and European tour overseas.

The tours were all great. We had loads of fun, and learnt a lot about ourselves and each other. While enjoyable at the best of times, they were also tough and really gave us a more real perspective on our dreams and what we want with Truth and Its Burden in the future. I think overall we were well received abroad and we definitely are looking forward to getting back over there on bigger and better touring opportunities.

Why do you think hardcore, metal and punk music isn’t that big in South Africa, as opposed to places in Europe where you can get 60000 people at a festival?

I don’t think media cares too much for it, which sadly seeps into the general public. This might sound off-centre, but I do feel popularity is all based on perception; if media says it’s cool, then it’s cool. Right now the media here don’t think those genres are cool, whereas a few years ago they had frequent attention in magazines like Blunt, which played a huge role in placing these genres in the average kid’s pathway from early on. Radio stations like 5FM gave a damn and Barney Simon really believed in South African hard music. It was on his show that I was introduced to Shifty, Tweak, Fuzigish, and that whole live music scene for me followed shortly thereafter. MK had the opportunity to carry that torch but focus attention on the same thing too often, and only selective shows like MK Ondergrond place some mild attention on harder music. I think people took a lot for granted back then and no one followed in those steps, and by the time people thought to, the momentum built up by the above mentioned had almost disappeared entirely. I’m sure there are many factors though. I’m not even scratching the surface.

I think sometimes a lot people are keen to get involved, but actually don’t know where to start. What advice can you give someone one how to find out about upcoming events, bands etc. in the more ‘underground’ music world?

Back when I started booking shows, there was a need to create that market. I was playing in a small unknown punk band and we needed shows. We knew we would have a really difficult time getting shows with bigger, more prominent bands, so we started booking our own shows with venues, making our own flyers etc. We never had the Facebook and Myspace online outlets and relied on word of mouth, other shows and participating in a scene daily. There was a need to exist in a place we called home, which was created purely, I feel, by knowing what you wanted in life. I, like many other musicians and participants in the scene knew this early on, and because you know this about yourself, you seek out like-minded folk and express your need to contribute and participate. The easiest advice though is this: go to shows and support live music. If it grips you and sparks your absolute interest then stay involved and you’ll soon enough find yourself doing something constructive within that scene/subculture.

Your lyrics seem to hold some substance to them. What would you hope that people get out of listening to your music or watching you live?

It would be nice for people to feel good about life; just a general change of perspective on how good our lives really are. To understand that we are all very fortunate, as fortunate as being able to read and understand the text in this interview or having the means to have found this website. Sounds crazy to some folks, but there are people who literally have nothing. We just want people to feel like they can reach their dreams and be stoked on life and their talents and achievements. Few people see their own worth. That’s the real tragedy in all this, and because of it they stay in shit jobs and live life on the ‘just getting by’ mentality.

You’re touring SA with US band Betrayal closer to the end of this year. Can you tell us more about that?

We’re stoked of course, as any band would be. It’s a great opportunity for us to show the dudes what a beautiful country we have. We met Sean while on tour in USA, so having the guys out here is a real treat indeed. We will be touring alongside Conqueror as well, who have been the talk of town lately so we’re super excited to see how it all plays out. The shows are going through the entire country with fresh stop-offs in new territory like George, so we’re super excited to see how that comes together. Also, the choice of venues for the tour is totally different for hardcore bands, and we’re really trying something new. Hopefully people see this and the shows attract some new faces across the board.

What does the future hold for TAIB?

Who knows hey. We have plans of touring Europe again, as well as USA in 2014, but we have much to work out before that actually happens. We’re writing a new album at the moment, so our energy is totally focused on that right now.

Any upcoming bands we should look out for?

Hmm… Maybe not upcoming bands so much as albums we found and love; Misery Signals – Absent Light, Shai Hulud – Reach Beyond The Sun, Counterparts – The Difference Between Hell And Home, Mercia – Exile In Ruin. Most of you probably know these bands already, but they released solid albums and these are busting our ears lately.

Any shout outs?

Yeah, we’d like to thank our sponsors at Music Connection, Jagermeister, Handstyle Tattoos and Monster Energy. We’d also like to thank everyone that got involved with the Betrayal tour to help promote it, spread the word/flyers/posters/whatever. To the companies who came on board like MK Ondergrond and Revolution, we appreciate that. Lastly, we’ve recently spent time in a great studio called Watts Productions with the dudio named Clint Watts. Check this guy out and give him your time of day. He’s a great engineer with rad perspective. Look out for the new single.

Truth And Its Burden

CONQUEROR INTERVIEW

Mike-Bell-1Photo by Mike Bell

What is “Hate City Hardcore”?
Hardcore from Johannesburg, South Africa.

How would you describe what Conqueror sounds like to someone who’s never heard the band?
Short, fast and aggressive. Dire Straits on speed.

What is behind the name, “Conqueror”?
We wanted something short and too the point, kinda like the music. At the time it was a toss up between Conqueror and Infernal Misery. We took the more PC option.

What do you guys do outside of the band?
Ross is a tattoo artist at Handstyle Tattoos, Chris is a graphic designer, Pat is a writer and I (Rich) work as an audio engineer.

Gareth-Freer-Bargate-2Photo by Shané Grant

Why make angry music with substance? Why not just make pop music that sells?
Well, we all work full time jobs, so the band is really our release. We’re not looking to please anyone or follow any set of guidelines. We write the music as we see fit, touching on parts of different genres we all are into. I’d rather play music to people who want to listen to what we have to say than to dudes who are there just for the party.


Your lyrical content seems to be pretty personal and pretty angry. What are the main themes that run through the lyrics?
I wouldn’t say we’ve settled into one particular groove just yet. We have 3 lyric writers in the band, so it tends to sway from person to person. Ross is more into the traditional hardcore style, where as I tend to lean more towards the thrash/death metal side. So we tend to hit a mix down the middle.

JJ Van Rooyen 1Photo by JJ van Rooyen

Is the world going to end this year?
Doubtful.

Where do you draw inspiration from, in terms of sound and songwriting?
The drive to write a better song than the one before. Things are nice and fresh in the band, so everyone is excited and pushing to see how we can improve on things, work in different elements, play tighter etc. We’ve got a bunch of new songs that we can’t wait to record.

You guys recently played a show in Cape Town, not a city well known for supporting hardcore bands. How was that?
We were blown away by the support and passion that dudes had when we went down. People knew the lyrics, bought mercy, hung out. It’s always a pleasure working with dudes like Brett Allen-White. He really delivered and helped the tour be as successful as it was.

Gareth Freer Bargate 1Photo by Gareth Freer Bargate

You guys are pretty well known for partying harder than most. You must have a good story or two for our readers?
Haha. Why thank you! Things got pretty weird at Splashy Fen this year. Lets just say Splashy: 1 / Conqueror: 0.


What local and international bands should we be listening to?
Local music first! Both Wildernessking and STRAGE have some solid releases at the moment. Saw an amazing new thrash band called Casket the other night. Excited to hear a release from them. Internationally speaking, listening to a lot of Power Trip and Coke Bust at the moment.

There are rumors of you guys making a trip overseas soon?
We’re working on it.

JJ Van Rooyen 3Photo by JJ van Rooyen


You have already released two EP’s and have 3 music videos. You are also playing tons of shows. What’s next for Conqueror?
We’re looking to go into studio in August to track the next EP. Then we have a national tour coming up with Betrayal and Truth and Its Burden in September/October. Another Durban tour in the next couple weeks. Taking things as they come, we want to travel as much as possible.

Any shout outs?
Mad love to Pete Reynolds, RISE, Music Connection, Favor the Brave. Start a band, book shows, get involved. Thanks to Revolution for the interview. Peace.

Free “Reality Check” EP download HERE.

Free “Truth Seeker” EP download HERE.

BETRAYAL IN SOUTH AFRICA

Jagermeister presents for the very first time in South Africa, USA’s BETRAYAL (Mediaskare Records) on the SURVIVE THE WILD TOUR. The US hardcore outfit is set to tour alongside TRUTH AND ITS BURDEN (Rite Of Passage Records) and CONQUEROR, both prominent hardcore bands from Johannesburg.

The trio will embark on a nationwide tour that will send them through every major city in South Africa, travelling the long scenic routes between cities and soaking up South African culture and beauty.

SURVIVE THE WILD TOUR will also have select performances filmed along with a full tour documentary while on the road, to be considered for worldwide release upon completion.

A free download is available on Betrayal’s latest song “Pieces Of Home” can be found on www.favourthebrave.com. Download it now, learn the lyrics and sing em along with the rest of us at the show!

Tour dates are as follows:
2013/09/26 – Pretoria, Arcade Empire
2013/09/27 – Johannesburg, Town Hall
2013/09/28 – Durban, Live – The Venue
2013/09/29 – Pietermaritzburg, The Red Door
2013/10/01 – East London, Raggies Sports Bar
2013/10/02 – Port Elizabeth, Pool City
2013/10/03 – George, Zanzi Bar
2013/10/04 – Cape Town, The Mercury Live

Event sponsors:
Jagermeister, Music Connection, Monster Energy, MK Ondergrond and Handstyle Tattoos.