Ashes (Belgium) Tour Starts Today

Ashes Belgium South Africa Tour Pretoria

Ashes Belgium South Africa Tour Pretoria

Ashes all the way from Belgium will be kicking off their South African tour at Schivas Rock!

Cheap drinks and great support acts.

Line up:

20:00 – NO FUCKS
20:45 – Home At Last
21:30 – CONQUEROR HC
22:15 – Ashes

R40

Stage dives and high fives!
See you there!

No under 18’s
R.O.A.R.

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Ashes (Belgium) South African Tour

Ashes South Africa Tour

Ashes South Africa Tour

NoiseFix is proud to announce that metallic hardcore outfit Ashes from Leuven, Belgium will be embarking on their first South African tour.

The tour kicks of at Schiva’s Rock in Pretoria on January 29th, after which Ashes will tour the country ending at R.O.A.R in Cape Town on February 7th. The tour will be supported by CONQUEROR HC, with local bands playing select dates.

Ashes have recently released their No Compromise EP on Perspective & Genet Records (for fans of No Turning Back, Guns Up!, Backtrack, etc)

Make sure to catch them at one of the following dates:

29 January – Schivas Rock (Pretoria)
30 January – Alicats Pub (Johannesburg)
31 January – Queen’s Bowls Club (Durban)
03 February – House Show (Bloemfontein)
04 February – Raggies (East London)
05 February – Champs (Grahamstown)
06 February – Pool City (Port Elizabeth)
07 February – R.O.A.R (Cape Town)

Support touring bands. Support Hardcore.

Find out more and RSVP to the Facebook event HERE.

Grahm Jam Show

Grahm Jam

In March 2014, evil forces descended upon the city of Cape Town and decided to steal all the drum equipment belonging to Graham Pitout (drummer for Take Hand and Enmity). Now for those of you who don’t know, replacing a drumkit is quite an expensive business. So we decided to help a brother out, and managed to convince some of our awesome friends to play this fundraiser show. All proceeds from the night will be going towards Graham’s new drums, so please come support!

Saturday 24 May
ROAR, 299 Lower Main Road, Observatory
Cape Town

R30 entrance

Bands:
Take Hand
Peasant
With Dawn
Atlantic South

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Peasant ‘Dead Hand’ EP

Peasant Dead Hand EP

Local Cape Town hardcore band, Peasant, have just put up their EP Dead Hand for download. You are invited to download it for free / pay what you like for it.

Get your hands on it here.

Recorded by Dean Bailey.
Mixed by Richard Staub.
Mastered by Rogan Kelsey.
All sounds made by LIVE drums, guitar, bass and vocals.
Lyrics by Peasant. Artwork by Peasant.

CONQUEROR ALBUM LAUNCH

Noisefix Presents: Conqueror Album Launch, Peasant, Meth Breath, Hours

NoiseFix presents the official launch for Conqueror’s new album, Life on Repeat.

So strap on your mosh takkies and pull into the Queens Bowling Club (North Beach) for cheap drinks and wild night. All ages welcome!

Lineup:
CONQUEROR HC (JHB)
Peasant (CPT)
HOURS
Meth Breath

Damage:
R40

Map:
Click here

Secure parking on the streets surrounding the venue. Be nice and tip the car guards.

Cash bar only, ID required. Right of Admission Reserved.

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COMEBACK KID TOUR STATUS

Comeback Kid. Photo by Brandon van Eeden.Comeback Kid at Live in Durban. Photo by Brandon van Eeden.

Apparently Comeback Kid’s South African tour is going really well, and the band are enjoying themselves in South Africa.

Has anyone been to any of the shows yet? How were they?

Apparently a last minute show has been organised for Durban at the Winston Pub at 8pm tomorrow night: Comeback Kid, Reason to Live, Truth and Its Burden, R80.

Also, you can still catch them live if you haven’t seen them yet:

Pool City, PE

Mercury Live, CT

Check out this review about their show at Rumours Lounge, and Comeback Kid’s Instagram profile.

COMEBACK KID – LIVE IN SA 2014 TEASER

Jagermeister in association with Favour The Brave Agency are pleased to announce that Canadian Hardcore Punk stalwarts; COMEBACK KID (Victory Records) will be touring South Africa this coming January 2014. Having written some of the most memorable moments in hardcore history with sing-along hits like “Die Tonight”, “Wake The Dead”, “Broadcasting” and “G.M. Vincent & I”, COMEBACK KID have cemented their brand of catchy hardcore punk in the hearts of their fans worldwide.

TICKETS AVAILABLE AT WWW.COMPUTICKET.CO.ZA

Find out more about the tour HERE.

COMEBACK KID INTERVIEW

Comeback Kid

For those who don’t know by now, Canadian Hardcore Punk band, Comeback Kid, will be gracing our shores early next year. We caught up with frontman, Andrew, to chat about the upcoming tour and still playing in a hardcore band at 37 years old…

Who is Comeback Kid?

Comeback Kid is just a bunch of guys that like playing this style of hardcore and touring the world. We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel, just write and play music that excites us.

What do you each of you guys do outside of the band?

Everybody has their own lives outside of the band, especially now that we have kind of scattered and don’t really live near each other anymore. Some have other bands and side projects, some have other jobs they work at and then, of course, there are other things like swimming, running, biking etc. that some of us love to do in our down time.

What’s behind the name “Comeback Kid”?

The name Comeback Kid was actually taken from a headline in the sports section of a newspaper. I’m not sure how popular ice hockey or the NHL is in South Africa but back in the day there was this super star named Mario Lemieux who had a serious back injury and it looked like he’d never play again. After some time he got better and was going to make a go of it in the NHL again so when he came back after looking like he was down and out, pretty much done as far as his playing career went, he was called “The Comeback Kid” by the press. We thought that made for a very inspiring title and thought that kind of suited the vibe of what we wanted to do as a band.

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Who/what are your biggest influences and inspirations?

That has and will always change somewhat over the years but I think bands like Propagandhi, Sick of it All and Madball are all bands that have been around longer than us and are still going and relevant have done that for us. I think as a whole we’d agree that these are bands we drew inspiration from and still do, and not only that, but they still influence us musically as well.

Do you have any expectations coming to South Africa? What gave you the motivation to tour here?

We have been wanting to come to South Africa for some time now. It has been in the works twice before but could just never work out. We’ve heard about the growing scene out there and think it’s high time we get over there. Long overdue!

You guys have been playing hardcore for a LONG time now. What keeps you motivated and passionate about it?

We have been going at it for over a decade now and I think it’s just knowing that what we have done over the years has been appreciated by fans around the world that helps keep us going. It’s one thing to make music you love but it’s another when it can connect with people from all over the globe, so that really keeps us motivated to make more music and tour as much as we do.

What was the inspiration behind your skateboard deck? Do any of you guys skate?

A company reached out to us and as us if we’d like to do something with them and we were on board with that. Funny thing is none of us really skate anymore. I know some did when we were younger, but I never did. I just hope that doesn’t make me a bad hardcore kid haha.

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What bands are you guys psyched on at the moment?

I think everyone in the band will give you different answers but some of the newer bands we’ve been psyched to play with are Incendiary, Backtrack, and Such Gold. I’m not going to lie, at the age of 37 I don’t seek out new bands like I did 20 years ago but I still can say that seeing a young hardcore band that is keeping it real and killing it still gets me stoked.

What goals do you have as a band?

As a band we don’t really have any hard goals in terms of record sales or charts and all that, but we just really want to put on the best show we can and connect with the fans in that 45 minute slot we have. I want to play the same way to a room of 5 stoked fans as I do to a room of 500.

CBK is releasing a new album next year. What can we expect to hear on it?

You can expect to hear the typical Comeback Kid evolution. Anyone that is familiar with our previous releases knows we never put out the same record twice. Rather, we just try to pick up where the last one left off and that will be the case with this one as well. If you’re lucky we may play a new one or two when we are down there, as you’ll be the first to hear that live.

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Comeback Kid Live In South Africa

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

BETRAYAL INTERVIEW

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Give us a brief history behind how and why the band started, and how you got to the point where you are now.

At the beginning the band started for simple reasons; just some friends who wanted to get together, play music, and have fun while doing it. It wasn’t until a few years later we started realizing that people actually cared and wanted to hear more. We’re still awesome friends and still having fun with what we do.

Would you mind introducing the band members, and what you guys all do in your lives? Or is the band quite a full time thing?

My name is Andrew Adolph a.k.a. Shakewell. I play bass in Betrayal and the band is a huge part of my life. When I’m home I make hip-hop music. Sean Chamilian is our guitar player and also writes the music for Betrayal. He is a graphic designer and works for a clothing company back home called Defiant Youth Merch. Brendan Foley is our vocalist and writes the lyrics for Betrayal. When he’s home he works at Old Navy, does Pilates, plays video games and listens to Freddie Gibbs. Anthony Ramirez is our drummer. When he’s home he works at Guitar Center in the drum department.

How would you describe the music you make to someone who hasn’t heard you before?

I’d tell them that it is aggressive, heavy, fast, passionate music.

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Who / what would you say some of your major influences as a band are?

Pantera, Comeback Kid, Pennywise.

What is the Los Angeles hardcore scene like compared to the other parts of the country?

Although we have friends in many parts of the world, there’s nothing like playing home and being able to see all of your neighborhood friends, as well as new faces, come out and have fun together.

Being a touring band, what are some of your favorite places you’ve been and why?

We obviously love going anywhere overseas for the fact that we get to experience new cultures and ways of life.

What are you expecting South Africa to be like? Any preconceived ideas? Are you guys hoping to do anything specific while you’re here?

We’re honestly are going into this with no preconceived notions. We are ready for any cultural experience with open arms!

What bands are you guys psyched on at the moment?

Let Live, Rotting Out, Lower Than Atlantis, Grimes, Breakfast.

Any last words?

See you all in September! All Praise Swank God.

Betrayal

Betrayal will be in South Africa this month, touring alongside Conqueror and Truth and Its Burden. They’re playing their first show 26 September. Here’s the full list of shows:

Betrayal SA Tour | PRETORIA

Betrayal SA Tour | JOHANNESBURG

Betrayal SA Tour | DURBAN

Betrayal SA Tour | PIETERMARITZBURG

Betrayal SA Tour | EAST LONDON

Betrayal SA Tour | PORT ELIZABETH

Betrayal SA Tour | GEORGE

Betrayal SA Tour | CAPE TOWN

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.

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AMERICAN HARDCORE SCREENING GALLERY

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On Friday 12 July, Revolution, in collaboration with RISE Fanzine, hosted a screening of ‘American Hardcore; A History of American Punk Rock 1980 – 1986′ at our woodstock store in The Woodstock Exchange. The night was a huge success, and everyone had a good time. Roastin’ Records had an amazing selection of vinyl records on sale, and Bolo’bolo anarchist infoshop and vegan café set up a table of ‘zines, books and super tasty vegan baked goodies. We also tried out an honesty bar for the first time. A huge thank you to everyone who came through for the screening. New friendships were formed, cupcakes were eaten, conversations were had, and faith was restored in the Cape Town hardcore community. Think it’s nonexistent? Think again.

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AMERICAN HARDCORE SCREENING

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We are hosting a screening of ‘American Hardcore; A History of American Punk Rock 1980 – 1986′ at our Revolution store in the Woodstock Exchange, Cape Town.

Records from Roastin’ Records, vegan food, and drinks for sale.

Revolution Store, Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town

Friday 12 July
6PM

Inspired by Steven Blush’s book “American Hardcore: A Tribal History” Paul Rachman’s feature documentary debut is a chronicle of the underground hardcore punk years from 1979 to 1986. Interviews and rare live footage from artists such as Black Flag, Bad Brains, Minor Threat, SS Decontrol and the Dead Kennedys.

In collaboration with RISE and Roastin’ Records.

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/143780579158216/

CONQUEROR INTERVIEW

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.