The Drift release “Hunted”

The Drift Hunted

Hunted is the first single from The Drift’s forthcoming album The Mountain Star.

Picking singles are always a challenge for us. The Drift’s albums work as a full body of work telling one big story – so throwing out one track for public consumption is usually quite tricky. We decided to give you ‘Hunted’, the central chapter of the new album ‘The Mountain Star’. It is a fair representation of what to expect from the new full length effort. There are faster songs, there are slower songs, so this one is a nice middle ground from what to expect from the 3rd chapter in the ‘Deluge’ trilogy. We’ll divulge more on the lyrical context of the song when the album is released.
We’ll be shooting the live performance portion of the track’s Music Video on Sunday, the 1st of March at the brand new Mercury Live Johannesburg (at Carfax). We welcome all who want to come round and be a part of it!
Much love from your pals!
– The Drift

Black Math Cape Town Tour Documentary

Black Math Cape Town Tour Documentary

Black Math is a Durban based three piece Garage Rock band.
This video documents their tour that occurred early January proudly organised by Psych Night & Vans.
The band tells some unknown tales e.g. why they chose their name etc.

Video: Two Lives Left

BandCamp: http://blackmath1.bandcamp.com/
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/blackmath-3
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blackmathdurban
Twitter: https://twitter.com/blackmathdurban

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.

Facebook event

Brixton Broadcast: Berlin

Brixton Broadcast Berlin

Last week Brixton hosted their first Brixton Broadcast music event at the Bassy Club in Berlin featuring the legendary The King Khan and BBQ Show and Brighton’s Spit Shake Sisters.

Here’s the video recap.

Gazelle & Invizable: The Rise & Fall of an Empire

Gazelle & Invizable: The Rise & Fall of an Empire

 Gazelle & Invizable: The Rise & Fall of an Empire

24 January 2015
Gazelle & Invizable: The Rise & Fall of an Empire

After a four year hiatus the duo known as Gazelle & Invizable have concluded their second and final album called “The Rise & Fall of an Empire” which portraits the cycle of life, death and resurrection within a conceptual narrative of civilization, society on individual, its lifespan and socio-­political ideology. The group shot to critical acclaim when their debut album “Chic Afrique” broke through the South African music scene and into the world, making waves that shook the idea of musical genre with their unique self titled ‘Limpop’ sound. This album is a swan song for the duo as they have decided to let go of the band and focus on personal projects between New York and Cape Town. With their choice cemented they have decided to offer the album to their fans and listeners for free as a sign of gratitude for their faith and support over what was a magical time in South African culture and development, resonating the groups respect of each other and the people that helped to build what was truly a magnificent moment in African dance music.

Two final performances in South Africa will write the last chapter of this iconic group with a show in Cape Town at Assembly on the 24th of January and the final show in Pretoria at Park Acoustics on the 25th of January.

The Rise & Fall of an Empire came to life after traveling across South Africa and putting together an ‘African Orchestra’ to perform an 11 scene or song tale about the infinite cycle of life. This was visually translated by Austrian artists Constantin Demner and Sarah Littasy from Studio Elastic. An incredible art piece was created out of illustration and built into a 3D object with paper which was then filmed and photographed.

On the 24th of January prior to the final Cape Town show this art piece will be installed along with a listening session of the album in the Annex of Assembly courtesy of Red Bull Studios Cape Town where the preliminary recordings was done.

– Gazelle & DJ INVIZABLE
– Alice Phoebe Lou Music
– Tommy Gun
– Native Young
– Season Marimba Stars

Entrance:
R60 Webtickets / R80 Door

Witchfest Open Air 2015

Witchfest Open Air 2015

Witchfest Open Air 2015

Witchfest Open Air 2015

2 to 6 April 2015 will see the biggest metal festival ever to take place on African soil. Witchfest Open Air 2015 #‎WFOA2015 will be held at the Klein Koperaal Farm just outside Johannesburg and will feature some of the biggest international names in the metal world with the likes of Cannibal Corpse, Hatebreed, Epica and Decapitated (to name just a few) joining the bill. This ensemble of international metal awesomeness will also be supported by the very best the South African metal scene has to offer.

The legendary Jim Rose will be MC along with Marq Vas from South African metal legends Metalmorphosis.

The festival is set to make history as the first of its kind in South Africa.

Tickets and directions are available from www.witchdoctorproductions.com and www.computicket.com.

Win Vodacom In the City Tickets (Update)

Vodacom in the City

Vodacom in the City

Congrats to the winners of the Vodacom in the City Tickets, Julian D. Eyden and Gawane Gullan!

Win tickets to see Rudimental, MGMT, Crystal Fighters, and The Presets at Vodacom in the City on 3 October 2014 at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown, Johannesburg.

All you have to do is comment below with the name of the act you’d be most excited to see, and why.

Winner will be announced Wednesday 1 October.

MGMT HEADING TO SA FOR VODACOM IN THE CITY

MGMT

After almost a decade of producing hit records, touring the world and headlining festivals across the globe, MGMT are finally heading to South Africa. Get ready to party with the psychedelic-synth pop beats of ‘Kids’, ‘Electric Feel’ and ‘Time to Pretend’ when New York City’s MGMT hit Jozi for Vodacom in the City, on Friday 3rd October.

Now in its third year, Vodacom In the City transforms Mary Fitzgerald Square in downtown Jozi into a pulsating spectacle of lights, lasers and an incredible blend of Jozi’s cosmopolitan music lovers. Put Friday 3 October in your diaries, you don’t want to miss this.

MGMT join the already announced international line-up of UK’s Brit Award winning drum-and-bass maestro’s Rudimental and British electro-folk band Crystal Fighters.

Ben Goldwasser and Andrew Van Wyngarden formed the first incarnation of MGMT (then called “the management”) as fellow students in 2001. When they released the sensational Oracular Spectacular in 2008 their reputation began snowballing on both sides of the Atlantic. Not only were they nominated for a Grammy Award (which French dance act Justice picked up for remixing one of their tracks), but the UK’s leading music magazine NME dubbed them “the best NY band about” with Rolling Stone proclaiming them one of the “Top 10 Artists to Watch in 2008.” Today, Oracular Spectacular with its major singles Kids, Time to pretend, Electric Feel & The Youth is consistently ranked amongst the most celebrated pop albums of the 21st century.

Without skipping a beat, MGMT, began writing and recording their second album Congratulations, which was released in April 2010 and debuted at #2 on the Billboard charts.

Their latest self-titled album MGMT has been described as perfectly ‘on the current pulse’, ‘drawing seasoned fans and new initiates alike into the band’s eureka zone.’

“This album feels to us like coming down to earth in a way,” admits Ben. “We’re trying to be accessible but we’re trying to do something new within the realm of pop music. When we finally came close to finishing MGMT, everyone in the studio had the feeling that we’d made something really great.” Having shared the stage with the likes of Beck, Yeasayer, Radiohead, Florence And The Machine and Tame Impala, one can be pretty certain that many others will feel the very same way.

Vodacom In the City promises to be a huge night of thumping beats. It’s going to heave with music fans from across Jozi all there for the same reason – to party hard to the bands that they love!

Stay close to Vodacom In The City on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for news on the next line-up announcements.

#VITC2014

Cape Town fans can catch MGMT, Rudimental and Crystal Fighters at Rocking the Daisies from 2-5 October 2014.

You can buy tickets HERE.

@INTHECITYJHB

Win Sepultura Tickets

Sepultura and Groinchurn in South Africa

Sepultura and Groinchurn in South Africa

We have 1 set of double ticket to give away to one lucky person to see Sepultura play at The Assembly this Saturday!

All you have to do is comment below with how many members are in Sepultura.

The winner will be announced on Friday afternoon.

RSVP to the Facebook Event HERE.

Oppikoppi Odyssey 2014

Oppikoppi 2014 by Louis Gee

Oppikoppi 2014 by Louis Gee

Not just anyone can go to Oppikoppi. You have to REALLY love music to want to be there and endure the 3 days of dust and partying.

The line-up this year promised to create a few highlights in many people’s lives with headliners Aloe black, Editors and Wolf Mother.

It was great to see so many vibrant souls in the campsites and definite camaraderie between the newer Oppikoppi generation and the veterans. We all have something to learn from each other, whether it’s the fact that you’re too old to party that hard or too young to remember to shower and buy extra cigarettes.

I had the pleasure of seeing some of my favorite artists, namely Spoek Mathambo, Nomadic Orchestra, Sibot and Toyota, Mr. Sakitumi, Louie Lvnd, Lex la Foy and (new found appreciation for) CT legends Dookoom. With every stage hosting some great bands is was tough running between all the different gigs and trying fit everyone in.

Some fun Oppikoppi facts
1. It was their 20 year anniversary so you can only imagine how people celebrated and revelled in the dustathon.
2. The Red Bull stage was the biggest rave Limpopo has ever experienced.
3. DJ Bob played every night, and the most legendary set.
4. Dookoom Salute! Breakfast with these guys was something special, and camping next to Isaac Mutant was an education.
5. The showers in media where decent.
6. There was the one place we ate and it blew my mind. I’d go back to Oppikoppi next year just to eat there again.
7. Always take an extra multi plug for the media centre.
8. The Running of the Gods was participated in with enthusiasm, but
9. The naked race took the cake – brave souls of Mordor.
10. People didn’t shout Oppikoppi as much this year. In fact, there was a lot less shouting and way more listening in my opinion.
11. The Oppikoppi team work damn hard to make the festival incredible for you so say thank you!
12. It was a contest for the best branded buffs; MTV, MK and Red Bull vying for the spot.

Thanks to Revolution and Hilltop for having us. Still finding dust in my ears.
By DJMelitia

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Tommy Guerrero “The Stranger”

Tommy Guerrero’s new music video for the song “The Stranger” off his upcoming album No Mans Land. Apparently he made the video on his iPhone.

“Shot and edited on my super future computronic phone!” – Tommy Guerrero

Infurno: Metal in aid of The Lucky Lucy Foundation

Infurno

The Lucky Lucy Foundation are an animal shelter for dogs and cats based in the outskirts of Durbanville. Recently they were told to relocate to another premises. This is a huge financial problem for a charity organization that relies on the kindness and compassion of people to help them. This is a benefit show for them.

Bands playing:
Megalodon
Arc Reactor
With Dawn
Peasant
Bulletscript

Extra Info:
Anyone attending who brings a toy/blanket or food for the animals will be entered into a raffle on the night to win some rad prizes from the event’s sponsors.

14 June
ROAR, 299 Lower Main Road, Observatory, Cape Town

Facebook Event Link

https://www.facebook.com/LuckyLucyFoundation

Heroine & Group Photo Exhibition at The Pit

Tow Aways Group Photography Exhibition At The Pit

There is a group photography exhibition at a free performance by local band, Heroine, taking place at The Pit in Cape Town next week Thursday! Click on either of the photos to go to the Facebook event.

“Tow Aways” Zine Launch & Group Photography Exhibition

Lani Spice will be launching her photo zine “Tow Aways” showcasing analog work from some great local photographers. The “Tow Aways” exhibition consists of hundreds of photos from the many photographers who have been connected with The Pit and Clarke’s throughout the years. The exhibition will tell the story of the space, the people and what goes on in their lives beyond Bree Street.

Featuring: Black Koki, Ello Weezi, Suzy Snakes, Dewald Bruwer, Thys Lötter, Andrew Turpin, Jess James Harris, Danielle Clough, Laura Windvogel, Leon Bester, John Alex Second, Donovyn Le Roux, Justin Poulter, Thomas Pepler, Adriaan Louw, Juliette Raymer, Pauline Anne, Kent Lingenveld, Natalie Pereira, Anke Loots Alexia Webster and more…

Heroine at The Pit

RVCA x The Pit First Thursdays
133 Bree Street
5pm-7pm

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

Facebook event link.

Vans presents: SOUNDCLASH

Soundclash Poster

A Party Town and Psych Night event, dedicated to those that have a severe disrespect for shit music (and open to lengthly debates about what that means).

This Friday; Psych, Garage and Punk hold hands for an awkward one-two step of culture and bad romance. So, come clad the walls of The Pit with celebrations of revolt and white-boy dancing.

Helping us through this will be:

Bad Drugs – We’ve managed to stir them from their cave of noise experimentation, and fresh rumours speak of new material…

And on the DJ side:

(Resident madman) DJ HEINO

THE HOW ARE YOUS (Don’t expect them to care)

Finally, our groovy selection of Psych Night DJs, will keep you numb and moving ’til your wallet is reasonably empty.

R20 gets you in. Doors open at 8pm. And that’s about as complicated as it gets.

Poster design by Justin Poulter and Jay Gordon.

See you on the other side!

Facebook event.

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.

Let Us Roam – Ray Barbee

LET US ROAM – Ray Barbee from Let Us Roam on Vimeo.

Ray Barbee is a legendary professional skateboarder from San Jose, California. He made his first appearance in the skate film “Public Domain” and followed it up with his most iconic video part in the movie “Ban This”. Barbee’s passion for music and photography was made accessible through skateboarding. Ray’s short film illustrates his passion for creativity and the importance of passing those values on to his children.

ROASTIN’ RECORDS INTERVIEW

Roastin' Records That Analog Feeling

Who is Roastin’ Records?
Roastin’ Records was born out of the shared love for vinyl records. Roastin’ Records is Wentzel van der Gryp and Rouleaux van der Merwe. Wentzel started sourcing and selling new and used vinyls in 2012 and set up a small record shop inside Deluxe Coffee Works. Wentzel asked Rouleaux to help him with some designs for a logo. One thing led to another and Wentzel and Rouleaux partnered up and decided to start a small independent label releasing local music that they love.

What makes vinyl records so special?
It is a combination of the cover art, the variety of the formats (12inch / 10inch / 7inch), the analog nature of the music and the way that you are ‘forced’ to listen to the whole record. You can’t just skip to the next song (like with a mp3), you kinda have to sit through an album and wait for your favorite song to come up. It makes you appreciate the music listening experience so much more.

Roastin' Records Logo

What was the motivation behind starting Roastin’ Records?
Both of us are fairly obsessed with music. It is a way to channel our collective obsession into something we can share with other people.

Aren’t you worried that the popularity of records is just a trend that will eventually pass on?
We were collecting and swapping/trading vinyl many years before it became a hipster trend. I don’t think that it will go away. People are looking at vinyl to reignite the spark of owning music. It is one thing to have thousands of mp3’s, and to be completely honest, you never actually own those mp3’s. It was either downloaded, copied or ripped from a CD. Buying a vinyl record gives you the satisfaction of holding the physical incarnation of the music in your hands.

Why do you think it has taken South Africans so long to get into collecting records?
You’ve always had your serious collectors in SA, but kids who grew up in the digital age has caught on to the trend you talk about above.

Make Overs Red Vinyl

Roastin’ Records has recently been acting more as a records label, having released a few records for bands. Is this the direction you’re moving towards?
We definitely want to put out as many records as we can. Because vinyl has become a standard output for international bands we want to give SA bands a platform to be on par with the rest of the world. The music is definitely on the same level. SA has so many amazing bands who deserve to have their music on vinyl.

Wildernessking The Devil Inside

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What are some of the releases you’ve put out?
Our latest release, the Wildernessking 10inch EP is just about to see the light of day, and we are very excited about it. Roastin’ Records also did a collaborative release for the Pretoria noise punkers Make-Overs with Angry Africa and KRNGY.

Roastin' Records

That Analog Feeling

Any sneak peeks for what we can expect from Roastin’ Records in the near future?
We have a couple of 7inches we want to bring out – a split with Cape Town’s Peasant and JHB heavyweights Conqueror. Also maybe a 7inch for the grindcore band Anthropocene Hell. We will also be getting in some fresh new music on a monthly basis which are available on the webshop and at the record bin in Deluxe Coffee. We also DJ regularly in and around Cape Town and try to let the vinyl sound reach as many people as possible. If you are ever at a venue where we are DJing, please do come say HELLO. We also like tequila.

I imagine you guys have your ear quite close to the ground with South African music. Who should we be keeping an ear out for in the future?
The Psych Night guys are doing some great stuff, The Very Wicked, The Dollfins, WEA (but I think they called it a day?), Black Lung, Bilderberg Motel, Changeling, Peasant, The Moths, Death Pegasus, Make Overs, Conqueror, Dead Lucky, Black Math, Bad Drugs etc.

Top 10 vinyl records of all time?
Unfair question. We both have a broad range of musical taste, but I (Rouleaux) tend to like punk/harcore stuff the most. I can have a top 10 in loads of different genres.

Here is my top 10 list :
1. Descendents – Milo Goes to College
2. Fugazi – End Hits
3. Hawkwind – Space Ritual
4. Fucked Up – Chemistry of Common Life
5. Poison the Well – Versions
6. Ceremony – Ronhert Park
7. The Replacements – Let It Be
8. Sleep – Dopesmoker
9. The Monks – Black Monk Time
10. Bad Brains – S/T

Here is Wentzel’s list. But only for today. Tomorrow it will be very different.
1. Led Zeppelin – II
2. Blood Brothers – Crimes
3. Neil Young – Harvest Moon
4. Panda Bear – Person Pitch
5. Nick Drake – Pink Moon
6. Joanna Newsom – Ys
7. Bob Dylan – Desire
8. Kraftwerk – The Man Machine
9. Nirvana – In Utero
10. Beatles – ? all Beatles!

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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.

Facebook event.

VANS & PARTY TOWN PRESENT: DEATH PEGASUS

Death Pegasus at the Pit

VANS & PARTY TOWN PRESENTS: DEATH PEGASUS!

Joburg Thrash Metal band, Death Pegasus, are in Cape Town for a night of mayhem and destruction!

Friday 21 March
8pm
R30
The Pit, 133 Bree Street, Cape Town

RSVP to the Facebook event here.

RVCA X THE PIT

RVCA x THE PIT from The Pit on Vimeo.

RVCA x THE PIT
Bilderberg Motel
Thursday 6 March
Doors 7pm

Bilderberg Motel

Bilderberg Motel Record Release Party
On Thursday the 6th March Bilderberg Motel will be releasing the vinyl edition of their album Lorien. Printed on glorious heavyweight white wax and done in a limited run, they’ll be celebrating this with a party and a show at the RVCA First Thursday’s night at The Pit. Doors open at 7pm and entrance is free. R200 gets you a copy of the LP and the first 50 sold get a free limited edition tshirt, printed by the band, with their purchase.

“The recording does a good job of capturing their alternatively raucous and melancholy sound. To my ears, The Velvet Underground and The Brian Jones- town Massacre are touchstones, but Bilderberg put its own unique stamp on the garage-band template.” – Sean Shuter, style.com.

Bilderberg Motel Vinyl Launch

LAZY SUMMER VIBES PART 3

Roastin' Records DJs Lazy Summer Vibes

Cape Town’s Roastin’ Records are doing it again – Lazy Summer Vibes!

Yours Truly on Kloof Street
Introducing the Roastin’ Records DJs
Saturday 1 March
Crates upon crates of Vinyl Records providing Soothing Summertime Sounds
15:30 – Late
Free Entrance
Good Vibes only

Facebook event

MUSIC MONDAYS

Comeback Kid’s new video for their song, Should Know Better, from their album, Die Knowing, which is now available.

MUSIC MONDAYS

WORDS BY RAKIM from Matt Bieler on Vimeo.

Rakim, infamous hip hop artist, is the focus of Words by Rakim, a short documentary on the man.

Words is a re-introduction, and aural celebration of hip-hop’s most influential MC. Inspired by the vinyls that birthed the art form, the film is a portrait of two sides of an artist (A & B) and the streets and city he inspired. Two of his verses have been remixed… the words will never change.

Directed by: Matt Bieler
Words by: Rakim

PUNK FUCK: A GLIMPSE INTO SOWETO’S PUNK SCENE

Punk is alive and well in Soweto!

JHBLive visited the second Punk Fuck event and made this video, highlighting the community and camaraderie of punk in Johannesburg. It took place in Dube, Soweto, and featured performances from Black Magic Moonshine, Loui Lvndn, The Deaf Commission, Afgepis, Death Pegasus, T.C.I.Y.F, Brafcharge, The Carniwhores, The Moths, The Left-Overs, Fridge Poetry, The Slashdogs, Home At Last, Brainwreck and Jonny Joburg.

Click here to read the full article: http://www.jhblive.com/kultcha/features/peaceful_punks_of_soweto/170576

Punk, at least in most people’s eyes, is all about not giving a fuck and trying to remain on the outside… Our next fest will feature bands from other genres and we’re trying to show that we really just love the genre. That we’re not these angry, aggressive guys. – Clint Hattingh (organizer of Punk Fuck)

We want to see young kids interested in instruments. We want them to turn away from the commercial bullshit that spews garbage about bling and chains. This is real music and we want real people keen on it. – Mbuso Moose Zulu

Shot and edited by Cale Waddacor.

THAT ANALOGUE FEELING

That Analogue Feeling

Roastin’ Records – That Analogue Feeling is back again!

This time it’s happening at Aces ‘n Spades, 62 Hout Street, Cape Town.

A vinyl rock ‘n roll party.

Free entry.

Saturday 15 February.

8pm til late.

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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.

BLACK FLAG WELCOME MIKE V AS NEW FRONTMAN

Black Flag with Mike VallelyPhoto by Rob Wallace/Courtesy of SST Records

The recently (last year) reunited infamous punk rock band, Black Flag, have announced pro skater Mike Vallely as their new frontman. He is the fifth they’ve had. Apparently it didn’t work out with Ron Reyes, who they fired in the middle of a show in Australia. Mike V managed Black Flag last year and actually plays in another band with Greg Ginn called Good For You. He also played a few shows with Black Flag in 2003.

You can read more about it on Rolling Stone here.

MUSIC MONDAYS

Comeback Kid are set to release a new album, Die Knowing.

It will be the band’s sixth album, which will be released through Victory Records 4 March. You can only pre-order through Victory Records.

The goal with Die Knowing was to really capture the best parts of our live show and put those elements into the album. Lyrically, it’s a reminder to stay hungry while carving your own path, living life to its full potential. This will be the biggest and heaviest sounding Comeback Kid album to date. – Andrew Neufeld

For those who don’t know, Comeback Kid are coming to South Africa and arrive this week!

Comeback Kid Die Knowing Album Cover

Track Listing:

1. Die Knowing
2. Lower The Line
3. Wasted Arrows
4. Losing Sleep (feat. Pauly Correia)
5. Should Know Better
6. I Depend, I Control
7. Somewhere In This Miserable…
8. Beyond
9. Unconditional
10. Didn’t Even Mind
11. Full Swing (feat. Scott Wade)
12. Sink In

DREAMSHADE INTERVIEW

Dreamshade in South Africa

Dreamshade are a Swiss Metal band, and will be here soon for their South African tour. We caught up with them for a quick interview…

Introduce yourselves! Who are you? What do you guys do outside of the band?
Hello everyone! We are Dreamshade, a Metal band from Lugano, Switzerland. Outside of the band we all work or study.

How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it before?
People have been trying to label our music with thousands of different names but I don’t actually think it’s possible to find the right one. Let’s just say our music is strongly based on melodies, atmospheres, power and epicness, all blended together with a groovy sound. It’s very modern and fresh.

What’s behind the name Dreamshade?
The band name came out somehow in 2007. We were in our rehearsal room and had a few beers, you know… we were kids and not able to hold our drinks. Then we spat out some ideas to represent the meaning of this band. We needed some words to express what this band means to us so the word “Dream” came out, but a dream is something you only live when you are sleeping so we wanted our band name to express what remains of our dreams, which is actually their shades.

We’re looking forward to your tour here! Do you have any expectations or pre-conceived ideas of South Africa?
We all know that South Africa is a very beautiful country. Our guitarist Rocco has been there once already and always told us we need to get there. We are very excited about playing your country and are really grateful for this opportunity. Just can’t wait to be there with all of you and taste your wine!

Dreamshade The Gift of Life

Take us through your typical songwriting process.
I usually write music and lyrics separately and independently. The majority of the riffs come from me and Rocco while the lyrics come from me and our singer Kevin. When we feel a song’s music is finally getting shaped and the structure makes sense we forward it to the rest band for approval and arrangements. As soon as the music is ready me and Kevin try to match the lyrics with the feeling of the song. This takes a significant amount of time as we write many vocal harmonies and rhythms.

Where do you draw influence/inspiration from?
We are often influenced by non-metal music. Most of the time our stuff comes from Ambient, Hip Hop, Punk, Pop, Rock or even Ethnic music and then transformed into our style. I know this sounds weird but that’s a true story. Always remember, the more influences you have, the more unique your music will sound.

What themes/topics do you lyrics mostly consist of? Who writes them?
As I said, me and Kevin write all the lyrics. The themes are constantly changing but we are always influenced by life. Kevin’s lyrics are usually more direct, I write more poetical stuff instead.

Do you only listen to Metal, or are there other genres you like? What do you listen to to unwind?
We don’t listen to Metal so often. We are very open-minded and listen to thousands of artists of any kind of music. I would suggest you a new Malaysian artist called Yuna; go check her out, she’ll blow your mind!

Dreamshade

When is the end of the world?
The end of the world will happen when we land in South Africa. Prepare yourselves for the blast!

How does the Metalcore scene in Switzerland compare to other scenes you’ve experienced?
We’re not very related to Metalcore actually. The music scene in our country is very small. I guess we are more popular in other countries. It’s pretty good anyway.

What other Swiss bands should we be keeping an ear out for?
If you’re looking for some new and good Swiss Metal I would suggest Eluveitie and Breakdown Of Sanity.

Anything else to would like to say?
We absolutely can’t wait to play for you in South Africa! I’m sure we will be able to see wonderful things and make new awesome friends! Spread our music among your friends and pre-order your tickets ’cause May is coming soon!

Dreamshade South Africa Tour

MUSIC MONDAYS

Cass McCombs – “Brighter!” featuring Karen Black from Hector Savage on Vimeo.

Cass McCombs – “Brighter!”

A tribute music video to the late Karen Black. Her husband, Stephen Eckelberry, helped make it.

Stephen: “Cass McCombs emailed me in late November 2013 and asked if I would create a music video for Brighter! using classic clips from her movies. It struck me as an opportunity to explore a theme that interests me – the relationship of film and memory. We watch a movie and the images from that movie become part of our memory stream. An image came to me: Cass himself becoming a screen for the projection of images of Karen – as if his memories of her were playing themselves out over his body. I found a clip I had shot with my iPhone when Cass was over at our house rehearsing the song with Karen, and I combined that with clips of her movies, some iconic, some more obscure.

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.

THE MOTHS RELEASE EP

The Moths are an instrumental ‘surf rock’ band from Johannesburg. They’ve just released a new EP and we think it’s pretty rad.

The Moths are:

Chris – Guitar
Chris – Bass
Cale – Drums

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STREAM THE NEW AGAINST ME! ALBUM

Against Me!

Stream Against Me!’s new album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, by clicking the image above.

The bracingly political Florida punk band Against Me! has been a going concern since 1997, but Transgender Dysphoria Blues can’t help but feel like a debut: It’s the group’s first album since singer Tom Gabel came out as a woman. Now named Laura Jane Grace, she still barks her lyrics with fiercely assertive intelligence – with a voice as yet largely unchanged from the one in the band’s earlier work – but Against Me!’s subject matter can’t help but be turned on its head.

It’s right there in Transgender Dysphoria Blues’ title that Against Me! intends to address Grace’s new identity upfront: This is a coming-out record first and foremost, from its opening line – “Your tells are so obvious / shoulders too broad for a girl” – through songs that channel her fears and characteristic defiance. At times joltingly profane, Transgender Dysphoria Blues doesn’t let up for 29 brisk minutes, but real tenderness and vulnerability surfaces in the melee. In “Unconditional Love,” Grace repeats the self-lacerating line, “Even if your love was unconditional / it still wouldn’t be enough to save me” – a terrifying and revealing notion, even as Grace remains by all accounts happily married to her wife.

Against Me!’s music only addressed gender issues in passing before Transgender Dysphoria Blues, so the album certainly qualifies as a left turn. But the end result is just as catchy and anthemic as the terrific speedball punk records that precede it. Gabel always told the truth as he saw it, so it makes sense that Laura Jane Grace would do the same, with the added benefit of comfort and courage in her own skin.

ROCK ‘N ROLLERCOASTER: INGE BECKMANN

Inge Beckmann

The Assembly in Harrington Street, Cape Town, recently introduced a new series of events they are hosting entitled: “Assembly Radio Live – The Rock ‘n Rollercoaster Presents…” – a series unique to its kind of which intimate approach and unique setting has rarely been seen before in the Mother City.

A combination of the concept of VH1 Storytellers and MTV Unplugged – the series hosts some of South Africa’s top music acts and offer fans, music fanatics, media and industry insiders the chance to interact with some of the biggest bands our country has to offer on a personal level.

The series launched in October with guests Van Coke Kartel performing and interacting with fans and music industry insiders to great success, followed by Taxi Violence in November.

For the third event in DECEMBER, Assembly Radio Live – The Rock ‘n Rollercoaster Presents: Inge Beckmann.

Join Assembly Radio and The Rock ‘n Rollercoaster on Assembly Radio with Dylan Culhane for an evening of interviews and live acoustic performances from Inge Beckmann and a collection of her collaborators.

The third in a series of monthly events unique to its kind in Cape Town – an intimate, sit down experience with some of SA’s top music acts and artists, that gives the audience their chance to pose questions to the band and engage in the conversation. Broadcast live on Assembly Radio.

Date: Monday, 9 December 2013
Venue: The Assembly, Harrington Street, Cape Town
Time: 19h00 (Evening starts at 19h30)
Entrance: R30

R.O.A.R. – No Under 18s – I.D. Required

RSVP to wtf@formusiclovers.co.za to guarantee your seat. Limited seating will be made available due to the nature of the event.

You have the chance to get involved and be a part of the conversation.

Tune in @ www.theassembly.co.za/radio.

Facebook event

MUSIC MONDAYS

Arcade Fire – Afterlife

The music video for Arcade Fire’s “Afterlife” written and directed by Emily Kai Bock off the album Reflektor.

FUNNY FRIDAZE

Comedians/comedy actors James Franco and Seth Rogan made this spoof of Kanye West’s video for his song called “Bound”. Apparently they were bored on the set of ‘The Interview’ and decided to make the video.

Here’s the original video:

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.

Comeback Kid

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.

Comeback Kid

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

THE BRODOWN

The Brodown

THE BRODOWN

VENUE: Ragazzi LIVE BAR, 7 Loop St, Cape Town
DATE: Friday 22nd November
DOORS OPEN: 9pm
COVER: R30

THE BANDS

Take Hand

Alive at Midnight

Verona Walls

Peasant (Debut show)

This is a FOOD AID show! Bring your food donation to the show and make a difference in the lives of people in desperate need.

MUSIC MONDAYS

Polar Bear Club

Click on the album cover below to stream the new Polar Bear album Death Chorus in full below. They are planning to release it tomorrow via Rise Records.

Polar Bear Club Death Chorus Cover

Polar Bear Club, the New York five-piece post-hardcore / pop punk band, drops its fourth album, ‘Death Chorus,’ next week through Rise Records. You can pre-order one of the many bundle packages on Polar Bear Club’s website, and check out an advance stream of the album above.

About the title, frontman Jimmy Stadt says: “There ended up being a couple songs with ‘death’ or ‘dying’ in the lyrics. That’s where the name came from. The mood is really upbeat, and we liked the contrasting vibe that the title brought to the sound of the album; it reflects the contrasting notions of death in that way. We dug that.”

Here is the tracklist for ‘Death Chorus’:

1. Blood Balloon
2. Graph Paper Glory Days
3. So I Buy
4. For Show
5. Siouxsie Jeanne
6. WLWYCD
7. Chicago Spring
8. When We Were College Kids
9. Twang (Blister To Burn)
10. Upstate Mosquito

ROCK ‘N ROLLERCOASTER PRESENTS: TAXI VIOLENCE

Rock n Rollercoaster Taxi Violence

The Assembly in Harrington Street, Cape Town – recently introduced a new series of events they are hosting entitled: “Assembly Radio Live – The Rock ‘n Rollercoaster Presents…” – a series unique to its kind of which intimate approach and unique setting has rarely been seen before in the Mother City.

A combination of the concept of VH1 Storytellers and MTV Unplugged – the series hosts some of South Africa’s top music acts and offer fans, music fanatics, media and industry insiders the chance to interact with some of the biggest bands our country has to offer on a personal level.

The series launched in October with guests VAN COKE KARTEL performing and interacting with fans and music industry insiders to great success.

“Van Coke Kartel was the first band to be featured for the new Rock ‘n Rollercoaster and Assembly Radio Live showcase, with a gig that chased all Monday blues away. It was also the first time this well known Afrikaans rock band – famous for their wild and vibrant performances – played this type of acoustic show. All four band members were sitting down with the audience seated too. Their energy, however, was still enough to blow the roof off and the moment drummer Jason Oosthuizen stepped on the kick pedal, the whole of District Six seemed to tremble for a second. Between songs, eager fans joined the MC with Q&A’s for the band. Topics ranged from technical sound and music related questions to the number of women Jason “usually” sleeps with on tour. The band opened with a song titled ‘Dankie Ek’s Veilig Hier’ from their 4th full length album and followed up with ‘‘n Klein Wêreld’ from their latest album Bloed, Sweet en Trane which was released early last month. Frontman Francois van Coke explained that this album was the first time he tried to write lyrics with a more story-telling, narrative edge to it. A member of the crowd had his birthday made extra special when Francois requested lead guitarist Jedd Kossew to show off his mad guitar skills and play ‘Happy Birthday’ in, as Francois put it,“Jimmy-style”. The crowd clearly enjoyed this rendition of the old birthday tune and showed gratitude by praising this instrumentalist of note. VCK ended the Rock ‘n Rollercoaster with ‘Môre Gloed’ the first song off their new album. By this time all sorrow of the beginning of a new week was long forgotten and bassist Wynand Myburgh showed that it was just too hard not to jump around when rocking to the music. It was indeed a very successful kick-off to a series of unique sessions that will host some of South Africa’s top music acts. The sessions offer music fanatics and media the chance to interact with some of the biggest bands our country has to offer, on a more personal level.” – Janine Oosthuizen, Your LMG.

For the second event in NOVEMBER, Assembly Radio Live – The Rock ‘n Rollercoaster Presents: TAXI VIOLENCE

Date: Monday, 18 November 2013
Time: 19h00 for 19h30
Venue: The Assembly, Cape Town
Entrance: R40 pre-sold on http://www.webtickets.co.za/assembly, R50 at the door.

RSVP to wtf@formusiclovers.co.za to guarantee your seat or purchase your ticket on Webtickets. Limited tickets and seating will be made available due to the nature of the event.

You have the chance to get involved and be a part of the conversation.

Join the Facebook event here!

R.O.A.R / NO UNDER 18s

Tune in @ www.theassembly.co.za/radio.

“Assembly Radio Live – The Rock ‘n Rollercoaster Presents…” will also be taking place on the 9th of December for 2013. Be sure to follow the links below to stay updated on all info with regards to the events.

MORE ABOUT “Assembly Radio Live – The Rock ‘n Rollercoaster Presents…”:

“The idea came about when we considered the potential of Assembly Radio with the offering of The Assembly venue. It makes sense that when you combine the two elements, you get something very unique and new to the music scene. From the inception of Assembly Radio, Dylan Culhane’s Rock ‘n Rollercoaster show (which is broadcasted on Monday evenings) has been a stalwart in the line-up of shows, proudly waving the flag for the Rock ‘n Roll genre on the station. Week after week, the Rock ‘n Rollercoaster show provides our audience with great music and intriguing discussions and with Dylan’s ability to interview and get the most out of his subjects, it makes the perfect match for this event.”

Thus, the Rock ‘n Rollercoaster show will be taken from the radio booth and given a much larger platform on the stage whilst inviting an audience to participate. Some of South Africa’s most influential artists and bands have been selected to perform acoustically and chat with Dylan Culhane in a very informal and relaxed setting. The audience will also have their chance to chat to the band and participate in the conversation.

Not only will the events offer a complete different experience than what fans are used to at The Assembly, but the venue itself is also very different on the night. They bring the stage to the crowd and create a more intimate environment so that attendees can be a part of the evening. The appearance of the band is broken up into live acoustic performances in between questions from Dylan as well as the crowd attending. The duration of the appearance is around two hours, whereafter the audience is welcome to see the night out at the venue. The evening is also broadcasted live on Assembly Radio, and filmed for later viewing by fans.

“The live broadcast element allows fans nationally and internationally to tune in and be a part of the evening. The intimate conversational style of the evening sets it apart from other events, as well as giving the audience the opportunity to take part in the conversation.”

“Assembly Radio Live – The Rock n Rollercoaster Presents…” Offers:

An intimate, unique experience with some of SA’s top music acts and artists.
Hosted on a Monday, the chance to start your week interacting with your favourite band.
The public and fans have the unique opportunity to join in the conversation and hear first hand what their favourite acts have to say.
Media gains content directly from the horse’s mouth and no further investigation is necessary. They get the opportunity to gain information from the artists on stage, as well as the various other industry personalities attending in the audience.
The SA music industry have the chance to be a part of a creative platform that will include media, fans and peers from the industry. This platform allows them to share and gain ideas and stories, as well as a networking and relationship-building opportunity.

MUSIC MONDAYS

Atoms For Peace – Before Your Very Eyes

What a rad music video. Thom Yorke’s Atoms For Peace released this video for their song “Before Your Very Eyes”, the first track on their new album Amok. Stop motion paper? We don’t know, but it’s amazing.

Directed by Andrew Thomas Huang.

THROWBACK THURSDAYS

Lou ReedImage credit: Richard E. Aaron/Redferns

RIP Lou Reed

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to legendary Velvet Underground frontman and influential solo songwriter and guitarist, Lou Reed. Reed passed away at 71 years old on 27 October 2013. How he died hasn’t been disclosed yet.

The legend’s solo career started in 1972 in New York City, a year before the Velvet Underground broke up. Most recently, Reed put out Lulu in 2011, did a collaboration with Metallica, made an appearance on the Rave On Buddy Holly compilation in 2011, and did guest spots with Gorillaz in 2010 on their song “Some Kind Of Nature”, with Booker R. Jones in 2011 on his song “The Bronx”, and Metric in 2012 on their song “The Wanderlust”.

Lou Reed’s final photograph, taken by Jean Baptiste Mondino:

Lou Reed

THE ROCK ‘N ROLLERCOASTER PRESENTS: VAN COKE KARTEL

The Assembly in Harrington Street, Cape Town, has just introduced a new series of events they will be hosting starting in October entitled: “Assembly Radio Live – The Rock ‘n Rollercoaster Presents…”, a series unique to its kind of which intimate approach and unique setting has rarely been seen before in the Mother City.

A combination of the concept of VH1 Storytellers and MTV Unplugged – the series will host some of South Africa’s top music acts and offer fans, music fanatics, media and industry insiders the chance to interact with some of the biggest bands our country has to offer on a personal level.

“The idea came about when we considered the potential of Assembly Radio with the offering of The Assembly venue. It makes sense that when you combine the two elements, you get something very unique and new to the music scene. From the inception of Assembly Radio, Dylan Culhane’s Rock ‘n Rollercoaster show (which is broadcasted on Monday evenings) has been a stalwart in the line-up of shows, proudly waving the flag for the Rock ‘n Roll genre on the station. Week after week, the Rock ‘n Rollercoaster show provides our audience with great music and intriguing discussions and with Dylan’s ability to interview and get the most out of his subjects, it makes the perfect match for this event.”

RnR_VCK_BlkPoster

Thus, the Rock ‘n Rollercoaster show will be taken from the radio booth and given a much larger platform on the stage whilst inviting an audience to participate. Some of South Africa’s most influential artists and bands have been selected to perform acoustically and chat with Dylan Culhane in a very informal and relaxed setting. The audience will also have their chance to chat to the band and participate in the conversation.

Not only will the events offer a complete different experience than what fans are used to at The Assembly, but the venue itself will also be very different on the night. They will be bringing the stage to the crowd and creating a more intimate environment so that attendees can be a part of the evening. The appearance of the band will be broken up into live acoustic performances in between questions from Dylan as well as the crowd attending. The duration of the appearance will be around two hours, whereafter the audience is welcome to see the night out at the venue. The evening will also be live broadcasted on Assembly Radio, and filmed for later viewing by fans.

“The live broadcast element allows fans nationally and internationally to tune in and be a part of the evening. The intimate conversational style of the evening sets it apart from other events, as well as giving the audience the opportunity to take part in the conversation.”

“Assembly Radio Live – The Rock n Rollercoaster Presents…” Offers:

– An intimate, unique experience with some of SA’s top music acts and artists.
– Hosted on a Monday, the chance to start your week interacting with your favourite band.
– The public and fans have the unique opportunity to join in the conversation and hear first hand what their favourite acts have to say.
– Media gains content directly from the horse’s mouth and no further investigation is necessary. They get the opportunity to gain information from the artists on stage, as well as the various other industry personalities attending in the audience.
– The SA music industry have the chance to be a part of a creative platform that will include media, fans and peers from the industry. This platform allows them to share and gain ideas and stories, as well as a networking and relationship-building opportunity.

Join Assembly Radio and The Rock ‘n Rollercoaster with Dylan Culhane for an evening of interviews and LIVE acoustic performances from Van Coke Kartel – the first in a series of events unique to its kind in Cape Town.

Date: Monday, 28 October 2013
Venue: The Assembly, Harrington Street, Cape Town
Time: 19h00 (Evening starts at 19h30)
Entrance: R50 pre-sold on http://www.webtickets.co.za/assembly, R60 at the door.

RSVP to wtf@formusiclovers.co.za to guarantee your seat or purchase your ticket on Webtickets. Limited tickets and seating will be made available due to the nature of the event.

You have the chance to get involved and be a part of the conversation.

R.O.A.R / NO UNDER 18s

Tune in at www.theassembly.co.za/radio.

“Assembly Radio Live – The Rock ‘n Rollercoaster Presents…” will also be taking place on the 11th of November, and the 9th of December for 2013. Be sure to follow the links below to stay updated on all info with regards to the events.

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/211236759049313/

MUSIC MONDAYS

A Great Big Pile Of Leaves – “Snack Attack”

The official music video for A Great Big Pile of Leaves’ “Snack Attack” from their 2013 full length album “You’re Always On My Mind”, out now on Topshelf Records.

MUSIC MONDAYS

Combine old footage from New York in the ’70s and ’80s, put some music to it, throw some NASA footage in there, and this is what you get. Enjoy.

“Indelible”, by Chaze and Jay One.

MUSIC MONDAYS

Burials is the upcoming ninth studio album by the American rock band AFI. It will be released on October 22, 2013 through Republic Records.
In a statement regarding the album, AFI frontman Davey Havok said, “This record is of silence, of burials, and the burials that result from that silence. It’s of betrayal, cruelty, weakness, anxiety, panic – deep and slow – despair, injury and loss. And in this it is shamefully honest and resolutely unforgiving”.

We can’t wait for the 22nd here in the Revolution HQ.

BETRAYAL SA TOUR – CAPE TOWN

Survive the Wild

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

Facebook event

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

MUSIC MONDAYS

A skate/music short film/music video featuring Austyn Gillette, Jerry Hsu, Josh Harmony and some girls. What do you think of it?

WHAT NOW TOUR DIARY

UK-based South African Rock Band, WHAT NOW, returns home to embark on their first SA tour in over 8 years! The band will be hitting the road from 18 to 28 September, in support of their debut album release “Move Like A Sinner”, covering all corners of the country. In Association with Sabbath Events, What Now will be taking their explosive Rock Show to venues in Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Port Elizabeth, East London, Ballito, Durban, Johannesburg and Pretoria, supported by fellow rockers CrashCarBurn, December Streets, Taxi Violence and ShortStraw. Having grown up in the dusty beach town of Ballito, the band is now based in London and has achieved incredible success away from their South African families and friends. Their title track from the album, “Move Like A Sinner”, has had great airplay on South African radio and the current hit “If Looks Could Kill” has hit #1 on a couple of key radio stations earlier in July!

Here are the dates for WHAT NOW’s “Move Like A Sinner” South African tour, so diarise it now and don’t miss out on seeing them live!Wednesday, 18th September Mystic Boer, Potchefstroom:

Thursday, 18 September: Mystic Boer, Bloemfontein
Friday, 20 September: Dorpstraat Theatre, Stellenbosch
Saturday, 21 September: The Mercury, Cape Town
Sunday, 22 September: Music Kitchen, Port Elizabeth
Tuesday, 24 September: Raggies Sports Bar, East London (PUBLIC HOLIDAY AS WELL)
Wednesday, 25 September: Crush Nightclub, Ballito
Thursday, 26 September: Live-The Venue, Durban
Friday, 27 September: Rumours Lounge, Johannesburg
Saturday, 28 September: Arcade Empire, Pretoria

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Dusters x California

Dusters California Launches Exclusive Skateboard Collaboration Honoring the Musical Genius of Jimi Hendrix

El Segundo, CA – (September 16, 2013) – Dusters California introduces two exclusive skateboard designs in collaboration with the Hendrix family in tribute to one of the most creative and influential musicians of the 20th Century, Jimi Hendrix. Always loyal to the pioneering spirit of skateboarding’s early years through heritage board design meshed with the latest technology, Dusters shines a spotlight on Jimi Hendrix, an innovator who revolutionised the electric guitar and the changed the course of music, with this special project.

The two Dusters x Jimi Hendrix skateboards, a cruiser and a longboard featuring iconic Hendrix imagery and upgraded hardware, can be found at premier surf and skateboard shops globally this July. The cruiser soulfully captures “Purple Haze” through blended iconic Hendrix concert images
and the Hendrix longboard is emblazoned with the Indian-influenced artwork from “Axis: Bold as Love,” the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s legendary second album.

Find the nearest Dusters California dealer and learn more about our boards at dusterscalifornia.com. “Dusters California is rooted in the trailblazing, creative tradition surrounding skateboarding since its earliest days,” says Dusters Creative Director Nano Nobrega. “That rich skateboard culture has always intertwined with music and Dusters is proud to pay tribute to such a pioneering force as Jimi Hendrix with these two board releases that both skaters and music fans alike will love.

Dusters California originates from the heart and soul of skateboarding. Created in the Southern California cradle of skate and surf culture, Dusters’ skateboard collection embraces that rich heritage through traditional, retro-shaped boards and vintage graphics, built with the latest technology for stability and speed. Dusters California offers a variety of classic longboards and cruisers that embody old school image and feel. Unlike most boards, Dusters boards are crafted in our own premier woodshop and the quality, fit and finish is unrivaled. Dusters California is part of Dwindle Distribution, the world’s largest skateboard manufacturer.

About Authentic Hendrix, LLC Established in 1998, Authentic Hendrix is a wholly owned subsidiary of the principal Jimi Hendrix family music company, Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., which since 1995 has owned and licensed the songs and recordings of Jimi Hendrix. Experience Hendrix and Authentic Hendrix were founded by the late James Allen Hendrix, father of Jimi Hendrix, and the principal executives of Experience and Authentic Hendrix are members of the Hendrix family.

Dusters x Jimi Hendrix “Purple Haze” Cruiser Skateboard

Dusters x Jimi Hendrix Purple Haze Cruiser

Dusters x Jimi Hendrix “Axis Bold” Longboard

Dusters x Jimi Hendrix Axis Bold

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FUNNY FRIDAZE

How To Write A Hipster Rock Anthem

Maybe a little cynical, but this how-to guide on how to write a ‘hipster’ rock anthem is pretty funny.

This song was written ironically. Combining elements from bands like Arcade Fire, the Lumineers, and Vampire Weekend, this song was written and recorded in two days, and then we made a video that looks like an Urban Outfitters commercial.

Music written and recorded by Jared Sosa, and performed by Jared Sosa and Jamie Renee Williams

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Check out Arcade Fire’s new music video for their song “Reflektor”. Their new album launches on 29 October apparently.

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We weren’t sure whether to put this up as a Music Mondays or a Funny Fridaze feature. Characters from Arrested Development playing the members of Mumford and Sons? Amazing.

‘Hopeless Wanderer’ taken from the album ‘Babel’ by Mumford and Sons.

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

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Lauren LoPrete combines Peanuts and The Smiths.

US-based graphic designer, Lauren LoPrete, runs a blog called This Charming Charlie, where she puts up posts of combined Peanuts comic strips and lyrics from The Smiths. We think it’s awesome.

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Polybius: Music Made with Old Technology

Directed by James Houston, Polybius takes us into an empty swimming pool, where musician Julian Corrie creates music using a guitar and outdated technology. Recognise any of those things? It definitely took us back a few years. “Instruments” used include a SEGA Mega Drive, a Commodore 64, a few floppy disk drives and some old hard drives, controlled live via MIDI. Maybe a bit too nostalgic for some, but we thought it was pretty rad.

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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Get Loud with Spanky and The Lafayettes

Check out Kevin “Spanky” Long and The Lafayettes in the new Loud Headphones ad.

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“Modern Jesus” – Portugal. The Man

20 days. 15 states. 0 stock footage.

Pretty rad new music video from Portugal. The Man. The video features footage of some pretty gnarly things, so please just be aware that it probably isn’t for sensitive viewers.

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City and Colour – Thirst (alternate edit)

Thirst is from the album “The Hurry And The Harm”, which is available now. City and Colour have released an alternate version of the original music video for the song. Enjoy.

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Kanye West’s new music video is amazing. The dude himself might get a lot of flack from some people, but he is on the ball with creativity in his projects. The new video “Black Skinhead” was directed by Nick Knight, and is interactive. What does that mean? Well, you have the power to slow the song down and slow down the motion while the song plays.

Click the image above or HERE to watch the video. Go wild.

THE NATIONAL MUSIC VIDEO

Hope you enjoy this rad, simple and fun music video from The National for their song “Sea Of Love”, off their new album Trouble Will Find Me. TGIF.

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Instead of the usual music video, we thought we’d put up something more interesting and inspiring for Music Mondays. We thought that this was pretty rad. Artist Pedro Reyes has done a series of musical instruments built from decommissioned weapons. The series is aptly named Disarm. The guns were taken from a collection of illegal weapons, collected by the Mexican army. Pedro has turned them into instruments, operated by computers, but they can also be played physically by people.

Pedro says that transforming the weapons into instrument is “…more than physical. It’s important to consider that many lives were taken with these weapons; as if a sort of exorcism was taking place, the music expelled the demons they held, as well as being a requiem for the lives lost.

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Combine the new song from JJ DOOM, MF DOOM’s new project, with the artistic talents of legendary street artist Steve “ESPO” Powers, and what do you get? A rad new music video is what.

The video was shot in London and directed by ESPO, and features “Bookhead”, a new song from JJ DOOM, and ESPO’s “masterminded security mirror mask”.

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This music video for Breakbot – “Baby I’m Yours” is made up of over 2000 individual watercolour paintings painted one after another. That is a hell of a lot of paintings. Beautiful, well-directed music video.

Composed (handmade) by: Irina Dakeva

BLACK LUNG BEHIND THE SCENES

Local Cape Town band, Black Lung, have just finished recording a new music video for their song “Beliefs”. These are some photos from behind the scenes. The video was directed by Michael Ellis along with Dirk Steenkamp and Everfelt Media, and will be out at the end of this month. Black Lung also have an album coming out next month, so look out for that!

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The Vein – “Magma”

‘Magma’ is the very first Dvein’s music video for The Vein’s new single. The video is pretty trippy, but the visuals are intriguing and the video is incredibly well animated and executed.

Direction & Art Direction: Dvein
Client: Adobe

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For today’s Music Mondays we feature Conqueror, a hardcore band from Joburg. If you like fast, angry, thrashy hardcore, then Conqueror is your band. Check out their two most recent music videos…

You can download their EPs for free HERE and HERE.

If you live in Cape Town, Conqueror will be playing two shows in the city this weekend. Check out the events listing on our home page for links to the events.

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Get your psychedelic rock ‘n roll fix for the day.

Wild Eastern Arches – Line of Simian.