Oppikoppi Interview: Satanic Dagga Orgy

Satanic Dagga Orgy

Satanic Dagga Orgy 2 Interview: Melissa Griesel

What gave you the idea to start the Satanic Dagga Orgy band?
Ray McCauley came to us in a dream. Blame him.

Who inspires you?
Madonna. Besides being a fashion icon, she showed the world that even when you’re in your 50s, you can still show your vagina to anyone you want.

Is there a certain trend/fashion you follow in the SA music scene?
We like to think we’re the only band currently willing to wear speedos on stage.

Where do you get the ideas to write the music you write?
Mainly from Ray McCauley in our dreams, but also from current events and things that happen in our lives. They’re not always true reflections of the events, but a little exaggeration never hurt anyone.

What does your music reflect about you?
Probably our absolute belief in the right to freedom of speech. We don’t take ourselves too seriously, we don’t make art, we write fun songs that are easy to sing along to.

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Where do you see Satanic Dagga Orgy in the future?
Ideally playing festivals on Mars. How long in the future did you mean? Next year we hope to play more festivals and finally quit accidentally listening to U2.

What is the hardest part about being a band?
Telling our grandparents the name of our band. That and breaking strings almost constantly.

What is the best part of being in the band?
Getting Ray McCauley to speak to us in our dreams. Actually the fact we get to hang with each other almost every weekend and get into shows for free.

Do you guys get into a lot of agreements/disagreements about the band and music in general?
We run a very democratic process when it comes to decisions, our main arguments are about whose turn it is to bring the booze to band practice.

What is your favorite type of music?
Ska, Folk, Country, Punk, Blues and Pop. EDM in general can fuck off.

What time/day are you playing at Oppi 2015?
We’re playing at 12h00 on the Skellum Stage on Sunday 9 August. It’s Women’s Day so we’re hoping to put our poems in all of you.

Where can fans buy the album and find out more about Satanic Dagga Orgy shows?
We’re about the first 3 pages of Google results, but the best places to follow us is on Facebook (Satanic Dagga Orgy) or Twitter (@SDOrgyMusic) and you can download our music for free on bandcamp (bandcamp.com/satanicdaggaorgy)

At The Gates & The Haunted for Witchfest 2016

At The Gates & The Haunted for Witchfest 2016

At The Gates & The Haunted for Witchfest 2016

Witchdoctor Productions would like to inform you of the following. The At The Gates shows in May have been moved. Since booking At The Gates, they went on to win a Swedish Grammy, this has placed additional workload on the band and will lead to a conflict in May which has the potential to negatively impact on the show. In order to make good on the shows, At The Gates have been confirmed for WITCHFEST 2016. To make this even better they will not be coming alone. We can now also confirm that The Haunted will be at WITCHFEST 2016.

IF you bought a ticket for At The Gates through Computicket, please speak to them for a refund. Tickets bought through Witchdoctor Productions can be refunded or the money can be moved towards a ticket for WITCHFEST 2016, please email info@witchdoctorproductions.com.

They apologise for the inconvenience and look forward to seeing you at WITCHFEST 2016.

In agreement with Witchdoctor Productions we have decided to move our club show appearances in May 2015 to an exclusive appearance on WITCHFEST 2016. Logistical and financial issues made the completion of these shows impossible. We apologize for this, and hope to see you on WITCHFEST 2016. Thanks for your understanding.” – At The Gates

At The Gates South African Tour

At the Gates

At the GatesPhoto: Andy Hayball

Once again Witchdoctor Productions is proving to be a force to be reckoned with in the South African heavy music scene by bringing At the Gates out for 2 shows at the end of May 2015. This will be the 1st time the band plays on African soil, a dream come true for many South African metal heads.

At the Gates is a Swedish death metal band from Gothenburg, and a major progenitor of the melodic death metal sound which laid the foundation for bands such as Killswitch Engage, Trivium and As I Lay Dying.

Initially active from 1990 to 1996, the band reformed in 2007 for a reunion tour before breaking up once again in 2008. However, they reformed for a second time in December 2010, and have since continued to perform live. The band released At War with Reality, their first album in 19 years, in late 2014.

Watch the video for Death and the Labyrinth taken from At War With Reality:

Show Dates and Venues:
29/05/15 At the Gates – SA Tour 2015 – The Mercury – Cape Town
30/05/15 At the Gates – SA Tour 2015 – Carfax – Johannesburg

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

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
22:15 – Ashes


Stage dives and high fives!
See you there!

No under 18’s

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

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.

Permanent Record

Permanent Record

Permanent Record

Permanent Record is a new independent record label based in Cape Town, South Africa.

The label was founded in late 2014, with the aim of providing a platform for local artists to release their music on vinyl. Not bound by any genre, PERMANENT RECORD strives to publish relevant South African artists. As such, the label focuses strongly on originality at the expense of following music trends.

The Slashdogs Progress Through Plunder

The Slashdogs – Progress Through Plunder on vinyl is the first record to be released by Permanent Record.


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.

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.



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.


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

You can buy tickets HERE.


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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‘MY RULES’ Book by Glen E. Friedman

Glen E Friedman and Ian Mackaye discuss My Rules

Old friends Glen E. Friedman and Ian MacKaye get together down at Dischord House just outside of Washington DC to discuss some of the photographs in Glen’s forthcoming book MY RULES. You can pre-oder the book HERE.

MY RULES, The book, will be released on the 20th anniversary of FUCK YOU HEROES original publication, in September of 2014. This book will be released by RIZZOLI international publications. Hard cover – 11.5″ tall by 13″ wide – 324 pages. Taking much inspiration from the same title used for GEF’s 1st ever solo publication, Self-published in 1982 – (MY RULES Photozine, the one and only issue).
 It will contain the best of both FUCK YOU HEROES (out of print for over a year now) and FUCK YOU TOO (out of print for over two years now). Over 30% of the book will be never before published work (over 100 never before published photographs). There will also be essays from many of GEF’s favorite and most respected and interesting subjects over the years.

Contributors include:

Tony Alva
Ian Mackaye
Lance Mountain
Henry Rollins
LL Cool J
Duane Peters
Keith Morris
Chuck D.
Rodney Mullen
Rakim Allah
Jay Adams
Milo Aukerman
Darryl McDaniels
Alan “Ollie” Gelfand
Jello Biafra
Rick Rubin
Jeff Ho
Tony (Cadena) Brandenburg
Adam Horovits
Gary “Dr. Know” Miller

Introductions by:
C.R. Stecyk III and Shepard Fairey

Afterwords by:
Lisa Fancher and Gary Harris

Win Tickets to All Assembly Events this Week

Win Assembly Tickets

Win Assembly Tickets

We have 3 double tickets to give away for all the events at The Assembly this week! That is 4 events!

All you have to do is comment below with which event you’re most excited for.

Winners will be announced tomorrow.

The events:

Wednesday: See You Next Wednesday x Hyphen, Mao & Daddy Warbucks
Thursday: The Rock ‘n Rollercoaster Presents: Arno Carstens Music brought to you by Sailor Jerry
Friday: Honda Presents: Pre-Block Party Warm-Up ft. Jamie Saint, DJ Va-Va, DDE, Pixel Pop & Half Life
Saturday: ROCK NIGHT ft. Ashtray Electric, Grassy Spark, The Liminals & YNDIAN MYNAH

Win Tickets: The Big 5 Series at Assembly

The Big Five Series at The Assembly

Want to win Double tickets to The Big Five Series at The Assembly this Saturday?

All you have to is comment below with the number of acts playing on Saturday night.

Winners will be notified on Friday.

Facebook Event Link


Presented by Jagermeister South Africa: a key partner that has helped nurture and pioneer local music over the past years. The focus of THE BIG 5 is on local talent and the design stems from utilising The Assembly Logo to create the 5 iconic South African wild animals for each event. All the designs were put together by Andrew Ringrose. The aim of THE BIG 5 is to connect Live Music and Electronic Music, fusing these 2 scenes into a one night only experience per show, to be remembered for the rest of time and anchor these acts in the history of The Assembly lifestyle.


– Van Coke Kartel
– The Plastics
– Jack Stone
– Terrasoul

WEBTICKETS: R50 (skip the queue)

61 Harrington Street | Cape Town

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


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:
Arc Reactor
With Dawn

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


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

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

Take Hand
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 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

Wildernessking 10

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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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!

Peasant (CPT)
Meth Breath


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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.



Death Pegasus are playing a show in Cape Town on Friday night, so caught up with frontman Marcel Marcel for a quick interview…

What is Death Pegasus?
Death Pegasus is a Thrash Metal band from JHB, with members Brian Seston (Drums), Grant Seston (Rhythm Guitar and Gang Vocals), Berneau v.d. Merwe (Base Guitar and Gang Vocals) and Marcel Marcel (Lead Vocals, Lead and Rhythm Guitar).

How long have you guys been a band and what came before that?
We formed the band in November 2012. Before that it was all about art, jamming together and being mega Thrash fans.

What do you do in the band and who does all the artwork?
So far I have been the main writer of the songs and lyrics in Death Pegasus, but recently we have started writing songs together as a band. I also do all the art and visuals for the band, be it cover art, flyers, logo’s etc.


How much is the music and art linked?
The art is closely tied to the music. It directly correlates with the lyrical content and general feel of the band and Thrash in general.

What’s it like being a Thrash band in Joburg and how much did growing up in Joburg influence your sound?
It is exciting being a Thrash Metal band from JHB, as there aren’t many Thrash bands out there, leaving a lot of room to expand and expose this genre of metal to the listeners. Growing up in the city of Johannesburg has had a strong influence on the lyrical content, heaviness of the sound and urgency of the vocal style, as the violence, chaos and intense energy impacts your thinking and psyche.


Which bands are your heros?
Big question, but to name a few: Exodus, Nuclear Assault, D.R.I., Slayer, Anthrax, Sepultura.

You guys are playing in Cape Town for the first time this Friday, what can people expect?
Coming to a Death Pegasus show you can expect some serious in-your-face Thrash and general mayhem.

What’s the art show about that will be exhibiting at the show?
The art will be reflecting on all the lyrical themes and concepts of all the songs on our E.P. Critical Madness. From War Inside that talks about inner turmoil, to Critical Madness that speaks about the chaotic and mad state of the world.

Facebook event for their show on Friday.






Death Pegasus at the Pit


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

Friday 21 March
The Pit, 133 Bree Street, Cape Town

RSVP to the Facebook event here.


RVCA x THE PIT from The Pit on Vimeo.

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


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


The Indefinite Ride

In episode 4, ‘The Indefinite Ride’, Volcom dives deep into the unexplainable forces of nature which created our destiny. This journey is about the future and the spiritual connection with riding, which culminates on March 1, 2014 with the global premiere tour of ‘True To This’. It’s a candid look at this cult following as seen through the 3rd eyes of Volcom team riders: Ryan Sheckler, Mitch Coleborn, Andrew Doheny, Grant Taylor, Colin Provost, Pat Moore and Rune Glifberg.

Then make sure to save the dates for the SA leg of the Global Premier Tour:
Durban 5th March – Upstairs (Spiga) 7pm
Cape Town 7th March – The Pit (Clarke’s) 7pm

True to This is a feature film celebrating America’s First Boarding Company, Volcom.


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


See You Next Wednesday

Win double tickets to See You Next Wednesday, featuring A33, George Daniel and Sideshow!

How to enter:
Like Revolution on Facebook
Like The Assembly on Facebook
Comment below with the artist you’re most looking forward to seeing and why.

See You Next Wednesday is basically a lucky packet of musical styles, but one things for sure, it’s going to bang! And with the mighty Sideshow & George Daniel on board, plus special guest and Drum ‘n’ Bass legend A33, it’s guaranteed! Featuring support from DDE, DJ Minx, and Southern Suburbs.

– A33
– George Daniel
– Sideshow
– DJ Minx
– Southern Suburbs

R20 and girls free before 11
RSVP for guestlist before 10


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 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

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.

Facebook Event


Comeback Kid at Mercury Live. Photo by Greg Maxwell.Comeback Kid

Greg Maxwell took some nice photos from Comeback Kid’s final stop of their South African tour, at Mercury Live, Cape Town, South Africa.

Comeback Kid were supported (in order of performance) by Peasant, Take Hand, Reason to Live and Truth and Its Burden. If you were at any of the shows, you will know how good our local bands were, and how amazing it was to see Comeback Kid live. If you weren’t, then you missed out, but hopefully these photos give you a taste of what went down.

Peasant at Mercury Live. Photo by Greg Maxwell.Peasant

Take Hand at Mercury Live. Photo by Greg Maxwell.Take Hand

Reason to Live at Mercury Live. Photo by Greg Maxwell.Reason to Live

Truth and Its Burden at Mercury Live. Photo by Greg Maxwell.Truth and Its Burden

Comeback Kid at Mercury Live. Photo by Greg Maxwell.Comeback Kid

Comeback Kid at Mercury Live. Photo by Greg Maxwell.Comeback Kid

Comeback Kid at Mercury Live. Photo by Greg Maxwell.Comeback Kid

Comeback Kid at Mercury Live. Photo by Greg Maxwell.Comeback Kid

Comeback Kid at Mercury Live. Photo by Greg Maxwell.Comeback Kid

Comeback Kid at Mercury Live. Photo by Greg Maxwell.Comeback Kid

Comeback Kid at Mercury Live. Photo by Greg Maxwell.Comeback Kid

Comeback Kid at Mercury Live. Photo by Greg Maxwell.Comeback Kid

Comeback Kid at Mercury Live. Photo by Greg Maxwell.Comeback Kid

Revolution was a proud sponsor of the tour. A huge thank you to Ashley de Beer, Favour the Brave Agency, and all the other tour sponsors for making this tour happen.


Comeback Kid Live in South Africa 2014 Cape Town

Make sure you don’t miss out on Comeback Kid’s final show of their South African tour tonight at Mercury Live, Cape Town. Get tickets!

Take Hand
Reason to Live
Truth and Its Burden
Comeback Kid
Mercury Live
Cape Town

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/344903482291529/

Here is come of the chaos that happened at the Durban and Johannesburg shows:

A huge thank you to Favour the Brave Agency for bringing them out!


Cape Town Electronic Music Festival 2014

Win a bar tab at Cape Town Electronic Music Festival to the value of your ticket!

This year’s CTEMF runs 7 to 9 February and is headlined by Deep house don Dixon (Germany), drum n bass trio Noisia (Netherlands) and hip hop pioneer DJ, The Original Jazzy Jay (US).

Whether you have a R200 Day Pass, a R350 Early Bird Ticket or a R500 Full Weekend Pass, this prize is sure to be the cherry on top of a wicked weekend of electronic music.

To enter, tell us why you deserve to win! Comment below. Best comment wins.

Competition winner will be notified on Thursday.

Entrants need be be older than 18 and must be in possession of their ID and ticket while collecting their prize.


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 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.


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 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!


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


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.


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.


Find out more about the tour HERE.


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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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.


Lamb of God South Africa 2014

If you haven’t been hiding under a rock, you’ll have heard by now that Lamb of God are playing in South Africa this month!

Cape Town: http://www.facebook.com/events/395048820607385/

Johannesburg: http://www.facebook.com/events/546286785431777/

Heavy metal supporters in the Republic of South Africa have held their breath since early in 2012 when rumours first emerged that a local appearance by USA metal titans LAMB OF GOD was imminent. Hopes were dashed later that year when the remainder of the band’s tour was cancelled in mid-2012 and activity curbed to within United States borders up until June this year.

In fulfilling an old promise, LAMB OF GOD are finally on the road and catching up on a major backlog of shows across the globe. The great news for South Africa is that two dates have been squeezed into the the band’s jam-packed touring schedule for early 2014. “With only two dates available, we’ll be touring them to Cape Town and Johannesburg,” said Dawid Fourie of RAM TOURING. Tours by the company have previously included artists at cities including Durban, Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein as the major urban centres. “We’re hoping that by playing those two cities, the maximum number of fans will get an opportunity to begin planning early for a trip to one of the larger centers.” Cape Town can be reached in eight hours by road from Port Elizabeth, and Johannesburg within six hours from all major inland cities, and coastal Durban.

LAMB OF GOD, from the State of Virginia in the USA, were formed in 1990 with current members John Campbell on bass, Mark Morton on Guitar, and the legendary Chris Adler on Drums. Vocalist Randy Blythe joined in 1995 and drummer Chris’s brother Willie Adler replaced Abe Spear on guitar in 1999, resulting in the current line-up which spans more than a decade; and introducing the electrifying chemistry which has launched a successful career for the band we see today.

Chris Adler, endorsed internationally by MAPEX DRUMS, is lauded by drummers the world over for his unique style of playing, and his often used ‘heel-toe’ technique. Guitarist Mark Morton has also made a significant impact on the global guitar-playing fraternity, as celebrated by JACKSON GUITARS with his ‘Dominion’ signature model being highly sought after. The band has released six studio albums to date, with their 2006 album ‘Sacrament’ receiving a Grammy nomination, and selling a cumulative two million copies in the USA alone. LAMB OF GOD is considered to be the spearhead of what heavy metal fans call “The New Wave of American Heavy metal”. What has also won this band great public acclaim are their DVD’s containing many hours of footage on the stage and off of it, but more importantly documenting normal days in the life of a hard working band on tour.

See the LAMB OF GOD facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/lambofgod

Local support for the tour will include both a stalwart and an exciting new South African metal band, one from each city performing at both shows. MIND ASSAULT from Cape Town have become a dominant force in the Southern African metal scene since commencing on their first national tour in 2006, and have featured prominently at a number of tours and major festivals and across the country since then.

See the MIND ASSAULT facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/mindassault

THE DRIFT is a new guise featuring familiar faces, such as Louis Du Pisani from formerly of Knave, Hannes of Chromium, Marc of All Forlorn, Stefan of Gadabout, and Jason of Miserichord; formed up into one brand new heavy metal powerhouse. Each band will represent a true reflection of what South African metal has to offer, and form an exciting cross-city metal exchange.

See THE DRIFT facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/thedriftsa

LAMB OF GOD will melt faces on FRIDAY 24 JANUARY in Cape Town, and SATURDAY 25 JANUARY in Johannesburg. Tickets can be purchased as of immediately via www.computicket.com, or from any Computicket outlet nationwide. General standing is available at R450 and for Golden Circle, only R550.



Well-stocked bars (no alcohol served to u18s), food stalls, security, medics.

Regretfully, no u16′s will be allowed, and u18′s will only be admissible if accompanied by adult (21+) supervision and their ID documents.


SID: Superman is Dead

Dennis Morris and Shepard Fairey currently have an exhibition on called SID: SUPERMAN IS DEAD, which features paintings, prints and photographs of Sid Vicious, along with a life-size replica of a hotel room destroyed by Sid in 1977.

Sid Vicious

Sid Vicious

Shepard Fairey’s SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS will be transported back to 1977 Britain beginning 8 pm Friday, December 13 when Fairey and internationally renowned, British photographer Dennis Morris host the opening of SID: Superman Is Dead. The show will feature collaborative paintings, photographs and prints of, and inspired by, Sid Vicious’ tenure as the Sex Pistols’ bassist.

Born John Simon Ritchie, Vicious’ time with the Pistols was as brief as it was chaotic and legendary. Since his death in early 1979 at the age of 21, Sid has been immortalized as a punk rock icon in countless posthumous recordings, films, T-shirts, action figures etc. SID: Superman Is Dead is possibly the ultimate of these tributes, its centerpiece being a recreation of a hotel room trashed by Sid in a fit of intoxication, rage and depression during the infamous S.P.O.T.S. (Sex Pistols On Tour Secretly) tour of 1977, during which the Pistols were forced to play every date under pseudonyms to avoid cancellation.

The SID: Superman Is Dead opening reception will also feature a once in a lifetime live musical homage to Sid in the form of Ritchie Love, an exclusive assemblage of his contemporaries from the original punk rock era. The band is comprised of Sex Pistols guitarist, co-founder and Vicious band mate Steve Jones; Generation X co-founder Billy Idol, who ran with early Pistols support gang the Bromley Contingent; Bow Wow Wow co-founder and early Adam & The Ants guitarist Leigh Gorman; and Blondie co-founder and erstwhile Ramones and Iggy Pop drummer Clem Burke.

The Sex Pistols changed my life when I discovered them in 1984. Their music alone made my arm hairs stand up, but their image and attitude were just as important and powerful. The member of the Sex Pistols who I was drawn to and most epitomized the punk image for me was Sid Vicious, with his spiked hair, leather jacket, lock necklace, and reckless behavior. At 14 I was mesmerized by Sid and made my first homemade t-shirt of him snarling his lip defiantly. I was rebelling, looking for any way to irritate my parents and, before I knew better, Sid was my Superman. Sid self-destructed young and with punk’s slogans like “No Future” and “Live Fast, Die Young,” Sid was everything the Superman, anti-hero, or cliché of a nihilistic movement called for. Sid didn’t really do much to shape punk music… he only actually played on two songs on Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols. However, Sid’s surly vocals kick ass on C’mon Everybody, Somethin’ Else, and My Way. Sid remains one of punk’s most enduring icons even if he is a classic example of style over substance. I was a sucker for Sid’s image as a teenager, and I still am, even though I see him as less “cool” and more tragic and cautionary these days. I have made many images of Sid over the years, and I thought I had retired him as a subject until Dennis Morris – the photographer of the most intimate and iconic shots of Sid-approached me about a collaboration. Dennis’s archive provided an amazing treasure trove of Sid images to work from in creating the paintings and prints in the “Superman Is Dead” show. I’m so glad I got to do Dennis’s Sid images “My Way”! I can now retire Sid as a subject. I’ve worked with the best, I can skip the rest.” – Shepard Fairey

Working from the title, S.I.D (Superman is Dead), these photographs sum up/represent the image Sid portrayed of himself to the public. He was hero, villain, fearless, innocent and like a supernova, he shone bright, lived fast, died young. Punk needed a hero, Sid became that hero / anti-hero. The idea for the exhibition came from a mutual admiration and respect of each other’s work (for Shepard and I). When Shepard and I eventually met, the exhibition was born on that first meeting. It had to happen. And a happening it will be!” – Dennis Morris


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


Arcade Fire – Afterlife

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


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.


Comeback Kid Live In South Africa


The Brodown


VENUE: Ragazzi LIVE BAR, 7 Loop St, Cape Town
DATE: Friday 22nd November


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.


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
7. Chicago Spring
8. When We Were College Kids
9. Twang (Blister To Burn)
10. Upstate Mosquito


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.


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.