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#48 APRIL 2011

CONTENTS VAN COKE 04News KARTEL:

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From The Pub

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Mike Smith

s we proudly tick off three years on the streets of Cape Town, and with our 50th issue looming ahead (June 2011), we have also come the end of a passage of time that marked our rise to a certain level of professionalism. In August 2009, Jon Monsoon brought a wealth of experience with him when he settled into his plush leather chair in his air-conditioned LMG office with his own personalised cappuccino maker (in our dreams!!). As a published author on South African rock music and years of writing, editing and band publicity, we were jolted out of our mediocrity and made to up the ante, in keeping with Jon’s high standards. Well Jon has recently moved to Johannesburg where, among other pursuits, he will be investigating opportunities for the expansion of YOUR LMG to the Great Northern Territory. I would personally like to take this opportunity to thank Jon for everything that he has brought to our magazine up to this point and look forward to working together to spread the word up north in bigger and better ways. Introducing our incoming editor takes me back even further. Exactly a year before Jon’s entry, the August 2008 issue introduced a new writer to these pages. Her name was Tecla Ciolfi. In the two and a half years since, Tecla has been one of the backbones of our writing staff. Never afraid to say what’s on her mind - and her Texx and the City blog (www.texxandthecity.com) confirms regularly this – she has written everything from reviews, to news pieces, to feature articles (see her Van Coke insights on page 6) and we are proud to appoint her as YOUR LMG’s new editor. Welcome Tecla! With more than 1000 people in attendance, our 3rd Birthday celebrations at Mercury last month were an outstanding success. Jim Beam did us proud as sponsors and we will be drinking much more of this outstanding bourbon in the future! To those of you who attended, your support is very much appreciated. To those who didn’t, please remember that we are not called YOUR LMG for nothing. We very seldom ask anything from you, so when we do we would like to think that our efforts do not go unappreciated. This YOUR magazine as much as it is ours. So for out 48th issue we thought we’d change things up a little and introduce to you, our first ever full colour issue. Yep, we’ve finally moved away from the days of black & white and firmly into a new era. Enjoy! As the weather turns cooler, remember that live music doesn’t stop! So air out those jackets and get those windscreen wipers replaced – winter is not going to stop the fun! See you at a gig soon.

CONTACT US

Email info@yourlmg.com Website www.yourlmg.com Send your comments feedback@yourlmg.com For a complete list of Your LMG outlets visit our website. Advertising enquiries 076 870 3470 DISCLAIMER: The views expressed in YOUR LMG are not necessarily those of LMG Media CC, its management, editor, or advertisers. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted electronically or via any other means without the written consent of the publisher (LMG MEDIA CC). Plus all the other wank stuff that other magazines usually put here.

08 LMG BDAY The Wrap-up

12 Festival: Easter Beast 10

GIG GUIDE

12 RAMFEST V

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LIVE

Reviews

BANDWATCH: MY FLAWLESS

ENDING 17 CD

REVIEWS

Publisher Mike Smith Editor Tecla Ciolfi Design Storm Farrell Gig Guide Christiaan Rossouw Production Assistant Nina-levi Magnussen Writers Gabi Goldberg, Girl Banned, Cecilia Loft, Tecla, Mike Smith, Adrian Davies, Simone Norton, Lauren Potgieter, Jade Scully Photographers Duwayne Smith, Flyinghorse Photography, Michael Currin, Frances Knoesen, Adriaan Louw, Michael Ellis Printing Signet Printing On The Cover Van Coke Kartel Cover Photograph Michael Ellis Special Thanks to Photo Hire


THE NEWS Just So You Know...

s Making Headline

It seems as though local management service company, Headline Artists, have been busy little bees over at their hive. Take a look at some of the recent activities that have been keeping their heads firmly under those hoods. • They’ve recently signed Stonecollar and Black Moscow with both album launches taking place at Mercury Live & Lounge on the 17th and 26th of May respectively. • In the final stages of rehearsing Coal’s live set with their new drummer, the incomparable Ross Cambell. Klein Libertas welcomes them for Ross’s first gig on the 20th April. • About to embark of the recording of a new Wendy Oldfield album with Brian o’ Shea and Musketeer Records. • Busy watching over Kill Disco who are busy on their first nationwide tour. • Facilitating a Heroes Wear Red tour of Cape Town at the end of April, culminating with a not-to-be-missed Headline slot at Easter Rock The River. • They’ve also developed and launched the Introduction to the Music Industry training programme at SAE Institute in February and Marcha with a view to extending this to the general public.

UPDATE ON PARLTONES NEW VIDEO

Festival

season is winding down and while you may have been to Up The Creek and RAMfest you may still feel you need another festival fix, then The RAKA unplugged festival is just for you. The festival is being hosted by De Plate Kompanjie and is taking place from the 31st of March to the 3rd of April at the Kam’Bati resort. Tickets are R250 presold and R300 at the gate. Bands like Foto Na Dans, Pretty Blue Guns, Albert Frost, Ramblin’ Bones and Third World Spectator will be taking to the stage; with an open mic, rafting, wine stalls and many more attractions it promises to four days to be enjoyed by all.

TAXI VIOLENCE STRIPPED DOWN We are pleased to report that Cape Town rock darlings, Taxi Violence, are busy putting the finishing touches on their brand new unplugged album that will feature reworked fan favourites. Forcing themselves to work outside their comfort zone and present their hardcore fans with something totally different, Taxi Violence have taken a large leap of faith here. Fingers crossed this leap of faith lands them on a smooth sailing road. We can’t get enough of the raw, unplugged Taxi Violence here at Your LMG and wholeheartedly support them in their new venture. Side note: Keep your eyes peeled for Taxi Violence’s brand new music video for their track, ‘Heads of Tails’ which sees the band collaborating again with local director Ryan Kruger.

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the last issue we reported that The Parlotones pulled their new music video due to it ultimately not reflecting the band’s initial vision. Now, after going ahead and shooting an alternative music video for their track ‘Should We Fight Back’, it seems The Parlotones have had a change of heart. If speculation is to be believed, The Parlotones will pit the two music videos against each other, and let the public decide which one they will use through a voting system, because voting systems in South Africa are incredibly democratic like that.

Mango Groove LIVE in your lounge

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ango Groove’s fans will undoubtedly be pleased to know that the release of the first ever Mango Groove live concert DVD is finally here. Titled simply ‘Mango Groove Live in Concert’ it features all the classics, from all their early hits to most of the favourites from Mango Groove’s latest album. In addition to all the familiar songs, the live show is a spectacular visual feast, featuring stunning production values and loads of extra surprises. The show was shot at the end of 2010 as a full-blown 10 camera HD shoot in front of thousands of fans at the Big Top Arena in Carnival City. The ‘Mango Groove Live in Concert’ DVD will be released in stores nationwide on Monday 4 April 2011.


VAN COKE KARTEL

Four years ago Van Coke Kartel was a bona-fide mess. Despite being musically tight and having produced a dirty, punk-rooted debut album produced by the legendary Theo Crous, their live shows eclipsed all their talent. From front man Francois Van Coke’s drunken slurrings onstage, to the general sloppiness of their sets, it didn’t seem likely that this spin-off band would make the year end, let alone a second album.

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ast forward to 2011 and Van Coke Kartel are perched on the highest of professional highs, poised to push the boundaries of industry standards even higher. So just how the hell did they do it? Francois dives right into the thick of an explanation, stating how he and bassist Wynand Myburgh always had the idea of forming a 3-piece band. After Fokofpolisiekar’s last two shows at Kirstenbosch and Ramfest in 2007, this long sought-after opportunity finally presented itself.

Photo by Michael Ellis

to have come full-circle with Jason joining VCK in the end, Francois seemingly laments his lack of judgement confessing, “I didn’t release how good Jason was. If I did, it would’ve been different.” It was after their first live show at Mercury that two thirds of VCK realised following a culturally revolutional band like Fokof was going to be harder than they first thought. “We couldn’t deliver the live vibe as well as we wanted to and it felt like every show was this fight,” Francois said. Taking into “Yeah you see, the second album picked up the SAMA and got account the onstage puking, forgetting of lyrics and general great reviews, but it’s the one that sold the least.” disharmony amongst the ranks, it’s no wonder fans walked away from gigs shaking their heads. It was clear that something had to give. When questioned as to why a 3-piece specifically, Francois replied, “the original A puzzled look suddenly appears on lead guitarist Jedd Kossew’s face as he idea for Fokof was that it would’ve been a 3-piece. Me and Wynand and then diplomatically states, “I was there at that gig at Mercury, but I don’t remember Hunter would play drums, or something like that.” Never the primary songwriters them being that bad.” Wynand’s sudden arrival with news that Jason’s going to in Fokof, Francois and Wynand had been given more musical leeway now than ever be late due to an unscheduled flat tyre, is cause for little concern as Wynand slaps before, the only problem was sourcing the correct musicians to complete the VCK four passports down on the table. When asked where they’re headed, Francois line-up. spots a gap to talk about their upcoming tour to London “We’re basically going on As far as drummers go, VCK were just lazy come selection time. “Justin filled in for the back of the Fokof tour,” he smiles. Snake in Fokof when Snake broke his arm, so he was an obvious choice,” Francois states plainly. He pauses for a good few seconds before laughing, “What’s funny is that we approached Jason (Oosthuizen) back in the day. But he was smsing me in all this fucking sms language and I couldn’t understand what he was saying, so I was like, fuck this dude.” Even though things seem

Left to right: Jason Oosthuizen, Jedd Kossew, Francois Van Coke and Wynand Myburgh


Interjecting wide-eyed enthusiasm into the conversation in his customary 10 words per second, Wynand adds his two-cents on their early live shows. “Ag I think that in the beginning just getting onstage for us was fine,” he laughs. But he puts on a more serious face when talking about Skop, Skiet & Donner. “The idea was to do a studio album and then decide how we were going to do it live. The idea was to have more session okes as well. And then we remembered him (Jedd) from days back when I was still doing sound and he was playing with Cool April.” But even after playing a few shows with VCK, Jedd’s future plans were to get on a plane and, like many South Africans, mission to London. In the end he made the wiser choice to stick around and become a permanent fixture in the VCK line-up. As for being the only English guy in the band, there definitely are pitfalls. “The first tour was ridiculous,” Jedd sighs. “Obviously my Afrikaans is much better a year later, but back then I had to ask Frannie the whole time ‘What did he say?’” Jedd Photo by Frances Knoesen was reluctant to talk about being the only English guy on the Vanfokkentasties tour. A long shake of his head said it all. “When Hunter talks Afrikaans I don’t understand what he’s saying. I reckon I’m used to these two.” Conversation then turns to second album ‘Waaksaam en Wakker’ where already, the change in VCK was imminent. Their musical style also progressed from a hardcore rock ‘n roll stance to one that was more contemporary. “I picked up a double bass for that one. We were talking about trying a bit more rockabilly in our sound,” Wynand explains. Here, the platform for experimentation had begun to be used and would be revisited again on ‘Skop, Skiet en Donner’. As far as the commercial side of their second album goes, Wynand set the record straight, stating “Yeah you see, the second album picked up the SAMA and got great reviews, but it’s the one that sold the least.” As far as ‘Skop, Skiet en Donner’ is concerned, things are appearing to be much brighter. “The record company says we’re doing extremely well,” grins Wynand. But just exactly how well is extremely well? “We’re past breaking even. We had a nice little laugh at that.” It’s at this point that Jason saunters in looking a little worse for tyre wear. After customary greetings he plonks himself down at the table and sighs, “What can you do, you know what I mean?” Jason’s arrival sends Wynand on a sudden nostalgic trip of how they decided he was the “oke for the job.” “Jason actually contacted us first. I think he heard rumours that the two of us were starting a band,” Wynand explains. “Ja, Snake said something,” Jason confirms. “Jaco and Jason used to hang out at Jam and he knew of Jason’s skills, which were very slim at that stage, obviously.” Wynand adds cheekily. The general consensus back in the early VCK days was that Jason, ex-drummer for One Day Remains, was shit hot at his craft, but it appears to be Wynand’s fiancé that sealed the deal when she proclaimed him to be “quite a good drummer” after seeing him on TV. Talk soon talks to babies and marriage, and with two of the VCK’s newly engaged, it’s inevitable to talk about plans for the future and getting older. “Old age” also seems to have brought about a more professional attitude in the way they handle themselves, not only offstage but onstage as well. “We’re much more sober onstage now than in the past few years. If you’re drunk then things get kinda over the top,” Francois states and anyone who’s seen him perform in the past know he’s talking from personal experience. Jason, who apparently enjoys a few cold ones as much as any, is suddenly adaPhoto by Duwayne Smith mant that it was he who “brought in the whole not-drinking thing.” But, rather fittingly, it’s manager Wynand who has the final say, proclaiming “I’m very happy with the way that VCK has progressed. The quicker and the heavier you push, the quicker it kinda comes to an end. I mean there’s so much time, rather take it easy and have a good time doing it. We really want to up the game from a live point of view.” And by the looks of things, they most certainly have. Van Coke Kartel’s Ramfest show at Nekkies this year were a tribute to how keeping your close nose to the grindstone pays off. And with all four guys super keen to push the boundaries of any future musical endeavours, you’re almost guaranteed that whatever they dish next will be awaited with keen interest all over the country.

by Tecla


LMG 3RD

BDAY BASH In this industry, to survive, three years is quite a long time. It’s all relative of course, but in terms of free street press, it’s a mark of longevity and brand-building of which we at YOUR LMG are justifiably proud.

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o to mark this recognition, we decided that we were going to celebrate with a whole week of events at Mercury. And with over 1000 people coming through the doors, and a major sponsor on board in the guise of Jim Beam, probably the world’s premier bourbon, it’s safe to say that there will be many more LMG birthdays. The week kicked off in true LMG fashion. We have built a reputation for uncovering the best emerging talent and giving them opportunities to showcase their talent at major events, as we demonstrated at Synergy last year with the LMG Stage and Monday night certainly supported this ethic. My Flawless Ending’s talented outpouring of grungy garage rock began the evening. Raw, but ready to explode… this three-piece is something special. They were followed by the sweet, but slightly dirty, sounds of the new darlings of the local rockabilly scene, Peachy Keen. Fronted by two very talented blondes who take the genre back to its roots – and with harmonies to die for – this is another band that is definitely going places. The raw, tongue-in-cheek rock of Genitalia brought the evening to a rousing climax and showed why they are one of the most under-rated newcomers on the scene. Tuesday night brought the return of the LMG Music Quiz at Mercury and the old LMG Pub Quiz regulars

were back in full force. The Jim Beam and Souza tequila flowed and two dozen bottles given away as prizes. The winner of the R1000 first prize generously sponsored by Mercury’s Kevin Winder was none other than LMG Quiz stalwarts, the team of Billy Idiot. Rumour has it that the LMG Pub Quiz will be returning soon, so stay tuned!

With the talented 20 year old Canadian blues songstress recently returning from playing overseas with some of the world’s best, the collaborations provided by the Natasha Meister evening were always going to be interesting. Stereo Zen kicked off proceedings with Natasha joining them for two songs. One of the high points of the evening was her duet with Joshua Grierson on one of his trademark songs, ‘Prize Fighter’. This explosive performance led Natasha down the dark road of Joshua’s renowned spontaneity, resulting in a guitar-off that harked back to Deliverance’s epic ‘Duelling Banjos’. Natasha’s own set left many punters in open-mouthed awe, but the cherry on top of the evening was yet another blistering performance from one of the genuine divas of the Cape Town hip hop/funk scene in EJ Von Lyrik. EJ and her superbly talented band just seem to get better every time they play, and it was an absolutely fitting ending to a unique evening when Natasha joined EJ for a rousing final song. The official LMG 3rd Birthday Party kicked off on Friday 11th with The Sleepers. It was a bitter-sweet performance for many as it marked long-time frontman Simon Tamblyn’s very last performance with the band, and boy did they see him out in style. Van Coke Kartel then stamped their presence on the evening with a rousing set, followed by indieAfrikaans darlings Foto Na Dans. An evening of no less than three major headliners providing a fitting end to a memorable week.

All Photos by Duwayne Smith

A SPECIAL THANK YOU... I would like to take this opportunity to thank all LMG writers and photographers who have contributed over the last year. Space restraints limit by ability to name you all, but please know that your selfless efforts have been an absolutely integral part of our success. Also, my eternal gratitude goes to my production staff: Nina-levi Magnussen for co-ordination of writers and photographers as well as the gig guide, designers Johann Smith and Storm Farrell, and our intrepid editor Jon Monsoon. A special note of thanks too, go to Christiaan Rossouw for being the organiser of much of the LMG Birthday Week

Left to Right: The Sleepers, EJ Von Lyrik, Natasha Meister and Joshua Grierson & The Town Criers

(as well as taking over the gig guide in recent times). While Mercury has been an LMG supporter since our inception, all of our LMG advertisers have my sincere gratitude and we are always mindful of the fact that we cannot do this without you. Our sponsors, Jim Beam, are busy doing a great job of reminding the South African drinking public that all over the world, they are the bourbon of choice and we thank them sincerely for their contribution to these events. Finally, to those of you who came through and attended our Birthday Week, a very hearty THANK YOU for your support!


Taxi Violence

Photo by Frances Knoesen

KLEIN LIB

It’s ti me to

Rock the River like rabbits do Giving no time for our hangovers and sunburns to fade, the organisers of the blisteringly brilliant Rock The River (New Years Eve) festival have given us another good reason to celebrate a holiday we’d otherwise probably waste. Unofficially billed as a big “thank you” party to the 1800+ people that made the New Year’s Eve event such a success, Rock The River’s Easter Beast will offer more of the same, and then some.

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s with at the New Year’s party, this Rock The River again takes place at the awesomely well-appointed Buffalo Drift resort just outside the quaint town of Gouda off the R44 (only 80 minutes drive out of Cape Town) and will once again play host to a line-up of some of SA’s most interesting musical talent.

Some of the confirmed local talent that will be rocking up to lay it down for our Easter enjoyment include the minstrels of Taxi Violence, Van Coke Kartel, Hog Hoggidy Hog, Ph.Fat, 7th Son, Chromium (all the way from P.E!), Reburn, When Karma Sleeps, Heroes Wear Red (Jhb), The Plastics, Boombox Troopers, Kill Disco, White Collar Kiss, Heldervue, We Shall Embrace (another hot hot Johannesburg band!), Alive At Midnight, Fox Comet, My Flawless Ending, Red Huxley and more. Comedians of calibre will be on hand should you feel the need to laugh after rocking out and keeping the dancefloor alive before and after bands will be crowd favourites DJ Sideshow and DJ Aidan (Squeek). Organisers have promised that no coin has been spared to present only the finest sound and lighting, making this one small festival that packs a powerful punch. Going thirsdty is not an option and liquid refreshments of every sort will be on hand throughout the festivities through three fully stocked bar outlets. Most importantly, there will be hot showers, serviced toilets, a range of hot food stalls, and the obligatory craft market. Being an outdoor festival, camping beneath the stars is the preferred option. There is ample shaded camping along the river bank, where no vehicle access will be allowed, to which we say yay! If you don’t already have tickets, get yours now!

STUDENTS R200; NORMAL R250; TICKETS AT GATE R280 TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM BOOKINGS@ROCKTHERIVERSA.CO.ZA or at Computicket. Rock The River Easter Beast is proudly sponsored by Hellfire Hire, Zest Scooter, Paul Bothner Music, Plus 1 Media Productions, MFM 92.6 and YOUR LMG.

Things to bring to Rock The River SA 3: an entrance ticket, tent, camping chairs, torches, sun block, insect repellent, toilet paper, camera, cap or hat, something warm, towels, headache pills, acoustic instruments, your hot sister/ brother, money, sunglasses, condoms, swimming kit and Good Vibes! Things not to bring to Rock The River SA 3: Glass bottles (please decant into plastic bottles), fireworks, domestic animals, bad attitudes, weapons, independent sound systems, illegal substances. NB! NO OPEN FIRES WILL BE PERMITTED!


RAKA FESTIVAL feat. RAMBLING BONES + LOUWTJIE ROTHMAN + MANOUCHE + DANE TAYLOR

ARNO CARSTENS + ALBERT FROST Villa Pascal

RAMBLIN’ BONES & HIS BLOODY AGENTS Trenchtown

KIDOFDOOM + BATALEUR The Assembly

DAN PATLANSKY BAND + SIMON ORANGE + JURG HUMAN Die Boer

DIE GUNSTONS + CHAOS ON THE SUN The Nameless Pub

BED ON BRICKS (3:30 PM) Cape Farmhouse

SAT 2

DAN PATLANSKY + JESSE JORDAN & WAYNE PAULI Die Boer

ANDREW JAMES + JOSHUA GRIERSON Theatre In The District

AKKEDIS Berties Mooring

MIKE ROSSI QUARTET Green Dolphin

RAKA FESTIVAL feat. FOTO NA DANS + THE PRETTY BLUE GUNS + LEMOLOW + GARY THOMAS + NO ONE’S ARC Kam’Bati River Resort

MY FLAWLESS ENDING + CHAOS ON THE SUN + WHEN KARMA SLEEPS Zula Sound Bar

12TH AVENUE + THE UNDEFIND Mercury

FRI 1

TUE 5

WED 6

SAT 16

THU 21

WED 27

CHATTANOOGA & FRIENDS Plaasteater LEE GELDERBLOEM TRIO

COMEDY NIGHT Purple Turtle RICHARD CEASER TRIO

NICK & DAVE Boo Radley’s

OPEN MIC NIGHT Plaasteater

DUREX ULTIMATE BATTLE SEMI FINALS

NATASHA MEISTER BAND (6 PM) Berties Mooring

SUN 17

GIL HOCKMAN The Melting Pot

TINA SCHOUW QUINTET Green Dolphin

LUNA PAIGE + GERALD CLARK De Oude Bank Bakkerij

ARNO CARSTENS UNPLUGGED Purple Turtle

FIREFLY + NEVAY + LIBERTY ATTAIN The Nameless Pub

GET LAID FEST feat. DIAMONDBACK BLUES BAND + BOULEVARD BLUES BAND + WHEN KARMA SLEEPS + KEVIN FLOYD BAND Cape Town Ostrich Farm

HELLFIRE BLUES BAND Boo Radley’s

OYSTER & CHAMPAGNE FEST feat. JESSE JORDAN + BOULEVARD BLUES

TUMI & THE VOLUME The Assembly

ROCK THE RIVER feat. 7TH SON + THE PLASTICS + CHROMIUM + REBURN Buffalo Drift Resort

SAT 23

GIAN GROEN Dorpstraat Teater

HASANADOS Green Dolphin

CANON & SPACEMAN Plaasteater

SEISOEN NA SOMER + GEE OOR The Nameless Pub

MARION HOLM Die Boer

ROCK THE RIVER feat. TAXI VIOLENCE + VAN COKE KARTEL + HOG HOGGIDY HOG + PH FAT Buffalo Drift Resort

FRI 22

LEN RICHEY QUARTET Green Dolphin

FRI 29

LUNA PAIGE + GERALD CLARK Octopus’ Garden

MUNGUS FUNGUS Purple Turtle

HELENE BESTER Dorpstraat Teater

MAS QUE NADA Green Dolphin

SKALLABRAK Berties Mooring

NATASHA MEISTER Grand Daddy Hotel

ISOCHRONOUS Klein Libertas Theatre

HOG HOGGIDY HOG (Video Launch) Mercury

ACID BLUES Boo Radley’s

THE AKELIAN CIRCUS Long Bar

RYNO VELVET BAND Die Boer

BOX OFFICE Zula Sound Bar

THU 28

DAVE FERGUSON Boo Radley’s

NICK & DAVE Boo Radley’s

BRASSE VAN DIE KAAP Klein Libertas Theatre

THE LOTTERY TICKETS The Nameless Pub

DAVE LEDBETTER TRIO Green Dolphin

MACHINERI + TOMMY GUN The Assembly

WONDERBOOM The Assembly

SHANNON HOPE Seaside Blues

ISOCHRONOUS Zula Sound Bar

SUPERCANCER Purple Turtle

MR CAT & THE JACKAL Dorpstraat Teater

HEROES WEAR RED + LIKE KNIVES Zula Sound Bar

EJ VON LYRIK (3:30 PM) Cape Farmhouse

THE JACK MANTIS BAND + HOTWATER Zula Sound Bar

THE AKELIAN CIRCUS The Nameless Pub

TUE 12

JAZZ JAM Swingers Jazz Club

BARLEYCORN MUSIC CLUB Villager Rugby Club

COMEDY NIGHT Zula Sound Bar

ROSEMARY TOWNS END + REAL BITS OF PANTHER + THE KIFFNESS Mercury

JASON REOLON TRIO Green Dolphin

GILL HOCKMAN + SIXGUN GOSPEL + OH SISTER WHERE ART THOU? The Waiting Room

MON 11

CHRIS BEUKES Seaside Blues

REGGAE NIGHTS Zula Sound Bar

THE AKELIAN CIRCUS The Nameless Pub

LUNA PAIGE + GERALD CLARK Aan de Braak Theatre

CHATTANOOGA & FRIENDS Plaasteater

MARK GOLIATH TRIO Green Dolphin

HELENA The Melting Pot

SIMON VAN GEND + SOUTH The Waiting Room

THU 7

GEORGE WERNER TRIO Green Dolphin

BATTLE OF THE BANDS Plaasteater

DIAMONDBACK BLUES BAND Boo Radley’s

OPEN MIC NIGHT The Melting Pot

WRESTLERISH + DUSTLAND EXPRESS + OBSESSIE MET ALS Purple Turtle

HOG HOGGIDY HOG + VERSUS THE WOLF + BRIGHT BLUE CITY + CHAOS ON THE SUN Klein Libertas Theatre

BLACK SOUTH EASTER + CHITY & THE MYSTICS Zula Sound Bar

SEARCH PARTY Asoka

WAYNE BOSCH TRIO Green Dolphin

ACOUSTIC SESSIONS Zula Sound Bar

COMEDY NIGHT Purple Turtle

LIBERTY ATTAIN + EMBOLDENED + BLACK MARKET RIOTS Aandklas

APRIL 2011

GIG GUIDE


SUN 3

SHANNON HOPE Dorpstraat Teater

BOBBY MINTER QUINTET Green Dolphin

TIDAL WAVES + CHECKERED ZEBRA + YOUTH Purple Turtle

THE BOULEVARD BLUES BAND (5 PM) Berties Mooring

JAZZ JAM Swingers Jazz Club

SUN 10

THE GREAT APES + BOX OFFICE + LOVEGLOVE PYROTECHNICS Purple Turtle

SINDULGENCE + IMPERIUM OF MAN + SUIDERBEES R.O.A.R

AMANDA TIFFIN - VOCALESE Green Dolphin

DIAMONDBACK BLUES BAND Boo Radley’s

RAS KASS + RAIKO + MINGUS Zula Sound Bar

ICON JAZZ BAND + S’GROOVY The Melting Pot

DUREX BATTLE OF THE BANDS The Nameless Pub

SAT 9

12TH AVENUE (acoustic) Berties Mooring

MUNGUS FUNGUS Purple Turtle

FRI 15 WED 20

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ANDREW LILLEY TRIO Green Dolphin

HELLFIRE BLUES BAND Boo Radley’s

YOUR LOST DOG The Nameless Pub

12 AVENUE + FIREFLY + SAVE THE EARS FOR BREAKFAST Blizzard

THE STUDERBAKERS Die Boer

SAINTFEARLESS + BOX OFFICE + WOODSTOCK MAFIA Purple Turtle

ASHTRAY ELECTRIC (album launch) The Assembly

THE RUDIMENTALS Zula Sound Bar

ISOCHRONOUS + WE SET SAIL Mercury

SAT 30

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SEARCH PARTY Asoka

JKT Boo Radley’s

GAVIN MINTER QUARTET Green Dolphin

DINNER & SHOW

THE TALESWAPPER The Waiting Room

BATTLE OF THE BANDS Plaasteater

SEDGE WARBLER + NISKERONE Zula Sound Bar LIZE BEEKMAN Dorpstraat Teater

HILTON SCHILDER TRIO Green Dolphin

OPEN MIC NIGHT The Melting Pot

MUNGUS FUNGUS Purple Turtle

TUE 26

JAZZ JAM Swingers Jazz Club

COMEDY NIGHT Zula Sound Bar

BARLEYCORN MUSIC CLUB Villager Rugby Club

3RD WORLD SPECTATOR The Waiting Room

BOKANI DYER TRIO Green Dolphin

MON 25

OYSTER & CHAMPAGNE FEST feat. STUDERBAKERS + GIAN GROEN + RYNO VELVET Bloemendal Wine Estate

ROCK THE RIVER feat. WHEN KARMA SLEEPS + HEROES WEAR RED + BOOMBOX TROOPERS + KILL DISCO Buffalo Drift Resort

GERALD CLARK (5 PM) Berties Mooring

SUN 24

HELLFIRE BLUES BAND Boo Radley’s

GARY HENDRICKSE TRIO & ZELDA BENJAMIN Green Dolphin

ICON JAZZ BAND + S’GROOVY The Melting Pot

BAND + THE STREMES Bloemendal Wine Estate

BLACK MOSCOW (Launch Party) + THE GREAT APES + TONIGHT WE DIE Mercury

SHANNON HOPE Villa Pascal

COAL + 3RD WORLD SPECTATOR Klein Libertas Theatre

SEARCH PARTY Asoka

ACOUSTIC SESSIONS Zula Sound Bar

IRVINE + MY FLAWLESS ENDING Aandklas

AMANDA TIFFIN TRIO Green Dolphin

GARY THOMAS The Waiting Room

TUE 19

JAZZ JAM Swingers Jazz Club

BARLEYCORN MUSIC CLUB Villager Rugby Club

WITNESS TO WOLVES + GRAVITY WINS AGAIN The Waiting Room

COMEDY NIGHT Zula Sound Bar

LABYRINTH + SOMEDAY RUSH + BULLETSCRIPT Mercury

MON 18

REGGAE NIGHT Zula Sound Bar

Green Dolphin

NO GAPS BETWEEN Purple Turtle

RIPCORD Pakalolo

STEPDOG + THE NEW MUSTANGS Mercury

WONDERBOOM Berties Mooring

ACID BLUES Boo Radley’s

SYLVIA MDUNYELWA QUINTET Green Dolphin

OPEN MIC NIGHT Plaasteater

ASHER SELEKTOR Zula Sound Bar

THU 14

TO OUR DEVINE Purple Turtle

MARK FRANSMAN TRIO Green Dolphin

THE RUDIMENTALS + NO ONE’S ARC Mercury

THE PLASTICS Zula Sound Bar

ALBERT FROST Boo Radley’s

FRI 8

BEATENBERG &Union

WED 13

SEARCH PARTY Asoka

Green Dolphin

HAEZER & FRIENDS The Assembly

EKAPA HIP HOP Purple Turtle

EMILY BRUCE TRIO Green Dolphin

Mercury

BARLEYCORN MUSIC CLUB Villager Rugby Club

COMEDY NIGHT Zula Sound Bar

MOGENS NIELSEN TRIO Green Dolphin

TO OUR DEVINE + ARK SYNETHIS + REAL BITS OF PANTHER Mercury

MCCREE The Waiting Room

MON 4

REGGAE NIGHTS Zula Sound Bar

THE AKELIAN CIRCUS Bohemia

ZELDA BENJAMIN + TITI TSIRA + LESLIE JOOSTE (4 PM) Bluechip Restaurant

ANDREW FORD TRIO Green Dolphin

NIBS VAN DER SPUY The Melting Pot

VALIANT SWART DUO (6PM) Berties Mooring

aKING (5:30PM) Kirstenbosch Gardens

RAKA FESTIVAL feat. SIMON SWERWER + 3RD WORLD SPECTATOR + YOUTH + JOHANNINE & THE RIVER Kam’Bati River Resort

STEFAN DIXON Boo Radley’s

ALVIN & ERROL DYERS Green Dolphin

AKKEDIS Plaasteater

Kam’Bati River Resort


Words by Cecilia Loft Photos by Frances Knoesen

It’s tough trying to fit an entire festival experience into a few coherent paragraphs, and when it comes to trying to do Ramfest justice, it’s nearly impossible – but I’ll give it a crack regardless.

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in March is hotter than Johnny Depp pre-guyliner pirate days and if you’re crazy enough to walk around without sun block or a hat on, you’ve probably landed on your head after been kicked off the stage by Francois Van Coke at a Fokof gig. Facilities at this year’s festival were on par with last year’s, with everything running as smooth as The Revelators bassist’s baby face. It must be said that the addition of the Mercury Tent was pure genius. Not only did it provide people with cheap liquid protection, but it also held a sanctuary for those that didn’t feel like indulging in the debauchery of the Griet Electro Pyramid until 7 in the morning. The pull of the Electro Pyramid is also one that cannot be denied and I’ll never forgive myself for missing P.H. fat’s killer set, thanks to a bottle of brandy disguised as a 2 litre Coke. Friday’s highlights included BLK JKS dazzling the crowd with their unique fusion of afrocentric beats with a prog rock twist. Some call is noise, I call it chemistry. The sell-by-date quality of Die Antwoord’s

RAM, BAM THANK YOU MA’AM

set also stood out, with ‘Doos Dronk’ making an encore comeback. Nowhere near as good as the original performance, but I’ll take what I can get. Saturday brought with it exoskeletons via Mr Cat & the Jackal and an onstage vocal orgy during The Pretty Blue Guns last few songs. Saturday also gave me the opportunity to mosey on over to the Metal Tent where I was met by Haggis & Bong – a 5-piece celtic fusion band from Pretoria dressed in kilts and smothered in blue body paint. Ah bless. In between the raucousness of Sabretooth, a litre of whiskey and the sweet sounds of Enmity I lost myself and ended up back at the Main Stage. In all honesty, Van Coke Kartel and Not My Dog blew the international headliners out like bad bogies. No disrespect to Alkaline Trio and Funeral for a Friend, but it’s a point that has to be made because it shows exactly how much talent we have right under our own nose. The last thing I remember is Niskerone’s bits of hair swishing in slow-mo from side to side before I woke-up with only half my body inside my tent. Come Sunday I was broken. Lying on the beersoaked grass watching harmonica hero Lonely Dave Furguson saunter by on his way to sound check, I decided I’d had enough. No more sun. No more booze. No more of having to endure Adriaan Louw’s micro-shorts or Hennie Van Halen’s straw picnic basket. I pass Dawid on my way out and he looks more screwed than I ever could, a testament to everything he and his brothers Fourie went through to make this Ramfest on par with the last.

Top to bottom, left to right: BLK JKS, Funeral For A Friend, Gazelle, Die Antwoord, Main Stage, Isochronous and Emnity


live reviews

Photos by Flyinghorse Photography

Hazenvlakte Rock Festival

Haze vlakte farm, THU 11 MAR - SUN 13 MAR Driving through Bredasdorp out into farmlands with a distinct ocean breeze, vast skies and fields with clouds wheeling and rolling above, I was excited at the prospect of the mixed and impressive line-up of this brand new festival. Friday night was the turn of the young guns, who set a precedent for the weekend. Mr Cat & The Jackal got the party started with their passionate off-centre theatrical blues and The Pretty Blue Guns followed this with their alluring dirty-butglam rock. Thankfully, The Albert Frost Trio maintained the party momentum, inspiring everyone with a smoking show. Akkedis continued the rocking vibe, although it appeared that some of the crowd had peaked a little early. Oops.Saturday morning was slow-mo’ed into action by the Kaapse Affodille, a girly boeremusiek oufit, which was followed by the fresh

The Graeme Watkins PrOject + LA.VI

PURPLE TURTLE, WED 16 MAR

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very time I step into Purple Turtle, I feel like I’m trespassing on some kind of abandoned building and the low ceiling makes me think I’m in some kind of maroon catacomb, but no matter, the booze is cheap. I would go anywhere for LA.VI, and apparently so would their fans who seem bewitched by lead singer

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and folksy, Stepdog. This threesome picked up the pace and gathered a happy dancing crowd upfront (impressive considering the pervasive fugginess). Schalk, Nick, Ash and Thandi got us all Africa-inspired with their rootsreggae sound. Next up were The Kilimanjaros, including multi-appearance hard workers Albert Frost and Peter Mitchell. Theirs was a polished rock performance that would not have been out of place in a massive stadium. Laid-back Koos Kombuis chilled out the afternoon and he got everyone laughing and singing along. Dolores My Shepherd, a long incubated project, played great bluesy covers, which was a perfect intro for the legendary Blues Broers who brought in the night. Stars Valiant Swart and Karen Zoid really got the audience up and dancing, they’re definite crowd-pleasers. I have to confess I haven’t seen Bed on Bricks live, but they blew Chantel’s gypsy-like form. With her almost-signature scarf tied around her mic, she yowls out lyrics while her right-hand acoustic guitarist Kenan strums manically away – his guitar held in a sort of homage to Johnny Cash. Their music is much darker and grittier than their image. Perhaps this is why they are so appealing? But no matter how appealing they might be, it was not enough to coax the crowd to the front of the stage. Now I honestly couldn’t give a shit about Idols, but the fact that Graeme Watkins has milked his 15 runner-up minutes of fame so cleverly is

me (and everyone else) away with their crazy, energetic, antiestablishment rock! Sunday was a blurry start with far fewer people still around. The Violent Free Peac e The show went on regardless and those who stayed were treated to just the right kind of music for our condition. Johannine, Voortvlugtend, The Violent Free Peace (one of the highlights of the week-end) and LA.VI, thank you for the perfect end to an awesome festival that included a top-class venue, acts, sound, food and vibes. We’ll all be back next year.

Simone Norton congratulatory. Give a man an inch and he’ll form a band, which is precisely what Graeme did after relocating from the Mother City to Joburg to pursue his musical dream once he was kicked out of Idols. Now there’s no denying that Mr Watkins’ onstage energy is boundless. He leaps repeatedly into the air and pulls disturbing faces at the crowd. But after hearing his band’s seamlessly produced debut album (which includes a killer cover of KOL’s ‘Sex On Fire’), their subsequent set left me feeling like I’d settled for a poor man’s Dirty Skirts.

Tecla


Photos by Michael Currin

GUY BUTTERY

Waiting room, Tue 15 MAR

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he woman in front of me in the queue is bare foot. I realise that Guy Buttery has a strong hippie following, but no shoes in Long Street is just ridiculous! The Waiting Room is bursting at the seams and with a handful of respected Cape Town musicians thrown into the mix, it’s a clear indication of the level of respect this man garners. The room has reached a point where the intimate charm becomes impersonal and oppressive as every patron jockeys for a view of the “stage”. Gary Thomas introduces Buttery as a “Wizard” and a “Jedi”, and the performance that ensues is most definitely other worldly. The chattering of the audience is swept over by a hushed awe as 6 strings and a loop station are manipulated into a tapestry encapsulating birth, life and death. Buttery’s instrumental expression of human emotion is delivered with an eloquence that no lyrics could ever do justice. A song performed with a saw and bow has the audience bewildered and if they weren’t under his spell before, they are powerless now. The bursts of applause and adulation almost seem canned as they arrive in unison and on cue at the end of each song. The culmination of his set is met with an overwhelming roar for an encore which he enthusiastically indulges. I leave tonight knowing that music of this calibre will never need outrageous costumes, sunglass sponsorships or inane lyrics about the days of the week in order to have an impact.

PEACHY KEEN

+ Machineri + The Bone Collectors Mercury Crowd, FRI 25 FEB

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Girl Banned

ISOCHRONOUS + LIKE KNIVES + SAINTFEARLESS

MERCURY LIVE, FRI 18 MAR

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sochronous returned to Cape Town for one night only, and where better to entertain their trendy fans but at Mercury Live? Before they revealed themselves on stage, dramatically introduced by the drawing of red velvet curtains that I am not sure whether or not were there before, the evening’s festivities began with rock kids Saintfearless. 5 band members on the small Mercury stage can prove to be a bit of a squeeze, and with Cape Town experiencing a bit of a summer heat wave that night, all three of the bands mentioned how warm is was in front of the lights. Saintfearless blew hot and cold for me, with some songs really grabbing my attention with their raw, punk-like sound whilst others seemed to echo that of a Prime Circle or another generic local band feel. Front man Kieron Brown has that splice of onstage arrogance combined with certain sweetness and by the end of their gig, most band members were shirtless – which none of the ladies in the audience objected to. Next up was like knives. Amir Patel delivers with an early Coheed and Cambria style voice and their music is hard and fast, but not too much as to be incoherent or, for those not into the heavier genre, intolerable. Many Capetonians have much love for this band, which is unified in sound and delivery. Isochronous ended off the night with a gig that did not disappoint, and I watched as their music was well received by young men bouncing around clinging to their friend’s necks and girls singing along to their easyto-follow lyrics. Frontman Richard Brokensha’s voice is sickly sweet and somewhat soothing, or as a friend of mine called it “just like a lullaby”. There is no doubt that Isochronous has an original sound, and with the synth-like effect not heard by South African audiences often, it is received with open arms and raised glasses.

Lauren Potgieter

The Bone Collectors

Bittereinder

+ Tumi + Jack Parow + Inge Beckman Klein libertas, wed 9 mar

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Bittereinder, for those of you not in the know, refers to the last Afrikaans men who fought the British during the Boer War. If this name is anything to go by, this band should be around for longer than the average “new thing”. A sparse crowd has already arrived at Klein Libertas and are chilling on the bleachers outside. Smoke is coming from inside the cellar where the concert is to be held. I miss a movie about the band, but arrive just in time to catch Tumi. They comprise of front man Tumi Molekane, Peach van Pletzen on drums and Richard Brokensha of Isochronous and Kidofdoom fame on guitar. The way in which rock, funk, jazz and hip hop is put together plus the large (literally and figuratively) stage presence of Mr Molekane himself, makes for exciting music. Next up are Bittereinder who state that this is the first time that they will be performing their full set, much to the audience’s cheer. They start off well with the more familiar ‘Ware Verhaal’ and ‘Solidaritiet’, but while I think the apocalyptic poetry of ‘Die Waarskuwing’ is not for this party crowd, it definitely pushes the boundaries of Afrikaans poetry. Then it’s the big number – ‘A tale of three cities’. Bittereinder does the 012 PTA rhyme, Tumi does the 011 JHB vibe and Jack Parow (dressed as a dominee) does the 021 CPT ruckus. Highlight is the entire crowd screaming “Stellenbosch op ‘n Woensdag!” along with the zef MC. Then it’s ‘Wakkerword’ featuring electro siren Inge Beckman, and the song sounds like a Verna Vels-inspired Afrikaans children’s programme. Meanwhile Richard Brokensha jumps about like a jack-in-the-box on varying songs displaying the duality of singing in the voice of a little boy yet shredding blues riffs on top of speakers. By the time Peach finishes off the night with a mix, the crowd happily disperses out of the cellar, chattering excitedly amongst themselves. Watch out for this group.

Adrian Davies

t seems fitting that an event sponsored by Sailor Jerry rum would pass by in a blur for most people. The Jerry was cheap, the mood was rambunctious and the night seemed to offer much. I’d seen Machineri once before at Earthdance and was looking forward to seeing them again in their natural habitat of Cape Town. The music was sexy blues-rock and the vocals were sexy woman vocals, but geez where was lead singer Sannie Fox’s soul? I sure as hell had no idea and by the looks of things, neither did she. Her eyes were glazed and her mind was far, far away. Up next were The Bone Collectors and man did they inject some life into the room. Theirs is a capitulation into madness and carnival blues fun. They have onstage energy to boot and a badass attitude in the most amiable way. By the time Peachy Keen hit the stage the amber liquid had been flowing strong and my consciousness had begun to fade. Dominique and Alex, the two perky blondes who take those vocal reigns and ride with them, this five-piece band exude a solid, rockabilly sassiness. I’m sad to say I missed most of their set, but it’s an excuse to check them out the next time they rock another Cape Town stage.

Jade Scully


BANDWATCH

My Flawless Ending

Who is who and who does what in the band? - Justin John (older brother) – Lead guitar & vocals - Dean Van der Merwe – Bass guitar & lead vocals - Jeremy Riordan (younger brother) – Drums/percussions

Why should we listen? We’re different and not afraid to say the things we say. We’re energetic and we’ll never bore you. We’ll keep you on your toes, blow your mind, give you an ear-gasm and even keep you entertained after the show.

Who do you think you sound like? We sound like an ice cold beer after a long day at work, like a bunch of Arabs finding an ice-cream in the hard, dry desert and like chewbacca having an orgasm. Awesome.

What’s up with your band name!? We’re playing around with the concept of perfection. No one’s perfect.. If you listen to our music you’ll find that our name is quite the contradiction in comparison to our music since all we sing about are the things people would regard as reckless, rebellious, dirty and.. well.. true.

Who / what stands in your way of fame of fortune? Time and money. We’re probably the poorest band you’ll ever meet. But otherwise nothing else will stand in our way..

Local props? Only a tonne of ‘em! Mostly the locals like aKING, The Plastics, Fokof, Jack Parow, The Rudimentals, New Holland, 7th Son, Firefly, Versus the Wolves, Straatligkinders, Shaun Morgan, and the list goes on.. Plush! Definitely Plush! And also our good friends “Still To Fall”.

If you could share the stage with anyone, living or dead...? Justin – Jack White, Dean – Shaun Morgan, Jeremy – The Rev (Avenged Sevenfold)

Greatest rock n roll moment so far? We’re about to have it at our next gig. Come watch and you’ll find out.

Hobbies, interests, perves or peeves?? Likes: Ladies, drinking, surfing, breathing in the clouds, interacting with new people, chilling, music, chess, Macdonalds, Cape Town, the shotgun rule.. and LMG magazine. Dislikes: The radio, jocks, the tweede rule on cigarettes, flat beer.. and a babalus. Sha! Facebook, we don’t have any tracks for our new album recorded yet, they’re still being conceived at this point in time.

Saturday 1st April Zula Bar Saturday 23rd April Rocking the RIver

Any famous last words?

And then just check us out on Facebook for some of the others in between.

Are you online?

All Live Photos by Michael Currin

Future Gigs

Drink up your drinks, smoke cigarettes, You only live once, now don’t you forget, Lets get fucking wasted and have a good time, We’re living our lives, yea.

Congrats to My Flawless Ending for winning the recent NIVA Battle of the Bands!


ALBUMS/EP’s

J-day

feat. Bittereinder + Sedge Warbler THE ASSEMBLY, SAT 19 MAR

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before K, especially today. Tonight’s gig is a result of a certain local radio station’s decision to withdraw Jack Parow’s performance from their annual outdoor concert after deeming him radio-unfriendly. At the outset, things are looking bleak – the aforementioned radio station’s gig, a free concert in the company gardens, fifty thousand people in Long Street for the Cape Town Carnival and a music festival just out of town means slim-pickings for any other gigs. By the time Sedge Warbler ascend the stage the audience peaks at around a hundred strong. Unaffected by these facts, the coolest kids in the sand pit comprising of Disco from P.H.Fat as “Expensive Drinks” and uber-producer Dank as “DJ Caviar” teach the basshungry kids in the crowd how to bounce like their lives depend upon it. Bittereinder hail from Pretoria, which works to their detriment tonight as the audience remain somewhat attentive but unconvinced of these vreemdelings. The calibre of this project is outrageously good, poignant lyrics with face-crunching beats, airtight production and unsurprisingly the line-up includes the ubiquitous Peach Van Pletzen. Sadly, their performance is completely lost on the likes of the drunk poppies shouting out Jack Parow’s name between every one of their tracks. The crowd has now trebled and an infectious energy is permeating the recycled air. The Assembly falls into darkness as the video for ‘Byeville’ is screened – a next-level hilarious portrayal of Bellville culture. Parow performs with DJ Naaldekoker and a full band now, a progression in his performance that keeps all his tracks fresh and saves the romantiese superstar rapper from being just a dude with a backing track. The highlight of his set is a new version of ‘Cooler As Ekke’ which the crowd eats up with abandon. Props to Jack Parow for raising his middle finger to the mainstream bureaucrats that try to suppress him, there is no doubt that he is cooler than them...

Girl Banned

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aKING

The RED BLOODED YEARS

Third time’s a charm for the newly cemented line-up of aKING. Teaming up again with Theo Crous to deliver an album bordering on production perfection, aKING swing more hits than misses with this one.

1. Catch Alight. Set to be their second single, don’t let the synths in the intro throw you. This is aKING in all their 80s-inspired rock ‘n roll glory. 2. The Runaround. With a video directed by the genius Louis Minnaar and the track recently playlisted on 5FM, you didn’t think they weren’t going to go all-out for their first single, did you? Classic aKING thanks to an infectious chorus. 3. Cut-throat Tongue & Razor. Possibly the best track they’ve written over their last two albums. From a dirty, stinging guitar riff to Dave Furguson’s bit on harmonica, this is winning at its height. 4. Kick Me. “Sweet Jesus/it’s been a troubled year.” I predict this sneaky track to be an unexpected crowd pleaser like ‘Know Your Bones’ turned out to be. Complete with the best bridge and chorus of any track on the album. 5. So Close. Apart from Hennie’s thick bass line and a few formulaic chords, the band appear to have come “so close” to something. That’s all this song will teach you. 6. Holding On. Power balled #1. With a gorgeous acoustic guitar melody to ease you into Laudo’s forced lamenting, I couldn’t last the full 4 minutes more than once. 7. All In The Wind. Power ballad #2 Where’s Molly Ringwald to wake me up and tell me this is a bad joke? Skip track. 8. Weak Man’s World. And suddenly my 80s nightmare is broken with the sheer staple poetry of legendary aKING lyrics. Melodically simple verses place a good amount of emphasis on the chorus, which Laudo busts from his gut. Another winner. 9. Any Other Way. A great up-tempo tune with an energetic drum line courtesy of Snake, here you learn that, “Coming down feels like a rat-bite fever.” 10. First Brush. It’s not a power ballad, but it’s just as bad. And those “woah woahs” in the background coupled with Laudo stammering about something being “s-s-s-seeerious,” is too Thievesque for my liking. 11. Red Blooded Years. Laudo’s lyrics are darker than ever in the title track as he ushers in a new age of aKING. “Rebuilding bridges still burning strong/ Time to rekindle/What’s gone is gone.” 12. The Sleeping Sound. The first ever aKING instrumental adds a nice twist to what would have otherwise been a sombre ending.

Tecla

MR CAT AND THE JACKAL Sins AND SIREN SONGS

In this time of mediocre, pop idol, digital plastic some like to call music, it’s comforting to find a band who actually strive to be unique and professional at their craft. Take the band in question. Their current album can be viewed as a kind of vanguard of a modern sound, precisely because they take into account the past 150 years of popular music. With a whole host of self-made instruments, they play music which to some will sound old or odd, but which should only be seen as relevant. The album is packaged in a booklet that contains individual illustrated lyric sheet that reminds one of old children’s books in your grandparents’ house. The music begins with songs about the failure to escape the temptation to sin, an evil man who terrorizes a community below a hill and a lighthearted ditty about missing shoes. It continues with a track about Noah and his Ark being attacked by Pirates! Funny, I can’t recall that part from Genesis... The first part of the album has a distinct sort of 19th century pauper musician sound, employing piano, bouzouki and homemade sheets of metal to create thunder and violin bows upon saws. The second part draws upon the sounds of the deep American South, which is where the encapsulating blues and black gospel kicks in, proof that this band is not limited to so-called “gypsy music”. The combination of Jacques Du Plessis’ soaring voice coupled with Gertjie Besselsen’s drunk and insane doomsayer throat makes for an even more interesting listen. Perfect for dinner parties and drunken brawls, or both.

Adrian Davies

THE GRAEME WATKINS PROJECT CORRIDORS OF THE MIND This ADHD-inspired SA Idols runner-up has managed to surround himself with a very experienced and talented band and has produced an album that says “watch me ‘cause I’ve got more to offer than any wanky TV show”. Opener ‘I Gotta Know’ introduces a sense of urgency on the part of the listener and hints at a darker side to Watkins’ personality. The 5FM playlisted ‘Music Affair’ has all of the genericness associated with The Dirty Skirts at their radio friendly best. New single ‘Real World’ follows on in the same formulaic vein. The middle of the album seems to lose itself in way too much limp-wristed emoness before the genuine bittersweet croonings of ‘The Last Night’ sweep you away – if you let it. Overall, this album is a 50/50 bet really, depending on your taste. Fans of The Killers or local poptarts The Dirty Skirts will want to give it more than one listen. If Graeme Watkins can let out a little more of that abovementioned darker side, we may just have a band with a lot more to offer..

Mike Smith Photo by Frances Knoesen

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venue map

A &uNION

Shop 110, Cnr Bree & Church Tel: 021 448 2266

A Touch of Madness 12 Nuttall Road, Observatory Tel: 021 448 2266 Albert hall 208 Lower Main Road, Woodstock Tel: 021 447 0851 Alliance Francaise 155 Loop Street, Cape Town Tel: 021 423 5699 Assembly, The 61 Harrington Str, District Six, 021 465 7286 BOO RADLEYS 62 Hout St 021 424 3040 Green Dolphin V&A Waterfront Tel: 021 421-7471 Julep Cocktail bar Alley off Long Street nr Green Street, Cape Town Tel : 021 423 4276

D Cape Farmhouse

Mercury 43 De Villiers Street, Zonnebloem, District Six Tel: 021 465 2106 Web: www.mercuryl.co.za

Bottom of Red Hill, Junction M66&M65, Scarborough Tel:021 780 1246

Obz Cafe 115 Lower Main Road, Observatory Tel: 021 448 5555 Web: www.obzcafe.co.za Paulaner Brauhaus V&A Waterfront Tel: 021 418 9999 Purple turtle Corner of Shortmarket and Long Street, Cape Town R.O.A.R 299 Lower Main Road, Observatory Tel: 083 3300 700 ROOFTOP TRAILER PARK Grand Daddy Hotel, 38 Long Street, Cape Town Tel: 021 424 7247 shack, the 43 De Villiers Rd, Zonnebloem Waiting Room, The 273 Long Street (Above Royale) Cape Town Tel: 021 422 4536 Zula Sound Bar 194 Long Street Cape Town Tel: 021 424 2442

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blizzards 28 Wellington Road, Durbanville Die Boer 6 Chenoweth Street, Durbanville Tel: 021 979 1911

THe Melting pot 15 Church Street, Muizenberg Tel: 021 788 9791 muzone 5 Kenwil Drive, Brackenfell plaasteater Hazendal Wine Estate, Bottelary Road Rabbit hole, the 1 Scher Street, Durbanville Tel: 021 979 3131 Villa Pascal 28 Van der Westhuizen Street Durbanville Tel: 021 975 2566 www.villapascal.co.za

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Kaleidoscope Café 85 Main Road, Claremont Tel: 021 674 5761 Kirstenbosch Gardens Rhodes Drive, National Kirstenbosch Gardens, Newlands Tel: 021 799 8899 www.sanbi.org SWINGERS Wetwyn Road, Wynberg 021 762 2443 villager football club 11 Landsdowne Road, Claremont

Pakalolo 10 Main Road Hout Bay

E Stellenbosch AANDKLAS 43a Bird Street, Stellenbosch, Tel: 0218833545 Bohemia Corner of Andring and Victoria, Stellenbosch DORPSTRAAT THEATER Summerhill Farm, “The Shed”, Stellenbosch Tel: 021 886 8870 Klein Libertas Theatre Bergzight Plein, Du Toit Street, Stellenbosch Tel: 076 416 7230 Web: De Oude BANK BAKKERIJ 7 Church Street, Shop 9 Old Bank Building Tel: 021 883 2187

Somerset west area

berties Mooring The Boardwalk, Harbour Island, Gordons Bay Tel: 021 856 3343 Nameless Pub, The 101 Main Road, Somerset West Tel: 072 500 3533


#48 April 2011  

yourLMG Magazine #48 April 2011

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