Wednesday, 27 April 2011

The Saints are coming !

The second band that we decided you should know about, is Saintfearless. Very early on when Cape Town Music Scene started posting, they were immediately interactive with the page, and that prompted us to look more into this band. It has been a while since we saw a band that promoted themselves with so much effort as Saintfearless , and I think many new and younger bands can learn from them, regarding self promotion. Everywhere you go at the moment, you will hear about Saintfearless , it is definitely a buzz word in the local music scene.

Saintfearless is a band like every other... Every band wants to go out, see the world and take over
the industry with their music. The difference is that "The Saints", as they've affectionately become
known, will accept nothing less than just that.

Previously, as a four piece, the band had already headlined local festivals with the likes of Zebra and
Giraffe, Prime Circle and aKING in and around Cape Town, as well as supporting Van Coke Kartel at
the launch of their latest album and opening for Jesse Clegg as well. They also have two music videos
playlisted on local music channel MK and received an overwhelming response.
With the departure of ex-bassist, Jethro Jenneker, they had a tough decision to make: Do they give
up? Or do they push harder and further with the dreams and determination that fuelled their well
oiled machine? The latter came true in December 2010 with the addition of the already celebrated
twins, Kevin and Kelvin Mercuur. The band managed to harness and combine their love for old
school rock and blues with their appreciation of modern sonic and electro elements.
The result is a fresh, hungry and passionate sound that tells of life, love and fictional tales dwindling
in the open mind. There is a huge underground hype about the powerful live show Saintfearless has
to offer and truthfully, seeing and hearing is believing.

Saintfearless kicked 2011 off faster than the speed of sound with a whole host of shows and festivals
(Ultrafest, US Woordfees Straatfees, Adorned Fest) in and around Cape Town, playing with, amongst
others: Fokopolisiekar, Die Heuwels Fantasties, CrashCarBurn, New Holland and Isochronous.

This band has enough energy between the 5 of them to kickstart the Fukushima Nuclear Power
plant back into action. Watching one of their live shows is like watching two lightning bolts fighting
over who gets to strike the highest tree in the forest first. Explosive. Loud. Blinding. Their infectious
energy and contagious lyrics force the crowd to “Dans dans dans” the soles right off their shoes.
Taking into account that this 5 piece has only been playing together since December, they are really

What makes this band stand out from other bands is the interaction between them. You can see that
these guys are not only band members, but brothers (Two of them are actually brothers). According
to the band, they have more than the odd quarrel, but they get over it with a beer and a dance off.

The band consists of:

Kieron Brown (23) on lead vocals and rhythm guitar.

Kevin Mercuur (25) on bass guitar.

Cody Meyer (20) on drums.

Paul Fairbrother (25) on lead guitar.

Kelvin Pelvin (25) on keys and backing vocals

As you probably know, Kevin and Kelvin are twins, with Kevin being 3 minutes older. He will always make sure everyone knows it, and claims it! They are in the process of teaching the other members of the band to "praat die taal" . Apparently , Kieron and Kelvin fight a lot! Why, we don't know, but Kieron is allergic to nuts, maybe that is why? Paul likes long walks on the beach. Probably while the other two are fighting. Cody is the youngest band member, and not as wise as the rest yet, as we hear that he will always be the one that laughs last at a joke.... 

Join Saintfearless on Facebook, by following this link - Saintfearless

You can catch Saintfearless tomorrow night (28 April 2011) at Bohemia, Stellenbosch , Friday (29 April 2011) at the Cederberg Kunstefees, and Saturday (30 April 2011), you can see them at The Purple Turtle in Cape Town, with Woodstock Mafia and Box Office. This will be their last gig for a while, so make sure to catch them at one of these events!

We see a bright feature ahead for this fantastic band!

Credit for the photo's must go to Adriaan Louw, Shana Sivewright and Laura McCullagh

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

When Karma Sleeps ..... will rock you wide awake!

When Cape Town Music Scene starting looking for a first band to interview/feature on our page, one band stood out , by letting us know it IS going to be them. I must admit, I have heard of them before, but knew very little, except that I have heard the name a couple of times on radio, tv and have the name on Facebook, and so on. I knew one thing straight away - they had a good following, with dedicated fans, who did not stop writing on Cape Town Music Scene's wall, asking us to make them the first featured band. So here we are - When Karma Sleeps. If you were also in the dark about who they are - after this article you will know.

When Karma Sleeps was formed in 2006, as a 5 piece multicultural rock band, with a female vocalist, two guitarists, a bassist and of course, never forget the drummer (dont know if it is true for When Karma Sleeps but drummers like attention), all of them full of talent. In the last 5 years, they have shared the stage with Jimmy Eats World and Groove Armada at Oppikoppi 2007 and played 2009 KKNK with bands such as Van Coke Kartel, aKing and many more! They also played FROCK 2009 alongside Taxi Violence, Crash Car Burn , the Dirty Skirts and The Parlotones.

In 2010 When Karma Sleeps were invited to play at Synergy Music Festival, which also featured The Rudimentals, Flash Republic and Prime Circle. They ended of 2010 playing at Rock The River, SA's biggest New Years rock festival. So far in 2011 they have supported Seven Year Kismet on their tour to SA from the UK, and will be playing Rock The River Easter Fest, this coming weekend, 22-24 April 2011. They will be on at Saturday 23 April at 23:00, just before Taxi Violence. If you are attending Rock The River Easter Beast, be sure to catch them. Remember, 23:00! For more info, follow this link.....

When Karma Sleeps are currently busy recording two new singles, to follow up the succes they had with their first single, Anything, that was released April 2010. Anything received airplay on 5FM, KFM, Highveld Stereo and Tuks FM. The video to Anything got played a lot on MK, and that was followed by interviews on KFM, Matie FM and UCT radio. When Karma Sleeps are currently signed  with South African & Canadian management company MOB Entertainment.

Now you know about the band - but you still don't know who they are. Well, here is the rundown....
(They described each other as super heroes - pics to follow!)

Lets start with the drummer (just in case). - Matthew aka Juggernaut
Matthew is a 21 year old student at UCT and a computer freak, and he loves St. Elmos Rock 'n Roll Pizza

KB, aka Batman, is one of the guitarists.
He is 22 years old, and a qualified sound engineer, and loves junk food

Then we have Gerard, the bassist, a 23 year old financial consultant - better known as The Joker. He loves a spicy KFC bucket shared between band members on mini loaves.

Next up is Greg, the 23 year old, calamari eating, lead guitar playing, assistant accountant - aka Ice Man

Lastly we have Megan, 23 yeard old graphic designer, song writer and lover of Chinese food and chocolates - just like Wonder Woman!

From what I have gathered from what the different members had to say, they definitely like The Narrow, like knives and Isochronous. There are many others, but those are the ones most mentioned. Internationally, We Came as Romans stood out! When Karma Sleeps are a laid back, friendly group of guys (and girl!) , and I think if you haven't seen them live yet, make an effort to do so. They would like your feedback on their performances, and will keep on pushing the boundaries of their own, and SA music. I (Cape Town Music Scene) also gathered from what they had to say, that they feel local music does not get the support it needs. They also feel the scene in Johannesburg is better supported (and I have heard that a lot over the last couple of months from different people). So come on Cape Town, get out there and support your own! 

Here is a link to their FB page -

Cape Town Music Scene would like to thank When Karma Sleeps for the support they have shown towards the page so far!