Sunday, 15 May 2011

Rock n Roll at Blizzards

Blizzards, Durbanville is one of the few remaining venues in the northern suburbs were bands can still play, and I decided to go and have a look whats going on there since it has been a while since my last visit there. I arrived just before 21:00 , and the place was fairly full , and people were still talking about the rugby that just finished a couple of minutes before.

As the time went by, very few people left, and more came in, to support the bands. Around 22:00, the bands were set up, and the gig about to start. First up were Silent Side, the reason I was there for the evening. You might not have heard of them, seeing that they have not played a lot of gigs under that name yet, but I think most of you will remember them from their previous name,Skyeclad. They formed in 2007, releasing their debut EP, Listen. Since then they played all over the Western Cape, with a few big names, like The Dirty Skirts, Foto na Dans, Ashtray Electric, Bed on Bricks, to name just a few. They also played festivals such as Vlakvarkgat Rock Fees 2 and Rock the River (New Year). 

The band consists of
Bonita van Wyk (Lead Vocals and Acoustic guitar)
Ray Schoeman (Band Manager & Rhythm Guitar)
Paul Anagnostakis (Lead Guitar)
Gerhard Burger (Drums and Backing Vocals)
Darion Garish ( Bass Guitar)

They are currently busy recording their first full length album, to be released soon.

Back to the show....

The last time I saw them perform, was at their last show as Skyeclad, and if it was not so cheesy, I would have quoted Shakespeare now on name changes. Silent Side picked up where Skyeclad stopped, and I saw an awesome performance. Strong vocals once again from Bonita, with the whole band performing as one around here. I have seen many bands play live over the last couple of years, and Gerhard remains one the  drummers who seem to genuinely enjoy himself, a nice "fun" drummer. Paul let loose with a great guitar solo like always, with Darion and Ray completing the 5-piece. 

It was really a good, solid performance, and I cannot wait to see them again.
Join them on Facebook! ---------> Silent Side 

Pictures taken by Tammy Strapp - Randomtams Photography at Vlakvarkgat Rock Fees 2

Silent Side was the main reason for this posting, but I do have to mention Save The Ears For Breakfast 
I have heard many things about them, and this was my first time seeing them live, and I really liked them. Indie/ Post-Punk Rock, with a very different sound from what you will hear from most bands these days. Go and look at their FB page, (link above), and listen to their demo recording to get an idea of who they are...

The evening ended with 12th Avenue on stage, and completed a great evening! Keep your eyes on this blog for more about 12th Avenue and Save The Ears For Breakfast in the feature...  

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