Wednesday, 28 September 2011

HHP Becomes Ninth Artist to Join Sing ’it!

Posted by: Ashley Brown

HHP Becomes Ninth Artist to Join Sing ’it!

Cape Town: Sing ’it has just got bigger and cooler. Co-sponsors of the lyrics-writing competition, LitNet and Sanlam, are proud to announce that the ninth mystery artist to join the already star-studded line-up of local bands is none other than Jabulani Tsambo, better known as HHP, or Hip Hop Pantsula, or Jabba, one of South Africa’s biggest hip hop artists.

HHP has turned local hip hop on its head with his good-time grooves and grand personality. He released his new album on 15 September 2011.

HHP ft Die Heuwels Fantasties

The singer flew into Cape Town from Durban that same week to star in the last Sing ’it advertisement. The shoot took place at Buchanan Studios in Woodstock and was directed and shot by The Suits – the same company responsible for the other three Sing ’it advertisements, which feature Bouwer Bosch, Jax Panik, iScream & the Chocolate Stix and Deon Lotz, among others.

HHP Sing 'it TV Ad

Sing ’it project manager Steyn du Toit says that with this addition of HHP the line-up is now more powerful than ever. “HHP is one of the biggest and most well-loved hip hop artists in South Africa. He complements the rest of our artists perfectly, and we cannot wait to hear what his song will sound like.”

Since the launch of Sing ’it, South Africa’s first lyrics-writing competition of its kind, the response from the media and public has been tremendous. With more than a month still left until the 30th October deadline for entries, the tally already sits at nearly 700 entries, 1 700 views on the ads on YouTube, 2 700 “likes” on Facebook and 130 followers on Twitter.

What’s in it for aspirant songwriters? A chance to get their hands on an iPad 2, R3 000 cash, and a shot at featuring in a music video by their favourite artist.

Sanlam sponsorship manager Andre Kearns, who joined the artist on the set, said HHP brings a very funky and vibey feel to the competition. “One of the main objectives of the competition is to showcase local talent, and the video shoot blew me away. The planners, the people doing the work behind the scenes, the director, and of course the ones we see on our screens: HHP is a real star, and although it was their first commercial shoot, models Jessekha Goldstone and Tammy Herdien kept their cool. All the talent sit right here in South Africa.”

Kearns urged the public to submit their lyrics, adding that “you never know, you may become a world famous lyricist”.

Comments director Derick Muller: “The shoot on Monday went extremely well and this is definitely the biggest advertisement in the Sing ’it marketing campaign. Jabba (HHP) and the whole team from LitNet were an absolute pleasure to work with. The advertisement will definitely draw the attention of all HHP’s fans and will inspire them to enter the competition.”

To participate in Sing ’it, go to the following internet platforms:

Twitter: @singit2011.

For more information, interview requests or high resolution photos, please contact:

Steyn du Toit
Sing ’it Project Manager
Tel: 021 886 5169
Cell: 082 339 5766

Issued by: LitNet

COLDPLAY supported by Parlotones

Posted by: Ashley Brown


Big Concerts is proud to announce that Coldplay will be performing live for the first time ever in South Africa on Wednesday 5th October at Cape Town Stadium and Saturday 8th October at FNB Stadium Johannesburg. The tour is presented by 94.5 KFM, 94.7 Highveld Stereo and M-Net.

Coldplay’s songs have captured millions of fans around the world since the release of ‘Parachutes’ in 2000. A critical and commercial triumph, ‘Parachutes’ debuted at number one on the UK Album Chart and was nominated for a Mercury Music Prize. After the success of ‘Parachutes’, Coldplay began to work on their second album ‘A Rush of Blood to the Head’ (2002) which spawned popular singles ’The Scientist’, ‘In My Place’ and ‘Clocks’ winning Record of the Year at the 2004 Grammys. The third album ‘X&Y’ became the best selling album of 2005 with world-wide sales of 11 million. ‘Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends’ (2008) is described by Martin as a new direction for Coldplay, a change from their past three albums, which they referred to as the trilogy. It became the bands first number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and their first UK number one based on download sales alone.

Coldplay is undoubtedly one of the world’s best selling acts, with over 50 million album sales worldwide. They have won numerous awards through their career including six Brit Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards, seven Grammy Awards and they have headlined major festivals including Coachella, Glastonbury and Isle of Wight Festival.

CEO of Big Concerts, Attie Van Wyk commented: ‘Coldplay is one of the most exciting British bands to ever visit our shores. After 10 years of knocking on the door, we are incredibly excited that they have finally confirmed two stadium shows.  Their extraordinary live performances will be a first for audiences in South Africa’.


Big Concerts is proud to announce that The Parlotones have been chosen to support Coldplay, who will be performing live for the first time ever in South Africa on Wednesday 5th October at Cape Town Stadium and Saturday 8th October at the Soccer City Complex, FNB Stadium Johannesburg. 

Tour Itinerary

Cape Town – presented by 94.5 KFM and M-Net
Wednesday 5th October 2011
Cape Town Stadium
Tickets from R270 – R635

Johannesburg – presented by 94.7 Highveld Stereo and M-Net
Saturday 8th October 2011
FNB Stadium Johannesburg
Tickets from R270 – R635

Tickets available from THURSDAY 12th MAY AT 9AM
Computicket,, 083 915 8000

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

BOKtober @ Bohemia - FREE!

BOKtober @ Bohemia - FREE!
Written by: Rachelle Crouse
Posted by: Ashley Brown

In October, Jagermeister brings you the best in SA music at Bohemia - Jagermeister BOKtober @ Bohemia. You can see some of the best bands South Africa has to offer - and all this absolutely FREE!

  6 October

No One's Arc
NoOne's Arc has been providing South African audiences with musical pleasure for almost a decade. Consisting of 6 members, these individuals all hail from different backgrounds and their musical interests span a wide spectrum. The music of No One's Arc is a fusion of many different styles and genres creating a sound which is uniquely their own. Although inspired by the greats of the international music scene, the band blend their influences with their african roots.

Hailing from the small town of Somerset West, The Tickets immediately come across as one of the most un-Cape Town band you’ll come across this side of the country. Once the music starts it's a torrent of energy with call and response dueling vocals and choppy guitars causes the band blasting out this mathy drone whilst chanting in unison.

  13 October

New Holland
NewHolland arrived on the SA rock scene in December 2007. Since then their impeccable revel rock has triumphed everywhere they've played, bringing with them a wall of devoted fans that now are hankering for more. With two albums to their name, namely 01 and Exploded Views, New Holland needs no introductions and in October they will be bringing the best of their music to Bohemia.

  20 October

Zinkplaat, die Afrikaanse rock’n roll troebadoere, verbreed voortdurend hul horisonne. Sedert hul begin op die skoolterrein in 2001 en hul aanvanklike ‘plaasrock’ klank het hulle ontwikkel tot die voorlopers op die gebied van oorspronklike rock.

Gestroop van die bekendheid en gewildheid, lê die ware hart van Zinkplaat – pittig, ongekunstelde baanbrekers, hoopvolle waarsêers, sielsverrykende poësie, Ubuntu-ideale en ‘n gees wat ‘n hele geslag besiel. Woon ‘n mens een van hulle konserte by, sien jy hoe oud en jonk saam sing en dans en hulself inleef in die treffende klanke en lirieke.

  27 October

Ashtray Electric
Winner of MK`s Best Newcomer Award 2009 and voted to have the potential to be SA`s next musical export, Ashtray Electric have been leaving their gutsy footprints at venues and festivals nationwide. Their music is laced with engaging melodies and packed with galloping riffs and attitude. Add to that their signature sleazy-slow motion sexiness and you`ll find this unique package of four musicians that have skillfully made their mark.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Mr Cat & The Jackal: Bad Man, He Comin' Video Launch

Their Official Music Video for: BAD MAN, HE COMIN’

‘There’s a bad man coming. A bad man coming down the hill. There’s a bad man
coming. And he’s coming down here to kill.’

Friday the 23rd of September will see Mr Cat & The Jackal launch their second music
video from their critically acclaimed Sins & Siren Songs album released earlier this year.
The music video is for their latest single - BAD MAN, HE COMIN’ - which has been play
listed on campus and regional radio stations nationwide.

The BAD MAN, HE COMIN’ music video was shot in June and July this year mostly on a
farm in the Free State and also in Swellendam. Directed by Yesterfang Puppetry &
Animation and all footage shot by Bruce Flyinghorse Geils - the video features a
skeleton-like puppet who digs himself out of his grave and assembles his missing parts.
He gathers legs and some organs along the way and finds a couple of instruments and
tools on which he jams with his other skeleton friends.

The music video follows after the release of the music video for The Devil Always Wants
To Dance earlier this year and is a great follow up. First they had flames, now they have
skeletons and horses.

“At the end of the day it’s a short little story...everybody loves a story.”
A video out of puppetry was a natural progression for MCATJ. They knew from the start
that BAD MAN, HE COMIN’ would be the second single from the album and such a bad
ass song needs a bad ass video.

“We love theatre, and puppetry obviously is a very theatrical form. We have
worked with Yesterfang for a while, so when they wanted to do a music video - we
had no doubt in our minds that it would be great.”

at Dorpstraat Theatre on the R44 between Stellenbosch and Paarl. Besides the
screening of the video, there will be a live performance by Mr. Cat & The Jackal and an

Entrance is R60 and activities start at 20h30. 
There are limited seats available - for bookings please contact Dorpstraat Theatre on 021 889 9158 or 072 735 5696.

Monday, 19 September 2011

LA.VI on future plans and Malawi

What does LA.VI mean and how did you decide on the name?
LA.VI drives from the French word 'la vie' meaning life. We liked the sound and the logo of LA.VI which made us decide upon it.

Give us a brief description on how the band formed
Kenan played the guitar and Chantel sang, they started jamming until Jonny (bassist) and John (drums) who were friends joined the band the beginning of the year and haven’t looked back since.

When can we expect an EP of CD release?
We do not have an exact time yet but roughly the beginning of next year.

What is each members normal day-to-day doing when not band practicing?
Kenan teaches drums, John is a chef, Jonny does hair and Chantel studies and acts.

According to you, what is the best way to start writing new songs and also where is the best place?
We get together in our cozy band room on Sundays and sometimes new things arise which we work on if everyone approves.

Who mainly writes the songs for LA.VI?
Its a group effort someone brings forth an idea and we work on it from there.

You perform allot with Pretty Blue Guns and the two bands work well together, why do you think this is?
 We all good friends so it is always enjoyable, also i think we both enjoy each others music.

What is your most memorable gig thus far? 
Playing at Memphis Rock in Portchefstroom, first time there and we had a really good time with Holiday Murray.

Which gig are you guys looking forward to the most?
Lake of Stars in Malawi!!! And the fundraiser show for it at Zula bar this Wednesday 21st with Holiday Murray and Bateleur.

You guys released a video called Sunday Sessions,the video is just you guys having fun skateboarding down Cape Town's Lion Head Mountain. Can we expect more of these fun Sunday Sessions, videos?
Yes in the future, we will be uploading plenty more LA.VI activities in the summer sun.

Any surprising plans for the future you are willing to leak for us here at Cape Town Music Scene?
In the future we plan on releasing a journey that contains all of LA.VI's past experiences/activities/write-offs/rip-offs and more. 

Future gigs: 

Design Indaba 24th at Jade Lounge - Sea Point
Lake of Stars - Malawi

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Dance, Your On Fire: Michelle Music Video Relase

Posted by Ashley Brown
Written by Rachelle Crous

Release their new music video for MICHELLE

“My Michelle you are the first one, oh boy do I have eyes for you. So does everybody else. I wouldn’t call it first love, but you know how to leave me blue.”

DANCE, YOU’RE ON FIRE recently released the music video for their latest single, MICHELLE. Directed by band member and bassist, Paul van der Walt - the video was shot in mid August in Pretoria North.

The video is set in the 1920s and follows a ‘gangster’ theme. It documents a happy young couple being driven through the country when they are tricked and hijacked by a band of armed thieves. The couple are brought to an unused barn, where some interesting activities go down. The video plays out in true mafia fashion until the end, when something completely unexpected occurs.

DANCE, YOU’RE ON FIRE always knew that they wanted to release MICHELLE, but they weren’t sure of how it would be received because it is so different from every other song on the album. When it became clear to them that the track was doing well on radio and that people were enjoying it, they decided to go ahead with the video for the single.

“It feels good to have a video out which has a great narrative. The concept behind Boxes of Tigers was pretty simple, and it was really great to finally have the budget to pull off a proper narrative, historic video – it’s something we have wanted to do for a long time.”

Check out the video for MICHELLE online here:

Also be sure to have a look at the Behind-The-Scenes video of the shoot of MICHELLE here: 

MICHELLE will premiere on MK Channel 324 on DSTV on Kraakvars tonight at 20h00.

Read an interview with director Paul van der Walt on the making of MICHELLE here: 

DANCE, YOU’RE ON FIRE will be performing live on Studio 1 on MK on Friday the 23rd of September, at Clash of Cultures in Midrand on Saturday the 24th of September and also at Aardklop on Saturday the 8th of October.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Sing 'it ! Songwriting competition

Hoping to start a career in songwriting? Now’s your chance!

Cape Town, 7 September 2011: In a first for South Africa, nine of the country’s favourite singers and bands have partnered with Sanlam, LitNet and MK (DSTV Channel 324) to invite talented songwriters to submit their lyrics to be recorded as an official single. 

This competition, known as Sing ’it, kicks-off today and will present the winning songwriters with an iPad 2 and R3 000 each, as well as the opportunity for one of them to feature in a music video by their favourite artist.

The ninth, mystery artist will be announced shortly. The other eight, diverse artists and groups, all enjoying a strong presence in their respective musical genres, are:

  • Karen Zoid
  • Jax Panik
  • DJ Cleo
  • Dans Dans Lisa
  • Bittereinder
  • iScream & The Chocolate Stix
  • Niskerone & SFR
  • Dance, You’re on Fire

Entries close at the end of October. After that, the judges (comprising the abovementioned artists), will comb through the entries, select their favourite, and record it as an official single. All nine songs will then be made available for free downloading for two months.

The band with the highest number of downloads will receive a budget for a music video for that song from MK. The video will be played on MK, as well as on other channels, and posted online. 

"It will be incredible to interact with the fans on a more personal level – let’s see what we can create together," says iScream & the Chocolate Stix guitarist Just Nathan.

Comments André Kearns, sponsorship manager at Sanlam: “Sanlam recognises the importance of our cultural diversity in celebrating the creativity of all South Africans, whilst empowering the youth at the same time – hence our investment in a number of social and cultural initiatives.”

He adds that Sing ’it not only embodies Sanlam’s corporate message of ‘Start with what you hope for’ but can also be linked to the ‘National Start Something Day’, which was launched on 2 September 2011 to inspire everyday people to take up a new hobby – whether it be learning a new language or starting to write songs, in this case.  

“We are also planning to bring on board another local popular ninth artist, but this will be kept secret for now!” confirms Kearns.

LitNet Executive Editor Etienne van Heerden enthuses: “Fresh, hip, inclusive, creative, energetic and fun, Sing ’it is truly South African in that it crosses cultural boundaries and celebrates diversity in creating an exciting platform for new writers.

“LitNet encourages writing in all forms – from poetry to blogs to reviews – and now lyrics as well. Sing ’it is going to be big!” 

From a cross-cultural collaboration point of view, musicians and songwriters from all over South Africa will have the chance to work together and are bound to influence one another’s work. This should reflect in the quality and diversity of recordings that the process will produce, says MK, the official media sponsor.

To participate in Sing ’it, go to the following internet platforms:

Twitter: @singit2011.

For more information, contact:
Steyn du Toit (Project Manager)
Tel.: 021 886 5169

About the artists 

Karen Zoid: Karen needs little introduction. TIME magazine and US News & World Report have referred to her as a true icon on the South African music scene. The release of her album “Terms & Conditions” was one of the musical highlights of last year.

Jax Panik: Jax Panik has just won a 2011 SAMA for his second album, I am Jax Panik. With a constant presence on radio and MK and at sold-out shows, Jax is set to become a firm competition favourite.

DJ Cleo: With more than one SAMA under his belt, DJ Cleo has been one of the leading figures on the local house, kwaito, and hip hop scene, both as a producer and as a world-famous artist.

Dans Dans Lisa: The well-known acoustic duo of Deon Meiring (Glaskas) and Bouwer Bosch (Straatligkinders) boasts an MK award for “Campus Hit of the Year” and became the first South African band ever to release an album live on national television.

Dance, You’re On Fire: This exciting punk-rock band released their debut album in February this year, and have since been dominating Top 40’s around the country. They have quickly established themselves as one of the new bands that are making people sit up and listen.

Bittereinder: Another SAMA winner! With years of collective experience on the local music scene, these talented guys formed Bittereinder and released the first Afrikaans dubstep album in 2010.

iScream & The Chocolate Stix: Their first single, “My Cape Town”, has received national recognition on radio and in the press. They are currently filming a reality series around their rise to fame and are being described as one of the freshest new acts out of Cape Town. 

Niskerone & SFR: Niskerone’s innovative, energised DJ shows have earned him headline bookings for festivals such as Oppikoppi, Synergy Live, Rezonance and Rocking The Daisies. He is also one of very few DJs who can boast three permanent residencies at big clubs across South Africa.

Kaalvoet ennie Volgende Oggend CD Launch

Kaalvoet en die Volgende Oggend se debut CD word volgende week vrygestel, en ons het bietjie meer gaan uitvind, tussen email en 'n bier by De Akker

1. Vertel bietjie meer wie IS kaalvoet, van waar die naam, en hoekom altyd kaalvoet.

Ek is Kaalvoet, die rooiwynrocker van die Idasvallei. Kaalvoet is 'n ou familienaam, en wel, skoene demp my gees.

2. Vertel hoe die band se naam ontstaan het

Ek en 'n (toe nog) naamlose band is gebook vir die Vlakvarkgat Rockfees, sowat 'n jaar terug. Toe ek die line-up kry, sien ek ons is Saterdagoggend 10uur op stage. Tot toe het ek nie eers besef dis enigsins moontlik om so vroeg al kitaar te speel nie. Na ek aanvanklik gewonder het hoe mens jou band wakker kry, het dit net by my opgevlam. Kaalvoet ennie Volgende Oggend.

In retrospek, die Volgende Oggend is soveel meer. Dis vars lug, dis vars son, dis nuwe idees. Ja, soms bietjie van 'n kopseer, maar dis tog maar net herinneringe aan 'n lekker aand of hoe?

3. Verduidelik oor die musiek - as wat sal jy dit beskryf.

Dis maar rock&roll. Daar is so paar stadiger, meer akoestiese snitte, daar is 'n paar met vuurwarm kitare, en mens kan 'n plaat launch sonder bietjie blues nie.

4.Vertel van die recording van die album - hoe waar wat.

Bloo Room Studio, Ladismith, met Meester Jo Ellis agter die knoppies. Dis wonderlik om saam met Jo te werk, ek is eintlik studio toe met idees vir liedjies, maar Jo het op elke song ingezone en die resultaat spreek vanself.

5.Het jy al die songs self geskryf?  Is daar n tema? Waroor gaan dit?

Ek het 'n rowwe 2010 agter die rug. Ek en my bra Willim het toe die Sonskynrock en Rooiwynaktivisme toer gedoen voor Krismis, en ek het toe besluit om bietjie stock te vat van my lewe. En vir ons rock&rollers beteken dit net een ding - studio toe.

As mens gereeld 'n plaat opneem, kan jy oor 'n paar jaar terugkyk, kan jy sien waar jy was op 'n spesifieke tyd in jou lewe. Op my vorige band, dikazzins, se plaat, Die Magtige Dreuning, was ons kwaad, en ons het vreeslik gesoek na sin en rede (soek en jy sal vind/dalk is die langpad ons goedgesind/dalk lê die skat om die volgende draai/ons kyk maar waar die wind ons waai - langpad, dikazzins 2008). Op hierdie plaat gaan dit meer waar ek is en wat ek doen (dis laat in die aand as ek die highway slaan/ek is moeg ek is gatvol ek wil huistoegaan - die jetsetter).

In't kort, die plaat is basies 'n stilfoto van die aksiefliek waarin ek leef.

6. Die cd se naam - vanwaar?

Spoke op Harleys is een van die liedjies op die plaat. Dis maar oor min slaap en malende gedagtes.

7.Vertel oor die launch show

14 Sept, Dorpstraat @ summerhill. Ek launch ook my wyn, Rock in Rooiwyn.
8. Laastens?

Hou dop vir details. Luister my tunes, en lees my staalsjies ook daar.

FB : Kaalvoet ennie Volgende Oggend

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Afrock - Anton Syndrome style

What's in a name??
The band was faced with the "daunting task" of deciding on a name for their unusual outlook on music and after numerous brain storming and rehearsal sessions, the name "Anton Syndrome", which is actually a rare symptom of brain damage occurring in the occipital lobe, was proposed by Chris. His fellow band members reacted by asking who Anton was and what syndrome did he suffer from.... after all; Anton wasn't even in the band. Anton's Syndrome refers to a form of cortical blindness in which the patient denies the visual impairment. In other words, the person is blind but completely unaware of his/her blindness. Yes we know,
confusing and strange ... but it all made sense once we looked at the metaphorical meaning for the band name.
Quite simply, we are all (to a certain extent) blind to what is happening around us, but we refuse to admit it.

The band had initially started out as an African-Rock outfit consisting of 4 members. The then band “Abalandi”, a unique blend of traditional Swati narratives fused with raw rock sensibility, consisted of Brian; Chris; Ramone (now with Arc Reactor) and Sibusiso. They played a few gigs and recorded a demo but the project ran its course and the band broke apart. Brian and Chris stayed focused on their ultimate goal to create a unique sounding outfit and began the recruitment of new band members. Darrell and Mat were well suited and up for the task. The band performed live at Ob'z Cafe two months after being formed and were greeted by a full house. Lyrics to songs were not yet established and the front man free styled the entire set. The band has been growing in confidence with every gig and they have pleased crowds at numerous venues in and around Cape Town. They were asked to perform as the opening act for Evolver 1 at the Cape Town leg of their country wide tour in June of this year.

‘Anton Syndrome’ has just released their Demo EP 'Closed Eyes' and are looking to record their first album very soon. Their fan base extends as far as Australia with a number of people calling for visits to Japan and Denmark. Their original sound and off-beat rock style provides an interesting combination of music genres ranging from traditional Zulu Meskandi to hardcore metal which is infused with punk and reggae to provide wacky twists along the way. The band feeds off audience energy whilst performing on a stage and Afro mayhem is born instantaneously. Brian, AKA Dance, often jumps off stage to party with the audience on the dance floor.... Wild, but the crowds love every second of it!

The band ....a strange foursome!

*Brian Kelly - on guitar, is a truly talented musician who hails from Newcastle (Ngagane) in KZN. He has lived and performed in England; Spain and France before returning to South Africa, Cape Town 4 years ago. His influences vary, ranging from reggae to metal but consider bands such as Boo; The Pixies; Iron Maiden; Smashing Pumpkins and Johnny Clegg to be some of the most influential. He has spent the last 20 years trying to create a new form of music and has always wanted to reinvent rock music in an African context. He believes that this has finally been accomplished with Anton Syndrome. Simply put “African rock music that actually sounds African, a new style of music, a new way of playing the guitar.

*Christopher du Plooy - on Bass, moved to Cape Town from Pietermaritzburg KZN in 2006. He is currently doing his PhD in Neuropsychology, Just in case his music career falls short. Nick Cave; Larry Graham; The Rolling Stones; The Cat Empire and Johnny Clegg form the basis of his musical influence.

*Mat Caldecott – on the mic and has his facebook profile frequently hacked. He grew up in the Eastern Cape, PE to be precise, and did a short stint in London before returning to Cape Town to pursue his dream of acting and singing. The Colin Farrell lookalike has brought an amazing dynamic to the Afro-Rock music outfit. His enthusiastic performances and love for singing is clearly visible on stage. Mila Kunis; Jon Bon Jovi and the late Stereophonics lead singer, Kelly Jones has his utmost respect. Ian Curtis from Joy Division and Anthony Kiedis from RHCP inspire his stage performance but he finds it difficult to determine which artists have had the largest impact on him.

*Darrell McLean- AKA “Hazard”, once referred to as "Pricilla - Queen of the drums" after standing in for the drummer of an all girl band, is the head case of the band and a perfect case study for Chris. Originally from Durban KZN, he relocated to Cape Town 6 years ago. He served as a body guard for SA Politicians; tried his hand at being a retail business owner, which he hated so he packed it in; is currently performing as a stuntman for film in his spare time and is generally an all round crazy marketing manager for a Security Company.... at 34, he is also the Grandpa in the band. His music influences are firmly rooted in 80’s & 90’s rock music. He hates unoriginal image based fake artists who cannot perform or reproduce the music they produce in a studio on a live stage.

Anton Syndrome will be hitting the scene hard in the next few months, so be prepared for something you have never heard before. Be sure to attend at least one performance at a live music venue near you….. After all, they do it for you!

Obsessie met Als, Woodstock Mafia and Saintfearless gig review

By SuzCruz

(Sorry it is a bit late, we here at Cape Town Music Scene was , and still is, just a bit swamped)

I didn't quite have my party hat on when I ventured into the Turtle on Saturday evening. It
was miserable enough outside to send the most hardened party animal into hibernation
mode. I considered bailing out but the call of duty was louder than the urge to stay in.
Knowing nothing about the bands on offer made it a tad more challenging, but I was up for
the experience.

Rushing to make it to the start of the show on time, I get to the venue and there are no
queues! One of the bands posted on their Facebook a status post suggesting a sold-out
show. Getting inside you assume it's only the band members and their BFF's hanging
around awaiting their turn. Back in the day I wouldn't hit the streets before at least 11pm!
My fears were dashed when I spotted bodies drizzling in through the doors, right on time.

Although I probably should not say this out loud, I'm partial to rock & roll and all the
trimmings that come along with it. The bands on show were the perfect example of what
this embodies.

The styles were distinctive, the personalities different, but the general consensus was that
they were going to play their hearts out, and they delivered.

First on the menu was melodic rock outfit called Saintfearless. They were confident, cocky
and very charismatic, belting out their set with great pizzazz. The energy they exude is
infectious. Conventional Lovesong and Dry Your Eyes were of the favourites. Lights were
dimmed for their instrumental making it feel like I was witnessing something U2-esque or
The Killers – like, and the audience got to stretch their vocal chords during Tango Tango.
Don’t worry if you find yourself watching the band thinking you have double vision. There
is a set of twins (and no it’s not Locknville) and one of them isn’t afraid to take his shirt off.
Fortunately enough - and by sheer accident might I add - I was able to catch up with the
lads before they hit the stage. Kelvin - keyboards and vocals - elatedly informed me of their
OppiKoppi experience earlier this year which was clearly a highlight. One would consider
this a great honour as it is one of the ultimate outdoor South African music festivals. They
even managed to pull off playing at Zula Bar's opening weekend extravaganza on both
evenings! If I am to believe Kelvin, their new single due to hit SA's airwaves later this year,
will blow your brains out and rocket up the charts. He sounded very convincing and I am
inclined to believe him!

Photo's : Elsibe McGuffog  of 

Saintfearless consists of: Kieron Brown - Vocals, Guitar; Paul Fairbrother - Guitar; Kevin
Mercuur - Bass; Cody Meyer - Drums, Vocals; Kelvin Pelvin - Keys, Vocals

Obsessie Met Als was on next, keeping the momentum of the evening going. Performing
tracks such as Klippe Kou, Kom Saam and Oggend Vissie from their 2010 release, Splinter
Nuwe Moeilikheid, which they are currently promoting. They are a modern rock outfit
from Paarl who formed in 2007 and still proving their metal. Their style is reminiscent of
something that reminds me of “Bellville Rock City”. We were treated to a sing-a-long of
a song about dancing around in someone's stomach. Whilst trying to figure out exactly
what that meant, we kept on stomping about. They've shared the stage with the likes of
Fokkofpoliesiekar, AKing, and Heuwels Fantasties - bands which compliment their style
perfectly. Again, I was lucky enough to be able to chat with the trio in the aftermath of

their performance. By their own admission being an Afrikaans Rock band, it's difficult
to escape comparisons to the aforementioned bands, especially Fokof, but they draw
inspiration from bands such as Paramore and White Lies. What impressed me about
meeting them in person was how humble and professional they came across. To me it
suggests you'll still see their names on set lists for many years to come.

Photo's - Vetman Design and Photography

OMA members are: Heinriech Voslchenk - Drums, Pierre van der Naam - Guitar and Vocals,
and Evan Scheepers on Bass.

As the evening progressed I started to ponder exactly how big the boulder was I'd been
living under. Why have I not come across any of these bands before?

Enter Woodstock Mafia who exploded onto the stage despite the faltering number of heads
in the venue. Had the faders known what those of us who chose to remain behind would
be witness to, they may have made an effort to linger for longer. The head bobbing and foot
stomping continued. The Mafia enjoy what they do and like their fellow artists on show
they impressed with their execution of hits in a grunge-rock sound. I was especially taken
with Dance on Cars.

Upon leaving I came across a flyer of a pending release of their debut album. Do I smell an
album launch?!

Photo's : Elsibe McGuffog  of 

The band consists of Joe Theron - Lead Vocals and Guitar; Nick van Rensburg - Lead Guitar,
Vocals Owen Ingarfield - Drums and Ryan Matthews - Bass

Thoroughly impressed with how the evening played out and what I witnessed I was happy to
retire to my humble abode knowing that there are still great things out there to discover.

Heed my words - remember these names and go support them at venues near you, ‘cause
this is surely going to happen and you won't want to admit that you missed out.