The Hellcats - Capital Craft Beer Festival 2016

Cat Piss by Hellcats – Talking beer and rock & roll at Capital Craft

“It’s an incredible event,” Hellcats say, about the annual Capital Craft Beer Festival. “Probably the best beer festival in the country.” They’re on the lineup for this year’s event on 11 June at the Pretoria Botanical Gardens, providing just one part of a wide and eclectic soundtrack to accompany your appreciation of the craft beers on display.

We’ve been to other beer fests where SAB beers are the only thing on sale and Kurt Darren is the headliner, and the organizers wonder why everyone’s blikseming each other at sundown.”

Hellcats is a two piece, stripped down, bare knuckle rock n roll band from Johannesburg. They are Alessandro Benigno on drums and vocals, and Warwick Rautenbach on guitar. And they believe it’s very important to keep the age-old traditional combination of rock & roll and beer alive. “If people didn’t have beer at our gigs, we probably wouldn’t have any fans.”

Floris Groenewald

Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.

Justin Serrao Regardt Scheepers Kinders van die Wind

Kinders van die Wind: Justin Serrao, Regardt Scheepers & Koos du Plessis

Without any warning, Justin Serrao starts singing in Afrikaans.

This not only describes Serrao’s career, but also his latest YouTube video, a cover of Koos du Plessis’s classic Kinders van die Wind. After releasing two English albums as a solo artist (and working on his third, due to be out in August), Justin surprised everyone with a collaborative cover project called #ToeEnNou, which kicked off with this video. “This project is something Regardt Scheepers and I have been talking about for some time now. So we’ve knuckled down and got it going.”

“Regardt and myself got talking at his studio one day about the Afrikaans legends and then we decided to kick this off. The reason we have taken on this project of singing the legendary Afrikaans songs, is to pay tribute to these legends and founders of our proudly South African industry.

Floris Groenewald

Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.

Jack Black Brewing Company at Capital Craft Beer Festival 2016

Jack Black Brewing Company at Capital Craft Beer Festival 2016

Jack Black Brewing Company is one of the most prominent craft beer brands around in South Africa today. Despite being available practically everywhere, including stalls at events like Park Acoustics, they’ll still be visiting Capital Craft Beer Festival 2016, where you can try them out for yourself (as if you haven’t yet). We spoke to them about the world of craft beer, Richard Linklater’s film School of Rock, and which beer goes best with Tidal Waves.

Floris Groenewald

Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.

ISO in studio recording Polydimension. Picture by Alex Parker.

In Studio Recording Diary: ISO – Polydimension

ISO is back. After a break of several months, and a new drummer having joined the team, the band formerly known as Isochronous recently recorded a new album titled Polydimension, due to be released later in 2016.

In March and April this year, the band visited Open Room Studios in Johannesburg and Sleeproom Studios in Pretoria for the recording sessions.

Each member captured their moments recording the new album in the form of a studio diary:

Floris Groenewald

Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.

Francois van Coke. Foto deur Hayden Phipps

Francois van Coke – nou met Liefde, by die Dam

“Ek en Karen het besef dit is ‘n goeie song toe ons dit geskyf het,” vertel Francois van Coke oor die virale internetsukses van Toe Vind Ek Jou – die liefdesballade wat hy saam met Karen Zoid geskryf en opgeneem het.

“Voor die album [Francois van Coke, sy selfgetitelde solodebuut] uit was het ek dit natuurlik vir vriende gespeel, en selfs my metalhead chommies het hoendervleis gekry as hul dit hoor. Maar ek het in my wildste drome nie die reaksie verwag wat ons gekry het nie.”

Floris Groenewald

Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.

Bad Peter - Let Go. Photo by Grant Difford

Let Go: Bad Peter on escape, a busy music career, and not being a political band

Everybody might not have seen Bad Peter live, but the ones who have describe the band’s spirited performance as lively, compelling, and… well… damn good. They’re one of the busiest bands in the country at the moment, and recently, after signing with David Gresham Records, released their first EP, Let GoFor a five-track EP, Let Go has a surprisingly diverse set of influences and stylistic elements. Yet it maintains a distinct “Bad Peter”-sound. It’s bright, acoustic, sparkling and hair-raising – even sexy at times – while lyrically being both spirited and serious. Bad Peter is an acoustic duo consisting of PG Badenhorst and Alwyn Bekker, and we spoke to them about their career and their debut EP.

Floris Groenewald

Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.

Liefde by die dam banner

Ticket giveaway: Liefde by die Dam – 16 June 2016

“Die liefde is soos ‘n ryp komkommer – vergeet hom in die sakkie dan verlep hy sommer.”
– Valiant Swart, Liefde by die Dam

On 16 June, JacarandaFM is bringing a full day family music experience to Johannesburg’s Emmarentia Dam. Named after Valiant Swart’s chart-topping hit of the same name, Liefde By Die Dam is a showcase for the best in local talent, and an all-ages Youth Day celebration.

TheFlow.co.za is an entertainment blog run from Gauteng, South Africa.

Wolfgang Marrow Bad Advice Album cover

Wolfgang Marrow dishes out some Bad Advice

There’s something about Wolfgang Marrow that always makes me think of the live music/club scene in Black Snake Moan. And I don’t know why, but I think it’s something more than the Southern swampy Blues music they’ve got in common. Yes, the movie might be seen as an exploitative look at a sexy half-naked girl who’s chained up throughout most of the film, but behind its marketing campaign, it was a celebration of classic blues music, where it really comes from, and what it truly means. And Wolfgang Marrow‘s debut album, Bad Advice, might be the same…

Floris Groenewald

Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.

Albert Frost - The Wake Up album cover

The Wake Up: Albert Frost talks about turning over a new leaf

Albert Frost woke up.

For such a prolific performer, his new album, The Wake Up, comes a surprising seven years after his last solo release, Devils and Gods. And for someone who’s spent 21 years as one of the Blues Broers before quitting the band last year, The Wake Up isn’t quite as bluesy as one might expect. “I’ve been slightly pigeon-holed as a blues guitarist,” Albert Frost explains – which is just how the music business works. But actually, my influences are very wide and range way further than just the blues. And I’ve never had a vehicle to explore that or felt that my voice is ready for this.”

Until now. The Wake Up, while firmly rooted in the blues [“I can’t escape it, I love it so much,” says Frost], is varied, eclectic, and certainly very different.

Floris Groenewald

Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.

Scarlotte Will - Things Unseen

Scarlotte Will launches EP, Things Unseen

Scarlotte Will, a young local band, has launched their latest EP, Things Unseen. This five track mini-album promises to whet appetites for the accompanying tour, taking them all over South Africa.

Nardus Groenewald

Nardus Groenewald is a geek for music, computer games, tech, gadgets, and those chocolate eggs with jelly in them that Woolies sells at the tills. In his spare time he grows a decent beard and holds down a full time job.