Francois van Coke released his cover of Eagles of Death Metal’s I Love You All The Time – in a musical response to the terrible terrorist attack at a French concert last year. The attack took place at the Bataclan theater in Paris on 13 November 2015 where Eagles of Death Metal was performing, and left the band rattled, but determined to not be deterred.
Bloc Party, slightly re-organised, is back with Hymns – their fifth album. After a hiatus starting in 2013, frontman Kele Okereke and guitarist Russell Lissack remain, together with Justin Harris and Louise Bartle (respectively the new bassist & drummer). It’s been four years since their last, more guitar-driven, album: Four.
Kyk, die feit dat daar ‘n amptelike Jack Parow biografie* verskyn het, is nie ‘n verrassing nie. Dit is dalk ‘n effense vreemde besluit, maar nadat Parow se platemaatskappy, Parowphernalia, al tekkies, ekstra-lang pette, comic books, en chilli- en braaisous begin verkoop het, kan niks mos meer verras nie. En al bevat Die Ou Met Die Snor By Die Bar nou geen staatsgeheime nie, is dit wel ‘n interessante kykie na die man agter die snor, en hoe hy sy sukses behaal het – al die pad uit Bellville uit.
“Ek dink ek is die complete opposite van die gemiddelde rapper.”
Dis nog vroeg op ‘n Woensdagaand aan die noordelike randjie van Melville. Net agter daai ouderwetse “Welcome to Melville” bord is Love Books – ‘n knus, dog ruim boekwinkel. En ons is hier om te hoor hoe Jack Parow gesels met die joernalis Angola Badprop (oftewel Jaco Nel), oor sy nuwe boek – Die Ou Met Die Snor By Die Bar.
De Wallen is a dirty rock ‘n roll band that reminds you of the phrase “sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll”. They’re raw and rough and cut to the bone, with dirty, rich, electric guitars, rocking loud and fast.
Crackerjack, the first single off the EP, is a powerful rock track with fat guitar riffs. It’s a fun, exciting and upbeat track that sets the energetic tone for the whole EP. The arrangement is neat, guitars are unreserved, and the vocals sound like a relatable tough guy. You know: The slightly intimidating guy with the stubble and tattoos who turns out to be the nicest guy you’ve met. Plus, in one of their publicity stills, his microphone is literally on fire.
Yes, I’m old enough to remember a time before Fokofpolisiekar. When the South-African music scene was fine, but certain popular genres were just left untouched in Afrikaans. Until Karen Zoid came around. The press dubbed her “South Africa’s rock chick”, and her rocking take on Afrikaans (with touches of punk & hip-hop) reinvigorated the genre for Afrikaans-speaking music lovers and musicians, and paved the way for the Fokofpolisiekar-generation.
Scarlotte Will isn’t easy to write about – mostly cause I have no idea whether their name means something. Even geographically, they refused to be boxed in: They hail from Gauteng – that is, Randfontein, Pretoria, and Kempton Park. However, the four-piece alternative rock band have been working hard to hang on everyone’s lips. They are one of the hardest-working and constantly-gigging bands I know of that teeter on the edge of “underground”. Whatever that means these days. They pop up regularly on stages at The Bohemian, Railways Cafe, and Arcade Empire, practically opened the main stage at Oppikoppi this year, and had a stint high up on the Tuks FM top 30.
It’ll be easy to call Tim Hendricks’ new album, Contemplating Change, a pop record. But that’s not necessarily true, or fair. It has a distinct, easy-going sonic quality that places it somewhere between soft rock and pop, but ends up comfortably standing out between adult contemporary albums, while adding measures of funk, hip-hop, and spanish without fear.
“Janis was fearless with her pain and with her truth.”
The first trailer for Janis: Little Girl Blue is out. This documentary feature, directed by Amy Berg (of Deliver us from Evil previously), recently debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival. The biography of Janis Joplin (a troubled and misunderstood rock & roll legend from the 60s) paints a familiar picture to anyone familiar with (the more recent member of the 27 club) Amy Winehouse. The film, which promises to show the human being behind the rock icon, got favourable reviews and generated positive buzz after showing at TIFF, and I can’t wait for a local release.
Everyone knows Sinéad O’Connor‘s version of Nothing Compares 2 U. It’s one of those familiar tunes that you’ve heard in so many movies, elevators, etc. It’s a very famous song and recording, although it’s generally not known that the song was originally penned by Prince to be performed by The Family. But you’ve never heard it like this before: with Chris Cornell’s Soundgarden/Audioslave voice, backed by an acoustic guitar/cello trio.