OneSight Acoustics #3

TICKET GIVEAWAY: OneSight Acoustics Volume 3!

THIRD TIME LUCKY because two amazing Sunday shows with OneSight Acoustics just isn’t enough. Next Sunday (13 November), The Good Luck Bar hosts the third in a series of four events – this time featuring Reason, December Streets, BCUC, and DJ Invizable.

Floris Groenewald

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

Crawling King Snake - Picture by Andre Badenhorst

Crawling King Snake and how George van der Spuy declared himself royalty

George van der Spuy, who’s mostly known as the frontman of Capetonian rock band Taxi Violence, has recently launched his career as a solo artist, under the name Crawling King Snake. Along with the announcement, he released a first single, Land of the Blind – apparently a “baptism” for the project, and a preview of a still-to-be-launched EP titled The Gospel According to George. All this is a predictable move that we’ve seen before by rock band frontmen, but there’s something fascinating about the way he’s doing it, and the imagery he uses. We asked George a few questions in an attempt to decipher Crawling King Snake.

Floris Groenewald

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

MYMYMY Ons S'n Is Beter

MYMYMY – A Bilingual synthpop enigma

I was sligthly taken aback when I first heard about MYMYMY. Is that an Afrikaans or English name? They’re a Cape Town based synth-pop duo, and their recently released debut EP title, Ons S’n Is Beter, seems to answer my question. Then I listened to the tracks, and was taken aback all over again.

Floris Groenewald

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

Michael Lesar - Photo by Coert Wiechers

Michael Lesar doesn’t need a dancing crowd to keep swinging

Michael Lesar is well-known around party scenes – popularly as “The King of Swing”. He’s a DJ from Johannesburg who’s developed a specialisation in swing sets, where he meshes old music with newer beats, and never fails to get a dance floor moving. But when I asked him about it, he told me that he really doesn’t mind if people are sitting down…

Floris Groenewald

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

Easy Freak – Gotta Be You

Q&A: Easy Freak releases new video – Gotta Be You

The Durban-based electronic duo Easy Freak is just released the music video for their second single, Gotta Be You. This comes after their debut single and music video for ‘So Lonely’ stormed the charts on radio nationwide and the video received extensive airplay on Trace TV and MTV Africa. We asked them (Dominic Hurd and Jude Kenrick) a few quick questions to get to know them better…

Floris Groenewald

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

Richard Stirton - Middle Ground - Photo by Canton Parker

Middle Ground: Richard Stirton on sports, his debut album and winning The Voice

The first winner of South Africa’s The Voice, Richard Stirton, just released his debut album, Middle Ground, through a record deal with Universal Music. We asked Richard a few questions about his new album, his recent experiences, and how stages are similar to sports fields.

Floris Groenewald

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

Shortstraw - Those Meddling Kids - OneSight Acoustics

Interview: Shortstraw on OneSight Acoustics, and Those Meddling Kids

Shortstraw has never been shy about using their status as popular indie rock band to give back. This coming weekend they’re playing at OneSight Acoustics – joining Hugh Masekela, New Academics, and Akio Kawahito in the first in a series of concerts that aim to raise funds for OneSight: a global public nonprofit organisation which provides sustainable access to quality vision care and eye wear to those who cannot afford it or do not have access to it. We caught up with Shortstraw guitarist Tom Revington about the concert, the band’s charitable nature, and what they’ve been up to lately.

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 Polydimension - Photo by Sean Brand

Polydimension – ISO is making prog rock great again

It’s been a while since we’ve really heard from ISO, and it’s understandable why. The four members of the band had grown up, changed things, moved, gotten married, and started side project bands. But somehow, through all this, they’ve managed to get another album together: Polydimension. I spoke to ISO’s frontman, Richard Brokensha, about everything behind the scenes of ISO.

Floris Groenewald

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

Alternatief Is Groot CD Cover

Alternatief is Groot, en wil jou die kys vra

Op hoërskool, as jy ‘n oulike jong dame in die oog gehad het maar nie seker was hoe om jou gevoelens aan haar te openbaar nie, kon jy altyd ‘n mix CD maak. Dis nou oor ek in die vroeë 2000’s (na die tyd van kasette) op hoërskool was – ek vermoed hulle maak deesdae speellyste op hul gunsteling aanlyn musiekstroomdiens. Bogenoemde CD was dan propvol liefdesliedjies, sodat sy sou seker wees. As CD-maker was dit jou werk om ‘n versameling goeie liedjies te kies, hul in mekaar te laat vloei deur noukeurig die volgorde uit te werk, maar belangrikste van alles: om sonder twyfel jou verliefdheid uit te druk. Nou het die mense agter Coleske ArtistsSupra Familias, en Afrikaans is Groot saamgewerk om ‘n mix CD te maak wat vir ‘n wye gehoor van alternatiewe Suid-Afrikaanse musiekliefhebbers: Alternatief is Groot.

Floris Groenewald

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