Die Heuwels Fantasties launches 2021

Afrikaans Alternative Rock band, Die Heuwels Fantasties just announced the official launch party of their new 15 track album dubbed “2021” on May the 30th. They have very creatively used current circumstances to their advantage and will amplify the launch with an online streaming concert!

It’s not what we are used to, cause lets be honest a real gig, is the real deal, but as far as the stream in concerned, it is seriously stacked with appearances by Francois van Coke, Arno Carstens, Tarryn Lamb and Jack Parow.

“We’re very excited to launch an album with a full-on live, online show for the first time. We’ll be sending our album to you over the ether of the internet with VISUALS, LIGHTING, the full band and it will come to you 100% LIVE in the comfort of your home.” – pierre greeff

What’s amazing, is the fact that your ticket in fact includes “2021” as a full digital album. Die Heuwels Fantasties also released a Lyric video for the single “Naweek” off the album as teaser for this weekend.

We think this is going to be a fun weekend.

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Wandile Mbambeni: Collaboration is Key to Creativity

In the run-up to the release of his third EP, Cape Town based acoustic-afro-folk artist Wandile Mbambeni has been lounge-hopping the city with his band. With the idea to bring the music to the people, hosts have been offering their homes to a series of WM Sessions, unplugged, acoustic and secret.

“As musicians we need ears,” says Wandile, settled comfortably in the wood panelled hidden gem which is Neighbourhood on Long Street. “We can’t always rely on people coming to gigs, and if we’re not gigging there’s nowhere to see us except online. So we decided to bring our rehearsals to the people.”

With a Rocking the Daisies Hemp Stage set now firmly under his belt, as well as several solidifying Espresso and Beerhouse performances, Wandile has been active on the grounds of Cape Town’s music scene for some time, although attention has never been hotter than it is now. Moving to Cape Town on a whim almost two years ago has seen his music grow in leaps and bounds. “It was a very spontaneous move – kind of like pick up my bags and go type of thing,” he says with a laugh. In the wake of his first Afrika Burn, a fleeting week in the Mother City and a rousing opening set for Matthew Mole in Port Elizabeth, Wandile took to the road to the Cape and never looked back.

With a brand new EP, Good Intentions freshly recorded on his arrival, Wandile then enrolled to study sound engineering at the SAE institute, which in turn paved the road to the formation of his upcoming Maturation EP.

“That was what put my guitar down. That took me into producing and coming up with my own sound,” he explains. “That’s how the maturity in the music came through – and that in turn led me to getting a band because I wanted to replicate what I was doing live.” The EP was recorded with the involvement of a five-piece band, who have been backing Wandile in the majority of his performances since. “The amount of work which has gone into the EP is about as much as would have gone into an album,” he adds “It’s huge, we’ve got interludes, intros and outros – but in the end we decided to stick to it as an EP.”

While there is no definite release date for the project, a significant amount of hype has built around it, and Wandile already has nebulous plans in the works for a collaborative remake of the EP. “I have this idea – once I’ve released this non-collaborative EP I want to come back to it and get the legends involved – Hugh Masekela, Don Laka – and get them to remake it. Sort of like a tribute to them.”

Ambitious dreams, but what is a life lived full without some wild ambition? In addition to his musically inclined endeavours, Wandile has a keen interest to integrate involvement among all creatives within the Mother City – and the Artist Network Programme is yet another one of his dreams when it comes to launching into the multifaceted scope of the creative industry at large.

“I’m going to open a coffee shop,” he says, his eyes lighting up. “It’s going to be a place for artists – photographers, writers, musicians, designers – where they can hang out and network. That’s the easiest way to collaborate for us I think.” With a deep-seated love for art of all aspects, he is prepared to launch into every facet of it which may boost his music as a whole – from visual art to fashion design, and even to festival organisation. “I’m all about collaboration,” he says with a grin. “Teamwork makes the dream work.”

Bringing Back Eyeliner – All you need to know about EMO NIGHT RSA.

Crying out over the din of the struggling Cape Town alternative scene, the organizers of South Africa’s first ever Emo Night prevail. Based on the American-born concept of the same name, Emo Night RSA – to be hosted for the first time on 2 July 2016 at Longmarket street’s The Manila Bar – promises to be all the rage for former-emo’s, punk rockers and any other hangers-on of alt culture.

Being a loyal punk fan myself, I recently got in touch with co-organizer Craig Roxburgh  to find out more about the event. And in addition to discovering his secret identity as the billed DJ xxBr00talTearsxx , was able find out more about just how exactly the concept came to be.

Herewith follows the minutes of that brief encounter:

Hi there. Thanks so much for agreeing to have a chat with me today. So, Emo Night RSA. What can attendees expect? And where are tickets available for purchase?

I’ve actually been putting the finishing touches on much of my playlist for the evening and I’ve seen glimpses of my other fellow DJs playlists and what I can tell you is that it is going to be an evening that explores much of the music that actually falls under the genre of emo while also featuring songs that were commonly associated with the emo subculture despite not actually being emo. Attendees can expect reliving songs they used to sing when they were in high school, but can also expect to be exposed to some of the finer nuances of the weird musical niche that is emo.
Tickets can be purchased at the door of The Manila Bar for R20 – a complete bargain when you look at the costs of other events that just feature DJs spinning set playlists.

 Now, looking at the list of organisers, one can’t help but notice that you all seem to be quite young. How have you managed to secure funding for the event?

We prayed to the almighty emo gods, but that didn’t work. So, we’ve managed to secure some private funding, but we’re hoping that we don’t actually need to use said funding as we are expecting to cover all the necessary costs on the night. We only need 150 people to come through for us to able to break even, but we’re hoping to fill up the venue due to the interest that is currently being expressed.

How long have plans been in the pipeline? And why now have you finally decided to take the plunge and host the first event?

Emo Night has always been at the back of my mind for the past year, or rather I’ve been saying to myself that I want to attend an Emo Night for the past year. I have a few friends in America that rave about their Emo Nights and that sparked my initials interest. I’m a student living in a country with a terrible exchange rate so the chances of me ever actually making it across the Atlantic to attend Emo Night are slim, and I guess that planted a seed in my mind.
It was only in a conversation with my co-founder Dom that this plan to host an Emo Night came to fruition. We were joking (actually, we were being deadly serious) about opening a Made For Broadway (when they eventually tour Cape Town) show with a DJ-set that would just play pop punk songs and eventually take over the entire show and eventually the country. Much of the conversation was rooted in light-hearted humour between lectures, but at some point we just decided that we didn’t need a band to tour here to do exactly that and that is how Emo Night RSA came into being. With regards to why we decided to take the plunge and launch into an event without much warning? I think it was probably because we wanted to know if such an event would ever work and we would rather completely fuck up now then nurture this idea and have it fuck up later when we’ve grown even more attached to it.

The original American version of “Emo Night” is a recurring affair. Any hopes of doing the same?

We hope to make it a recurring event especially within Stellenbosch’s club culture as we feel that there is much potential for us to grow in Stellenbosch due to the high density of students and since there is a Confession or Rage about the lack of alternative music events/clubs in Stellies. However, the chances of this being a recurring affair is entirely rooted in whether or not it is successful on 2 July. We will need to see a huge turnout for us to consider putting together another event.

Event Poster

When one thinks of the Cape Town space, it’s almost impossible to ignore the fact that alternative spaces are falling out of vogue in a big way. How conscious were you of this when planning this event?

To be honest, we didn’t even consider the space in which Emo Night would operate until after we launched the event. It pretty much just started as some massive pipe dream that Dom and I turned into an event and were expecting no-one to even give two shits about it but the response has been phenomenal so far and I guess at some point we had to stop and consider the space in which we would exist, but we wouldn’t say that we exist within the alternative space. Simply because the alternative space does not really make provision for counter cultures to exist and especially not for the emo counterculture to exist.

I have always been conscious of a lot of individuals, outside of the traditional alternative spaces catered for by the Cape Town space, that have loose ties to the emo genre and to the emo subculture – both of which are vastly non-existent in South Africa as opposed to just in Cape Town. The alternative space catered for in South Africa has been on a rather downward spiral over the past few years as it has become a rather exclusive space dominated by a rather particular brand of metal snobbery – the kind that sneers at the metal headliners for the likes of RAMfest and Oppikoppi, but 2015 and 2016 has seen that particular space kind of resurrect itself thanks to much of the work done by a lot of the media outlets and promoters. However, the alternative space as an encompassing whole still remains segregated along a genre basis – which is partially why it has fallen out of vogue to some extent. We were kind of aware of those divisions, but we didn’t pay much mind to it as Emo Night (in our mind) falls into a very particular niche that caters to a wide variety of people within the alternative space while also catering to a more mainstream audience – the people that don’t care too much for metal, but would be happy to rock out to some nostalgic pop punk and alt rock songs. At the end of the day, Emo Night is a celebration of a genre, a subculture, but also a very particular phase in people’s lives where angst and anger reigned and things weren’t so serious and adulty as they are now.

And adding to that point, what do you hope to achieve by hosting these nights? 

You know what. I asked bands this so much when I ask what they hope to achieve with a new album or whatever, and it always amazes me that they don’t reply with “we actually don’t fucking know because all of that totally depends on how much people love or hate the album”, so I guess I would reply with something like that if I was a total asshole, but I’m not. My personal vision is for Emo Night to become this meeting ground for like-minded individuals to come together and bond over mutual musical tastes and then from there go out and grow what I hope I can one day refer to as the “emo scene”. My goal is for Emo Night to foster a sense of unity in the music scene especially with regards to the punk and post-hardcore scene that would serve to bolster the scene and allow for bands to pursue genres that no-one would ever think would exist in Cape Town like pop punk or hyper aggressive emo (although Past Haunts kind of do that already).

Last question: How can our readers spread the word about Emo Night RSA?

They can spread the word by heading to the event page and clicking attend and sharing the living shit out of it. Like, we want to see 5k people invited or something. Else they can find us Facebook under Emo Night South Africa or on Twitter as @EmoNightRSA

Thanks so much for your time. See you at Emo Night!

See you there. We fully endorse panicking at our disco.

Gauteng Gig Guide: 2-6 December 2015

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Gauteng Gig Guide: 25-29 November 2015

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Gauteng Gig Guide: 19-24 November 2015

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Gauteng Gig Guide: 12-15 November 2015

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Gauteng Gig Guide: 4-8 November 2015

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Lana Del Rey – Honeymoon

Sultry, sexy and incredibly boring. Lana Del Rey’s new album Honeymoon, the much-anticipated follow-up to Ultraviolence was released on 18 September. Del Rey’s strict creative control has unsurprisingly led her to produce her most self-indulgent piece yet.

The obsession with her own perpetuated image of the scorned lover and femme fatal has slowly become less believable but certainly no less entertaining. But her commitment to her art could certainly make her the most genuine fake in the business. Admittedly Honeymoon isn’t as bad as I had originally anticipated It is certainly a step up from Ultraviolence but nowhere near as iconic as Born to Die. 

 Although extremely monotonous this album, like previous ones showcases Lana’s best talent, enchanting listeners with a masterful combination of bad girl narratives and melancholy tunes. This is why she has had such success in the past two years writing scores for various movies including; The Great Gatsby, Maleficent, Mommy and Big Eyes

In her new album Del Rey is still the pouty prize on the arm of some sugar daddy in songs like “Religion” she sings “You’re my religion, you’re how I’m living / When I’m down on my knees, you’re how I pray” but by the time it reaches ‘Blackest Day’ her constant objectification runs very dry. Held together by slow, moaning ballads Honeymoon only really gets interesting in “Freak” and “Art Deco”. The lyrics and songs really start to work together in her unique, immersive style but after that things trail off again into a deep progressive oblivion. 

Lana has never been a spectacularly good lyricist, but her writing has always hit a real truth with listeners, in this album, however, she has disconnected herself from that honesty. She speaks as if she were a fallen Hollywood star in the throes of self-destruction, a romantic notion but completely un-relatable and inevitably poorly written. In “Salvatore” she sings; “Salvatore can wait/ Now it’s time to eat/ Soft ice cream” this is the highlight of nonsensical writing. 

Her mentions of other iconic artists like Billie HolidayLay Lady Lay, and quotes from David Bowie in “The Blackest Day”, “Religion” and “Terrence Loves You” seem like feeble attempts to be more artistic but ultimately just make the album a little too unoriginal. 

Definitely an improvement from the last moaning compilation of Ultraviolence, Honeymoon displays what Lana Del Rey truly is, the poster child for heartbreak and self-destructive actions. There are some great moments on the album but none of it memorable.

5/10

Gauteng Gig Guide: 21-25 October 2015

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Gauteng Gig Guide: 30 September – 4 October 2015

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Gauteng Gig Guide: The Weekend Edition: 25-27 September 2015

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Gauteng Gig Guide: 16-20 September 2015

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Gauteng Gig Guide: 19-23 August 2015

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Cape Town Weekly Gig Guide: 17 August – 23 August

Tuesday – 18 August

Black Lung and Retro Dizzy – Aandklas, Stellenbosch 

Untamed Youth: Party Time, Excellent. – Fiction 

Wednesday – 19 August

The Royal Commoners – Blah Blah Bar 

See You Next Wednesday – The Assembly

Original Swimming Party – Straight No Chaser 

Thursday – 20 August

Jägermeister presents: Full House with The Factory ft. Retro Dizzy and Training Brah – Ace’n’spades Bar

The Oh So Serious – The Waiting Room 

Friday – 21 August

To The Stage presents – BOARGAZM: Bringing the Bacon! – The Rabbit Hole

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun  – The Assembly

Tweak & Friends – Aandklas 

Saturday – 22 August

TWEAK & Friends – The Assembly 

Sunday – 23 August

Tim Parr  – Cape To Cuba

Cape Town Weekly Gig Guide: 28 July – 2 August

Tuesday – 28 July

Al Bairre – Aandklas, Stellenbosch 

TAMBORA / DIAMOND THUG / MIX ‘N BLEND –  The Waiting Room

Untamed Youth – Fiction 

Wednesday – 29 July

Prime Circle – Aandklas, Stellenbosch 

See You Next Wednesday – The Assembly

Thursday – 30 July

Francois van Coke(Acoustic) – Die Boer, Durbanville

Jagermeister Presents: Full House with Stoker, Filth & Southern Wild – Ace’n’spades Bar

Natural Selection Transitions • Featuring DJs Mighty & Daniel Bruce Gray – The Waiting Room

Friday – 31 July

Set For The Sky – Release The Machine tour – The Rabbit Hole

Crooked – Spiro’s, Hout Bay

SOUND ON SCREEN Music Film Festival 2015

Prime Circle – The Assembly 

Martin Rocka and the Sick Shop in Cape Town – The House Of Machines

Francois van Coke(Acoustic) – Die Boer

Saturday – 1 August

SOUND ON SCREEN Music Film Festival 2015

Al Bairre – The Assembly

Drown; Dustland Express, With Dawn, and Zero Stroke – Gandalfs, ROAR 

3rd World Spectator X Blynd Tyger X Hush – Live At Aandklas

7th Son & Grassy Spark  – Brass Bell

Matinino album launch – Octopus Garden

Sunday – 2 August

SOUND ON SCREEN Music Film Festival 2015