Last On Alive Debut EP Review

Last One Alive are relatively new to the Cape Town and South African music scene, however this project has been over 2 years in the making, and comprises of a super group of local musicians with a wealth of experience to their name. Even though they are relatively new, they have already won a SAMMA (South African Metal Music Award) for their music video for their single ‘Kiss the Ground‘.

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EP REVIEW: Dangerfields – Embers

Post-punk. The bastard child of emo and punk. It is a genre that has never really had much of a footing in South Africa perhaps because the scene has never really leaned towards the shoegaze-inspired eclecticism. An indie rock dominated scene never gave much leeway for bands drenched in dreamy melancholia to gain much traction and the alternative scene is far too rooted in metal for it to give much attention to punk guitar riffs soaked in reverb and drawling vocals that are reminiscent of The National. However, the scene is changing as psych-rock elements have begun to curl their tendrils around the live music scene.

Psych music is beginning to gain much more traction in South Africa with international bands like Tame Impala becoming increasingly popular and musical heavyweights like The Plastics moulding their sound to dabble in the realm of psych rock. It is in this realm of musical experimentation that a post-punk band has tentatively marched onto the scene. The band in question is Dangerfields – a band consisting of members from The Very Wicked, Loveglove Pyrotechnics and Retro Dizzy. They’ve already gained themselves a bit of a fanbase with their exquisite live shows and their debut EP Embers cements what people have been saying about their live music with a five track offering that flows like a well-coordinated jam session but sounds like a well-produced album.

“The Trip” aptly opens the EP. In this song, – Dangerfields gives the listener an insight into the musical on which they are about to embark. A repetitive series of guitar chords and reverb opens up the song before a slow-tempo drumbeat kicks in alongside Lucas Swart’s soothing vocals that makes me think of Matt Berninger of The National. This could easily fool the listener into believing that the entire EP is going to be a rip off of the national, but Dangerfields quickly dispels this notion by kicking in with a vibrant display of punk energy tempered by the dreamy eclecticism of shoegaze and the melancholic self-actualisation of the emo genre. Off-tempo drumbeats drive the song to attempt to achieve the same degree of energy as a punk song but guitars laden with reverb and melody suppress the song’s emotion to match the mournful nature of Swart’s vocals.

This is what occurs throughout the EP. Each song has moments where it attempts to flesh out the “punk” aspect of the post-punk genre.  The use of reverb, downtempo drumming or distorted bass riffs allows Dangerfields to reign in their sound and adhere to post-punk norms. This gives the band a brilliant sense of restrained energy and allows for songs like “Haze” and “Bombs” to have gorgeous soundscapes in which they shift from melancholic indie rock to something much more frenzied and punk-like. Even the quieter songs like “Burn” and “The Daylight” are imbued with this punk-inspired energy even though it is dulled down for the sake of emotional impact. This is a band that could result in a surge of post-punk inspired bands – something from which the scene could definitely benefit.

7/10

 

Foo Fighters launch surprise St. Cecilia, EP! (free download)

At the end of October, Foo Fighters launched a mysterious countdown clock on their website. I would have put my balls on the line and said they were going to kick off the second CD recording process with documentary-style series as they did for ‘Sonic Highways’, but thank God I didn’t because Dave and the boys topped my expectations and releases a brand new EP that you can download for FREE (download here)! Continue reading Foo Fighters launch surprise St. Cecilia, EP! (free download)

Satanic Dagga Orgy release ‘The Bromance’ EP

Few months ago I heard of a new band in Gauteng called Satanic Dagga Orgy and I chose not to give them a listen, because I thought they just wanted to create a hype with their name like Fokofpolisiekar did back in the day. After realizing I actually have one of the members on Facebook and him kindly explaining what they stand for, I went to listen to them and was I blown away…. Continue reading Satanic Dagga Orgy release ‘The Bromance’ EP

VAN COKE KARTEL: The ENERGIE cover EP – out now!

VAN COKE KARTEL’s cover EP, ENERGIE, is out NOW on iTunes exclusively.  Pre-orders of the 12” vinyl is also open at www.permanentrecord.co.za as of now.  A free digital download of the entire EP is available upon purchase of the vinyl. Continue reading VAN COKE KARTEL: The ENERGIE cover EP – out now!

Curious Music Discovery: Dorothy

We are excited to show you another instalment to Curious Music Discovery (CMD). After weeks of silence I want to introduce you to Dorothy, a brand new act finishing up their first album in partnership with Skull Candy! Continue reading Curious Music Discovery: Dorothy

Oh Dark Arrow – Summer Slow Shit

Cape Town hip-hop group, Oh! Dark Arrow have released their second EP on Heritage Day. Although ex PH Fat rapper Marc Potgieter isn’t new to the South Afican music scene his new rap group with Nicci St Bruce, Keke Mahlelebe & Matt Hichens have created a stir and given their music a darker and more underground feel to it. Continue reading Oh Dark Arrow – Summer Slow Shit

Alpha Wilde – Summer (EP)

Written by Charlie Brown

 

Bellville Rock City, I think not… With Die Heuwels Fantasties going full electro pop we can drop the idea of Bellville being the birth place of Cape Town rock. The past day or two Alpha Wilde, an electronic pop act has caught my attention. Even though there is no download available for the EP feel free to stream it via SoundCloud.com  Continue reading Alpha Wilde – Summer (EP)

David Gabriel Corpse – Summer Romance EP

David Gabriel Thorpe or David Gabriel Corpse in no new face to the South African music scene, you will recognize him from as Beach Party’s lead singer or Gateway Drugs or even the drummer from The Dollfins.

A first in its type of genre in South Africa David’s Summer Romance EP reminds me of Hugh Laurie’s music with the influence of 80’s synth pop and Beach Party vocals with allot of reverb! Continue reading David Gabriel Corpse – Summer Romance EP

Hello Beautiful – Supernova Love EP

Written by Andriques Petersen 

 

This is going to go down as one of my favourite local releases for 2013. But in terms of risks taken musically, the contents of this EP by Hello Beautiful hold nothing new, nothing groundbreaking. There is no adventure here except deviating from the norm of what is considered pop music currently. But, and it’s a huge one, I haven’t enjoyed an extended play this much in a long time. Continue reading Hello Beautiful – Supernova Love EP

Jakkals release EP Bones to get loose to before Rocking The Daisies

Jakkals, Cape Town based indie band release EP Bones before Daisies. Download, listen & repeat so that you can sing along Thursday 22:2o at Rocking The Daisies’ Campsite Stage!

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