Single Review: Stoker – A Stranger Throne


On the verge of the release of their new album, Stoker has dropped their final single, “A Stranger Throne”, fittingly accompanied by a charming music video. Although “charming” may not be a word often associated with the Cape Town-based hard-rock band, a sunlit lounge performance in a little countryside house cannot be dubbed anything but quaint. Cutting between a collection of shots of childhood photographs on the mantle and the band setting up for their song, the videos opening blatantly juxtaposes the idea of who the band members once were and where they stand now.

A vaguely psy-induced rock sound dominates the better part of the track. Slow, rolling verses create a false sense of tranquillity before being broken by a series of dramatic, 4-chord build ups and then launches into the wildly rollicking rock sound we know them for. Close up shots of the band and their instruments once again break any possibility of monotony. Chris De Wet Bornman roars into the microphone with conviction and guitarist Redge O’Kennedy wears an Iron Maiden t-shirt.

Within moments, the track has slipped back into the calmness of the verses and you can settle back for a moment or two before the next spike of palpable energy forces you to your feet once again. Thematically the track is a mildly reminiscent ode to how they themselves have changed over the years: “Thoughts of a younger me/ of a stranger me”. Polished and well produced, any rough edges smoothed by the context in which the track is delivered, Stoker present a striking final run up to their anticipated upcoming project.

WIN: QOTSA Tribute 2016

Cape Town’s finest rock n roll musicians gather on one night to pay Homme-age to one of rock n roll’s finest outfits in a first of it’s kind, Queens Of The Stone Age Tribute show.

Now you might be wondering why the hell there’s a tribute to a band that are all alive, kicking and gigging… Well, to be honest, we’re on the tip of Africa with one of the worst currencies, our real alternative music festival looks to have kicked the bucket and a lack of support to rock ‘n roll. So, that’s why… To start off the hype for one of the best rock bands we’ve teamed up with the tribute musos to give you the chance to win tickets.

Continue reading WIN: QOTSA Tribute 2016

Stoker – Take A Stab (Official Music Video)

Stoker, the band that has been handed the flag of South African rock… The survivors, the underdogs and the saviors. With loud guitars, big drums, filthy bass and beautifully raw vocals Stoker have formed themselves to be what I like to think as the only South African rock band portraying the life of the age-old rock culture: Sex, drugs & rock ‘n roll! Continue reading Stoker – Take A Stab (Official Music Video)

Chris Bornman – End Of The Line live at The Shack

We all have that one friend is just brilliant in something but goes by his day as if his just a normal guy. Chris is one of theses types of friends for me, I met Chris at The Shack where he manages Cape Town most well-known watering hole for musos, creatives and party animals. Continue reading Chris Bornman – End Of The Line live at The Shack

Up the Creek 2016 First Announcements

South Africa’s first festival of the year Up The Creek has announced their first 16 bands signed to play at Up The Creek Music Festival 2016! Continue reading Up the Creek 2016 First Announcements

Cape Town Gig Guide: 23 February – 1 March

Artwork courtesy of Bianca da Mata. 

We return, once again, to bring the weekly skinny on what is going down, musically, in Cape Town and Stellenbosch. Hopefully, this will be a week without any fiery displays from hills or accounting buildings. This guide shall be managed by Craig Roxburgh, and if you want your gig featured in the next guide then let us know on our Facebook page.

24 February

Reflections – The Waiting Room (Dave Knowles, Emma du Preez & Nadia Kruger)

The Ballistics, Forefront and Morning Ms Dednam – Aandklas

25 February

See You Next Wednesday x Factory DJs – The Assembly 

26 February 

It Came From The Jungle presents MADUK [Liquicity / Amsterdam] – Fiction 

Michael Lowman – Cafe Roux 

SA Music Scene presents #ElevatedBroFolks – The Assembly

Mind Pool and Stoker – Bohemia 

27 February

Dan Patlansky – Cafe Roux (Sold Out)

Popsicle TV Launch Party Feat. Beatenberg, Fantasma, Culoe De Song, Crazy White Boy and more – The Dragon Room

HONDA presents: BEAST ‘Bardo’ & DLR [UK] ‘Seeing Sounds’ Album Launch – The Assembly

Ultimate X 2015 – Action Sports Fest

FNSS ft. Niskerone / Grimehouse / Hyphen / D-sciple / Sam World – The Side Show

28 February 

Gateway Drugs ‘Dare Tonight’ Album Launch – Manlia Bar

Zombies ate my Girlfriend – Retrocide Album Launch – ROAR

RAPTURE – The Side Show

PREMONITIONS – The Mercury Live

Original Swimming Party  – Café Roux

Republieksfees 2015 ft. Jack Parow, Das Kapital, Grimehouse and Jackal and the Wind

Ultimate X 2015 – Action Sports Fest

The Parlotones – Shimmy

#TECHNOLOVE – Bullion Bar

1 March

RVCA Rolling Retro 2015

Goldfish – Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens