REVIEW: Endless Daze 2016

Endless Daze by Ashley Brown shot with Canon A1 on 35mm film’

After a longstanding love affair with everything Psych Night, Endless Daze was finally announced. I became more excited with every phase of line-up announcements, counting down the days while listening to nothing else but my favourites that would be playing that weekend. I had been prepping for weeks.

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LIVE REVIEW: Electric Rumble @ Mercury Live

This past Saturday saw another event presented by Mother City Music at Mercury Live: Electric Rumble, boasting quite an impressive line-up. With smoke in the air, dark streamers dangling from the ceiling and cheeky balloons scatter all over the floor and stage I knew we were in for one hell of a good night. Mercury has recently started hosting events presented by Mother City Music, which has proven to be very successful and beneficial for both the venue and the artists.

The evening’s acts were The Deathrettes, Retro Dizzy, and The Valley.

Halfway through writing this piece, I realised that it wasn’t so much a review as a “these guys are so good and everyone needs to know about all the cool shit they get up to on stage” post.

Okay? Just read.

The Deathrettes

The Deathrettes were up first. They’d become a favourite of mine after seeing them at Psych Night in February.  The group consists of Dylan Rooibokkie (Black Lung) on vocals and guitar, Warren Fisher (The Future Primitives, The Dyna Jets & Black Lung) on guitar, Michael Clarke on bass and Charl Stemmet on drums.

The Deathrettes recently released their debut single, “Animal”, which was recorded by Theo Crous at Bellville Studios and mastered by Rogan Kelsey at Kelsey Mastering, Johannesburg. The album is available for download over here.

Retro Dizzy

 

Next up was Retro Dizzy’s first gig as a four-piece with Andre Vlok (additional guitar and backing vocals). The group became instant friends with Vlok after finding him in members’ Nicolaas & Stuart’s flat after a night out. Friendships that start out that way are the best kind.

About half of Retro Dizzy’s setlist consisted of new tracks, with it being the first for the band playing their new single, “Feel Alright”, in Cape Town. By then, Mercury had filled up and things were getting messier – in the best possible way.

As one of their final shows before they take a brief break, I think Retro Dizzy couldn’t have had a better “see ya later” hurrah. In addition, they will be performing this coming Friday 3rd June at Mercury for A Dirty Disco with The Nasty Narcotics and Drunk Girls and again on Saturday 4th June at Assembly with The Springbok Nude Girls.

The Valley

As a relatively new act on the scene, The Valley already started experimenting with their sound since 2013. With a sound described as loud, aggressive psych rock, they deliver strong performances.  I’ve been a fan since seeing them perform at another Mercury event not too long ago, but they’ve reaffirmed what I said that night: these guys aren’t going anywhere. With a following that seems to grow with every show, it won’t be long until they become festival prime-slot regulars.

Members are Anton Louw on vocals and lead guitar, Le Roux Hofmeyr on back-up vocals and bass guitar and Charl Stemmet on drums.

Give their page a like over here.

Electric Rumble is one event I’m happy I had the opportunity to attend. These guys are all exceptionally talented and humble musicians that deserve to be taken note of.

Photos by Leigh-Anne Kenny from Killkenny Photography and check out the event album

Shirts came off, drinks were spilt, skin and clothes are now covered in cigarette burns.

It’s safe to say we had a good fucking time.

Single Review: The Deathrettes – Animal

Psych rock is a very rapidly growing facet of our local music scene these days. Over the last two years, a vast number of garage bands have come crawling from the woodwork to plant themselves firmly in weekly local line ups – most often including The Assembly’s notorious Psych Night. Among these you may find The Deathrettes: a Captonian 4-piece with barely a year together under their belts, who have just dropped their debut single, “Animal”.

Centred around the idea of returning to the very roots of humanity – an animalistic instinct – the track opens on a naked drum beat, honing in on the very core of the song. Swiftly overlain by two contrasting strings of electric guitar melody, the track then takes on a densely woven symphonic quality. The vocal constituents, however, find themselves somewhat drowned by the symphonic aspect. While lyrically the vocals tend to catch one’s attention, little to no layered effects in the song result in the bleeding of vocals and melody into one another – resulting in a somewhat indistinct distortion of parallel meaning.

All the same, the track is suffused in catchy, rollicking rock sounds, whose gritty fingernails brush your melodic skin but never puncture. Bordering of what could be just too much, but never crossing the line, the song steps to a close among a final, heady dose of screamo and a whining guitar riff.