RAD with power. Cape Town based [something] band. Any and all genre suggestions appreciated. Mostly, we like you.
Irvine is a group of like-minded musicians who aim to put the heart and soul back into indie rock. Formed in 2006 by brothers Bob and Chris Thorpe, the band spent much of their time performing, writing and recording in London, England, before moving to Cape Town, South Africa, in 2009. Bassist Doug Gass completed their line-up, and for the past few years they’ve played the local scene, touring with the likes of CrashCarBurn and John Ellis, while also focussing on the recording of their debut album. With songs that are as memorable as they are intricate, voiced through sincere, unassuming lyrics, Irvine has developed a sound that has fused the art of the emotive big chorus rock anthem with the experimental low-fi production and subtle aural anarchy of the authentic indie tradition. The bands emphasis on strong melody is balanced by the progressive undertones in their arrangements, rhythms and chord structures, revealing influences ranging from contemporary artists such as Jimmy Eat World and Cold War Kids to greats like Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles. The intensity and improvisational energy of Irvine’s live performances is a testament to this careful balance, constantly swaying between the beautifully melodic and the chaotically abstract. In an industry obsessed with producing and selling little more than a fashionable image through disposable music, Irvine seeks to stand out as a band for those who truly love to listen. RECENT NEWS In May 2013 Irvine released their debut album. The album is self-titled and was written, produced, mixed and partly engineered by the band themselves. Even the 17th century etchings-inspired artwork is a unique Irvine creation. The album is available for download from iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and various other online stores. Links to these stores, as well as a free download of Irvin’s single The Chase can be found on the bands official website http://www.irvineband.com. Irvine’s video for their single The Chase has received airplay on M-Net, SABC3, MK, America Free TV, and was featured in the homepage video for the official website of the 2010 Sports Illustrated SA Swimwear edition, as well as VO5’s Art of Stylin campaign in 2012. The band has received airplay in the UK, the USA, and at various radio stations across South Africa, including 94.7 Highveld Stereo, MFM, PUKFM, UJFM, and the DMX Campus Rock Channel. Irvin’s previous single, The Illusion of Dreaming was featured as a single on the 2009 international compilation Riot on Sunset Vol.17, released across America by Hollywood-based independent rock label 272 Records. The compilation, which features bands from all over The United States and Europe, was distributed to radio stations across the US, and is available for purchase from Amazon.com and Hollywood’s largest music store, Amoeba Music. Over the years Irvine has secured headlining slots at premier live music venues and festivals around the country, including the 2010 National Arts Festival, Wild Kei Music Fest, and Obz Fest. The band has also performed in prominent venues in London, UK, and has completed three coastal summer tours in South Africa, as well as a Joburg/Pretoria trip and numerous Eastern Cape tours.
George Daniel has been living and breathing the ever changing music industry of South Africa for close to 14 years and has seen the rise and fall of many a movement. Since the very beginning George was intrigued by broken rhythms, those offbeat rhythms created by break beats, hip hop and acid jazz fascinated him and he delved deep into this musical cesspool and started playing at the now legendary Die Mystic Boer in Bloemfontein. After 7 years of residing in Bloemfontein and sharing a stage alongside international acts like Krafty Kuts (Hot Cakes), The Freestylers (Fingerlickin), Stanton Warriors (Fingerlickin) and loads of local talent (Springbok Nude Girls, Max Normal, Rudimentals, The Narrow, Goldfish etc. etc.) every week, George Daniel developed somewhat of a following, and when he moved to Cape Town in 2007 he moved things up a gear. Since moving to Cape Town, George Daniel has headlined clubs such as The Assembly, Fiction, Zula, Waiting Room, Die Mystic Boer Stellenbosch, Arcade Empire and a host of others across the country. He has also been performing excessively at festivals such as Ramfest, Earthdance, Rocking the Daisies, Synergy, and Rezonance etc. Alongside DJing, George Daniel promotes two major events in Cape Town, the first, #REVERB is a bi-monthly event held at mega club The Assembly. #REVERB’s main focus is to give new undiscovered talented individuals a chance to play on a big stage in a big club to a big audience. The second event George is the promoter/organizer for is the second stage at Rezonance NYE festival in Cape Town. The festival attracts 10 000 people every year and the Delta Stage (previously known as the TechnoDubFest Arena) is the 2nd biggest stage at the festival and has hosted acts like Scratcha DVA, LV, Kode9 (All from Hyperdub), General Midi (UK), Dubsidia (Spain), Julian
Chaptal (FR) and Dov (USA). George Daniel is also the host of #THDSCTHQSHW on Friday nights from 19:00 21:00 on Assembly Radio. The show is 100% about the music and George explores genres from funk and disco to grime and dubstep and everything in-between. Lastly, George Daniel is one of the owners of On a Break Records. An indie record label situated in the heart of Salt River in Cape Town. The label is getting increasingly popular and has seen releases from Hawkword, Sadhu Sensi, DJ Invizable, Twelv & Thesis, Richard the Third, Melodik, Callan Maart, Lethalness and Enough Weapons among others. The label already has a catalogue of over 300 releases strong and is known as one of the premier underground labels in South Africa and has achieved releases in the Beatport and Juno Top 100. A few pies in the music industry, one thing that always stays a constant is his performances. He is one of the few DJ’s in South Africa that is known for his multi-genre sets, throwing down everything from Electro and Kuduro to Indie, Breaks, Grime, Dubstep and everything in-between pulling inspiration from acts like 2 Many DJâ€™s and DJ Yoda. You can catch him weekly playing the circuit at parties such as Discotheque, SYNW, Pandamonium, Dansville, Pressure, Cold Turkey and others. Some highlights were sharing a stage with some prolific international acts such as Steve Aoki (Dim Mak), The Cyberpunkers (Freakz me out), Belzebass (Dim Mak), Le Castle Vania (Always Never), General Midi (Distinctive), DJ Yoda, Gigi Barocco (Ultra Records), Dubsidia (Ultra Records), Krafty Kuts (Hot Cakes/Fingerlickin), The Freestylers (Freestylers Music), The Stanton Warriors (Punks), F.O.O.L (Tasty Records/Dim Mak), TAI (Dim Mak), Diplo (Mad Decent), Bart B More (Secure Recordings), Sigma (Hospitality), Logistics (Hospitality), Darth & Vader (Ultra Records), Far Too Loud (Megaloud) and Dirtyloud (Sony/OWSLA)
Five years ago Fruits and Veggies first appeared in Umbilo, a working-class neighbourhood in Durban, South Africa and they have since earned themselves a reputation as one of the most refreshing and powerful live acts in the country. The band is fronted by Purity, who’s unique and edgy vocals are backed by guitarist Jimbo (The Trees), bassist Loopy and guitarist, Cameron (Black Math). Mahala called them a one of a kind band, (with) solid songs, a derisive attitude towards conventions, a blistering stage presence and a really deep commitment to living life to the full. The most exciting post-racial, post-punk party band to come out of Durban since, uh, forever! The band are Festival favourites, having appeared at South Africa’s foremost festivals such as Oppikoppi (alongside Bullet for My Valentine, Enter Shakari,Eagles of Death Metal), Splashy Fen and Sowing the Seeds. Reviewing theirSplashy Fen set, Lloyd Gedye wrote in the Mail and Guardian: “the most impressive of the bands was Fruits and Veggies…teenage rebellion Durban style, with some great catchy hooks and some fierce attitude.”
Crimson House is the dirtiest fun you can have with your knickers on. Raw, real music.Everything from hillbilly hoedowns, bluegrass madness, ground shakers and heart breakers all with a healthy adding of gypsy and good ol’ rock&roll
We are an unapologetic, self-assured, dirty-swing-rock band with strong punk influences and ideas. ST.DOG and the Day are a relatively new band, having broke onto the scene in early 2012. Previously living and trying to make it in the dirt bowl of Durban, the members gave up scholarships, jobs and family. Now residing in Johannesburg, a three piece band who’s influences include Sex Pistols, Bowling for Soup, Bob Dylan, Fokofpolisiekar and Green Day.
Drawing influences from personal experiences – trouble childhoods and personal tragedies, the band recorded their first single Home which pays tribute to lead singer, Burt Fraser’s family, his mother in particular. Recorded in Pretoria, South Africa the debut single will be released to radio in July 2013.
The follow up single, est La Vie is a politically charged single that criticizes the South African government inability to deliver on any of the promises they make. It also poses the question to people living in South Africa on their inability to shake the residue of apartheid, xenophobia, corruption, nationalist propaganda.