Shen took to the concept of forming a band that could play all genres, mixes and styles of music like a radio station. Hence the band name SHENFM. When the band plays live, they weave each song into another without stopping, flowing from one song to the next just like a radio station would create an exciting mix of music that gets the listeners on their feet in the thrill of the sound. They do this not only with their original compositions as heard on the album, SHENFM; Season One, but also with their own takes of contemporary songs. Mixing in pop-rock contemporary styles fused with dance grooves, spiced up with african world samples, blended over with a jazz overtone, SHENFM is funky and fresh.
City of Heroes launched to a great reception in 2010 as interest grew rapidly in the media and on all forms of social media. Music is such a powerful tool to connect to people so it is really important for us what we say with our music. The message we want to portray with City of Heroes is one of hope, and through our music, we aim to create a culture and lifestyle that encourages self-belief and positive thinking. We want our music to create an experience for everyone listening. City of Heroes has shared stages with the big names in South Africa as well as opened for Billy Talent in 2013. Their sound can be summed up as positive rock. After their performance with Billy Talent, the band had 2 members leave. The band are currently wrapping up their new single and music video (Shapes in Shadows)
With influences as wide as Green Day, The Beach Boys, Wolfmother, AC/DC, James Brown, New Found Glory, Catlike Thieves are inspired by the sights and sounds of life around them and it translates into the bands debut album Nine Lives (2011) and current EP singles (2012 & 2013). Formed in 2008, Catlike Thieves, now comprising of Shane Strachan (acoustic and vocals), Dinay Naidu (guitar), JC Stirling (Bass) and Philip Smit (drums) found a market hungry for something new. The band recorded their EP Cash in Transit and soon the band was touring the coastline of SA promoting it. The band saw the single She Smiles peak at No.3 on PukFM and had campus and in-store stations adding it to their playlists. The band has performed across South Africa and has shared the stages with Stealing Love Jones, Zebra and Giraffe and The Parlotones and performed at consecutive Mr Price Pro concerts (2009/2010), consecutive Splashy Fens (2010/2011), consecutive White Mountain Folk Festival (2008/2009) and Oppikoppi (2012).
In 2011, the band recorded the full length studio album Nine Lives which included the singles Maybe Baby and Kisses & Cane. The band filmed and released music videos for both singles and had Maybe Baby heating up the MK Top10 charts from the moment it was released. Nine Lives will be released for online sale in October 2011. In mid 2012, the band underwent a change from a 4-piece band to a 3-piece band, the change inspired the remaining band members and they headed into studio to record the single Real Dreams. Launch in mid October, the single has been playlisted across radio stations including 5fm, 2Oceans, MFM and numerous in-store stations. The band are currently working on the follow up single and video for Drunken Love Song which will be released to the market in early 2013.
Southpaw fuse funk, rock and soul to create a melodic and groovy blend of musical treats. Influenced by many greats of the past and present across various genres, the songs aim to be timeless. Originally a fully left-handed band, now just 3/4. This Cape Town outfit has been around for 10 years already and have been through many challenges and have finally completed an album (No Looking Back) this year which is available on iTunes, Amazon, Reverbnation, and many more.