Music

Local band Friends With Leaves

CARINA KLOPPERS

Homegrown band, Friends With Leaves, has been blooming since the release of their EP, Sleep On It, earlier this year. Perdeby spoke to band members Kiara, Angelo, Cameron, Ruan, Darius, and Rouxne about their experiences on stage and behind the scenes.

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5 minutes with Slow Jack

CLAUDINE NOPPE

Perdeby caught up with the pop rock band Slow Jack after the release of their brand new single “Ode to the future”. The band is currently performing across Pretoria and Johannesburg, after which they will be heading to STRAB festival from 25 to 28 May.

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Album Review: Gunsteling Seisoen - Kaleidoskoop

CARINA KLOPPERS

It’s been nearly four years since the release of Vars Uitgekerf, and fans have anxiously been waiting for some new material from Afrikaans indie-folk band, Kaleidoskoop. The Great Gatsby themed launch of their new album, Gunsteling Seisoen, took place at the Atterbury Theatre from 24 to 26 March.

The eleven original songs and two English covers stay true to the band’s established acoustic sound. With a twelve-piece band accompanying Anique Jordaan and Jouba Jordaan, the listener is treated to a beautifully executed and full sound, along with some surprising use of trumpets reminiscent of Mumford and Sons or The Lumineers. Anique’s vocal clarity also shines through, especially in their rendition of Emmy the Great’s “Gabriel”. Jouba’s nimble fingers also do not disappoint on the guitar or ukulele.

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Album Review: Gorillaz - Humanz

SHAUN SPROULE

Everyone’s favourite virtual band is back with their fifth studio album Humanz. Over the past seven years, fans have been faced with worries that no one would hear from the British rock Hip-Hop band again. The new album does not disappoint in classic Gorillaz sound with their apocalyptic Hip-Hop production and wide range of contributing artists.

The man behind the music, Damon Albarn, animator Jamie Hewlett, and virtual band members 2-D, Noodle, Russel, and Murdoc, along with a lengthy list of contributing artists, bring their usual apocalyptic landscape in the fast-paced 125 beats or more per minute album. The album can be disappointing at times as some songs feel as if they depart from Gorillaz as a band and rather showcase Albarn and the contributors, although certain tracks do keep with the band we all know and love. Perhaps Humanz is the parting of the virtual band from their human creators, rather than the humanisation of the characters as the album cover might suggest.

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Al Bairre’s Johannesburg farewell performance

CLAUDINE NOPPE

Cape Town based band, Al Bairre, played their last show in Johannesburg at Large on the Lawn together with Mango Groove on 26 March.

Al Bairre, consisting of Nicholas Preen, Tessa and Julia Johnson, Kyle Davis and Tom Kotze, announced their split on 21 February after five years on the South African music scene. The band made an official statement posted on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, saying, “Having achieved all the goals we set for ourselves the last five years – we all feel like it’s the right time to try something new.” They included a list of their farewell shows in Johannesburg on 26 March, Cape Town on 2 April, and Stellenbosch on 4 April.

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