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Review: GLA Twin Atlantic

JULIA BAIN

Twin Atlantic, the almost decade-old Scottish alternative rock pop punk band, will release their new album GLA on 9 September. The four member group from Glasgow came to South Africa for the first time as one of the headline acts for Oppikoppi Fantastic Mr.VosVos in 2015. This is their forth studio album.

The first track, “Gold elephant cherry alligator”, is a powerful introduction to the album. The strong guitar chords grab the listener’s attention. The vocals have a slightly raised edge with the many spoken and yelled parts making this first track one that engages the listener from the very beginning. The abrupt end of the track fits well with this high energy track.

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Review: After the Rain Benjamin Francis Leftwich

KOJO ESSAH

Benjamin Francis Leftwich is a singer-songwriter and guitarist from York, England. In 2011 he released his debut studio album Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm, which gained him public recognition. His second studio album, After the Rain, is a solid collection of songs that deal with themes of love, loss, heartbreak and resurgence.

The album opens off strongly with the track “Tilikum”. Here, the artist sings about how he is in love with a woman whose husband thinks she’s away on business. Leftwich hints that the speaker and the woman are expecting a baby together and are planning on running away. The song employs a soft, warm accompaniment that fits perfectly with the uncertainty of the future that the two protagonists of the song are heading toward.

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Five minutes with Blood Brother’s Hunter Kennedy

JULIA BAIN

In 2015 South Africa’s first ever super group, Blood Brothers, was created. The group of local rock ‘n’ roll icons came together to raise funds for The Vrede Foundation to help fight cancer and to make some awesome music together. Blood Brothers has made a reappearance this year and will be performing on 9 September at Carnival City. Perdeby spoke to Hunter Kennedy, guitarist from Fokofpolisiekar, about the super group’s upcoming performance.

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Before blond: a timeline

CAROLYN HUGHES

American R&B artist Frank Ocean, born Christopher “Lonny” Breaux was born in 1987 in California, USA. Ocean began his career writing lyrics of A-list artists like Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, John Legend and Brandy. His vault into the mainstream music scene happened in 2011 when he released a mix tape of his own work titled nostalgia, ULTRA. The mix tape was distributed for free on social networking site Tumblr despite him being signed to record label DefJam Records. This was because, as Ocean explained, he regretted his decision to sign with them and therefore released his album free, without any association with DefJam. The mix tape features popular remakes of MGMT’s Electric feel”, Coldplay’s 2009 release “Strawberry swing” and “Hotel California” by The Eagles. Perdeby takes a look at a timeline of Frank Ocean’s artistic creations.

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Wolfgang Marrow make their Oppi debut

SHAUN SPROULE

Wolfgang Marrow is a punk-blues band from Bloemfontein who performed for the first time at Oppikoppi. Perdeby spoke to band members Little Sandy (vocals), Louw “Louwki” Cronje (lead guitar and vocals), Danie Otto (bass), and Bernard “Tiki” Britz (drums) ahead of their performance.

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