The Oppidan press sat down with GOODLUCK before their performance in Grahamstown, and asked them a few questions about recording their sophomore album Creatures of the Night.
DOMINIC SKELTON: Ska-punk legends Fuzigish are back with Crazy Friends, a punchy broad album that delivers an array of explosive yet refined tracks.
The album has 16 songs, only one of which is longer than three minutes. This allows Fuzigish to offer a diverse collection of different subgenres, themes and emotions throughout the album.
LIZL LOMBAARD: Van Coke Kartel sat down with Perdeby to chat about their new album Bloed, Sweet & Trane . Here they talk about why they recorded the album live, their brutally honest lyrics and how they see Van Coke Kartel evolving.
David Mann: The Rhodes Drama Department’s annual Theatre In Motion event was cancelled tonight due to heavy rains flooding the main theatre and damaging electrical equipment.
According to Theatre Administrator Robert Haxton, the consistent heavy rains throughout the afternoon and early evening caused water to enter the main theatre.
DOMINIC SKELTON: The rAge expo, held annually at the Coca-Cola Dome, offered South African gamers, techno-fundis and geeks a look at what is happening in the world of computers and technology today.
As you walk into the massive circular structure that is the Coca-Cola Dome, you feel as if you are walking into the Colosseum of gaming and it is time to take your pick from new and up-and-coming entertainment. The event was very well-attended by a diverse group of people, all of whom seemed to revel in the plethora of technological products on offer.
MAGGIE ROODT: Die Ontnugterde Boerseuns are a young, up-and-coming comedy duo made up of two former Tuks students, Kobus van Rooyen and Eddie de Jager.
“Our name is derived from the fact that we realised a lot of things we were taught and learnt from Afrikaans cultural norms was in fact complete b******t and that, even though we do love our people and language and parts of our culture, we became a bit jaded with the Afrikaans way of life,” says Van Rooyen on the controversial comedy duo’s name, which essentially means “disillusioned farm boys”.
MELINA MELETAKOS: Laurie Levine’s Six Winters was praised as the album which reflects the singer-songwriter’s profound musical growth. Mail & Guardian’s Chris Roper described it as having the ability to “sound fresh at the same time as sounding chillingly, inevitably old”, while Rolling Stone South Africa’s Fred de Vries said that Levine’s new voice was “less breathy and more confident, sexier”.
Surprisingly, none of the tracks on Six Winters received any airplay, proving that the formula for getting songs playlisted on local radio stations is just as baffling as ever.
MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: It was only at the beginning of the year that people actually started creating hype around Haim. These three sisters from California have since topped the BBC Sound of 2013 poll and have played at almost every big festival in the UK and USA.
They released their much-anticipated debut album Days are Gone last month to lots of critical acclaim and went head to head with Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience for the pole position in the UK Official Album Chart.
JOHAN SAAYMAN: Following a long Disney-driven career, Miley Cyrus hit a celebrity mid-life crisis, going through a series of ups and downs. Still young and undeniably restless, Cyrus has never stopped and now has her sights set on being the talk of every town with her fourth album Bangerz.
After the hugely successful 2012 launch, Synergy Festival 2013 is back in Cape Town from Friday 29 November to Sunday 1 December 2013 at Theewaters Sports Club, Theewaterkloof Dam. The confirmation of The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Foreign Beggars DJ Set and Everything Everything is sure to kick-start your summer festival schedule.