ELMARIE KRUGER: They are everywhere. Hidden in our favourite movies, albums, TV shows and games. Tiny, concealed details that only those with the keenest of eyes and ears (or with lots of time on their hands) will notice: the media’s so-called Easter Eggs.
The term “Easter Egg” as a way of referring to hidden images and sounds in the media has many stories of origin. One of the more popular tales is that it was coined during the filming of The Rocky Horror Picture Show in 1975. The story goes that the cast decided to have an Easter egg hunt on set, but some of these were so well hidden that nobody could find them, resulting in several of these Easter eggs being included in frames of the film. Easter Eggs are not limited to movies. Here are a few examples of Easter Eggs to look or listen out for in films, albums, games and TV series:
MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: To metalcore fans around the world, Asking Alexandria is anything but an unfamiliar name. With three albums and multiple international tours already completed, this five-piece band from York, England, will perform two much anticipated concerts in South Africa in early May. Ahead of their trip, Perdeby chatted with Ben Bruce, lead guitarist and original founding member of Asking Alexandria, about their latest news and possible space travel.
YANGA TYIKWE: A highly insightful and emotional biography, this book allows the reader into the life and past of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who captured the world’s heart in 2012 and has held it since.
The reader learns about Yousufzai’s upbringing, and about her father Ziauddin Yousafzai, a poet, education activist and owner of a chain of public schools offering education for both girls and boys. It was at her father’s school that Malala learnt to read and write, as well as other skills which her illiterate mother had no access to while growing up.
MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: This year marks 25th year of South Africa’s longest-running music festival, Splashy Fen. Once more Underberg, a town in the southern Drakensberg, will come alive over the Easter weekend. The brainchild of Peter and Almary Ferraz, the five-day festival is known for promoting local music and attracts around 10 000 people each year.
This year’s lineup caters to everyone’s musical taste and includes indie favourites Jeremy Loops and Matthew Mole, an acoustic collaboration set by Francois van Coke and Arno Carstens, blues acts Dan Patlansky and The Black Cat Bones, as well as electro sets by Bittereinder and Das Kapital.
LIZL LOMBAARD: In our own backyard is a world filled with terror and uncertainty - a world where the line between life and death is so thin that it almost seems non-existent. This is the world portrayed by local movie Four Corners, directed by Ian Gabriel (Forgiveness).
This crime thriller,released in cinemas on 28 March, is Gabriel's second feature movie. Four Corners, which, in gang slang, refers to the four corners of a prison cell, follows four main characters and their separate encounters with gang violence in the Cape Flats until their paths inevitably meet up to create a riveting climax.
ELMARIE KRUGER: Foster the People charmed and captivated us with their happy-go-lucky Grammy-nominated debut album Torches. Their hit single “Pumped up kicks” dominated the airwaves for months, but the band’s sophomore offering Supermodel moves in a very different direction to what fans know.
Foster the People has taken a big risk with Supermodel. The majority of the tracks on the album fight desperately to shift away from the dance-worthy beats and pop-fuelled synths that were present in Torches. However, not all of them succeed.
MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: Two years in the making, Basson Laubscher & the Violent Free Peace (of Zinkplaat fame) have finally released their debut EP, Shakedown. A mix of blues, old school rock’n’roll and country, the seven-track EP is inspired by the music of Laubscher’s childhood and focuses heavily on his intricate guitar work.
Typical of the blues, the EP’s instrumental work features simple and familiar chord progressions and extended lead guitar solos. The rhythmical drums lead to the listener foot stomping and the occasional harmonica, mandolin and even harp add a unique twist to songs such as “Swamp thing” and “Cage blues”.
MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: In the early hours of 7 March, Skrillex sneakily dropped something other than the bass. An app called Alien Ride was released on the iTunes App Store and made available for free download. The arcade-style game, which involves an intergalactic mission to destroy asteroids, was revealed to stream Skrillex’s debut studio album Recess.
Recess opens with “All’s fair in love and brostep”, a dub-influenced track somewhat reminiscent of Skrillex’s single “Make it bun dem”. As for dubstep though, that’s where it ends as the rest of the album can only be classified as electronica. Not that this is a bad thing.
LIZL LOMBAARD and MICHAL-MARE LINDEN interview Taxi Violence, Gangs of Ballet, Black Market Riots and Man as Machine at Ramfast in Gauteng over the weekend
MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: While the invitation for the MK Awards said 18:00, it only started at 20:00. Waiting for the awards to begin meant being seated on the balcony of the State Theatre with the industry’s top performers, drinking pink drinks and devouring an out of place boerewors roll. The theme was “Rockstar” and guest’s attire ranged from ultra-hipster to outrageous and grungy.