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Jason vs Jason: The post I really hate writing

7 Apr
Jason Oosthuizen (photo by Gillian Coetzee)

Jason Oosthuizen (photo by Gillian Coetzee)

I did not want to write this post, or any other post of this nature. Ever.

You see, this touches on a subject that delves into speculation. It is bound to be subjective no matter how hard one tries to be objective. And, most of all, I find posts like these akin to gossip tabloids (eeew). I mean, what’s next? Do I have to start writing about what who wore, and who broke up with who? *pukes*
But, over the recent long weekend, so many silly people asked me for my opinion, that I decided to formulate one, so here it is:

Jason (Hinch) vs Jason (Oosthuizen)

Hinch is out of The Black Cat Bones, and Oosthuizen (ex-Van Coke Kartel) is in.

I find the Black Cat Bones to be one of my favourite bands, locally and internationally. I love their music, love the band and generally love the type of people that appreciate their music.
The fact that they now have a new drummer, is rather inconsequential. Did Hinch play an important part in the band? YES! Did he play a pivotal part? Sadly, no. Is he a great drummer? Nope, he is a BRILLIANT drummer.

Jason Hinch (Photo by Henry Engelbrecht)

Jason Hinch (Photo by Henry Engelbrecht)

I believe that the Bones’ sound did benefit from having Hinch there, just as it will benefit from having Oosthuizen in the mix. It’s not like they will suddenly start sounding like Van Coke Kartel.

I actually only have the following messages for these people (and if they read this, awesome):

  • Jason Hinch: You are a trooper. A brilliant drummer. Do not let this minor setback get you down. I believe you have it in you to become one of the most respected drummers SA has ever had!
  • Jason Oosthuizen: Welcome to The Bones. I look forward to rocking out with you at many gigs to come (just need to convert you to Jose Cuervonism)
  • Black Cat Bones: Guys, thank you for the music. Coz that’s all that matters.
  • The one doos that tried to get me to hate BCB now coz of the change: You sir, are a prat, and nothing better than a fickle pop fan. Please FOAD.
  • To everyone else: Let’s just love the music, and let the band take care of the business.

In the end, if the super hot girl/guy you like decide to paint her/his house a colour you hate, will this make that person less sexy? I doubt it. So the same here.

Now I honestly don’t know why you are still reading this, rather go listen to some music or have a tequila.

Aweh!

Black Cat Bones

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William Welfare Goes To Oppikoppi In New Music Video

10 Sep

“William who?” I hear you ask… Well, let’s see if you can figure it out from these clues:

  • He’s actually an Afrikaans rocker, that changed name for his upcoming English album
  • His Afrikaans band is Die Sunrise Toffies
  • He’s a journalist for Rolling Stone SA

Yup, this is the artists formerly known as Willim Welsyn (en die Sunrise Toffies). Hence, William Welfare.

Why would a twice SAMA-nominated Willim Welsyn translate his name and decide to record his first English album? Well, here’s what he had to say: “I always figured that if a 1000 people in South Africa could dig my Afrikaans music then maybe 10 000 people around the world could dig my English music.”

“4 Cups Of Dust” is the first official single and video from his upcoming debut English album “Like Mountains” which is set to be released in November 2013. Check out the video and let me know what you think…

 

Now, usually I find roadtrip/live recording/parking garage videos quite boring. Coz, you know, it’s been done. This video however, makes me think that one can pursue used angles, and freshen it up simply by doing it in a fun way. The video sees Welfare and drummer Kyle Gray recording the track live at Blooroom Studios in Ladismith, and then also their travels to and experiences at Oppikoppi Bewilderbeast 2013.  There is also not a single mall parking lot in sight.

William WelfareThe footage was shot by Welfare and Gray on a shitty little GoPro knock-off camera while they where both covering the festival for Rolling Stone SA Magazine in August. Welfare interviewed most of the artists seen in the video during the festival. Some of these artists include Chino Marino from Deftones, Koos Kombuis, Black Cat Bones, Bittereinder, Shadowclub, Jack Parow and Tumi Molekane from Tumi and The Volume.

When I asked him why he chose to go for the rush-rush madness you see in the video, Welfare said “The video shows how fast-paced and crazy my job as a travelling music journalist and musician is. There’s no time to set up shit and get the lighting right – I have to be in 10 places at once. It’s a DIY point an’ shoot mash-up”.
I think it is also because self produced videos are cheaper, and let’s face it, if you have the skill and semi decent gear, nowadays you can make a pretty cool video if you try.

Personally, I dig the dude, and I dig his vibe. I was massively impressed with his live performance at STRAB in Mozambique this year and I can only hope that his music hits the SA audience hard. Good luck with your foray into the English scene William, looking forward to the album!

Check out @willimwelsyn on twitter, as well as his Facebook pressence

Black Cat Bones – At last getting what they deserve

3 Apr

The Black Cat Bones has to be one of the most underrated bands in south Africa.

That is what I have been saying for quite a few years now. Luckily, all that has changed. At the recent MK Awards, Black Cat Bones took, what is in my opinion the only award that REALLY counts, the Best Live Act award.
Ending off the awards ceremony with an epic live set, the Black Cat Bones proved yet again that they do indeed deserve to be crowned with this honour.

If you have not yet heard of the band, here’s the nitty gritty:

Black Cat Bones @ Ramfest 2013Black Cat Bones is a Blues-Rock band based in Pretoria, South Africa. They consist four super dedicated and talented band members, namely Andre Kriel (Guitar), Kobus de Kock jr (Vocals), Chris van der Walt (Bass) and Jason Hinch (Drums)

In their own words, they are “Modern day storytellers, representing life through music in its most honest form. Their collective influences fused together in an audio diary made up of traditional, as well as modern blues, rock, folk, and country-inspired music. Paying tribute to the founders of these classic genres while maintaining a modernized presence.”

Black Cat Bones @ Ramfest 2013Watching, nay, experiencing a Black Cat Bones show is much like going on an epic roadtrip, except there’s never a long dull stretch of nothingness. Every show is like new opportunity for Kobus de Kock Jr to push the boundries of sanity. Whne he is not prancing around on stage like a man possessed, he’s swinging around on the rafters, all the while remmebering that it’s not just about the show, but about The Music. The rest of the band is by no means any more sane, and can each probably outperform most other entertainers in their field.

Check them out on

Trying to convey the sheer brilliance of Black Cat Bones through a video or mp3, is physically impossible. You will just have to make a plan to see them live. However, in the spirit of sharing, here’s a few videos that might give a you a taste of the Black Cat Bones Experience.

 

Here’s a fan-video made by Louise Pieterse

 

And here’s one of their older videos (with previous drummer and bassist)

 

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a-to-z-letters-bThis post is part of my “A2Z Blogging Challenge”, where I have committed to creating one post per day, every day of April (except for Sundays), thematically according to the alphabet. For more info on this challenge, check out www.a-to-zchallenge.com

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