The SA Music scene is alive and kicking. Some of you reading this may think this is not true, but I’m here to prove you wrong. 3 Brand New SA Music Videos were released in the last week and I’m almost dead sure that you’ll be blown away by each one of them.
Yesterday Cape Town rockers Woodstock Mafia released a music video for their song “Trigger and Gun”. The video is a straight-up performance driven piece emphasizing contrasts of light and dark: one is not necessarily good nor the other evil. The video was produced by the core team behind the acclaimed ‘Electric Light’ music video (which won the band an MK Award nomination earlier in 2013).
The video was directed and edited by Ric Shields. The video marks the release of the third single off Woodstock Mafia’s upcoming debut album entitle Defiance. The official album launch party is happening on the 13th of September at Mercury Live in Cape Town. Check out the music video for “Trigger and Gun” below:
Last week Cape Town Indie Rockers The Plastics released a video for their song “Occasional Lies”. The video which features an abundance of cats was directed by Duran Levinson and Baden Moir. The song is taken off their 2012 debut album. I had the privilege of seeing these blokes perform at the Arcade Empire New Year’s Eve party for 2012/2013 and I must say that they’re extremely talented musicians. I would not mind seeing them perform again.
The Plastics began in 2008 as an evolution of punk band. According to their official website the band has been likened to a lot of things, worked with a lot of people and made a lot of friends. Words to describe their music, experiences and work ethic include “innovative”, “Earl Grey”, “guerrilla”, “disco something”, “retro rock” and “melody”, etc. That description sounds pretty damn accurate if you ask me. Check out the Plastics video below:
Yesterday Afrikaans Rockers Van Coke Kartel released a brand new video for their song “Môregloed”. The song is the first single off their upcoming album (“Bloed, Sweet & Trane”) and features video footage taken on the band’s tour to the Netherlands and Germany (earlier in 2013). Their 5th studio album will be released on Friday the 4th of October 2013. The album captures Van Coke Kartel’s famed live energy which still deeply rooted in rock ‘n roll, but verging on progressive and punk rock. The album is produced by Theo Crous.
The band teamed up with their old friend and Fokofpolisiekar music video director Johan Nel to make the video for “Môregloed”. The song will be available for purchase on iTunes soon and the complete album Bloed, Sweet & Trane will be made available for pre-order. From the 30th of September fans will be able to listen to five tracks from “Bloed, Sweet & Trane” exclusively on Simfy Africa. This is a week before the album is due for release in music retailers countrywide. Remember that you can catch Van Coke Kartel in a city or town near you soon: they will be promoting the new album. I had a listen to their new track earlier and there’s no doubt in my mind that this song and video will blow you away, watch it below if you don’t believe me.
See, I told you that SA Music is alive and kicking. Who says it dead? If you have anything to say about the music videos that were featured here today, feel free to drop me a comment. Feedback is appreciated and welcome.
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