In case you did not know, Zebra & Giraffe are re-uniting for two shows this weekend. They will be opening for The Cure in Cape Town and Johannesburg at Rock On The Lawns 2019.
I recently had a chat to Alan Shenton from Zebra & Giraffe about this and a few other things. This is what he had to say.
You guys are re-uniting and opening for The Cure at Rock On The Lawns 2019. What made you decide to dust off the guitars and head back to the stage?
In 2018 we celebrated 10 years since Collected Memories was released, and it started to feel like it might be a good time to do a reunion show – we just weren’t quite sure what it would look like exactly. Until of course, the opportunity presented itself to support The Cure on a festival style line up, with some great local artists.
What have you all been up to since Zebra & Giraffe split up in March 2016?
Life has taken us all down slightly different paths, from Tech Startup’s to Audio Streaming Services, Software Development and living abroad, as well as still performing live music. We’re all still in regular contact, despite having lived all over the world since splitting up, with the goal always being to continue creating.
What is your favourite song by The Cure and why?
“Just Like Heaven” – Such a simple, yet powerful song. Always reminds me that good music doesn’t have to be complex.
Which 2 famous South Africans should face each other in the ultimate SA Edition of Celebrity Death Match and who do you think would win the match?
John Ellis VS John Ellis (I think John Ellis would win)
What are your thoughts on the current state of SA music?
I’m not as close to the scene as I’d like to be anymore, so I’m slightly out of the loop with new artists – but the bands that I do still follow, seem to be struggling with same challenges; good quality venues that put on a great show.
I love seeing bands putting on shows with a bit of theatre, like the After Dark Music Series at the Aquarium, it reminded me how we launched Zebra & Giraffe by always putting on more of show than your average venue could offer.
What can we expect from your sets at Rock On The Lawns 2019?
We’ve put together a set that’s sure to please the crowd, whilst also touching on our career from the beginning right to our most recent release. We want to enjoy these final shows as much as we want the audience to enjoy it! It’s been great rehearsing the tracks and reminiscing about their creation and the journeys they took us on.
I’d like to thank Adam Shenton and Zebra & Giraffe for this interview and I wish them all of the best with their sets at Rock on the Lawns 2019 this weekend.
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