Great news rock fans! The Narrow are releasing a new album on the 15th of September 2017! This will be the band’s fourth full-length album and it will be entitled “Dream of Perelandra”. The Narrow will be playing 7 shows to promote and celebrate the release of their album all over South Africa in September and October 2017.
It’s been a while since South Africa enjoyed that familiar rumble that shakes the ground whenever The Narrow are up to something. The album’s sound, according to frontman Hanu De Jong, is an evolution of the classic, familiar style that burst them onto the scene to begin with. “It took some time,” he adds,“But we now know what works – what we do best. Expect to hear some signature sounds and haunting melodies. Bigger songs; slower and layered.” The album’s cryptic title, “Dream of Perelandra” is a nod to author CS Lewis, who describes Perelandra as “a kind of “Eden 2.0”. “A place where things are simpler,” explains Hanu. “Where you can experience things for the first time again.”
Working across continents – with Hanu based in New Zealand, and the rest of the band in South Africa – presents unique challenges, but The Narrow have found their own way to make it work, and honed it over nearly a decade. Members upload and share their ideas via Dropbox, then work on them independently. By the time the band comes together to jam them out, the songs have evolved and taken on lives of their own.
Fans can also expect an authentic, live rawness to the new record. “This time,” says Hanu, “We took the music to the studio very unfinished. The idea was to just jam them out freely and record everything, live in studio. We took the best takes, refined the melodies, added some production elements, then sent them to LA for mixing.”
So, what are The Narrow hoping to achieve with their latest effort? Timelessness, it would seem… Hanu says “We’re hoping it will still be a good album 30 years from now.”
You can catch The Narrow live at one of these venues in September & October 2017:
- 15 Sept 2017: Sundowners (Alberton)
- 16 Sept 2017: La Casa, Pitermaritzburg & Winston Pub, Durban
- 22 Sept 2017: ROAR, Cape Town
- 23 Sept 2017: Aandklas, Stellenbosch
- 29 Sept 2017: Arcade Empire, Pretoria
- 28 Oct 2017: Roctober Rumble, Carnival City, Brakpan