Great News! Pretoria rock band Scarlotte Will released a new rocking single entitled “These Lies” on Monday. The track is on their 2018 debut album (“Are We There Yet?”). Their previous singles, ‘Whale Song’ and ‘Desperation’ have both topped the charts on Tuks FM (where they have had multiple interviews). You can listen to “These Lies” here.
“Are we there yet?’ originates from a skewed perspective of reality based on societal benchmarks which never evens up to the reality of our experiences… a question which seems to always stay unanswered.” Tristan Dos Santos
After years of playing all around South Africa there are bound to be stories to be told. Tales of heavy weather and working through hardships emerge with Scarlotte Will as they have a compendium to reveal to us. “Are We There Yet?”, a debut album, was released on the 11th of May on Vinyl, CD and digital platforms.
Co-produced by Scarlotte Will and Byron Muller, of Audio Nebula (who also mixed and mastered at Markon Studios), ‘Are We There Yet?’ is a concept album that has artwork done by Christelle Duvenhage and featuring artist Tatiana Prelorenzo (Keys, Pianos), Byron Muller (Percussion, Backing Vocals, Some low notes on Pianos), Stephen Kosterman (Piano), and Prof. D.B. Lombard (Piano).
Scarlotte Will, that consists of the same line up since the start consists of Tristan Dos Santos (Vocals, Guitar, Keys, Pianos, Backing Vocals, Percussion), Xan Swart (Drums, Percussion), Hugene Koekemoer (Bass, Percussion) and Brendon Bezuidenhout (Guitar, Backing Vocals, Percussion) have, together with the featuring artists, created a story with hard hitting rock songs like ‘These Lies’ to intriguing soundscapes like in ‘What Do You Want From Me?’ to a calmer side like in ‘All Hail The Ghost (The Dry and Weary Land)’.
The three themes of the album are perfectly exemplified by all the performers. On the idea of the three themes Tristan explains: “The themes of this album reflect on the turbulent progressions of life and as dark as they may be there is always a silver lining”
Byron Muller, of Audio Nebula, explains his experience on working with the band: “I had a great time working with Scarlotte Will. They are a fun bunch of guys to be around and excellent musicians. It helps that they write good music too”.
I have to say that I’m pretty impressed by “These Lies”. It’s fast-paced, catchy and has everything that a rocking track needs. It’s a shining example of great South African rock ‘n roll. It’s a pity that bands like Scarlotte Will don’t get the exposure they deserve on a national level in SA though.
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