Monday, 18 February 2019

Breaking News! Teenage Bottlerocket South African Tour

"South Africa!! We're STOKED to finally be coming your way this April! Tickets available Wednesday February 20th at and merch up at art by Zack Lex CrowClaw layout by David Freedman! We can't wait!!" - Teenage Bottlerocket

Tour Dates

Thu, APR 18
Prison - House of Rebels
Cape Town, South Africa

 Fri, APR 19
Johannesburg, South Africa

Sat, APR 20
The Winston Pub
Durban, South Africa

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Electric Dreams [Full EP] by All These Wasted Nuts

So on December 6, 2018 we uploaded the Electric Dreams EP by All These Wasted Nuts. The songs are all dated. Most of the recording was done in 2015 and the song Occupy Cape Town was originally written for Sloppy Folk circa 2012. Electric Dreams is an adventure away from the guitar and washboard setup that ATWN is known for and features six noisy political punk rock tracks.

The cover is based off of a Crass records design and is considered by the band to be an anarchist punk record... even though it's listed on under Non-punk Anarchist Music...

Recorded in Middleburg (Mpumalanga) @ AtomicGarden Studios

Tracks & Notes:

1. The Price Of Bread /
      Politics Of The Apocalypse** 00:53
2. Xenophobic Dystopia 02:11
3. I Benefited From Apartheid* 01:12
4. insert 02:01
5. Occupy Cape Town 02:25
6. Noisy Song 04:13

* “Nqobile Nzuza a 17 year old girl, a grade 9 learner at Bonella High School and an Abahlali baseMjondolo supporter was gunned down at around 5:00 a.m. this morning. Nqobile was shot twice from behind with live ammunition. Luleka Makhwenkwana was also shot in her arm with live ammunition and she is in King Edward Hospital. Thulisile Zide fainted and went unconscious, she is also in hospital. This is shoot to kill policing. This is the crackdown that the police and politicians promised on protests. This is policing that is willing to murder to suppress the struggle for real justice and real freedom. This is policing that is used to oppress the people in the interests of the ruling party… ANC members openly threaten us with death and the police never act against them… The police are claiming that they had to shoot with live ammunition to save their lives. This is a simple lie. We note that some media are repotting the police statement on this matter as if it is the truth. We would like to remind the media that the police in Durban have a long history of lying. Remember Marikana! Remember how they lied about the attack on our movement in the Kennedy Road settlement in 2009! Remember how in 2006 they lied and said that they had shot Monica Ngcobo, a 19 year old woman, in the stomach with rubber bullet at a protest in Umlazi and yet the autopsy showed that she was shot in the chest with a shotgun. We have exposed police lies in court on many occasions. We will expose today’s lies in court too. The police are not to be trusted.” - Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement, 30 September 2013

** ”No War But The Class War (NWBTCW) is a motto expressing opposition to capitalism used by anarchist and communist groups.[1] It is also the name for a number of anti-authoritarian, anti-capitalist groups… As a slogan, "No War But The Class War" has been used by people not necessarily linked to any of the above groups. It is widely used by diverse Marxist groups as a means of underlining the priority of class struggle above other political aims and as a general anti-militarist slogan.” - wikipedia

Ignoring the "above other political aims" part, I feel the word "priority" can and should hold more nuance as it does have a plural form. Someone can understand the importance of something and have that help inform their actions without having it dictate a hierarchy. This song, by intention, aims at alluding to the necessity of divorcing struggles from neo-liberal politics... This song does not intend any delegitimisation of struggles against racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, nationalism, speciesism, and so on. - Shaun

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Communist Invasion - 8th Feb

Not quite Fully Automated Luxury Gay Space Communism, but definitely a Punk Rock Show!

8 February
@Sundowners (Alberton)
R40 gets ya in
door opens at 18:30
There will be merch

Racists, sexists and general assholes do yourself a favor and stay home this isn't your vibe!!!

Line up times be announced

*disclaimer: The bands from China don't contain any Chinese people... sorry...
(they are Canadians, Americans, and a South African)

Monday, 14 May 2018

DIY​-​bother? by laserchrist

laserchrist is a new London based punk band started by some kids from Durban, South Africa. They have just released their first EP and it really kicks a load of ass. "Straight outta Crofton! Leatherface and Iron Chic meet The Smashing Pumpkins and Pixies through the door of Kukundu... Featuring members/ex-members of paperjets, crash island, bat wings, lowprofile, the tubby wilsons, the trees, fruits & veggies and car boot vendors." - Some info they posted on the internet.

The EP has kick ass fuzzed out driving guitars with catchy overtunes, solid thumping drums, Bobby's holy bass lines and a laid back grungy feel while being up tempo and genitals to the wall... basically everything I personally want from melodic hardcore.

So what's the origin story and gospel of laserchrist?

Daryn: I met Charlie at the New Cross Inn, which is like a south east London version of The Winston Pub. I was trying to start a band, Batwings, but we couldn’t find a drummer. And Charlie was like, “Yeah, I’ll play drums.” Turns out he’s a pretty good guitarist too.

Charlie: I think one day Daryn and I were hanging out in a friend's shed with a couple of guitars and just started jamming. We began meeting up outside Batwings for more jams, which turned into songs.

Bobby: I met Daryn and Yusuf when I was, like, 14, and just getting into the punk scene in Durban. Daryn played in Fruits & Veggies and would let me crash on his couch. Yusuf played in one of my favorite South African punk bands, The Tubby Wilsons, and worked for a skate and music magazine that was pretty much the reason I got into punk.

Daryn: When Yusuf moved to south London I knew we had a sick drummer available – we just needed to convince him. Then Bobby popped over to London to slap the bass and BOOM, laserchrist was born.

Bobby: I’d dreamt about moving to the U.K. and jamming with Daryn. And five years later, here I am, living in a house in south London and playing punk rock in a basement with my heterosexual life partner, a cockney stoner and the dude who introduced me to punk rock and Against Me!

Yusuf: I’m just in it for the Pot Noodles and San Miguels. Takes me back to a simpler time, which, luckily, is pretty easy to escape from on the 172 bus whenever I’ve had enough.

The song “Big Smoke City” comes off to me as very nostalgic. Miss Durban?

Daryn: It’s a bit of a nostalgic tune. But it’s more about hitting the road and moving from city to city. Basically, being a rolling stone and all the people you meet along the way. I miss the weather in Durban.

Bobby: I think I miss a certain time in Durban. The punk scene in the mid 2000s was a very special time and place to experience, and I like to think that the music we play today recreates that feeling – at least for me, personally. I miss bunny chows, Swazi weed and African wildlife a shitload, though.

Yusuf: Miss Durban, what year? I was never really a big beauty pageant fan. Can you tell? P.S., I’m head of dad jokes.

Any stories from the EP recording?

Daryn: There are stories, but I can’t talk about them because kids might read this.

Bobby: Yusuf is a fucking warlock when it comes to managing the band and recording. And the fact that we did it in our basement was cool, ‘cos I could just wear a robe and make myself a sandwich whenever I wanted, and it just felt really comfortable. I think Daryn and I only had, like, seven arguments, which is a really good week for us.

Yusuf: Warlock? I’ll take that. To be honest, though, some days I feel more like Papa Smurf, trying to stop Dopey, Clumsy and Grouchy running around with scissors or sticking their fingers in fire.

Any plans to try a South African tour at some point, for old times sake?

Daryn: We’ve spoken about it. I think it has to happen.

Bobby: I wanna tour S.A. more than I wanna tour Europe! I never got to experience proper touring when I lived in S.A., and I'd love to drive around my home country in a van with my homies, playing shows with all the amazing local musicians I'm friends with. I also wanna show Charlie an elephant.

Yusuf: Bobby. King of the sexual innuendo…

So Daryn mentioned The Winston. For those who don’t know, The Winston was a hub for the mid 2000s Durban punk scene. Can you guys recall a favourite show or memory from there? Charlie, you could answer by recalling a favourite show or memory from anywhere?

Daryn: When The Nomadic Orchestra played a surprise show at two in the morning and everyone lost their shit. It was just really surprising, and such a good show.

Bobby: My favorite pub memory is ‘Gospel Night,’ when a whole bunch of Durban bands played renditions of traditional religious folk songs and everyone took it VERY seriously and dressed up like they were going to church.

Yusuf: Life Below, Peasant and God Mother a couple weeks ago. So many old faces, and all the other shows are a blur anyway.

Charlie: My favourite show. Hmm… Alice In Chains in 2013! I was RIGHT at the front. They played the most perfect set list. And Jerry Cantrell, himself, made eye contact AND threw me his pick (which I still have safely in a tin). Close second has to be King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, who I saw earlier this year. It was the most mind-blowing show I have ever witnessed. Those guys are next level.

So Bobby... Amped on any British wildlife?

Bobby: I’m a lover of all things hairy and feathered, but my current favorites are Gold Finches, Badgers and Scottish Wildcats.

Daryn: Life is wild.

Yusuf: You sound like Joe Dirt. Life’s a garden. Dig it…

If Yusuf is head of dad jokes and Bobby is King of the sexual innuendo... Then what are Daryn and Charlie?

Daryn: I think I’m the starter of arguments. The “Firestarter,” if you will. Charlie’s the voice of reason… and the roller of blunts.

Yusuf: Daryn could start an argument in an empty room. As long as he has Whatsapp…

Questions by: Shaun Richards

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Deja View Split LP & Tour By The Shabs & Rambling Bones!

So this is a bit late but The Shabs and Rambling Bones have put out a split record and are currently touring to promote it. The split has five new songs from each band and overall is a pretty great record! Both bands have a very unique proudly South African folk punk aesthetic and the songs are all very catchy sing along numbers with lyrics about hope, love, the passing of time, removing your presidents and changing the world. They play Sundowners in Alberton tonight! Don't miss it!

Post by: Shaun Richards

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Long Way Down by The Pissups

So The Pissups from Cape Town, who are quickly becoming one of my favorite local bands, have just released their second album. It's a mix of gruff and shouty melodic punk with hardcore undertones that sounds at times like a blending of bands like Hot Water Music, (later) Propagandhi, The Menzingers, and skate punk like Pennywise but at mid tempo. There are also some parts that have traces of Motörhead and well LISTEN TO THE ALBUM! I'm writing this after 3 or 4 run-throughs... The lyrics seem to constitute a themed album of existential and nihilistic anthems about drinking, self destruction, and being out of control or lost... but contrasting this the delivery has utmost purpose and direction. It is quite a change from the previous album were the songs were much more different in topic from one another. This time round the songs tend to self reference each other and kinda weave into one big lyrical hair ball. The final song which is basically the title track, simply called Down, is a beautiful catchy song of resignation and acceptance that ends the whole thing off at an apex. The vocals are raw and whip you up in the current just as much as the drums and guitars. An all round musically solid album that is a must listen to especially if you find yourself clustered into the "local punk is totally shit" bin.

Favourite tracks (in no real order because i am struggling to pick): On the Road, Several Terrible Ideas, One Way Bus, Asylum Fight Night, and Down.

Favourite line: "I’ll never arrive, and you’ll never depart" from On the Run.

The recording and production reminds me of Pup albums for some reason.

Post by: Shaun Richards

"I definitely feel they are more along the lines of Only Crime the way they would hold a more hardcore verse and then explode into a full on melodic chorus and the vocals have an undeniably Russ from Good Riddance feel to it but I can definitely see how being a three piece tremendously influenced the band's sound with the absence of overdubs on the record it is the pure old fashioned rawness of friendship intertwining with creativity"
Conley William Annandale

Long Way Down
released March 5, 2018

Recorded, Produced:
Devon Martindale

Monday, 26 February 2018

An Evening with Amanda Palmer - Fox Junction Johannesburg - Presented by Bassline Live - 23rd of February 2018 Review/Rant

So this is the second time Amanda "Fucking" Palmer has played shows in Cape Town and Johannesburg and hopefully will not be the last... hopefully...

See we kinda fucked up guys... I don't know how the Cape Town show went but the Joburg one was just balls. Last time she played Joburg it was pretty much the same venue but the whole vibe was different. Maybe due to it being much less promoted and somewhat of a last minute surprise show, THAT WAS FREE!!! The only thing shit about it was the price of drinks. See 1 Fox street is a hub of hipster yuppie nauseum that truly only homicidal thoughts can render bearable... However this time round there were tables and chairs in  the way of people packing in close to the stage and the sound was terrible, as if any time they tried to amplify the sound from her grand piano they just cut it again due to how it wobbled and fell. Her voice was also barely comprehensive from the sides of the warehouse that the tables pushed people who were standing to. She performed superbly of-course and rightfully shat on us for being stupid inconsiderate ass holes because the volume of people talking and ordering drinks practically overpowered her at times and was at it's least still a major distraction and imposition on her and her listeners.

This is pretty upsetting and more so offensive to someone who comes from a music culture where it is common place for people to shut up and listen or freak the fuck out / shout back the lyrics. We don't really have a music culture. We don't really have an art culture. We have some shape shifting Frankenstein monster that was flung into motion as soon as apartheid broke down and some people were like "Fuck yeah! Now we can have cool shit" and for isolated moments there arguably has been cool shit but most of the time this creature is just tumbling face first into the floor and when observed closely this creature seems to be constructed out of people who sadly just don't get it... and really... how could they?

Amanda Palmer playing Drowning In The Sound with a fitting improvisation about her performance being drowned out by sound.

Amanda Palmer busting out Sing and getting upset and angry at us worthless South African pond scum that just don't know how to enjoy a show without talking about ourselves until everyone wants to vomit a kill themselves <3

People treating the show as background music is a very common thing here. Local diy punk and folk shows have it a lot worse naturally since the people playing are not Amanda Fucking Palmer. One of our projects called Folk The Park no longer happens with one of the reasons being that artists were just being spoken over to the point that only the louder Folk-Punk acts were actually at all audible. Metal gigs even with a die hard legion of metal heads tend to suffer the fated plague of people not really giving a fuck about the show itself and a lot of the time I personally do not want to play shows due to not caring to attempt to fill the space of background music... Maybe it's DJ culture? Maybe white people here suck more than white people usually suck?

This seems to have worsened of late and it seems to be that most of the shows I have gone to lately has seen bands playing to an empty floor while everyone is either outside, at the bar or sitting. Needless to say this has all been loads of no fun at all and so i present to you all an instructional video on how to act at a show and have fun!

Want to have fun at a show? Study this closely!

Here is and instructional video of how to act at a shows with Erik Petersen (RIP) and Pat The Bunny. Do as above. Alternatively just paying attention is also acceptable.

Thanks for reading this mess!

Post by: Shaun Richards