Thursday, July 10th, 2008
The Merry Pranksters were just one of many groups with similar titles living in the bohemian sections of Cape Town five years ago. Wild gluhwein parties, irregular guitar and djembe jams and frivolous cantering in the nearby parks and open areas in mid-winter, in various stages of undress. Those, like these, were the days.
Part of this mismatched crew were a few environmentally aware musicians who went under the name Overgraze. Remember, this was before it became cool to throw your CD in eco-wrapping and jet across the world to promote it, and Overgraze was the reason many of the jams ended late.
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Sunday, May 4th, 2008
The Loud and Rude launch took off at The Assembly on the 3 May 2008 with a packed line up of no less than seven SA bands; The Little Kings, 32 Battalion, 7th Son, Captain Stu and the Llamas, Half Price, The Rudimentals and Hog Hoggidy Hogg.
|32 Battalion: if only we’d had these guys in Angola.
Kicking off the evening was the Little Kings and boy oh boy have they changed their image since the last time I saw them (which wasn’t too long ago). I was ready for the happy reggae/ska music from their previous performance at Mercury Live only to find they’d found themselves an image consultant and have now ditched the plaid shirts and donned new hairdos. The Little Kings are now more rock intensive than reggae and if you thought they were good before, prepare to be impressed. They were, for me, the best act of the night.
Punk, hardcore rock band, 32 Battalion didn’t exactly have the best night ever; you could hear just about everything…but the vocals, which was a terrible shame since they did sound like there was potential there. I was a little bit disappointed though with the 7th Son and Stu and the Llamas performance though; it seems like “you’ve seen em’ once, you seen em’ enough.” They haven’t added or subtracted anything from their sets and I hate to admit it but they were sort of boring (or maybe I just wasn’t intoxicated enough). (I don’t know I still though they were great – maybe I was more drunk? – Ruth)
“The introduction for Half Price included a giant blow up dildo. “
The crazy boys from Half Price were up next and, they followed on from an introduction by presenter Paul Snodgrass who had been excellently introducing each of the bands that evening. His introduction for Half Price included a giant blow up dildo (not too sure what the significance of that was but it definitely got the crowd excited). Half Price arrived on stage in style, lead vocalist Pete was wearing a wonderful tight lime green ensemble which he stripped down to half way through their set. Bassist Marcus was decked out in some 80’s style tight white shorts and head band and brought a tennis racket on stage to complete the look. Lead guitarist Rene was in a white jumpsuit, all together they made an interesting looking bunch and interesting sounding bunch as well; the set they played was edgy and intense.
The Rudi’s graced the stage next and mellowed things down a little calming the crowd who now turned from moshing to grooving. They played a great set and as usual sounded and looked quite classy and professional.
Hog Hoggidy Hog ended the night off on a high note once again inspiring the excitable crowd to go crazy with their unique blend of ska-rock. Lead vocalist George bounced around in between the fans that leapt on stage to crowd surf. While Ross (who was playing for the third time that night, he had previously played with 7th Son and The Rudimentals) showed no signs of slowing down and blasted out some soulful tunes on his trombone.
It was a seriously jam packed night, that started at a very early 8:00pm, but didn’t seem too long, the seven bands kept their sets short and only a few encores were played. The bands really complimented each other and there was enough common ground between them to attract similar fans who could appreciate something from each of the sounds but also enough difference to keep things interesting. Loud and Rude pulled off a great punk, rock, reggae and ska show that certainly lived up to its name.
by Sindy Peters & Ruth Cooper
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