[Ruth Cooper] Up The Creek has been awarded a special place in my heart, perhaps because it coincides with my birthday, but even if this wasn't the case it would still garner the most love from me when compared to its younger music fest siblings. Anyone who has been lucky enough to venture the few hours' drive to Swellendam and floated down the Breede in a lilo's loving embrace will know what I mean. Free from pretention, corporate branding bombardments, hordes of teenage boys, howling gales and own-alcohol restriction areas, UTC blows all other CT fests out of their designated body of water, be it river, dam or creek.
[Ruth Cooper] Punk arises in times of strife, when the status quo needs a serious kick in the crotch and a spit in the face; not surprising then that there was a small, but dedicated, group of punk rockers playing in southern Africa at the height of the apartheid madness in the 70s and 80s. Daring life and "freedom" to question and protest the unjust system.
[Ruth Cooper] Packed with colabs from the likes of David Kramer, Pierre Greeff, Francois van Coke and PH Fat, one wouldn't be wrong in expecting Jack Parow's second album to have a fairly diverse sound. However, as diverse as the 12 tracks on this album are, each one is still unquestionably and uber recognisably Jack moeder fokken Parow.
[Ruth Cooper] "Inscape" is a very apt title for Isochronous' second full-length album. It really does suck you in, with a gulping breath and submerge you into their pretty world. An escape inwards to that Isochronous landscape habituated by rumbling drum mountains, towering guitar trees, rushing and tinkling piano rivers and the beautifully pure chirpings of nightingales.
[Ruth Cooper] Talented multi-instrumentalist/producer Yesterday's Pupil aka Peach has recently released Part 1 of his new album. Called Singularity it features two singles; Too Tired To Disco and Goodbye. The rest of the album will be sequentially released over a couple months and all as free downloads. How nice is that? We chat to him about this new project, career highlights and ocean breezes.
[Ruth Cooper] "Four legs good, two legs bad!" chants a man in a wrestler's mask with a speaker phone in hand. In the other hand is a chain attached to an evil-looking pig standing on his hind legs in a snappy suit; some call him Mr Pig, some call him Deadpi9. A busk of Mr Pig stares at us from his vantage point at the top centre of the stage, his head nestled amongst barbed wire, his red eyes glowing malevolently, hypnotising his audience, his followers. This is Deadpi9 vs the rest. This is Animal Farm. This is Balkanology.
[Ruth Cooper] Happy hippy vibes were blossoming abundantly at Greenpop's third Cool as Folk party last weekend at Assembly. To be honest I don't think I have encountered such a friendly crowd before at the usually more cliquey Assembly, but it seems as if getting together for a good cause brings out the hug a stranger side of folks. As it should.
[Ruth Cooper] I really am in two minds about you; you are no doubt one of the slickest music festivals in the south of Africa, you have your big powerhouse sponsors, a myriad musical genres and acts, many different entertainment stations/sections and activities, and by far most importantly, the clout to pull some impressive international acts: Band of Skulls, need I say more.
[Ruth Cooper] How does The Rescu's self titled debut album offend me? Oh let me count the ways: unimaginative album design housing unimaginative music and incredibly unimaginative lyrics are all high up on the offense list, but probably the most reprehensible aspect of this album is that, as much as I fight it, their catchy-as-all-hell songs always seem to end up in high rotation around my head. A sign of things to come, I fear. Soon they will be on high rotation across radio stations nationwide.