If you are looking for a sound that’s slightly dark, a little fun and somewhere between heavy and thought provoking, you might want to take a listen to Cape Town band, Black Moscow.
The band is made up of Xavier van der Zandt on vocals, Marc Röntsch on guitar, Stephen Alfreds, also on guitar, Rob Ruhrmund on drums and Luke Otto on bass.
The eclectic group met through other bands they either played in or followed and have been playing together since May 2010.
Their name is “less of a specific reference and more of an image,” explains Xavier. “The idea was to have a name that reflected the beautiful and darker side of something,” he adds.
He says this is a concept the band hopes to reflect in their music. “Our goal is to make music that is intelligent, without being pretentious,” Marc points out. The band writes their music as a group, bringing their individual tastes and influences to the table. “It is a potpourri of everything,” Marc says.
While the band takes their music seriously, Xavier says: “As technical as the music is, we are still a party band.” He points out that fans can expect high energy performances from Black Moscow.
On Tuesday 26 April they will be launching their debut EP, Verdigris, at Mercury under Headline Artists. They will be playing with Tonightwedie and The Great Apes. Doors will open at 21:00 and the audience can enjoy a visual art exhibition in the Mercury Lounge before the bands take to the stage.
There will be free merchandise giveaways and download stations where you can download free content onto your flashdrive. Some of this content will only be available at the launch. Tickets cost R40.