Is old cool?

A host of big local music names will be behind the band for the Barnyard Theatre’s Old’s Cool – The Party.
The show will run from Wednesday 1 June until Saturday 4 June with shows at 20:00 nightly.
“There’s a group of burning hot musos in this show,” says Niel Potgieter, who will be on guitar for the show.
Neil is better known as the guitarist for local band, Flat Stanley. He will be joined on stage by Rob Nel, the band’s bassist.
Lee Thompson from Hog Hoggidy Hog and Simon Bates of the Rudimentals will make up the horn section of the band.
“Just playing with these musicians is going to be a jol,” says Neil.
He explains that a large body of the work being performed for Old’s Cool – The Party, has been taken from the production of Funky Town, which was at the Roxy Revue Bar recently.
“It’s about as funky as you can get,” Neil says.
The concept for the show is to cater to all needs. The show will span music from the 1960s to the present.
Neil says they are doing a lot of funk and blues based songs, as well as R&B in its proper sense, covering bands like Earth Wind and Fire.
He says the show has a Motown, R&B, funk vibe, with “some Diana Ross and the master, Stevie Wonder,” he adds.
Neil explains that the producers of the show tried to appeal to everyone’s taste.
He says they will even cover some South African taste with artists like Jonathan Butler, Brenda Fassie and Johnny Clegg.
Gary Naidoo, Keeno-Lee Hector, Moenier Adams and Cindy Gibbons on vocals will bring the music back to life.
Don your old school uniform, get a group together and let The Barnyard take all the stress out of organising your next school reunion or any other party you can think of.
Every party that is hosted at Old’s Cool – The Party will compete for fabulous prizes every night, judged by the effort put into their school uniform costumes, and by the noise they can make.
The Barnyard will choose a “head boy” and a “head girl” every night that will join the cast to boogie on-stage.
Tickets cost R100 per person or R80 for block bookings of 50 or more.
To book, call 021 914 8898 or visit http://www.barnyardtheatre.co.za.

Put on your school uniform and relive your youth with the cast of Old’s Cool - The Party. Pictured here are Gary Naidoo and Liandé Valentyn.

To infinity and beyond

Their music has been described as “dirty blues” and they are ­serious believers in soul, a combination that clearly works for new band, Spaceman. After only a short time playing together, the three-piece band has made it to the finals of a battle of the bands competition hosted by Plaasteater outside Brackenfell Drummer, Ruscali, guitarist and vocalist, Aeron Brown and bassist Josh Daniels entered the competi­tion as an opportunity to get on stage. Ruscali and Aeron had known each other for a while when they decided to put a band together. And so, the search for a bassist began. “Josh landed up on my door,” Aeron says, adding: “the universe sent him.” Josh had actually shown up for work to be done on his guitar, but after talking about the band, he decided to join. “It was all meant to be,” says Aeron. While their name has taken on a space theme since the band has been performing, Ruscali explains that he was talking about creating space in their songs for the instruments to breathe and one day said: “You know what, I’m the spaceman.” The name stuck. He adds that what makes the band unique is the amalgamation of the band members’ different styles. While Ruscali comes from a metal background, Aeron is from a blues background and Josh has always played jazz and funk. Aeron says they try to play these different styles. “We have opened our minds to different genres to make the music accessible,” he says. “We feed off each other,” Ruscali says and Josh adds that it creates a fusion. Their own influences are very varied and Aeron has a penchant for vinyl, citing that CDs tend to feel cold. “I love, the stranger the better,” he adds. Ironically, Aeron is no stranger to all things strange. His full name is Aeron Louis Lynyrd Skynyrd Brown. Josh is new to rock and prefers musicians such as Stanley Clarke and George Benson. Ruscali on the other hand is ­happiest listening to bands such as Pantera and AC/DC. Spaceman takes what they do seriously and their hard work shows. “It’s all very well being talented, but if you don’t put in the effort and time, you are not going to crack it,” Aeron says. They are also thankful for the feedback and constructive criticism from fellow musicians who ­have come out to watch them play live. Likewise, they are thankful to their neighbours for putting up with their rehearsals. Spaceman is setting up a database of “space fans”, so they can keep them informed of upcoming gigs. To join the intergalactic family, SMS your name to 076 122 7515. This is the same number you can use for more information about the band or to book them. “We would love to play wherever, whenever and for whoever,” Aeron says. Spaceman is playing on Friday 20 May at Plaasteater, with fellow finalists, The Graham Gillot Band. Tickets cost R20 and the show starts around 21:00. Spaceman is working on improving their stage performance for the show and they promise fans that it will be better than anything they have seen from the band before. To find out more about Spaceman, visit their Facebook page.

‘Rock star’ moments

“It’s easier to speak than to listen.”
This is the view of Durbanville band, Gee Oor.
It is also the inspiration behind their band name.
They believe that there is a need in today’s society for people to connect and truly listen to each other.
Johan Louw (rhythm guitar and vocals), Wilbri Vorster (bass guitar and vocals), Barry-John Gouws (lead guitar) and Sidhartha (Sid) Philander (drums) have been playing together for about 18 months.
Barry and Johan have been friends since high school and they met Sid at Stellenbosch. They met Wilbri through his brother.
“We struggled to find a combination that worked,” says Johan, who points out that he wasn’t originally the lead vocalist. “Somehow I was just given a mic,” he says.
Barry describes the band’s music as energetic while Sid adds that they have a positive vibe.
He says their music is a unique brand of “melodic hard rock”.
The band have performed at popular venues around Cape Town like Nameless Pub and Aandklas and have even joined big names including Van Coke Kartel on the stage at the Vlakvarkgat Festival.
The band agrees that their most “rock star” moment is accidentally breaking the stage at Leonz Pub in Montague Gardens. Sid explains that they were busy performing their song, “Oorlog”, and they all jumped at the break in the song – when they all landed the drum kit moved forward and the stage cracked.
The band is hoping to release an EP by the end of the year, but in the meantime, you can hear some of their music on their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.
Gee Oor will be playing alongside Acastella, Parable, Bottomless Coffee, Johnny Feel Good and Frontline for the Armed Melodies charity gig on Friday (13 May) at the Boston Church Hall.
The show will raise money for a group of women in Scottsdene who have decided to stand up against woman abuse in their community.
Tickets cost R20.
For more information visit the event page or to book tickets, call 082 977 8118 or 084 812 2739.

Expect the eclectic

Local band, Someday Rush, felt the rush that comes with success when they made it to the semi-finals of the Durex Ultimate Battle.
They’ve been playing together for about a year and are made up of Carmen-Lee Julius on vocals, Kyle Abrahamse on lead guitar, Caylon Hammond on bass, Etienne Schmidt on drums and percussion and Nick Pugin on rhythm guitar.
Their name was inspired by the “Sunday Rush” they experienced working as waiters.
“We are waiting for the rush that is going to come one day,” Kyle explains.
Nick adds it is about having a goal and not giving up on it.
Terri , the band’s manager, describes Someday Rush’s music as “alternative rock with a funky vibe”.
Kyle points out that there is even a bit of metal in the mix.
When it comes to their songwriting process, the norm is for the band to write the music before Carmen adds her lyrics.
Nick points out that everyone in the band plays to their strengths and draws on their influences. With these influences including classic rock, metal, punk and jazz, one can only expect an eclectic sound.
Terri says the band was complimented by judges at the Durex competition for not having a specific sound. Carmen says their mix of music works out to be complimentary.
Someday Rush entered the Durex competition after reading about it in a newspaper.
The competition date was moved a couple of times, but Carmen says this was to their advantage.
“We wouldn’t have made it to the semi-finals had it been in November,” she says, pointing out they simply weren’t ready.
Carmen adds that the band has only recently started feeling confident enough to play more regularly.
The band also agrees that the competition has taught them a lot about the local music scene.
One of the lessons learnt is about the importance of marketing.
“The success of a band is not just about how good a band is musically, it’s also about how you promote yourself,” Carmen says.
Terry says the other categories the band is judged on, like performance and conduct, have helped the band become a more professional act.
The band has also recently finished recording their debut self-titled EP with Paul Bailey and plans for an official launch are in the pipeline.
Someday Rush will be playing at the semi-final of the Durex Ultimate Battle at Nameless Pub in Somerset West on Saturday (7 May) with local bands Strident and Six Days Later.
Another local band, Series of Events, will also be competing in a semi-final event at Mercury Live on Friday (6 May) along with Alive Drum and Bass Trio and Ark Synesis.
To find out more about the competition, visit http://www.ultimatebattle.co.za.
To find out more about Someday Rush or to listen to their music, visit their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.