‘all killer no filler’

Deborah Rossouw

Bassist for The Rescu, Mike Vaughan, says the reason it took them so long to record their album, was because they had to teach Rusti, their drummer, to play.

It’s this kind of natural, friendly banter, that makes you wish you could have been a fly on the wall to experience the fun these guys, Mike, Graham Lowndes and Brendyn “Rusti” Rossouw, seemed to have recording their self-titled, debut album.

The album took a year and a half to record, something that suited the band just fine.

This was a completely independent project and the band recorded whenever they could around the schedules of their individual music related “day jobs”.

“We were never afforded the opportunity to book out a studio,” Mike points out, adding that because they had no label, they also had no deadline.

“We were never too close to things,” Rusti says, adding that this allowed the band to step away from the project and listen later with fresh ears.

He also points out that the band had a big part to play in the mixing of the album, adding that they wanted a natural sound that they would be able to replicate as a three-piece band live.

“We want to be an honest band,” says Mike.

Graham, the band’s unusually quiet lead guitarist, takes a big breath before stating: “I love the fact that it was an in-house project,” before adding: “It is the recording I am most proud of.”

Graham and Mike know each other from their time together in another band.

They met Rusti when his band opened for theirs. “I was still in nappies while they were rocking out,” he jokes.

Mike adds: “We’ve been buddies for years.”

“It’s funny how it took a good few years for the stars to align.”

After a “situation” with their ex- drummer, The Rescu found themselves with an upcoming gig in just a few days and an incomplete band.

“I went and begged Brendyn to play just the gig,” Mike says.

After just one rehearsal and the band still verbally running through songs in the car on the way, the gig went off without a hitch and they were even approached after the show with an offer to sign the band.

“That led us to believe that maybe we had something to offer,” Mike says.

With that in mind, he set out to write new music for the band.

The band refers to themselves as purists and there is an honest, pure and almost naive appeal to their music.

“We are just trying to carry a positive message,” Rusti says.

“The album is all killer and no filler,” Graham says.

The first single of the album, “I did it or you”, has been playlisted on Highveld Stereo and their video will be screened on MK.

The band are now signed to Sheer Sound, Two Feet Music, the same record label responsible for Dirty Skirts, Taxi Violence and Plush.

The Rescu will be launching their debut album at Hanover Street at GrandWest on Wednesday 31 August from 20:30. Tickets cost R40 through www.webtickets.co.za or R50 at the door.

To find out more about the band, or listen to their album, visit www.therescu.com or their Facebook page. You can also follow them on Twitter at @therescuband.

. One lucky reader can win double tickets to the launch, as well as a copy of The Rescu’s self-titled debut CD.

Visit the competition page on www.tygerburger.co.za to enter.



Fiery flamenco!

Saudiq Khan

Guitar maestro, Saudiq Khan, brings his fiery flamenco to Die Boer on Saturday 6 August.

Hailing from Cape Town, Saudiq lived in District Six as a child where he experienced the heart and soul of South African Cape Culture.
He was inspired by flamenco guitar music at an early age and in 1989 he travelled to Spain where he experienced the Spanish culture in the heart of the flamenco world of Seville.
During his nine-month stay, he studied under various flamenco aficionados, learning as much as he could from their techniques and style.
Saudiq is known for his passionate and fiery approach to the flamenco guitar. Great guitarists like Paco de Lucia, Rafael Riqueni and Vicente Amigo provided Saudiq with inspiration to compose his own pieces, which appear on his latest album Pure Soul.
He will perform his superb production Flamenco in Compas at Die Boer in Durbanville on Saturday.
Saudiq will be accompanied by two prominent artists, Robert Davids on cajon, and André Webb on bass.
Tickets cost R90 and can be booked on 021 979 1911.

There must be something in the water…

This year’s Idols Top 10 was announced on Sunday and the Northern Suburbs is proudly represented by no fewer that three of the contestants.
Durbanville’s Mark Haze, Milnerton’s Nolly Meje and Boston’s Kelly Fortuin will be among the top 10 competing for the title of South African Idol.

Kelly Fortuin

The 21-year-old Kelly is taking part in the competition as a tribute to her grandfather who passed away three weeks before her audition. As an ex-Tygerberg High School learner, Kelly is now working as a financial advisor while studying law. She is also very proud of being a mother to three-year-old Storm.
“It’s been Awesome,” Kelly says of her Idols experience so far, adding that the contestants are like a big family. She adds the show is an opportunity for her to “work with the best in the business”.
Kelly says TygerBurger readers should vote for her because she is a true performer: she can dance and sing. “I offer something totally different,” she says.
Readers can learn more about Kelly on her Facebook page or follow her on Twitter at @royalkelly.

Nolly Meje

Idols 7 is Nolly’s second try at the competition. She was in the top 100 in the very first season.

The 24-year-old, who studied public relations at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, is a freelance television presenter and research script writer.
“I’m a performer, I love what I do,” says Nolly, who admits to falling into the role of joker or clown.
“It shows on stage” she says, adding that when she performs, she goes into another world, allowing her to deliver a captivating and energetic performance.
Nolly says her Idols experience so far has been overwhelming. “It’s been intense,” she says. Nolly hopes the competition will expose her to more opportunities and recognition in the music industry.
Nolly has a Facebook page and you can also find her on Twitter under @NollyNolz.

Mark Haze

Mark is well known to Northern Suburbs rock fans as the frontman for his band, 12th Avenue.

“I entered Idols to further my career,” he says.
At 29, Mark has been performing since the age of seven and with his band’s music getting airtime on 5FM, Mark is no stranger to the music industry.
While in the US last year, Mark entered the American Idol experience at Disneyworld for fun and says that winning there gave him the confidence to enter the South African competition.
“I’m really proud that people say I’m bringing rock to Idols,” Mark says, but adds that the competition is an “opportunity to show the country that I am versatile.”
“God gives you these opportunities to give back,” he says, which is exactly what he intends to do.
Mark hopes to change the perception that local music is not on an international level and says that it would take just one performer proudly representing South Africa to create opportunities for other South African artists on an International platform.
“I will give the best performance of my life every time I go up there” Mark says.
He adds: “I would like to personally thank every single person who has sent me messages on Facebook and Twitter and has voted.”
Mark assures 12th Avenue fans that he will not be leaving the band.
Mark also has a Facebook page and a Twitter profile under @MarkHaze12.
. Grade 11 Fairmont High School learner, Chloé Geldenhuys was also part of the Idols Top 15.
“Singing is my passion.” Chloé says.
She says she may try Idols again next year, but she definitely won’t stop singing.