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Foto Na Dans: Live Videos

2007-07-04 16:56
“Foto na Dans takes on the ‘Bellville out there in South Africa!’” declared Huisgenoot’s Cornelia le Roux. “A mad rock ‘n roll circus!” hailed Isolation’s Lloyd Gedye. The reason why critics are gushing over this gang is obvious. South African rock music is wearing cement shoes. How else to explain where all those self-released CDs by South African indie-rockers content to recycle the post punk riff play of their British heroes end up? The bargain bin, that’s right. Ditto all those self-consciously badass retro rockers with the bright idea of ripping off American southern rock or heaven help us, post-grunge!

So no. Not good enough. Not for chief tonsil-toaster and guitarist Le Roi Nel, axeman Neil Basson, bassist Theuns Schoonwinkel, drummer Dirkie Uys and trumpeter/keyboardist Alex Fourie anyway. Their mission: to avoid sounding like just another 2nd hand imitation of an overseas act.

Their methods: Afrikaans. Unsound. Start by scoping out the Nudies, Fokof, BMRO (that's Brixton Moord, not Black Rebel Motorycle for any dyslexics out there)... and yes, a couple of K.O.B.U.S. gigs. Download some Muse, Bloc Party and let's see, how about a bit of Incubus. Then wait. Until your synapses start firing the subliminal message you need: “These bands all rock. But K.O.B.U.S.! rock hardest. They are main. We need to be main.” Which is precisely what Foto Na Dans are doing: becoming very ‘main’: January 2007 saw the release of a debut 4-track EP on Rhythm Records. April found them signed to none other than Fokofpolisiekar bassist Wynand Myburgh’s Punk Skelm Productions. This month finds the band in the studio to record their upcoming CD scheduled for release in September. Rumour has it that an Afrikaans legend just might be adding some vocals to one of their new tracks too.

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Foto Na Dans: Soldaat volk

Foto Na Dans: Intervensie

Foto Na Dans: Vergeet

Ever wonder what would happen if Fokofpolisiekar faced off with The Springbok Nude Girls at the Global Battle of the Bands? No wait. Who cares about yesterday’s heroes when you’ve got Foto Na Dans: the only garage band with enough balls to save South African rock from its middle-class suburban hangover.
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