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2009-10-26 13:41
Heroes Wear Red

In Sugardrive's best years especially, Wienand was all-pervading, yet critically efficient in developing his basslines. I’m happy to report that this trait persists in Wienand’s current project Heroes Wear Red.

As I write this, Heroes is down in Cape Town promoting their new music video entitled "Am I", which is from the album Surviving September. Watch the video: here.

For those who don’t know the history: Heroes is a follow-on project from the band Blood Money, which itself was a next-gen band for bassist Gavin Wienand and drummer Garth McLeod from Sugardrive, Lorne McGregor out of My Latest Ex and vocalist Tim Kroon.

McGregor has since left and relocated to Cape Town, joining up with Mark McCree (Kelvin Declined) and others to form McCree. Incidentally, I’m officially predicting now that McCree will soon be a festival must-have. I've witnessed their official launch, and eavesdropped on some of their rehearsals. You fans of Prime Circle or Just Jinjer need to see McCree for their Cape Town fix. And tell them I sent you.

Meanwhile, Garth McLeod has also moved on to concentrate on other band and work commitments, among them Wonderboom and Martin Rocka and the Sick Shop.

But despite these departures, Heroes is continues to go from strength to strength with two new members, a busy touring schedule and continued success on the airwaves. The single "Beautiful Way" was their second to top the Hi5@5 on that radio station. And "Am I" is likely to follow.

There's a hard, driving, and somewhat dark edge to the album itself, but the video reveals a willingness to take a bit of the piss as well, all of which translates to a great live show, too.

And if you get to that live show, which I recommend you do, watch the bass work and you’ll see what I mean. Economy. Effect.

Anton Marshall is a musician and music writer. He gets moody sometimes.

I'm a bass player, and when I critique bands I tend to watch the bass player a bit more intently than most. For me great bass work is about economy and effect. Basically, the less you do to great impact, the better. Adam Clayton does it really well. David J was a master at it. In the SA music scene, I've always been a great fan of Gavin Wienand's.

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