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Perez Perfect

2008-07-02 17:16
And a happy, happy moment it is for the likes of us attending the launch of their brand new self-titled CD at Partyhouse recently. The VIP area is packed with media, chewing on tiny pieces of chicken and leaning on the bar, ordering jagermeisters and tequila shots. It's acceptable to have a hangover on a Friday, or so you think the night before the bomb.

As Perez hit the stage, it seems Matthew Wilkinson has assumed more of a 'lead' singer role these days, and Nic has been assigned the back up vocalist, pianist, guitarist role. But this doesn’t mean his vocals are not heard, or missed. Nic's Placebo like growls are the effervescence in Perez' glass of holy rock water.

The new Perez album is an album that has been written for music's sake, and for music’s sake alone. Although the boys in the band have had massive chart success with singles the likes of "Picture Perfect" and the (admittedly regrettable) "Mamma Mia" - this album seems to have come from a place of grit, grime and art.
It's somewhere in between a modern day spin on The Beatles Revolver and the Rolling Stones' Aftermath. Lead single "Could Say Something", is so catchy I can't stop scratching. The big ballad off the album is the crushingly beautiful "When Fortune Hits" - a song bound to get the old soft-core Perez fans falling in love all over again.

Although Perez are back, and are planning a takeover of SA's anemic rock scene once again, this new album isn't as easily digestible as their previous. The new songs demand a more sophisticated musical ear. The audience tonight are the fans who tune into this deeper side to Perez, and appreciate them more than ever.

Perez are part of the stable who brought you bands the likes of The Parlotones, and will be looked after – properly. A lack of real support and real belief in SA talent has been our biggest downfall of all. It's time to forget about the International boys and girls, and look closer to our own homes. We no longer have any excuses. The calibre of artist is right up there, and beyond, and demands a more focused eye, and ear. Perez is evidence of all of this.

Their brand new album is out now. Go get you a copy.

Painter Jane

When Perez first hit the SA music scene way back when, they blew their rivals whack bam out of the water. The combined complimentary vocals of Nic and Matt was truly revolutionary, and unlike anything the SA music scene had seen. And then they suddenly disbanded and went different directions - a few overseas, and a few to Cape Town. It's years later now, and some cataclysmic meeting of minds has brought them back together.

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