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The year of the knife

2008-06-09 18:29
Made up of the brothers Pandie (Mishal and Maahir, on vocals and guitar respectively), Zaheer Gafoor on drums and bassist Zaahier Kamedien, these earnest rockers have graduated from playing dodgy dive bars (hands up, ROAR) to regular support slots on the main stage at Mercury Live - where they have often upstaged the main act!

And all of this is due to a growing arsenal of fantastic songs, which have already racked up well over a thousand listens on their Myspace page . These are big, bold, sweeping, heart-on-its-sleeves songs that fill up the room and all the hearts therein.

Songs like “Stumble”, a sultry trip through broken dreams and promises, and the waltz-like swoon of “Tomorrow Day” show an impressive maturity in their songwriting, that deftly traverses the link between Britpop angst and lovelorn balladry. But it’s not all maudlin moodiness with these guys – they can rock as passionately as they gaze at their shoes.

The mammoth “Dark Side of the Sun” finally broke the entranced crowd out of their reverie and the feral power of closer “Jaguar” threatened to incite a mini-mosh - the collective fear for the collapse of Zula Bar’s wobbly wooden floors being the only deterrent.

Guitarist Maahir (bravely rocking the cardigan-ed look) lost the use of his guitar halfway through the set, after the amplifier jack input came apart, but the incident was quickly laughed off and the show went on.

The future for Macgyver Knife is certainly looking, er, sharp, with talks of an EP to be recorded in the coming weeks. Definitely one to look out for.

And so to the main act, the rambunctious boys of Kings of Vegas, who, with their synth-playing lead singer, certainly brought to mind another band with a connection to the City of Sin – Las Vegas natives The Killers.

The already-amped up crowd knew they were in for a treat as soon as the band kicked off. The Zula stage was just too small to contain this energetic five-piece as they stomped through their infectious blend of emo funk-punk pop.

Choruses became clarion calls and guitar solos were prime for air guitar heroics. These kings were certainly having fun and sharing the good times with all who cared to join in.

Making this heady cocktail go down as smoothly as a chocolate daiquiri was the showmanship of their severely sexy singer Richard Kronk. He started the show looking dapper in a black and white tie suite, and was soon down to just his pants and shirt. Next time, though, Rich, do not hesitate to go at least half Monty. Your audience, regardless of gender, will be grateful for it!

It’s surprising to note that the Kings of Vegas have only been playing together for less than a year, as their stage presence and fearless command of their catchy songs speak of years on the road.

Look out for their upcoming EP Murder under the Mirrorball, due for release in August.

- Shaheema Barodien

“It’s the year of the knife” according to up and coming band MacGyver Knife, who have gradually been building up a solid live reputation on the Cape Town club circuit.

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