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We chat to Canadian band Protest The Hero ahead of their SA tour

2015-01-14 11:48

Cape Town - In September 2014, Protest The Hero made their live South African debut in front of a crazed legion of fans at Krank’d Up 2014.

The once-off performance saw fans from all over South Africa and neighbouring countries make the pilgrimage to Johannesburg for what can only be described as a historical show. It soon became very clear that the South Africans wanted their Canadian heroes to come back as soon as possible, and that’s all Protest The Hero needed to hear to set the wheels in motion for their speedy return.  

Protest The Hero will be resuming their love affair with South Africa for four exclusive club shows during the course of April and May 2015.

We had the opportunity to ask guitarist Tim MacMillar a few questions ahead of their tour.

Check out the interview here:

You guys visited South Africa last year, is there anything you’re looking forward to doing that you didn’t get around to the last time?

Our first visit was great, but we were only in Johannesburg really for the time we were there and even then, we still didn't get a chance to be complete tourists. I'm looking forward to playing 4 shows and get to travel around the country a little more. Also, I've heard great things about Cape Town so looking forward to that date.

What can fans expect from your set?

I haven't thought much about it, but we usually like to play a mix of something from each album. If people want to hear old stuff, or new stuff there will be a little something for everyone in the set.

We know the saying 'what happens on tour stays on tour', but can you please share one of your craziest tour stories with us?

If I did share a story wouldn't I be breaking that rule? We are pretty low key guys so there's not many 'rock n roll' stories on this end.

If you could collaborate with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?

It would be pretty awesome to collab with Meatloaf. He's always singing on epic songs and I can imagine us mixing together would be an interesting concoction.

What would you say is the recipe for writing a good song?

A good intro, a catchy chorus and a handful of serious riffs.


What inspires your songs and your sound?

Different things, personally when I'm writing musically I'm trying to do something different, incorporate a new technique and push myself as a musician.

Do you have any rituals before you go on stage?

No, just warm up my fingers and try to loosen up my body a bit with some stretching.

Any advice for up and coming artists?

If you want to make a career out of being a musician, be ready to do it for a lifetime. Nothing happens overnight and the people that keep at it, are the ones that are successful.

Tour dates:

Friday, 24 April – Arcade Empire, Pretoria. (Support TBC)
Saturday, 25 April – Sundowners, Alberton. (Support TBC)
Wednesday, 29 April – Rumours Lounge, Weltevreden Park. (Support TBC)
Saturday, 2 May – Klein Libertas, Stellenbosch. (Support TBC)

Tickets are on sale at R275 each from Computicket, as well as at Computicket outlets.

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