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2014-09-17 06:54

Cape Town – Bellville rockers aKING are about to launch their 4th studio album and we can’t wait!

The album, titled Morning After, is a return to the hard-hitting heavy rock riffs of their first album, Dutch Courage (2008), combined with a simplified approach to arrangement and lyrical content.

This album follows the band’s 2011 release, The Red Blooded Years, and Against All Odds, which was released in 2009.

The band – which consist of Laudo Liebenberg (lead vocals and lead guitar), Andrew Davenport (rhythm guitar and backing vocals), Hennie van Halen (bass guitar) and Jaco 'Snakehead' Venter (drums) – wrote the album over the course of 18 months and is entirely self-produced.

We got to sit down with frontman Laudo ahead of their launch, which will be taking place on Wednesday 17 September at The Assembly in Cape Town.

A Channel24 quickie is a brief or spontaneous episode consisting of five frisky questions in which celebs and Channel24 have a brief frolic leaving all parties involved feeling satisfied and craving a cigarette.

Your new album launches on Wednesday, 17 September, what can people expect and what is special about this one?

We'll be playing a lot of new songs and some older favourites from the previous 3 albums. We've got an amazing lighting rig installed and it's gonna be a show to remember not only for the crowd but for us as well.

You have toured a lot in the past, and we know the saying 'what happens on tour, stays on tour'… but, please can you share one of your funniest or weirdest tour stories with us?

There are too many to mention here, but I can share one:

We were on our way from Bloemfontein to Potch and one of us (who will not be mentioned here) had a very sore and upset stomach, so much so that we had to pull off by the side of the road for a 'Veltie' - there wasn't a petrol-station for the next 100km. Not having any toilet-paper or any soft material of sorts, one of us sacrificed a pair socks for the task at hand. Brotherly-love.

If you could collaborate with any artist in the world, who would it be?

I think collaborations are tricky, and there are many amazing artists I can list here, but if Jeff Lynne could co-write and produce a song/album with us, that would be the ultimate dream come true.

Who would you like to have a quickie with?

My lovely lady.

What’s next for the band?

We're hoping to travel abroad next year, broadening our horizons and fan base and get back to writing another album asap.

Launch info:

Wednesday, 17 September
Venue:  The Assembly, Cape Town
Address: 61 Harrington Street, District Six
Doors open: 21h00
Other acts:  Christian Tiger School, Feverstone, The Ballistics, The Robfather
Tickets: R30 before 10pm / R50 after / R40 Webtickets
Check out the Facebook event here.

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