The Parlotones might lose their SA roots

2012-09-18 13:41
Looking at this move from the band's point of view, it is really a great move for their career. The band has done a great job in South Africa, probably the most successful South African band based in South Africa.

But when I look at this move from a South African fan point of view, it is a major blow for the South African fans of the band. The band is moving to the States because of the high demand there, what about us South African fans of the band, will we also see them live once in 10 years, just like Seether and Civil Twilight.

I used to see the Parlotones as a 'proudly' South African band, but the problem with our rock bands going abroad is that they never look back, they focus more on international fans than their South African fans.

The move might make the Parlotones one of the leading rock bands in the world, meaning that less shows for South African fans and more shows for American and European fans.

The market is huge in the west, and I wish the band the best of luck, but one thing that I am afraid of is that the band might lose its South African taste and its South African roots, once you go to the west, you have to change your kind of music, that is why Die Anwoord parted ways with Interscope.

Good music is being exported in South Africa, and us the fans are suffering from that, now if I want to see the Parlotones live, I have to go to London's 02 arena or New York's Madison Sqaure Garden, and wait for 10 years to see them live at the Grand Arena.

But I understand that the band wants to be international and stuff, and I wish them all the best, they must keep flying the South African very high, unlike Seether that I now view as an 'american band'.

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