A little something on the side… (pt. 5) - A little something on the side…

2008-07-17 12:01
Lesson 4: Do not step into the light

Arno Carstens must have grown weary of himself by now – the omni-presence on TV ads, being hailed as the poster boy for SA rock, the wedding photo spread in gossip rags – and his audience may have been infected by the feeling too, at some point.

Springbok Nude Girls remain the rock pinnacle most SA bands aspire to, although some may feel their temporary split in 2001 came before the realisation of their true potential. After the split, Carstens was quick to form a new band, provocatively called New Porn, that showcased the calmer, more melodic side of the former Nude Girls singer.

This year, however, we are being introduced to yet another side of Carstens, a much darker side. His new project, a collaboration with electro DJ/producer Urbatro called Bhelltower, sees the singer venturing into the more sinister aspects of his psyche that, “represents a series of emotional influences from depraved misery, loneliness and rejection to energetic uplifting simplicity,” according to the new band. It’s definitely the most energetic Carstens has sounded since the early Nude Girl days. And is an area of the genre that has so far remained a cult concern for most music fans.

These are dark times indeed, and somehow the oblivious dreck that dominates the charts seems like a conceit, and perhaps by 'going goth', Arno Carstens has managed to keep it real.

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