Bohemian Rhapsody

2008-04-11 08:01
The One Night Stands are the support act tonight for The Black Hotels - a band who have made quite a name for themselves, doing not much at all. This is my first night with The Stands, and I'm excited - seeing as though Lu - (ex-lead singer of band 13) is singing. I've always loved his voice. He writes melodies that The Beatles would like, and sings like his life depends on it. I'm shooting some pool, when their first poppy riff rings out. I was never that good at pool, really, so I lurk towards the stage like a nervous lover. In the band's biography, they describe their genesis like this: "Existential lyrics were shouted over the top of lengthy jams, inspired by Camus and Copeland, Mailer and Mojo. Everything was thrown into the mix as long as it sounded dark blue, had a catchy melody and would be approved by the blokes from Interpol." Aaah, you've got to love a band like this. The audience does, eating them up, digesting their infectiously silly sound. Yet while the energy on stage is all fun fun fun, it's fun that questions, and probes.
Up next are the ever-endearing, and perfectly indie cool band The Black Hotels. I'm pissed off they only have an EP out because I can listen to it twice on my way to work and I live just around the corner. Their stage presence is improving and their confidence is becoming darker, broodier, almost like Lloyd Cole's son might look like if he was in the audience.

Lead singer John Boyd wears a simple striped long sleeve shirt and jeans, yet his presence is magnetic. Their gorgeous single "Beautiful Mornings" is getting lots of airplay on 5fm and the like, and proves that commercial doesn’t always necessarily mean Paris Hilton. I had to leave straight after their gig - and couldn’t stay for the always brilliant set from The Bo Janglers (Joburgs indie quirk DJing troup) - but I'm sure they kept the dance floor fat and raised the spirits of those used to load shedding and bad morning news on SABC 3.

- Painter Jane

Marketing a gig, and making sure people come, is a feat reserved only for the most dedicated. I've been informed about many a One Night Stands gig before, but have never actually made it. Maybe it was the six e-mails, the seven sms's and the five facebook invites I got this time round that twisted my ever-indecisive arm. Saturday Night's have become a sort of a routine for Bohemian indie rock fans in Joburg. Instead of the usual aging, Harley Davidson rocking hobo types who usually spend their p publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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