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SA Modern Rock Gets Rated

2007-12-24 13:34
Style: Or is that no style? These guys give 'fashion victim' a whole new meaning. They really don’t seem to care. It's like they just open their closet and pull out whatever is clean. A 2nd hand suit and a teddy bear beard are bizarre. Time to hire a stylist guys!
Substance: Cassette's solid song writing and lead singer Jon Savage’s vocal prowess are their saving grace. Infectious pop-rock ditties like "Tracy" and "Sometimes" have catapulted them to the top of the SA charts (well, radio charts). Plus Cassette is pretty cool live. John's James Brown inspired shakes and wiggles are sexy (silly?) enough to get any crowd going.
Shelf Life: At least another 5 to 7 years. These guys are too old to start new careers now anyway.
Too kind, too harsh or spot on? Decide for yourself…
- Cassette Live
-Our Interview
-Amp Interview Pt 1
-Amp Interview Pt 2
- Stook Interview Pt 1
- Stook Interview Pt 2
Review of "Welcome Back to Earth"

The Parlotones
Style: Eclectic and Edgy. Whether it's lead singer Khan’s Clockwork Orange-inspired eye makeup or the band’s intriguing fusion of modern rock robotics, megaphones and post-Coldplay coolness, they've definitely got a signature style.
Substance: Radiocontrolledrobot was a good album, it won a SAMA for Pete's sake! Their latest release A World Next Door To Yours is already getting rave reviews. Khan's falsetto is undeniably distinctive: his eerie "ooohs" on "Giant Mistake" are reminiscent of The Pixies cult classic "Where is my Mind". (or is it "Gigantic"?) Live these guys totally rock: they use really cool props and are all pretty decent eye candy. Really doesn't get any better than that.
Shelf Life: 5 to 10 years. These guys have a legion of loyal fans that actually buy their albums and won't let them go into early retirement without a fight…or at least a greatest hits compilation.
Too kind, too harsh or spot on? Decide for yourself…
- Jip Interview
- Amp Interview Pt. 1
- Amp Interview Pt. 2
-Dragonflies & Astronauts Video
- Making The Video
-Review of World Next Door To Yours
Eye Candy:
Gallery Pics
The Dirty Skirts
Style: Indie-neon: basically 80s and 90s fashion revamped without the hideousness. Think ice cream hoodies, slogan tee's, lumo-coloured shoes and weird Fresh Prince of Bel-Air hats. Oh, and those skinny jeans of course. Look, it's not very original seeing the whole emaciated-indie-skinny jean thing is all the rage overseas, but let's gives them all a Noddy badge for effort.
Substance: Maybe a tad lacking in this department. The biggest problem with The Dirty Skirts is that they're a studio band. Yep, live they just fizzle out. Jeremy strains his voice and out of utter desperation (or frustration) you end up ogling his ass. Ok, it’s a great ass. Another problem is their sound. It isn't really that original, is it? It’s a little bit of Bloc Party rubbing up against Maximo Park mashed up with some Hard-fi and….well, you get the idea. Still, they do their copycat act with style dignity and flair and maybe that’s all we can ever expect. Sigh.
Shelf Life: 2 to 3 years. They'll probably break up before the Strokes do, and form a new all-stars electro-clash combo. Or Jeremy will do a solo project or start a fashion line.
Too kind, too harsh or spot on? Decide for yourself…
-Studio 1 Live Set Pt 1
-Studio 1 Live Set Pt 2
- 'Erect' A Tent
The Interview
Free Mp3

The Black Hotels
Style: Again, the whole non-style "where what's in my closet" thing going on here. But let's be nice and call it the struggling new band look…suburban shabby-chic.
Substance: In short these guys have skills. They have been likened to a number of hallowed greats like REM, Neil Diamond and Velvet Underground, and they name Bruce Springsteen, The Pixies and Red Hot Chill Peppers as influences. Not bad…not bad at all.
Shelf Life: Hard to say as they haven't reached the two year mark yet and they've only released an EP. But people like them, their 1st single "Natalie" was in the top 10 on the 5fm charts, and “Beautiful Mornings” has to be one of the most sublime modern rock songs to come out of SA since “Genie”. So, the future looks rosy…let’s give them 5 years.
Too kind, too harsh or spot on? Decide for yourself…
- Studio 1 Interview Pt 1
-Studio 1 Interview Pt 2
Live at Oppikoppi
The Interview
Natalie MP3

- Erica Chidi

Ever wonder why patriotic South African hate rating homegrown rock bands even if they're shite. Because we're all bloody softies of course! So instead of telling it like it is, we all pussyfoot around the obvious and say "local is lekker" when we mean "well at least they're trying to compete." Fab, but with so many hot SA modern rock bands on the scene, surely our days of low rock 'n roll self esteeem are over. Isn’t it about time we start separating the amateurs from the pros and decide who is 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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