WATCH: Veteran local band Wonderboom debut new cinematic video and announce tour

2018-07-30 11:59

Cape Town – After a long break local band Wonderboom are back with a new music video and tour. 

The song is off their recently released ninth album, Rising Sun.

The collection of songs signalled the start of something new for the veterans of industry who are now set to unleash their new single, Praying Mantis featured in the video which was released on Monday. 

Penned by band members Cito and Martin Schofield, the song is about the fatality of falling for a femme fatale. 

“We wanted to capture the tragedy of falling for a femme fatale, while also depicting her sadness. It’s about the realisation that your demise is inevitable and, although she must do it, she feels devastated about taking you out,” explains Cito. 


The single, which forms part of a beautiful story weaved together throughout Rising Sun, is fresh territory for them. 

“It is different from anything else on the album and anything Wonderboom has ever done,” says drummer Johnathan Bell. Bassist Wade Williams agrees: “As a musician, I think the greatest satisfaction comes from being part of something that listeners can relate to while pushing the boundaries into a place that is fresh and unusual.”
 “The concept for this crazy fantasy tale about being heartbroken was initiated by Roger Williams, our resident artistic genius,” explains Schofield. “We wanted to do something dark but light-hearted, to show that you should never take yourself too seriously, even in dark times.”


Wonderboom will be touring South Africa from August. Explaining the reason behind their The Best Side Story Tour, the band says: “Our usual performances are balls-to-the-wall rock production shows, where we make sure the crowd is exhilarated and stomping. This, however, is an unplugged, storytelling type of show that will let our fans in on our most intimate experiences. Sometimes the stories behind certain songs are not what people expect and to have the opportunity to share these stories is rare. With The Best Side Story Tour we hope that audiences will get to know us better; individually and as a band.” In addition, they add: “Touring is a fantastic way to go around the country and play to audiences and in venues that don’t usually get to see us perform.”


31 August - Rustique Boutique, Middelburg 
06 September - Barnyard Silverstar, Krugersdorp 
15 September - Casalinga, Muldersdrift
21 September – Barnyard Plett
22 September – Vinyl, Cape Town
23 September - Café Roux Noordhoek, Kaapstad 
27 September – Barnyard Emperors, East Rand
28 September - Barnyard Rivonia, Johannesburg 
13 October- Barnyard Casterbridge, Witrivier  
25 October - Musiekskuur (Rockwood Theatre), Pretoria 
26 October - Caversham Mill, KwaZulu-Natal 
03 Novemer - Die Ou Pastorie, Brits 
10 November – Radium Beer Hall

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