We chat to US metal act DevilDriver ahead of their SA tour

2017-04-11 07:00

Cape Town – US metal band DevilDriver are almost on their way to South Africa to headline Witchfest 2017.

From Santa Barbara, California, DevilDriver consist of vocalist Dez Fafara (the only remaining original member), guitarists Mike Spreitzer and Neal Tiemann, bassist Diego "Ashes" Ibarra and drummer Austin D'Amond.

The band will be performing in Johannesburg on Friday 14 April and in Cape Town on 15 April.

We got to chat to vocalist Dez ahead of their first visit to SA.

Check it out here:

It’s been 9 years since you guys were supposed to come to SA for a tour, and now you’re finally coming! Are you excited?

We are very excited as we have heard it's beautiful and the people are very friendly and live their Metal.

It’s believed that your tour in SA in 2008 was cancelled due to protests from religious fundamentalists, was this the case? Or was it just bad planning?

This unfortunate for us was the case, seems some religious rights groups deemed the band "Satanic”, this could not be farther from the truth.

Have you had similar responses (religious protests) to your tours in other parts of the world? 

Not once...

How would you describe metal to someone that doesn’t know the genre? 

Distorted guitars, pounding drums and loud vocals! 

Will you be doing any sightseeing while in SA?

We will try, for sure ... I would love to see a lion .

What can fans expect from your shows in SA?

100% pure energy from us and a nice long set list!

What’s the one thing you never tour without?

Sunglasses ...

Tour details:

Date: Friday 14 April 
Venue: The OBB (Old Bassline Building), 10 Henry Nxumalo Street. 

Cape Town
Date: Saturday 15 April
Venue: The Shred, 68 Auckland Street, Paarden Eiland.

Tickets cost R780 and are available from Computicket.

For more info visit the official Witchdoctor Productions website here.
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