Friday, 4 January 2013

Gangs of Ballet!

ENERGY. That’s the first word that jumps to mind when thinking of Gangs of Ballet. Brad Klynsmith, Josh Klynsmith, Hardus de Beer and Jonathan Rich immediately burst with energy as they came on stage. The lead singer, Brad, does this thing with his voice that no other can. Gangs of Ballet sound like an amalgamation of Cold Play and all the other really good alternative bands out there. I played “hello sweet world” for a few of my friends and they thought Gangs of Ballet was an international band because they are so good. South African music is really evolving by the minute. Who would have thought that our Durban Boys could do such jaw-dropping things with their instruments? What brought a tear to my eye is when the crowd sang along to the band. This just means that our local people support our local musicians! (Maybe there is a market for me after all. Haha jk). Brad turned to Josh and was like “omg can u believe they’re singing with” < that was the cutest thing I’ve seen since Mike (from Linkin Park) said the same thing to Chester at their Cape Town performance. After the performances were over, the band members told us to come and say hi. Soo when the night ended, I went to say hi :D I was lucky enough to get a few pictures with the band members. Great night indeed. Oh oh – I also wanted to include, you know when band members say that they are really grateful for their fans? Yeah we all know that, but none of them actually reply to their fans’ tweets. I have tweeted Brad numerous times and I think I am getting annoying on top of it (I’m sorry) but he replies all the time with full replies and not just one words. He really is grateful. Everyone, go buy their CD, get to their Gigs. Support Gangs of Ballet.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Matthew J Mole. Local is lekker.

As one could tell, I was rather excited for the Civil Twilight concert. The concert had an incredible line up. I would like to introduce you to MATTHEW J MOLE. If you do not already know him, I suggest you youtube, facebook or tweet him. Wow. That’s all I can say. I recently watched my first performance by him at The Assembly in CT, South Africa. He opened for Civil Twilight – 28 December 2012. Matthew is a humble, talented guy, which is not only a singer, he is a performer. He plays acoustic guitar and percussion while he sings. As I stood there in utter awe (because I can’t play one instrument, however, I am a good judge of music), the sweet melodies that filled the room reminded me of Mumford and Sons and I was taken to a new dimension. “He was like Mumford and Sons meets Owl City” – Imaan. He’s attractive and he has this voice that makes one completely travel to another world. There is such raw talent in Matthew and one can see that he is enjoying himself whilst on stage. He does this double thumbs up thing because it’s “twice the positivity”. It was nice to see him listening attentively to the crowd’s beats as we clapped our hands to the songs. He was surprised at the sound we made and encouraged us to continue. Please do yourself a favour and check him at a gig if you can. I’m sure facebook will have the details. Oh oh I almost forgot the best part: I MET HIM. (Jumps on the walls. Eep). We had a little chat haha I told him I tweeted him after his performance and he became so excited that he told my friends and I to add him on facebook. Such a cuutiee. Anyway, check him out. I’ll try to update about gigs if I get any information. That’s Matthew J Mole. Youtube. Facebook. Tweet.