Sunday, 23 November 2014

Cherry Vynil

The fact that folk rock bands are becoming a big thing in South Africa makes me a really happy blogger. I first saw Cherry Vynil at the Waterfront when they were competing in Take The Stage for an opportunity to share the stage with South Africa’s biggest musicians at the new year’s eve concert.

Cherry Vinyl was established in 2008 and started busking in Cape Town to make a living and now they perform on stages all across the country.

The sound of Cherry Vinyls music is timeless and I didn’t feel like any sound was repetitive as there were so many variations and layering in their music. Everyone looked comfortable on stage and they looked like they were actually enjoying themselves rather than worrying about the technicalities. I don’t know if that comes with all the years of experience or if they just really enjoy what they are doing. I believe it’s the latter. I enjoyed the fact that they do not come off as pretentious or arrogant. The band is professional and a joy to watch.

The lead vocals were really on point and there seemed to be an ease with which he sang. There is also a very rare quality in the vocalist voice that is quite hard to explain, it’s a crisp, controlled and soothing sound which also exudes his likable personality – I don’t know if that even makes sense but I like it a lot.
The other band members (lead guitarist, bass guitarist and drummer) play off of eachothers energy when lead vocals are busy. There is also an unspoken connection that they have and they know exactly when and what to do at any moment.
I am surprised to hear that they are still unsigned.

Please do follow them on all their social media accounts and also don’t forget to check out their stuff on iTunes.

Sunday, 8 June 2014


I usually find myself in a constant battle of searching for new music. Today I have decided to share my phones playlist with you so that your battle is made easier. Most of the songs that I am currently enjoying are a few of my old tunes, that I unfortunately forgot about, but now they are alive again and still appropriate to my life.
That’s the thing about good music; it’s timeless.

1. The Kooks – Sofa Song
2. Christina Perri – Arms
3. Bowling for Soup – 1985
4. System of a Down – Aerials
5. The Neighbourhood – Afraid
6. All Time Low – Walls
7. All Time Low – Therapy
8. Trampled by Turtles – Alone
9. Blink 182 – Always
10. Bombay Bicycle Club – Always like this
11. Arcade Fire – Ocean of noise
12. Arctic Monkeys – Are you Mine
13. Justin Bieber – Bad Day
14. Eminem – Beautiful
15. Union J – Beautiful Life
16. Blink 182 – After Midnight
17. One direction – Best song ever
18. Hands – Brave Motion
19. Breaking Benjamin – Breath
20. Foster the People – Broken Jaw
21. Lawson – Brokenhearted (ft. B.o.B)
22. Marina and the Diamonds – Buy the Stars
23. Foster the People – Call it what you want
24. The Vamps – Can we dance
25. The 1975 – Chocolate
26. System of a Down – Chop Suey
27. 30 Seconds to Mars – Closer to the edge
28. All Time Low – Coffee Shop soundtrack
29. Arctic Monkeys – Crying Lightning
30. Breaking Benjamin – Diary of Jane
31. The Saturdays – Disco Love
32. Guns N’ Roses – Don’t Cry
33. Foster the People – Don’t Stop
34. Arctic Monkeys – Fake Tales of San Francisco
35. The Neighbourhood – Female Robbery
36. The Neighbourhood – Flawless
37. All Time Low – For Baltimore
38. The Kooks – Fuck the world off
39. Bowling For Soup – Girl all the bad guys want
40. Trampled by Turtles – Help you
41. Avril Lavigne – I miss you
42. Googoo Dolls – Iris
43. John Newman – Cheating
44. Lawson – Juliet
45. Fall out Boy – Just one yesterday
46. Linkin Park – Burn it down
47. Little Mix – Little Me
48. Kodaline – Love like this
49. Nirvana – Man who sold the world
50. Blondie – One way or another
51. Bowling for Soup – Punk Rock 101
52. Bombay Bicycle Club – Rinse me down
53. The Neighbourhood – Say my name/cry me a river (cover)
54. Marina and the Diamonds – Scab and Plaster
55. The Kooks – See the sun
56. Bombay Bicycle Club – Shuffle
57. All Time Low – So long, and thanks for all the booze
58. Arctic Monkeys – Still take you home
59. One Direction – Teenage Dirtbag (cover)
60. Troye Sivan – The fault in our stars
61. Marina and the Diamonds – The outsider
62. The 1975 – falling for you
63. All Time Low – Time bomb
64. Blink 182 – Time to break up
65. 5 seconds of summer – Don’t stop
66. Olly Murs – Dear darlin’
67. All Time Low – Weightless
68. The xx – You got the love (remix)
69. 5 seconds of summer – She looks so perfect
70. One Direction – Better than words

I hope you all find something in my current playlist that you love. There are some absolute gems in there.

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Calling All Astronauts

If you have not heard of them yet, you are seriously missing out. CAA is a London based “Electro Goth Punk three-piece” band. If that description does not intrigue you then I don’t know what will, I mean, it’s all inclusive.

The vocalist, programmer and producer is David B.
The guitarist , J Browning
The Bassist, Kristi Bury

CAA have achieved many things as a band, they topped the Twitter Music Charts twice in 2012, were number 1 in Reverbnation’s Alternative Chart and they have been gaining support from all across the globe.

IT COULD HAVE BEEN LUST (released 11/02/14):
My first thought as I pressed play is that they sounded so full of energy and I could only imagine the song being played live in front of me. The song is so electrifying, with so many things happening at the same time, so many sounds, it entranced me instantly. I was sitting in a crowded café and as I pressed play the sound completely overcame me. I was taken away.
The song “It could have been lust” integrates so many genres and crosses all borders. Exactly as they described themselves, “Electro Goth Punk”

The music sounds mainly rock and metal with influences of electro which is not overpowering at all.
If any of the afore mentioned genres intrigue you, I definitely propose you listen to Calling All Astronauts.

Calling All Astronauts: