2013 is turning out to be an interesting year for SA music, and one of the bands that we have been keeping an eye on is Shdowclub. We caught up with the guys to chat about everything that is happening in their lives, with gigs to the new album.
Check it out below:.
etm:. So far 2013 has been a rollercoaster for you guys – gigs, illness, interviews, road trips – and we are only half way through. Are you used to it all by now, or does it still take a few days to feel 100%?
SC:. 2013 has been an interesting year indeed so far. We started off the year performing, touring, and writing as we usually do, and a few months in we were stopped dead in our tracks by an unexpected medical situation that meant we were unable to work for about 6 weeks. During that time we also lost a very dear friend of ours, Paul Wilson. That being said, we are back on track and hitting the road hard in true Shadowclub fashion. We feel extremely grateful and blessed to be able to perform our music to our fans.
etm:. The tour diary has never been slow for Shadowclub, but in the next few weeks there are some big events you are listed on. Let’s start with Park Acoustics: If I’m not mistaken you last played there last year and ripped it apart
Who are you most keen on checking out this time round? Springbok Nude Girls and Dune Rats should both be pretty awesome.
SC:. Personally I’m most keen on watching Das Kapital. I’m a big fan of what he does. The Dune Rats should be interesting as well.
etm:. I heard that you are busy working on integrating some new elements into the live shows – what kind of things are you looking at bringing in?
SC:. Like any band we are always working at improving our live performance, and the next step for us is to up the level of our stage production. This means better sound, customised lighting and staging rigs and perhaps a long blonde heavy metal hair piece or 2 :)
etm:. Huge congrats on being selected to open for Chevelle in both JHB/CPT – locking in both cities is massive! But, we need you guys to settle something, half of the etm camp rate the album Wonder What’s Next is the bands best album, while the rest of us think This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In) is number 1. Where do you stand?
SC:. Thank You. I havent heard either of those albums. I’m looking forward to watching them perform. I have no doubt they will be fantastic.
etm:. Oppikoppi is also on the cards, which never disappoints – any idea who the internationals will be? Or who would you love to come down for the festival?
SC:. Yeah we’re looking forward to koppi as always. I have no idea who the headline acts will be, but if it was up to me I would bring The Knife, and The Presets.
etm:. We’ve been expecting a sophomore album for some time now, and in June at the Just Music Session you will preview some of the new stuff. What is the vibe with the new material?
SC:. This album is taking a little longer to make than expected, but it’s definitely coming. The new material is still very much in the raw dirty bluesy vain of what we do, however there is a definite grunge element influence that has started to show, and a few more slower ballad type tracks as well.
etm:. Is it hard to get back into the swing of recording things, and how do you decide what tracks will make the cut? (Last we heard there was something like 20+ songs already down)
SC:. We love recording, and we feel very comfortable in studio. With any new material, we start performing it live as soon as we feel that the songs are complete. In this way, even though we may have 20 or 30 new tracks, we start to feel what works and what doesn’t and it becomes quite easy to figure out which songs are favorites. Finally we will sit down with our record label (Just Music) and producer and make final choices as to what will appear on the record.
etm:. Recently SA bands have been jumping State side and doing really well, any plans for an American tour in the future?
SC:. We would love to tour the states. The food that side is off the hook!
etm:. To all the young guys and girls in bands trying to crack it in SA, what would you say to them to get them more pumped up and motivated to keep going?
SC:. The best advice I can give is to play as many shows as possible and focus on becoming a tight, professional live act. Write good songs, don’t over-complicate or over-think them. Be yourselves.
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