‘Here Comes The Man’ was a minor hit for Boom Boom Room. And the soundtrack to a moody ‘80s TV ad for something like aftershave or deodorant or perfume or cologne.
In 2004 The Parlotones made it their own, heralding almost a decade of South African ubiquity: six hit studio albums, a rock opera with accompanying 3D concert film, international tours, their own range of wines, shows supporting Coldplay and Snow Patrol, and even a KFC meal tie-in.
But last year the wheels almost came off.
Continue reading The Parlotones: History’s in the past and the future’s unknown
A lot’s changed for Mike Doughty in the 20 years since he lived in London. He split Soul Coughing, the “deep slacker jazz” band that brought him success and anguish. He quit the drugs that helped him cope. He went solo. He wrote a memoir. He wrote a rock opera. And he started taking selfies with various food products.
But what’s not changed are his feelings towards the city he called home for most of 1996.
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How would you recover from a gruelling US tour? Goldfish’s David Poole went surfing in the Maldives. Dom Peters, the Cape Town electronic duo’s other half, attended a music festival just outside his home town.
“That was probably the wrong thing to do,” Peters laughs on the line from the group’s studio. “I wore a hoodie, which helped, because everybody kept asking me what time I was playing.”
Similar situations are now likely to start playing out in North America. After a decade in which they’ve become celebrities in South Africa, Ibiza stalwarts, and regulars on the European club scene, 2015 is the year that they’re cracking the ‘States.
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Creativity doesn’t have to come from conflict.
“After a while you get used to each other,” says Alan, producer and bass player of All This Noise. “There’s no panic, there’s no weird ego stuff. It doesn’t matter who does what. Nothing matters.”
“When we started writing stuff together, it just sort of clicked,” continues James, the other half of the London band formed little under a year ago. “We haven’t really forced anything.
Continue reading All This Noise: You’re here to stay