(Note: Article first published in Wapad on 20 October 2017, p.6.)
“I love getting dirty and making like fat dirty beats. I love this electronic sound.” – Lenny-Dee Doucha (vocalist and keyboardist)
You can’t put your finger on Bye Beneco’s collective sound. The euphoric auditory experience makes it difficult to know if it comes from underwater or outer space.
With the latest addition to their releases, the Ghetto Disko EP combines dreamy and groovy sounds. Lenny-Dee Doucha (vocalist and keyboardist) said she has recently developed a strong taste for disco music.
“I love getting dirty and making like fat dirty beats. I love this electronic sound.” Their sound however, continues to take new directions throughout their career. This isn’t their new sound, it’s their new sound for now, for the EP, Doucha said.
Comparing their first album to Ghetto Disko, Matthew Watson (guitarist) said it was a lot more experimental in the beginning of their career as they were still trying to find their sound. “With this album I would say it was a bit more dancy in it’s own way,” Watson said.
Doucha describes the music as “sensual”, “romantic” and “playful” and wrote about love passion and sex.
Doucha describes the music as “sensual”, “romantic” and “playful” and wrote about love passion and sex. “If you listen to the lyrics – it’s fun and playful in a lighthearted way but it’s also pretty dark and pretty dirty,” Doucha said.
“You Need Me” and “See You Fully” are some of the band’s favourite songs from Ghetto Disko.
Their live performances are highly entertaining and it testifies of the above mentioned playfulness as they immerse themselves in the music – like Doucha always moving to the beat and making short-lasting screams during songs.
Ghetto Disko is proving to be enjoyed widely, with the band saying “the response has been really positive so far” and that “people are really loving it”.
This five-track album took about three weeks to record. They were pressured for time because they were about leave on an European tour. “We literally got the physical copies of our EP two hours before we got on the plane to go to Europe,” Doucha said.
Bergen Nielson (drummer) said they were very focused in studio and had to use their time wisely. “If things were kind of feeling weird or we didn’t know what to do in one of the parts, there was no time to kind of think about it.”
When asked how the European audience compares to the South African one, Dan Knight (bassist), who joined the band earlier this year, said the European audience is more receiving of new music and different styles.
“I think in South Africa a lot of people are set in the genres that they like and everything outside of it is either too experimental or too strange.”