‘Treading the fine line between calm and chaos’ with Medicine Boy

Standard
                                                                                                                                                   PHOTO: Calvin Siderfin

(Note: This article was first published in Wapad on 14 September 2017, p.8.)

Lucy Kruger and André Leo will be festival hopping between OppiKoppi and Rocking The Daisies, as well as bands, this year.

The duo from Medicine Boy, who is also band members in Lucy & The Lost Boys, will have to leave Northam Thursday after their 20:00 set to play at Daisies Friday afternoon.

In 2016 both groups gigged in Northam. This year however, Medicine Boy is amped to play during the evening as they played “on a smaller stage just before sunset” the previous year.

The violinist Hezron Chetty will accompany them to Oppi again this year.

They have recently been in spending a lot of time in studio. “We have finished tracking about 85% of the new album. (We) still need to do a few extras here and there but the heart of it is in place.”

With this album they have crammed in a lot more work in a shorter period of time than with their previous full-length album, Kinda Like Electricity (KLE).

 “It got pretty intense towards the end (of recording KLE) so with this one we decided to book two weeks in the studio & get it all done. We did a lot more preparation & preproduction this time around so the flow in studio was great.”

They describe their musical journey as “organic” – “every album is a document of where we were at that point”. Although they do not constrain their albums with certain themes and sounds, they have excluded some songs from the new album when they felt have touched on it with KLE.

“There’s an almost naive quality to More Knives, with its simple drum loops & drones that we really love. KLE has an introverted quality about it. It is a very personal album & deals with a lot of things I (we) think people can relate to,” Medicine Boy elaborated on how their sound has changed and developed.

They have had two European tours and are currently working on relocating there “for a few years”. And how does the South African audience compare to the one overseas? “Over there the first band does not have to wait until 22:00 to play.”

Medicine Boy says they “wanted to have some fun with this whole genre thing” and “love treading that fine line between calm and chaos”, so they called their mysterious and haunting sound “dream noise”.

These jugglers of calm and chaos associate OppiKoppi with dust, borat costumes, Willy Mason’s set a few years back and impressive sound. “Don’t panic,” is their advice for first-time festival-goers of OppiKoppi.

Give them a listen!

 

 

 

Advertisements

Plek met die swart bank

Standard

My Potch-huis is F25 op die Noordwes-Universiteit Potchefstroomkampus (NWU-Puk). Een  gemaklike swart bank, ’n paar rekenaars en ’n lessenaar is omtrent al wat dit het, maar dit het al (en doen steeds) talle haweloses van die samelewing gehuisves.

 

Wapad, huis van die eksentrieke, die kleurvolle, die talentvolle, die nuuskierige, die naamlose, die ongeklassifiseerde.

 

My gunsteling plek in Potch is die Wapad-kantoor. Wapad is die studentekoerant van die NWU-Puk.

Wapad, huis van die eksentrieke, die kleurvolle, die talentvolle, die nuuskierige, die naamlose, die ongeklassifiseerde. Die plek waar lewenslange familiebande daagliks vorm.

As eerstejaar in 2014 het Wapad se deur vir my na ’n wêreld van aanvaarding, liefde en lewenswysheid oopgegaan. Ons loop nie met ons nuusneuse in die lug nie, behalwe wanneer ons stories uitsnuffel.

“Ons” – ek assosieer my steeds met Wapad, hoewel ek nie meer amptelik in dié nuuskantoor werk nie. Ons bly familie. Anders is dit so goed ek is nie meer van my ouers familie wanneer ek nie huur bydra nie, nè? Dít is steeds my tuiste en weerhou my nie om daagliks my huis en familie te besoek nie.

Die huisbewoners het al telkemale die son saam sien opkom terwyl daar laaste veranderinge voor saktyd aangebring moes word, of selfs wanneer hulle irrelevante klasopdragte vir die volgende dag moes voltooi.

Want Wapad is álles en wanneer jy hier betrokke is voel jy asof jy voltyds werk en deeltyds studeer. Op die swart Wapad-bank is middagslapies en nagrussies al ingewerk. Hier is al gedans, gehuil en baklei.

Dié nuuskantoor verloor net nie sy aantrekkingskrag nie. Dis die plek waar ek as “Wapad-baba” leer loop en grootgeword het. Waar ek eintlik vir die mediabedryf geskool is. Dit is my ouerhuis op die Potch-kampus. Ek en my Wapad-broers en –susters is lief vir mekaar en wanneer ek op kampus is, sal my voete my altyd na die deur op die hoek van F25 lei.

(Kyk hoe eet ek en Jeanelle koek op Wapad se 70ste in 2016!)

17632172_10210905110695292_1057529894611039027_o.jpg

Van die ou en huidige redaksielede het op 1 Maart 2017 graad gevang.

13147698_10208118655798030_2463034019399706656_o

Redaksielede wat Wapad in 2016 by Perdeby (Tuks) se mediakonferensie verteenwoordig het.

12970865_1003822326353330_1806960745169982167_o

Ek en Jeanelle Greyling (oud-redakteur) druk koek in ons gesigte ter viering van Wapad se 70ste in 2016.

12983179_1003821603020069_3347791962830027557_o.jpg

Wapad se 70ste (2016).

12045727_10206604798512544_8145027562506743688_o

Wapad-dinee van 2015.

12670395_10207360362425061_8924786857574959546_n

Puk-Kunste het wyn geskenk. Ons drink dit nå saktyd. (2016)