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

                                                                                                                                                   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!