Adding a new dimension

2013-08-02 00:00

DURBAN-BASED rockers, Habit To, will be performing at the Red Door in Pietermaritzburg tonight as part of a nationwide tour.

Chillie Stent (vocals and lead guitar), Dang Wardell (drums) and Alan Bundy Meyer (bass) said fans could expect music that was different to what they’ve offered in the past.

“We’ve added a new dimension to the band. It’s a lot more energetic and a lot rockier … we’re definitely a rock band now,” Wardell said.

“The last album had a lot of layers, but on this one it’s just the three of us, and there are less bells and whistles. We just have guitar, drums and vocals … but people have been telling us that we sound huge,” Meyer said.

“If you can’t pull it off live, what’s the point,” Stent said. “Our bread and butter is playing live and if you can’t impress people doing that you’ll suck in this game. We just want to catch our live sound and bottle it.”

Formed in 2003, Habit To have built up a strong following — not only in Durban, but around the country — thanks to their dedication to touring and performances at most major festivals.

They have shared stages with the likes of Prime Circle, The Parlotones, Goldfish, Fokofpolisiekar, Springbok Nude Girls and many more.

In 2006, Habit To won the Durban Burn the Bands competition, which gave them the studio time and funding they needed to produce their debut album, Secrets to a Triangle.

The single Cast in Stone received extensive radio airplay, and the music video for Gratitude was put into rotation on Go TV, MK and MTV Base.

The music video R10.40, the first single from the band’s second album, Boomerang Saturn, was broadcast nationwide on MK and play listed on various radio stations. The band was also able to celebrate the music video hitting number three on the charts for Guitar TV in the United States in September 2012.

Stent, Wardell and Meyer are now hoping that their third full-length album, which is due for release in October, will build on that success. Habit To have six songs done for the new album and are currently working on two or three more.

Asked how they came up with new songs, the band says it’s a collaborative process.

“It usually begins with one of us sharing an idea for a song. On Ready to Rumble, Alan and I were ready to go, but we had to wait for Chili. When she arrived we started to jam,” Wardell said.

Stent added: “Collaboration and co-writing is what makes us a band, a family. We are all in it together and we all have to be feeling it.”

Catch Habit To live at the Red Door, 5 Quarry Road, Pietermaritzburg, tonight. Doors open at 9 pm and the band should be on stage around 9.30 pm. Tickets cost R10 before 9 pm and R30 afterwards.

Habit To will also be performing at Live — The Venue, 166 Mathews Meyiwa (Stamford Hill) Road, Durban at 8 pm on August 9. Tickets cost R50. No under 18s allowed.

• Keep in touch with the band at www.habitto, on Facebook at habittoband and on Twitter @habittoband

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