Krane: the music is good - and it's free

2008-03-14 00:00

MEET Graham Mallen, one half of the acoustic rock outfit Krane. The other half is Bruce Johnson.

"Bruce and I jammed on a weekly basis," says Mallen. "We bought our own home studio and recorded the album out of my wardrobe - which I suppose meant at that time we were 'closet' musicians."

But the secret is out. In fact, it's been out for a while now. Krane's song All Right Now is still played weekly on East Coast Radio.

You'll recognise it. Even I recognised it, and I don't often listen to the radio.

Listen to Krane's "Alright Now" below.

There are two things I like about Krane: the music is good and it's free. "We want to make it as easy as possible for people to listen to our album without having to walk into a music shop or opening their wallets," says Mallen.

And what has the response been? "It's been great. With websites like Facebook, MySpace and iLike, we are able to receive feedback and regular updates on how many times songs have been downloaded."

Sharks Forever is the band's most recent musical offering. "Krane are avid Sharks supporters and we felt that since the Sharks don't have a song it was high time we got together with some Sharks fanatics and came up with a dynamic song."

The upbeat, techno and pop-friendly song is unlike the rest of the band's repertoire, which is wonderful acoustic rock-a-bye songwriting. Looking at Mallen's track record, it's clear that there's a wealth of experience. "I've been involved in music since I was 16, when I played in The Gallery every Friday night at Crossways in Hilton," he says.

"For almost four years I was in Ichabod fronted by Melanie Lowe and our song Tonight reached number 15 on East Coast Radio's chart."

Mallen has also worked in a studio with various bands, including Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

"Bruce has had a lot of success with Oil and Water (another band) and his songs Why and The Freefall of Love received loads of airtime on radio."

Sharks supporters now have an anthem. But if you enjoy good acoustic rock, Krane's stuff is worth a listen.

Listen to Krane's "Drought" below.

For more on Krane, visit www.krane.co.za

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