SA rock band Wickhead heading to Los Angeles

2009-01-05 00:00

South African rock band Wickhead will be relocating to Los Angeles on July 4 for two years. In an interview with The Witness, the band announced that they will be signing an independent American distribution deal with Mozambique Records and performing their first show in Orange County.

“It's going to be a new and exciting challenge for us,” said guitarist Mark, who grew up and went to school in Pietermaritzburg, before relocating to Johannesburg. “I can't wait to play in a new country, meet new people and get the band established.”

The latest chapter in the band's career comes after lead singer Bronic and guitarist Randall travelled to LA last year, where the band received two Los Angeles Independent Music Awards. The band won Album of the Year for A Crush On Revelation in the category of hard rock, and “Single of the Year” for Bright Lights Boulevard in the same category.

They were also nominated for Artist of the Year and performed an acoustic set at the ceremony. This spawned much interest in the band.

“Bronic and Randall went over there and managed to network,” says bassist Jason, who also grew up in Pietermaritzburg, “and we all did our bit this side and voila! … altogether we made magic as usual.”

Band manager Clint McKeon said: “America has always seemed to be the logical first step for Wickhead, and we're very excited that the band has been presented with such a good opportunity.”

The band members have just been issued their U.S. visas to relocate to Los Angeles for the next two years, which is sure to present many opportunities as well as challenges.

“There are hundreds of great bands in the States,” said Mark. “We need to work incredibly hard to build up a big fan base and moving to a new country is never easy, as well as leaving friends and family behind.”

For more information on the band visit www.wickhead.co.za

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