A multi-sensory show

2013-07-12 00:00

TWO massive South African acts — the South African Music Award ­(Sama)-nominated instrumental/rock band Kidofdoom and music veterans Taxi Violence — will be performing at Live — The Venue in Durban this weekend.

In a world where bad sound and tone-deaf DJs prevail, this gig is a rare gem; and I recommend you catch this performance as it will be a long time till Kidofdoom perform live again.

Since their split in 2011, the members of the band have been pursuing individual careers. Richard Brokensha is enjoying success with his band ISO; Johan Auriacombe works as the co-owner of Griet Productions, bringing a variety of international electronic acts to SA; Ryk Benade is building digital magazines for Media24; and Matthieu (Makkie) Auriacombe is set to launch his project, Hello Beautiful, at the end of the year.

Brokensha has denied that the band are reuniting in any sense, saying: “For now, we are just focusing on playing the best shows we can. We have been playing around with a couple of new ideas during our rehearsals for these shows, so you never know what might come from it.”

He did, however, promise a high-energy show featuring 18 tracks, including some very old numbers.

Unfortunately, the theremin won’t be making an appearance — Brokensha said it was broken in transit.

He added: “South African customs broke our theremin. Travelling the country over the past couple of years took its toll on the old ‘voice’ of the band. Luckily I still have my e-bow. It’s a small synth that I use on my guitar that is a lot more accurate than the theremin, and a lot more difficult for customs to break.”

What won’t be missing is an awesome lighting display or as Brokensha puts it: “It’s going to be a multi-sensory stimulation of note!”

Taxi Violence are releasing a fourth album, Soul Shake, a collection of 11 brand new tracks, recorded and produced by Brendyn “Rusti” Rossouw at Heritage Sound Studios, and mixed by Theo Crous at Bellville Studios.

The band recorded and released half the tracks as free downloads in December last year, as an early Christmas gift for fans.

Asked to share the secret of being part of a successful rock band, lead guitarist Rian Zietsman said that while Taxi Violence had been together for nine years, they often felt they were just getting started.

“There is no real recipe … just know that it takes a lot of dedication and hard work and don’t think you’re famous, because you’re not,” he said.

Drummer Louis Nel added: “It helps that we’re really good friends. Friends first, musos second — that’s kinda like our mantra. None of the members in Taxi can try and pull the whole big head ego bullshit over another member. You’ll just get laughed at by the others.”

Both men agree that the latest album goes back to Taxi Violence’s rock ‘n’ roll roots.

Tomorrow night, the band’s performance will include a completely new live set. “We’re excited to be there, Live — The Venue is incredible and a little acoustic performance on Sunday is a great way to end off the coastal leg of the tour. We’ll be rocking out real hard,” said Zietsman.

Catch Kidofdoom and Taxi Violence at Live — The Venue tomorrow (Saturday night). Doors open at 8 pm. Tickets cost R80.

Taxi Violence will also do a small acoustic set at The Upstairs, 202a Florida Road, Durban, on Sunday at 3 pm.

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