It’s not safe any more

2013-08-23 00:00

DURBAN’S break-out band Gangs of Ballet, will be celebrating the launch of its album, Yes/No/Grey, at Live — The Venue, at 166 Stamford Hill Road, tonight.

The band, which won the MK best newcomer 2013 award, has been enjoying a lot of airtime with its single Daydream.

Brad Klynsmith, lead singer and guitarist, told The Witness: “The reaction to the single has been amazing so far. It is always a vulnerable time for us, when we show people new music, but so far we are really encouraged and we are looking forward to the album launch.”

The album, Yes/No/Grey, is named after what Klynsmith calls “the grey space”, adding that their new music is sitting more in the grey area.

“When music is multilayered in terms of maths and magic, or yes and no, our music has the X-factor, which we can only describe as grey.” Gangs of Ballet is known for its eclectic mix of haunting electronic, alternative, dance-rock music, or as critics call it: “A sound that cannot be pinned down”.

Klynsmith said that lyrically, their music has “evolved” and that “it is not in a safe space anymore”. The lyrics, he says, are “intense, and very raw”.

The Durban gig marks the start of a nationwide tour for Gangs of Ballet. “We want to be known as a live act,” Klynsmith said. “We design all of our own work and our video, and we try to be as hands-on as we can.”

The band is committed to its fan base in South Africa and is hoping that the tour will bring in new fans around the country.

The new album has 11 tracks, with an emotional content, lyrical and musical depth. It will be on sale at the launch tonight and will become commercially available from early September. Gangs of Ballet will be supported by cinematic pop act Monark, from Potchefstroom. Doors open at 8 pm and tickets cost R80 at the door.

• Fans can buy the single Daydream from



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