Truly underground

2013-11-01 00:00

THE legendary Buckfever Underground will be performing in Durban this weekend.

“Most of the gigs on our 19-date grand national tour of South African gardens and lounges are in friends’ houses, or fans’ houses, or even family (like my aunt in Onrus),” said Toast Coetzer.

“So in Durban we’re playing at the house of Greg Lomas, who is an old friend of mine.

“The idea with this kind of tour is to make it viable for a small, obscure band such as ourselves. We sleep over where we’ve played the show and maybe our host will even give us coffee and rusks for breakfast ...

“We’re not the type of band to sell out a 500-seater venue, so we’re trying to take our music and words directly to where our fans are, quite literally. We’ve never attempted anything on this scale before  ...  our tours are usually maybe five gigs long ... and it’s also the first time in our 15 years as a band that we’re going to Durban, so we’re very excited!”

To help fund the gig at 8 pm on Sunday, the band is using a crowd-funding system.

“City Soiree runs a platform called Troubadour, which puts the fans in charge of the gig. If enough of them ‘pledge’ their ticket fee in advance, then the show is confirmed,” Coetzer said.

“Durban pledges have been slow so far ... we’re aiming to get 30 people at the show ... but I’m sure it’s going to pick up. The lekker thing about the pre-pledging is that we know exactly how many people to expect, and that they’ve already paid too, thus we know we can set out from Cape Town with some fuel money in the cubby hole — crucial!”

The Buckfever Underground formed in 1998 in Grahamstown, where most of the band members studied. This spoken-word band features Coetzer on vocals — he also writes most of the lyrics, Gilad Hockman on bass, Jon Savage on keyboards, Stephen Timm on drums and Righard Kapp on guitar.

“We don’t always play as a five-piece though, as the nature of our music is very improvisational. We can play with just two members. For the Durban gig, we’ll be three: myself, Stephen and Gilad,” Coetzer said.

At the Durban gig, the BuckFever Underground will be supported by Melanie Basson and Hockman will deliver some of his solo work. Performance poet Sjaka S. Septembir will also join in the fun.

Tickets are R80 at www.citysoiree

nd-dbn/ — Arts Editor

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