Prime Circle brings new album to PE

2015-06-24 06:00
Fans of iconic South African rock band, Prime Circle, can look forward to a superlative winter treat this Friday when the band will introduce their just-released sixth album, Let the Night In, at the Boardwalk Amphitheatre. Denholm Harding, the produ

Fans of iconic South African rock band, Prime Circle, can look forward to a superlative winter treat this Friday when the band will introduce their just-released sixth album, Let the Night In, at the Boardwalk Amphitheatre. Denholm Harding, the produ

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FANS of iconic South African rock band, Prime Circle, can look forward to a superlative winter treat this Friday when the band will introduce their just-released sixth album, Let the Night In, at the Boardwalk Amphitheatre.

Denholm Harding, the producer of Let the Night In, describes it as “the most stylistically diverse records Prime Circle has done to date”. With the recognisable Prime Circle sound still firmly in place, Let the Night In ventures into progressive new territory – such as the hip-hop inflections evident on “Gone”, the first radio single from the album.

“What a coup to have Prime Circle performing songs from their latest album live right here on our stage this month. Fans will also be intrigued to hear influences of electronica and other genres melding with the distinctive Prime Circle contemporary rock sensibility.

“The band will soon be heading overseas, so catch them before they head off,” says Vuyiswa King, the Entertainment and Events Manager at The Boardwalk.

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Ross Learmonth says the band had “a lot of fun” in crafting the album and “adding the colours, contrasts and layers. It was all about what’s best for the music.”

“The last album was influenced by our experiences touring Germany, and was heavier,” he says. “This time around, it’s more about what we can do as a band – satisfying a need we had to make the type of music we love listening to. From Bush and Soundgarden to Placebo and Radiohead, we listened to them again – and were inspired by them rather than influenced by them.”

Let the Night In is the product of several months of solid work at the SABC studios in Auckland Park, Johannesburg, with the album subsequently mixed in Texas, mastered in New York and engineered in South Africa. Among the vintage SABC recording equipment used was an “old-school” Neve analogue mixing console similar to the one depicted in the Dave Grohl-directed documentary Sound City – bringing a rich, authentic and textured sound to the music.

Adds Learmonth: “We’re extremely happy with the progression of our sound. Because it hasn’t been too quick, it makes it more real – and something that we cherish.”

Prime Circle will soon be heading to Europe for an extensive 30-date European tour to promote Let the Night In, with the first leg kicking off at the end of June and the second leg in October. The band will also be launching the album with a local tour of the major centres in July and August, further details of which will be announced soon.

* Tickets to the show are on sale at Computicket and are priced from R200 per person. The show starts at 8pm

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