by Jennifer Sanasie
One Direction isn't the only band who's lost a member lately. Award-winning Durban based band, Gangs of Ballet have just lost their bassist, but that hasn't stopped them from moving forward and refining their sound.
We caught up with the band before their very first show as a three-piece at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, and the guys were excited for the journey ahead. Right before the band took the stage, vocalist Brad Klynsmith said, "getting on stage and playing a full set is going to be interesting for us, I'm hoping we don't suck!"
Although the public only found out that former bassist, Hardus de Beer would be leaving the band in February, the band tells us they have been preparing for this announcement for four months.
Gangs of Ballet is currently working on their second album. After huge success with their first album, 'yes/no/grey/' the guys definitely feel thrown out of their comfort zone, but say exciting times are ahead.
Drummer, Josh Klynsmith says, "it's been actually amazing for us, we've had to really try and stretch ourselves musically to try and fill [Hardus'] role, especially for [Jonathan.]" Jonathan Rich plays keyboard and synth for the band, and is now responsible for playing the synth bass and synthesizer at the same time, he is essentially performing the role of two people at once.
This might sound like a lot to do at once, but Rich says,"It's actually really really fun. I love bass and I love synth, and we always used to get into issues because I used to play too many bass notes, so it's quite nice to have the freedom."
As for Gangs of Ballet's second studio album, they say they are 70 percent done writing, and are ecstatic to have found the perfect producer in Just Jinjer bassist, Denholm Harding. As a three-piece band, they expect their second album to have a more 80's sound that is predominantly synthesizer driven. They have not yet set a release date for their second album.
Four fun facts we learned during this interview:
- The band was retweeted by MC Hammer!
- Brad still has a MySpace account
- The band once played a wine festival with no security barrier on the stage, and drunk people messed with their set
- If the band could make the theme song for any current show, they would do it for Peaky Blinders
Have you seen Gangs of Ballet perform as a three-piece? Let us know what you thought of their new sound in the comments section below.