Sunday, November 16, 2008

3rd World Spectator & The Plastics

Aandklas, 8 November 2008 Despite a disappointing turnout, for which I hold exams accountable, the evening was one of good, old-fashioned takkie-burning to great local tunes. Two awesome local bands, cheap alcohol and wonderfully greasy, dodgy pub food- what more could one ask for? First up was 3rd World Spectator. A fairly young act, these guys are steadily making a good name for themselves. Having recently come second in a band battle and doing well in the Road to V quest, these talented young musicians are making a good name for themselves. Having seen them a number of times, I can vouch that they are improving in leaps and bounds, growing together into a band I’ve no doubt will take the local music scene by storm. Theatrical, explosive, wonderfully melodic rock that speaks with intensity about everything from love to politics, these guys put on a show that had their audience jamming hard in appreciation of this poignant rock! With a vocal range one can’t even see the ends of, frontman Peter Crafford has an enormous amount of talent. It seems all his Idols voice-coaching paid off, and I for one think the local music vibe needs more guys like him. Truly talented and passionate, it stands to reason then that he is joined by a lead guitarist who makes others green with envy. I look forward to seeing 3WS on stage soon, hopefully alongside some international acts, to showcase what South Africa has to offer. The Plastics are a refreshing act in their own right. A little generic, I confess [we have in-car arguments as to whether it’s The Plastics or Arctic Monkeys] but their groovy rock is sure to get your dancing shoes skanking! Tightness could use some work, as could their attitude regarding the [lack of] crowd, but other than that I had a grand time. And for a three-piece these boys certainly fill the stage impressively! Having spent time with these guys off-stage, I must mention their great attitude to music overall. Positive, hardworking and almost desperate to get their sound heard, I was struck by an ethic too few bands possess in today’s industry. Overall, a decent excuse not to study but rather jam it up with lyrics and liquor. Let’s do that again!

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