Friday, February 6, 2009

DPK Dinsdae I

Tidal Waves at Aandklas, 03 February 2009 Packed front-to-back with sweaty bodies bursting with energy and anticipation, Aandklas was the place to be on Tuesday night- Tidal Waves kicked off their tour with DPK Dinsdae. Due to other commitments, I arrived at the Tidal Waves gig at Aandklas after 10pm. Cape Town CBD to Aandklas in 25 minutes seemed impressive enough, and I was determined to see them, even if it were for just one tune. Hailing from up North in Johannesburg, it’s not often [enough] that these guys grace us with their presence. The tears were close when I galloped in barefoot to find they had stopped playing, but it was drinks all ‘round upon discovering that the pause was merely a smoke break between two sets! This meant that the brothers played a satisfyingly long set, and it was epic from start to end. The second set kicked off with a lengthy instrumental introduction. I can with confidence call Tidal Waves the tightest band in the country. Even when they are not standing side-to-side sharing moments of connection that are surely not from this world, they remain as one, and one can almost imagine a single higher being holding all of this together. There is no other explanation! Their sound is a primarily reggae, blended with enough ska, rock and blues to create something that is a unique, eclectic mix that has crowd members pleasantly surprised, every time. Their lyrics are simple but aware, covering everything from jamming to politics and money.The eager kids did not stop bopping up and down, left and right, rocking out and having themselves a properly festive Tuesday night. Requests for “Lekker Lekker Dans” were bellowed at random throughout the night, with everyone waiting impatiently to hear the one tune that would be the highlight of an already stellar evening. And when it happened, we danced. Lekker lekker! And we sprĂȘnged, and sprĂȘnged, and sang along full-heartedly to one of the country’s coolest bands of all time. Yes, that is what they are. Where did they come from? Well, no one is sure. But what matters is that they’re here, and by the sound of things they’re here to stay. The country is finally discovering them, bit by bit, and we hold thumbs that they will soon take over the world.

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