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Endless Daze 2017 // We catch up with… Two Stroke

Hailing from Cape Town, South Africa, Two Stroke  started out as the solo project of Ellenie Eloff and evolved into a three piece backed by Louis and Marcel Christie. They have recently released a three track EP and will be bringing their distinctive blend of psychedelic /garage/ fuzz/ rock to the stage of this year’s Endless Daze Festival.

We caught up with them ahead of the festival for a quick chat…

Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting music together?

Normally Ellenie (vocals and guitar) would write the lyrics and structure then Marcel (drums) would give his input and add his drums and play around with structure and adds what he feels works, then all three of us get together and Louis (bass) adds his bass and things and then we start rehearsing.

In May 2016, Two Stroke released an introductory offering titled ‘Warmest Colour‘, and a self-titled follow-up EP was released in November 2016. How would you compare the two separate recording sessions?

The ‘Warmest Colour’ album was recorded live and it features Ellenie on her own.
Ellenie: So I would sit and play the bass drum and hi-hats with my feet and the guitar and do vocals at the same time. But in a few tracks I added a little thing here and there.

All of these recordings were basically rough demo’s that were released. The follow up EP was recorded at Red Bull Studios by the three of us in November 2016.

Two Stroke E.P. by Two Stroke

Since Louis and Marcel have joined Two Stroke, how much has the song-writing process changed?

It’s still very much the same process, writing the tracks, then recording home demo’s. But it keeps evolving.

What gets your creative juices flowing?

The three of us really psych each other up and that makes our creative juices flow. But all three of us have our different ways of using what inspires us to get creative.

What’s on your current playlist?

Between the three of us we have loads of different musical styles and artists we like but if we have to name a few that is on our playlists it ranges from Royal Blood, Ty Seagull, The Gories, Deap Valley, Queens of the Stone Age, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, Janis Joplin, Jay Z, Reasonable Doubt, Illmatic and loads more!

What do you personally consider to be the incisive moments in your artistic career?

Ellenie: I can’t answer for the boys, but for me personally  it was when I got my first electric guitar from my Dad for my birthday.

David Bowie is quoted as saying “It makes me so angry that people concentrate on lyrics. It implies there’s no message in the music itself.” What are your thoughts on this statement? Music or lyrics?
Music is ridiculously underrated vs. lyrics. But the two has to go together. The best lyrics needs the best music to go with it. So both.

What is the most memorable response you have had to your music?
Our first gig. People’s response was great.

If you had to choose between never playing live again, or never being able to release music again… Which would you go for, and why?
I guess we will all go with playing live. Its great to play your music to other people and to see their response.

Breakdown the news for us: what can we expect from you in the near future?
We will be playing live around Cape Town for now and we will record some new material very early next year and then JHB and Pretoria in February to play some shows there.

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Endless Daze Festival
Tickets can be bought here: http://psychnight.nutickets.co
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Fick As Fieves announce new single ‘Poison Ivy’

After building an underground following comprised of streaming listeners to gigs goers, Fick As
Fieves hard year of work has paid off. They have released a number of singles which have
made it to top indie playlists dominated by the likes of Liam Gallagher and the Killers. Fick As
Fieves, from a sleepy seaside town in Suffolk, are now set to release their next single of the
year ‘Poison Ivy’ which impacts on December 8th.

‘Poison Ivy’ is a single which is indicative of Fick As Fieves style, encompassing over 10 years
of songwriting into one song. A rock-like context smoothed over with a typically British sense of
hopeless romanticism where the singer Harry explains the all too familiar game of cat and
mouse courtship.

Although ‘Poison Ivy’ was mixed and mastered by Tom Donovan Studios, The recording and
production of music, videos and artwork is entirely objectified by the trio.
The sleepy Suffolk dwellers all but sleep, ensuring each detail is attended to. They encapsulate
their experiences and deliver them with expert skill and timing on guitar, bass and drums with
the 2 lead singers Archie and Harry switching between guitar and bass on live sets. The
influences represented in ‘Poison Ivy’ are taken from the likes of Queens of the Stone Age,
Circa Waves, Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Beetles.
After getting back in touch with each other, Fick As Fieves emerged from the ashes over 2
years ago, they have released a number of singles and played in various venues up and down
the UK featuring on the same Bills as Seasick Steve, Madness and the Slaves.

In the meantime, here’s Fick As Fieves ‘English Weather.’

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Endless Daze 2017 // We catch up with… The Hollow Body


Jonathan Velthuysen aka The Hollow Body is a musician and songwriter originally from Cape Town, South Africa. The Hollow Body’s sound can be best described as acoustic freak-folk paired with elements of alternative and garage rock.

In 2013, The Hollow Body self-released debut album Johannine, comprised of material recorded in a small Cape Town studio. In January 2017, Awake Till Dawn was released capturing The Hollow Body’s essence and portraying Velthuysen’s unique vision.

In anticipation of Endless Daze Festival in South Africa, we spoke with The Hollow Body about songwriting and recording:

Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting music together?

Yes. I take whichever steps are necessary (the ones I have enough time, resources or energy for – it is supposed to be fun, you know?!) Writing songs is one of my favorite things to do, but somehow still a last resort. There really has to be something to write about.

What gets your creative juices flowing?

Altered states of consciousness. Peace and quiet. Nature.

In January, your latest EP ‘Awake Until Dawn’ was released, how did the recording process differ to that of ‘Johannine’ – debut full-length released in 2013?

Well, I was very happy to make ‘Awake Till Dawn’ – it was a relief. Working with Brugel the Elder at his studio was a very inspiring and creative time. It took very little time (we had very little time) and there was clarity. Making ‘Johannine’ was a bit of a personal struggle.

David Bowie is quoted as saying “It makes me so angry that people concentrate on lyrics. It implies there’s no message in the music itself.” What are your thoughts on this statement? Music or lyrics?

The combination is the deal for me. Otherwise I’d focus on poetry or instrumentals (I do love both poetry and instrumentals). But, I certainly don’t get angry about anyone concentrating on either.

Tell us about the chemistry you have with your fans on stage.

It is totally dependent on the audience. Sometimes it’s really good and I like to look at people, other times I shut my eyes and forget they are there. Sometimes it’s so hard that I keep my eyes open deliberately, sometimes it’s so good that I shut my eyes anyway.

If you had to choose between never playing live again, or never being able to release music again… Which would you go for, and why?

Never playing live again wouldn’t bother me. That’s where I’m heading and I’m happy about it. There are more meaningful things to do than to entertain people as they drink and eat animals while the world falls to pieces around us. It’s ironic that the less I play live, the more I write and record, the more I enjoy music. And yes, the money does have a lot to do with it.

You have recently relocated to Berlin from Cape Town, how would you compare either city’s live music scene?

Berlin is a crazy, wonderful, dangerous, inspiring and distracting place. The people you choose to surround yourself with make the scene. Whereas, I know nothing about Cape Town’s music scene.

Breakdown the news for us: what can we expect from you in the near future?

I’ll make a new album soon. It will be fun to do as long as I can afford a good studio, and have some good people round to help.

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Listen to Mr Yolk’s ‘Baker Street’

Mr Yolk is the project of 22-year-old designer and songwriter Samuel Jones accompanied by band mates Enzo Lauvergne, Charlie Carmichael, Antoine Jauneau and Rich Chapman.

It is the solid foundation of previously being the songwriter of two well supported bands, that allows Jones to take this step up as Mr Yolk. His songwriting talents in Velvet Morning and Rocket Ship TV, have had significant attention from the likes of NME, DIY, Noisey and more, but Jones looks away from these with the intent of a more concise, focused set of songs for the upcoming album ‘Self-Portrait’.  In Samuel’s words, “When I started recording, I made the conscious decision to use fewer effects than I have done in other bands prior to this one. I wanted to make something that was a bit more concise in its rhythm and hiding behind less of those effects. When you have complete control during the construction of a song and your thoughts get re-affirmed through it, it is a really cool feeling.”
After fine tuning his skills in the world of psychedelia to a tee, he now looks to develop these ideas further, using more industrial sounds from influences such as Wire, The Fall, White Fence, The Make Up and Country Teasers. The resulting creation intertwines both fields to create a style not quite definable except that it contains Jones’ idiosyncratic songwriting flairs. “I recorded Self Portrait basically travelling up to Peckham and back constantly throughout the year on my own. A few members of my band would pop in occasionally but in a recording environment, I prefer to be alone. It is a personal thing for me ya know. My own sense of humour and views and in some cases vulnerability are on display. I don’t see how you can express those things in a completely diplomatic or democratic way you know?”.
Mr Yolk was born out of a frustrated maker and his intent to represent the importance of humour and art in music without restriction. Whether he is projecting dance, psychedelia, raw rock’n’roll or pure sexuality…he is happy to be the provocateur. In a partnership with their beloved label, Southend Records, Mr Yolk will release ‘Self-Portrait’ on the 27th of October 2017.
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Endless Daze Music Festival announces final line-up

Psych Night & VANS present Endless Daze Festival, which will take place at Silwerstroom Resort (45 minutes up the West Coast from Cape Town, South Africa) between 3 – 5 November 2017.
With the full lineup released, Endless Daze has solidified itself as a not-to-be-missed festival of musical bliss. The Psych Night team have tirelessly worked at a bill that balances the scales of subtlety, boldness and pure marvel. As a whole, the nearly 30 acts, 3 of which are internationals, form a unique composition that is sure to deliver an experience built on the beaming success of the festival’s debut last year.


International headliners Oh Sees (USA) and Moon Duo (USA) have already got fans wriggling with excitement. New additions to the bill, including the historical BLK JKS, along with a plethora of other top quality local acts has elevated the festival’s presence as a carefully crafted and well-poised music showcase of South Africa and abroad.

FINAL LINE-UP:


Have a look at the final line-up video here.

WHO IS PSYCH NIGHT?
Endless Daze Festival is the brainchild of Psych Night, a group of five like-minded music lovers from Cape Town, South Africa.
Launched last year, Endless Daze grew from over four years of smaller and indoor-venue events that were organized by a group of friends looking to foster a music culture in the Cape Town, that hadn’t quite gotten there yet. This formed Psych Night, which has been supported by Vans South Africa from the get-go, whom has thrown a mountain of support behind the vision. Collectively Psych Night and Vans have toured six international acts through SA, namely: Night Beats (2013), Golden Animals (2014), Allah-Las (2015), The Black Lips (2015), Froth (2016) and The KVB (2016).
The beauty of Psych Night is that it has targeted a music scene (for lack of better words) that essentially sits under a Neo-Psych Rock umbrella. This opens up a wide and beautiful array of playing styles, sounds, experimentation, unique interpretations, colour and musical form: envision Woodstock-era now and you have Endless DazeFestival. The team prides itself on delivering a safe, fun and beautiful environment for people to come together and celebrate good musicand the great outdoors.
THE VENUE:
The festival is set in near-sanctuary beauty, on the West Coast of the Cape atSilwerstroom Resort. Camping sites are spacious and lush. For those scarred by the toilet ‘experience’ at most festivals, fear not: the site is kitted out with newly built andvast ablution facilities. For those looking to wind-down from the thrill of things, you may find yourself stretched out on the beach while watching the sun set over the sea.


Last year’s Endless Daze Festival (photo credit: Laura McCullagh for Texx and the City)

There will be numerous activations on site from partner brands, which will provide festivalgoers with entertainment and tastefully set areas to relax and engage in a range of activities. The organisers have also spent a lot of effort on pushing every quality of the festival, including food. Expect a delicious selection from health to indulgence. The festival is also fully licensed and will be serving ice-cold beers provided by Newlands Spring Brewery, along with a range of spirits and soft drinks.
Endless Daze Festival 2017 has everything on the books to deliver a world–class event. The organisers have also fixed it at a 2000 person attendance; in order to maintain the freedom, fun and quality that comes with a small-scale outdoor event. So, avoid disappointment and don’t wait to long to book that ticket!
A big thank you to Vans SA. Without their continuous and full-fledged support, EndlessDaze would be impossible.
MORE INFORMATION
Event Name: Endless Daze Festival 

Venue: Silwerstroom Resort 

Physical Address: Silwerstroom Resort, West Coast

Date: 3 – 5 November 2017 

Ticket price: R 600 

Tickets can be bought here: http://psychnight.nutickets.co

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Avec shares ‘Waiting For’ + live dates

Avec, Austrian singer/songwriter has shared her single ‘Waiting For’ from her upcoming album What If We Never Forget. 

A beautifully crafted track, Avec’s sound is comparable to the magical atmosphere just before the sun sets behind the mountains. It is melancholic but hopeful: the sun will rise again tomorrow. The 22 year old uses her music to  reflect on personal life experiences, weaving her life’s narrative into her sound.

“I wrote the song ‘Waiting For’ during a car ride with my best friend. The clouds were impressive that day and we were driving right into the sunset – it was such a pretty atmosphere. It reminded me that our entire human journey through life is somehow about waiting. It’s a constant condition – we’re all kind of waiting for something or someone, and this can sometimes be really depressing and disappointing” she says.

After the release of her 2015 EP Heartbeats, AVEC has bridged the gap between writing heartfelt lyrics and experimenting with textural sounds. For AVEC, lyrics are the key component to writing music, and language is a place of retreat – which leaves additional room for interpretation. Distancing herself from negative life experiences, AVEC simultaneously shares her own creative story through the powerful portrayal of human life and emotions through her music.

On ‘Waiting For,’ AVEC invites listeners to crawl close to her words, allowing them to slowly come into focus. She crafts a sturdy melody with a pleasantly hazy foreground, while soaking her music in her own surroundings and experiences.

What If We Never Forget is due out on October 26th via Earcandy Records.

Avec’s upcoming live dates:
21.10.2017 – Alter Schlachthof, Wels (AT)
23.10.2017 – Wider die Gewalt, Wien (AT)
25.10.2017 – Kammgarn, Hard (AT)
27.10.2017 – Gare de lion, Wil (CH)
28.10.2017 – nürnberg.pop, Nürnberg (DE)

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Interview // We catch up with The Wylde


Capetonian indie-folk songstress Fiona Hare, also known as The Wylde, recently performed an acoustic set of her album Keep Me Wild  in the intimate setting of Events at Nirvana. 

Events at Nirvana is the collaborative brainchild of Nathan Roebert and Pamela Tosh (better known as IndiPam) who have turned Nathan’s quirky home in Cape Town, South Africa into a venue for gigs, workshops, retreats and art exhibitions – with a focus on showcasing both local and international talent. Citing the venture as “alternative living,” Nathan saw a need to provide artists with a homely setting wherein they are able to interact with their audience on a personal level, and celebrate a spirit of togetherness that is often inaccessible at large venues. Thus, ‘Events At Nirvana’ was born – a location where both artist and attendees engage in the ethos of collaboration. 

Fiona opened the launch of ‘Soiree at Nirvana,’ – set to become a regular occasion at the venue. Capetonian born and bred, she has long been lulling audiences into subservience with her velveteen vocals and idiosyncratic blend of dark folktronica. Raised in a musical family (her father is a violinist, her mother a pianist) Fiona has crafted her soundscape to resonate beyond the music, inviting the audience to understand where she finds inspiration.  While many artists indulge in the allure of mystery, Fiona summons the listener to her subconscious both sonically and lyrically – to see, hear and feel the workings of her mind.


Set the tone for us. How would you describe your sound?
Indie Folk Rock

Whats on your current playlist?
Chopin piano concertos, Gonzales, Abdullah Ibrahim, Idan Rachael, Keith Jarret, Afro Celt Sound System, Led Zeppelin, Sarah Mclachlan, Loreena McKennitt, Cat Power, Tracy Chapman, Alela Diane, Tori Amos, Jewel, Heather Nova, Eddi Brickel, Elliott Smith, Vrou Vrou, Feist, Nina Simone, Imogen Heap, The Shins, Creedance Clearwater Revival, Crosby Stills, Neil Young, Paul Simon, The Beatles, Hot Chip, Soul Wax, my dad’s violin, blue grass, anything celtic, anything tribal.

A few of your tracks were featured in the gritty erotic-thriller ‘A Girl From Nowhere.’ How did the use of your music as a visual aid to a film compare to the original idea of the tracks when they were written?
Mark the director of the movie ‘Girl from Nowhere’ fell in love with my music and used it so perfectly to wrap around and weave together with his movie. Mark has known me for a long time since my early 20’s when we used to be neighbours in Tamboerskloof where I used to sit on his floor and play songs to him, so he’s got a good representation and feel of my music. I watched the first cut of the movie before I allowed them to be used. The songs used were Black Dog, This is the Thing and Galilee. It was amazing to watch them and hear them on screen.




Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting music together?
There is no process, it just comes, and you’d better have a pen and paper, and guitar ready to get it down, or voice note on your phone!

What gets your creative juices flowing?
The highs and lows: heartbreak, sadness, love, the plight of our country, people.

What do you personally consider to be the incisive moments in your artistic career?
Consistency. Keeping at something, the long nights, the lonely gigs, dragging your PA sound system around, setting it up on your own, playing when you don’t feel like it. Keeping at it. Don’t let anybody fool you, being a musician is hard. It’s lonely. It’s not glamorous, It’s hard work. If I had kids I’d let them keep it as a hobby, not a career. I’ve kept it as a hobby for that reason. You burn out.

David Bowie is quoted as saying “It makes me so angry that people concentrate on lyrics. It implies there’s no message in the music itself.” What are your thoughts on this statement? Music or lyrics?
Music and lyrics both, obviously both. There are times when lyrics are not needed. I listen to alot of West African music. You don’t need to understand the lyrics to understand the music, what they are saying, you feel through the music.

Tell us about the chemistry you have with your fans on stage.
I’ve never thought about that (laughing) Is it weird if I say I try not to have any chemistry with fans? I just want the music to shine through, I don’t want to be noticed, I just want the feelings to come through, the feelings to be felt, not the physical me, I am just a vessel.

What is the most memorable response you have had to your music?
Tears.

If you had to choose between never playing live again, or never being able to release music again… Which would you go for, and why?
I will always want to play live. Of course. This is my own healing. And hopefully the healing of others sometimes. Live music all the way.

You recently released your album Keep Me Wild for download free of charge. In your experience, how has online music sharing changed the industry?
Online music has changed the industry totally – it’s had a devastating effect on musicians. Musicians these days find it difficult to make money out of their music online, as you can get it for free or just stream it and so the way you make music now is off your shows and touring. Most musicians now have day jobs these days to support their art form. I have my music on itunes and did sell it but I don’t need to make money off it anymore, I would rather have people listen to it and connect to it and have my music so I made the conscious decision to give it away recently. It freed me up. It was really liberating. And amazing things came out of it. I was free.

Breakdown the news for us: what can we expect from you in the near future?
I’ve been a solo musician all my life, I’d like to collaberate. 
And release a second album //


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big Tide releases psychedelic jingle-jangle ‘Half The Time’

Leeds-based musician Ben Thomas has released a new single under his new moniker big tide. ‘Half The Time’ dropped on 6th October via Big Tide Recordings.

A former house music producer, Ben “crossed to the other side” after joining Spectrals on tour as lead guitarist. An enlightening stay in Paris was the final push, and he picked up his 12-string to begin work as big tide.

Thomas recounts that his first explorations into big tide sounded very much in the vein of Big Star and Teenage Fanclub. “I used to get obsessed with trying to be 100% unique, and if a song I wrote had even the slightest whiff of somebody else’s I’d instantly scrap it. With big tide I seem to have lost that, if the song stands up on its own merits I’ll stick with it. After all it’s Rock and Roll, there’s only so many chords. Everyone influences everyone, it’s very freeing” he says.

‘Half The Time’ evokes a feeling of psychedelic jingle-jangle, annexing musical elements from the 60’s –  the electric 12-string guitar being a keystone. However, at the same time the track has a contemporary feel, with Thomas’ lyrics and vocal style setting a cheerful, upbeat tone.

Listen below and buy here.

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Frequency Cowboy premieres ‘Are You Out There’

His recent singles ‘Control’ and ‘Win Some Lose Some’ along with their quirky videos have garnered much support from tastemaker publications such as DIY Mag, DORK Magazine, CLASH Mag, and The Line of Best Fit.  But Sam Hurt aka Frequency Cowboy isn’t done yet; he has just released his new single ‘Are You Out There,’ mixed and produced by Stew Jackson.

Trained as a classic pianist, Hurt uses his Wurlitzer piano as the core instrument on his tracks, resulting in his distinct sound.  He has created an irresistible slice of pop with his latest cut by blending laid back guitars with clever harmonies that crash with blues and pop.

Speaking of the track he says: “I wrote this song whilst walking around the streets of Auckland. There were so many people seemingly on autopilot. It was a really interesting time in my life so it was quite a contrast. I’d been working and climbing for six months and not doing much music; I then wrote two songs a day for a week in a hotel room before flying home.”

 

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Sands shares Double A Side single ‘Let’s Run / Echoes’

Following the success of his debut self-titled EP,  Sands has announced the release of Double A Side Single ‘Let’s Run / Echoes.’

The London-based multi-instrumentalist has received widespread media attention from Clash Mag, Wonderland, Music Week and Pop Dust amongst others following his album release with Music Week calling the album “slickly hypnotic.”

As a child Sands had an obsession with records and this soon evolved into him playing guitar and the piano until he became familiar with recording and producing.  Amongst his many influences are The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, The Smiths, Bowie, Talk Talk and Italian composer Gianni Marchetti.

‘Let’s Run’ is an original by Sands with captivating instrumentals and a psych-pop flair, layered with a  post-punk undertone, while ‘Echoes’ is a cover of the former Byrds member, cult singer, Gene Clark.

Sands said of the track: “‘Let’s Run’ came right away one afternoon, strumming the first two chords. In my head it was instantly a song playing in some sort of Noir movie, set in the West Coast. With the lyrics I tried to paint a picture of the colour and tone I was envisioning.”

‘Let’s Run / Echoes’ is out for release on 27 October.

Read our interview with Sands here.

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