Album Review: Anthelia - Bottomless Coffee Band


The married multi-instrumental duo, Lourens and Esté Rabé, that make up Bottomless Coffee Band have been steadily gaining fans in both South Africa and Europe since the release of their debut album, Room with a View, in November 2014. Their second studio album, Anthelia, was released in February 2018 and further explores what they refer to as “gourmet music”, their established acoustic folk-rock and afro-blues sound.

Anthelia adopts a more melancholic and modest tone than the duo’s previous work, but it does not allow itself to become sombre. The music is still light and refreshing. It is clear that they find their inspiration in the likes of Johnny Cash, The Beatles and The Lumineers.

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Incubus 8 world tour comes to Pretoria


Ricardo Teixeria

On 24 February the American rock band, Incubus, stopped in South Africa as part of their Incubus 8 world tour. They kicked off their tour with a fantastic performance at the Voortrekker Monument.

Metal-heads and rockers of all ages congregated from all walks of life. Many had been waiting years for the opportunity to see Incubus perform live. As the crowds started growing a few local acts sparked the fire for the event. The all-female band, Hellcats, were up first, setting the mood for the night.

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Album Review: As You Were - Liam Gallagher


Liam Gallagher, the British Rock ‘n Roll legend and one half of Oasis, is back. Having left Oasis (and his older brother Noel) in 2009, he founded Beady Eye in the same year, but departed from the band in 2014. Now Liam has launched a solo career, with this debut studio album As You Were. Named after the sign off usually found at the end of his tweets, this BritPop combination of Alternative and Indie features 15 new singles, including “Wall of glass”, “Bold”, “Paper crown”, and “I’ve all I need”. “Wall of glass” starts off this album with a mix of blues, alternative and indie as we once more hear Liam’s signature erratic vocals, singing some lyrics possibly in reference to older brother Noel, their Mother and Liam himself.

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Album Review: Perfection Kills - Dan Patlansky


On 2 February Dan Patlansky released his ninth studio offering, Perfection Kills. This album follows critically acclaimed Introvertigo which was released in 2016.

Perfection Kills kicks off with “Johnny”, showcasing Patlansky’s raspy voice and his talented songwriting. The song has a very catchy chorus and is reminiscent of 1980’s blues rock. Near the end of the song a brilliant electric guitar solo can be heard. In a statement released on 2 February Patlansky describes the second song on the album, “Never Long Enough”, as being about “being home with the love of my life and how the seemingly mundane is something I yearn for. The clock is constantly ticking to my next departure and these moments with her are never long enough.” The song starts with, and ends with, a cute piano hook which emphasizes the romanticism of the song.

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Album Review: Heaven Upside Down - Marilyn Manson


Marilyn Manson has kept fans waiting for his tenth album, initially suggesting a Valentine’s Day release in 2017. Eight months, several flashy Instagram videos and two singles later, Heaven Upside Down was released with a moody greyscale album cover that may have been inspired by Adele’s 25. The two pre-release singles, “We know where you f***ing live” and “Kill4Me”, are a definite departure from Manson’s 2015 album, The Pale Emperor, and have been noted as reminiscent of the work on Mechanical Animals (1998), along with the rest of the album. The video for “We know where you f***ing live” is pretty old-school Manson in its make-up of overt violence and subversive nuns bearing AK-47s, but its message of radical disruption, as captured in the lyrics “We’re gonna burn it down and when we’re done they won’t even recognise your corpse”, seems pertinent in the current US context. “Kill4Me” has been described as a love song and it is in its way, showing the seemingly alternative and pathological possibilities of love, in this way linking to the album’s final track, “Threats of romance”.

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