|Location:||Cool Runnings, Victory Park|
|Starts:||Monday 26th of April 2010 at 20:00|
|Ends:||Tuesday 27th of April 2010 at 02:00|
|Performers:||20:30 - LAST BOUT|
21:20 - THE DEATH VALLEY BLUES BAND
10:30 - THE HELLPHONES
|Info:||SA Indie Rock stalwarts, The Hellphones, embark on once-off Re-union Show in April 2010.|
The Hellphones broke onto the South African Indie scene in 2005, and began what many people were calling A Music Revolution. By winning their regional final of the RP Studio’s Emerging Sounds Competition in May of 2005, The Hellphones leapt from obscurity to notoriety with disarming ease and basically started a new musical trend in the country.
Hailing from Johannesburg’s East Rand, a well-known breeding ground for rock ‘n roll mayhem, the five piece consisted of vocalist Tenn Elliot, rhythm guitarist Joe Flow, bassist Jonzilla and drummer Eddie Rastellie, and on lead guitar, Fredriguez. The Hellphones were a startling mix of old school rock ‘n roll infused with modern guitar pop and good old-fashioned attitude.
After sharing the stage with the likes of Fuzigish, The Diesel Whores, The Slashdogs, Sugardrive and Martin Rocka And The Sickshop, they played all major festivals like Woodstock, Splashy Fen, Oppikoppi and Aardklop. With a tune in the Tuks FM SA Top 10, and a song on the SL Selection CD off their demo EP release, the band took a running leap into the public imagination, becoming one of the original “Levi’s Young Guns” artists. Ace reviews in FHM, SL and Blunt of their live performances, song writing skills and appearance resulted in better live shows, more friends and more ambitions.
Most often compared to The Rolling Stones, The Hives, Jack Black, The Kings of Leon, Thin Lizzy and The Strokes, The Hellphones were in reality, just themselves. Fuelled by rock ‘n roll and on a mission to convert YOU to their sound. And they did. Following up on these live and demo successes, their debut album, “This is How” was released in July 2006 through Sheer Records. It garnered rave reviews in the media including FHM, Blunt, SL and more. With play-listing and chart positions on campus radio around the country, they were steadily building momentum...
After Jonzilla left the band and was replaced by bass-maestro Vinnie Viva in 2007, the band was on a new high, recording new material and causing general rock n’ roll chaos wherever they went, be it Cape Town, Durban or even the far reaches of Bloemfontein and Nelspruit. But 2008 brought sadness when Fredriguez also decided to part ways with the band to pursue his personal interests. A new addition on lead guitar, Riley, in late 2008 however, saw the band revived and they were back on the road and back in the studio too, furiously writing and recording more and more demo tracks for a potential new album.
But the album never came. In April 2009, the band surprisingly decided to call it quits once and for all, to concentrate more on their own personal endeavours. It was indeed a sad day in the South African Music Industry. Their facebook and myspace inboxes, as well as their personal ones, were inundated with questions, memories and sometimes just plain anger at the band’s break-up. One of the country’s most-talked about and best live acts were coming to an end and thousands of fans country wide were feeling stranded.
But there is finally good news indeed! A year later, the band has decided to re-unite for a once-off Reunion show in April 2009, 1 year to the date of their break-up. Why?
“We noticed something odd at our final gig in April 2009, as well as afterwards on Facebook and via email and SMS,” says lead singer Elliot. “A lot of people seemed very upset at our break-up. But we let it slide because... well that’s the point of a break-up isn’t it? But a year on, we decided to do a once-off show, with Fredriguez back on the axe. You know... for old time’s sake. For our fans.”
With Fredriguez back in the line-up, the show is destined to be a big one, with The Hellphones reviving all their popular tracks that had you dancing the night away, from Miss Molly and Stealing the Feeling, to classics like Shake It and Turn on the Heat, all the way to the newer tracks such as The River and Into the Ocean Blues. And the line-up for the night itself is something to speak of, with The Death Valley Blues Band and Last Bout coming to the party, too.
All this is set to happen on Monday 26th April 2010, at the new Cool Runnings Cafe Victory Park, cnr 2nd & Rustenburg Rd, Victory Park JHB. The show will only cost you a measly R20 at the door, and its’ first come first serve, so get there early – the show kicks off promptly at 8:30pm! There will also be some merch on sale, too...
This is going to be one of the most legendary shows on the South African Rock Music circuit in the last 10 years so make sure not to miss it!
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