Tuesday, October 14, 2014

All the dates of Johnny Foreigner's "Trip Over Timezones 2014 South African Tour"


My brain is currently struggling to process how awesome life is going to get in a few days. On Saturday, some of my favourite humans will be closing the 14,661km distance currently standing between us. A few days later, I'll join them in doing the thing that makes the five of us most happy in this life; falling around a stage and singing and screaming and smiling together like five felines that broke into a catnip silo.

Looking forward to this tour, it hit me recently; Johnny Foreigner are the one band that I've (by far) spent the most time with. This is both on stages and off of them. This sounds insane for a dude from Pretoria and a band that live on the opposite end of the world, but it's true. Between two trips across the USA, a quest through Europe and a tour of the UK, I've easily played more shows (and covered more ground) with Jo Fo than I ever got to with Kidofdoom, Eyes Like Mirrors and Johnny Neon combined. I hold my travels with the band as some of my most treasured memories. And it's an adventure that started at home, with the string of dates that formed the band's 2010 SA Tour.

Four years on from that, I'm ecstatic to be getting the band back this incredible country. They're pretty pleased about this too. To put this tour together, I teamed up with one of my other favourite humans (hi Henk!) and together, we've arranged a pretty stellar set of shows (if I do say so myself!). Jo Fo will be playing some of my favourite spots, sharing stages with a truckload of other favourite humans (hey everyone!). Here's a breakdown of how Johnny Foreigner's "Trip Over Timezones SA 2014 Tour" will be playing out...

THU - 23 OCT
with Red Huxley!
RSVP here!
FRI - 24 OCT
with The Dollfins, Sakawa Boys, Yndian Mynah & Super Friendship Arcade!
Buy tckets here!
RSVP here!

SUN - 26 OCT
with Van Coke Kartel, Le Voyage and many more!
RSVP here!

THU - 30 OCT
with Plaat Japie & Rosie Parade, Nathtan Scott Phillips & Calamity Jane, Sassquatch & Nanna!
RSVP here!

FRI - 31 OCT
with Desmond & the Tutus, Shadowclub, Hello Beautiful, penthouse and many many more!
Tickets here!
RSVP here!

with Shortstraw, Sutherland, Half n Half, Dr Khumalo, Nathan Scott Phillips and Sassquatch
RSVP here!

And that's that! Six opportunities for life-changing guitar antics and audio-visual joy!

We've poured our hearts and souls into making this tour happen. If you're reading this, it means we'd love to see you at one (or all) of the above dates. We're well aware that we're doing something pretty niche here, but I believe in this band and what we're doing with every molecule of my being. If you'd like to help us in this crusade, please spread this ghostly gospel far and wide. Tell you're friends, scream it while suspended from rooftops, scribble/ stick up/ spraypaint ghosts everywhere; Johnny Foreigner are coming back to The Promised Land!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Drift Prism debut EP is out!

I'll keep this short; (in my books) this EP is the best collection of new songs that has come out of South Africa in ages. It's available on a "pay what you want" model, so even if you're totally broke, you can brighten up your life with this sonic magic.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

TBT: the golden age of dance punk.

Tonight Hi5 is hosting a family reunion. We're re-assembling a gang of DJs and dancefloor-enthusiast that used to get together every Thursday night between 2005 and 2007 (maybe into 08?). I, for one, can't wait to have the family back together. In preparation, I trawled through some old photos, and found a bunch of us, doing what we did best during those days. This is only 9-7 years ago, but it feels like a very distant age...
If you wanna relive this magic, join us tonight!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Dune Rats at Hi5 - episode 2!

With Hi5's nostalgia-fueled next episode going down in two days, I figured it could be a good chance to share some snaps from our last party.
For Hi5 13, we were really stoked to have Australia's Dune Rats make their return to our sweaty little dance party. Joburg band The Moths got things started. Awesome times ensued. Shot by Hi5's own Plaat Japie, here's what we have to show for all the carnage...

Friday, September 19, 2014

Drift Prism EP on it's way.

Drift Prism is (in my books) the most exciting new face in South African electronic music. I've been lucky enough to see this fantastic monster growing for the past few months and now, a debut 5 track EP is being released next week. A teaser video's been put together to give you a taste of what you can look forward to:

I, for one, am incredibly excited! You should be too!