November 2008 sees the release of a much revered collection of songs by one of South Africa’s most treasured rock bands.
In the early 1990’s, South African musicians and audiences alike where in search of an identity to call their own. SUGARDRIVE answered that call in ’94 and embarked on a journey that would span more than a decade. They flew the flag for originality, self-belief and re-invention.
Five SAMA nominations and three awards was testament to the importance of SUGARDRIVE’S impact on the SA music industry. Abroad, they were at a level that was never overshadowed by the bands they shared stages with, Alanis Morissette says of the band, “I had no expectations of them, but they are a great band, they make interesting choices of chords and they have unusual courage in their lyrics – men don’t usually have this.”
SUGARDRIVE never swayed from their work … Read More »
July 2008 sees the release to radio of “Over Now”, the first single off Ian Henderson’s new record “Superglue”, the long overdue follow-up to 2002′s SAMA-nominated “Freefall”.
Recorded under the watchful eye of Swedish producer Ola Sonmark, in South Africa, Sweden and Norway, this record is the remarkable outcome of an international collaboration involving musicians from as far afield as Paraguay, Australia, Germany and the US. It’s an accomplished, confident sophomore record that’s full of heart and soul, from a songwriter who’s come of age.
Ian Henderson is a contemporary South African acoustic pop artist, a little less bluesy than John Mayer a little more light-hearted than David Gray. But the territory is the same: soulful, deeply personal songs , catchy melodies, passionate delivery. On vocals, guitar and piano, and accompanied by a fine range of session musicians, his live delivery is … Read More »
12th Avenue has grown from strength to strength since releasing their debut EP “Crazy” in 2005. The band’s first album, “Insane” elevated their status even further. In June 12th Avenue will unveil their third release with “Sober”. The group has undertaken the challenging task of carrying a concept through all three releases. “Sober” is the third and final chapter in the tragic love story of Anjee and 12. The tale adds depth to the music as well as reflecting the band’s growth as musicians over the years.
“’Sober’ reveals a new intensity in our music,” says frontman Mark Haze. “We’ve heard that our fans have been hoping, waiting and ultimately expecting us to get a bit fiercer on this new album, and we think they are really going to like it.”
Radio has embraced 12th Avenue providing two No.1 hit singles off previous releases. “Crazy”and “Living in My Life” both topped national station 5FM’s Hi5@5 chart.
The first single off “Sober” is bound to follow … Read More »
Aged 24, Candice is no stranger to the music and media business, having spent most of her adult life in the spotlight as a TV and media personality in South Africa. Although this has made her a household name in South Africa, around 3 years ago Candice started to consider a move into music, and began speaking to local record companies. She chose to join Musketeer because of Brian O’Shea’s considerable reputation as SA’s foremost producer.
The path to create a unique musical style for Candice led her to hook up with Clive Young, an Australian songwriter and producer and former Australian songwriter of the year. This relationship developed so well that Brian O’Shea decided to take an executive production role in the project, and give Clive more time working with Candice to develop her songwriting skills, as well as giving … Read More »
Venessa is a South African musician born in Cape Town. Venessa’s freshman solo efforts culminated in the critically acclaimed Burn, which SA Rock Digest named fifth best South African rock album of 2001.
Musketeer Records is proud to release her second Album ‘This Life’. This extraordinary album has been written, recorded and produced by Venessa and her brother, Jurgen. Mastering done by the legend: Simon Heyworth.
This Life is an electro-acoustic set best described as acoustic instrumentation subtly merged with electronic beats and programmed rhythms. Venessa’s distinctive piano and vocal arrangements on This Life demonstrate her exceptional musicianship, as well as her innate ability to write songs that linger in the mind long after they’ve finished playing.
A band born of melody, song writing maturity and focused vision, beyond its mere three year existence. This is the pedigree with which HEROES WEAR RED presents its self to the world.
As is the developmental process of a band, HEROES now finds its self settled, in the form of a four piece, able to create melancholy, light and shade, with the precision of pop appeal.
HEROES, founded by bass player Gavin Wienand and vocalist Timothy kroon, prove to be a formidable song writing team, rounded off by the new addition of drummer Patrick Smith and guitarist Tumi Mothei. The subtle use of programming, combined with energy of a rock band that delivers strong pop songs is a formula which proves to be fresh and widely appealing.
2008 saw the independent release of the band’s debut album, “SURVIVING SEPTEMBER”. The limited and exclusive release to retail will in 2009 step up a gear. HEROES have joined forces with MUSKETEER RECORDS to … Read More »
Formed at the Southern tip of Africa, 7th Son gained fast popularity, and it wasn’t long fter the release of their first entirely self-produced album, “Fire in the Rain” that the band began touring extensively. Distributed and play-listed nationwide – 7th Son’s second release – “These Days” was a five-track project that continued fuelling fans into a frenzy, and captured the bands unique style beautifully. 2009 Brought with it the release of the bands second full length album, an 11 track CD entitled “Ontology”. Released under Musketeer Records, this highly anticipated album was launched 11th June 2009 and since has received extensive airtime across a number of National as well as European radio stations with their singles “Boys Light Up”, “On my Holiday” and “Tokyo”.
The band began the year 2010 with the release of the “On my Holiday” … Read More »
Shaun Morgan - Vocals, Guitar
Dale Stewart - Bass, Vocals
John Humphrey - Drums
Shaun Morgan is a changed man. For the front man/guitarist and principal songwriter in hard rock frontrunners Seether, a new outlook on life and music has resulted in Finding Beauty In Negative Spaces(Musketeer / Wind-up). Easily the South Africa-bred, L.A.-based hard rock band’s strongest and most innovative studio offering yet, Morgan and his bandmates – drummer John Humphrey and bassist Dale Stewart – have delivered a succinct album built from twelve superlative songs.
Cherry-picked from the sixty tunes Morgan brought to the band and producer Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Three Days Grace), the concise end-product affirms Seether is boldly inventive and on their A-game. With no fewer than five potential singles, “Fake It” – the infectious hard rock smash that launches the disc – is front and center. Taking aim at the plastic … Read More »