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 »
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 »
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 »