Last night, three local bands that are making waves on the scene at the moment Wolftown, the band of the evening Woodstock Mafia and The Great Apes took the stage upstairs at Zula bar, Long Street.
After some background house tunes and a couple of drinks (it is self-explanatory that those go hand-in-hand) the crowds seeped into the large upstairs venue to get this launch on the road.
Openers for the night, Wolftown, pulled their own crowd who filled up the foot of the stage with bouncing bodies and beer-spillage. Wolftown’s Lungs, Sara Pope absolutely dominated their set. New material is always fun and the crowds were digging it in a big way. Photographers had to fight their way to the front and occasionally got a camera bashed into their eyeballs. It was an energetic performance from the tight trio who managed to effortlessly entice newcomers into the mix of movement with their massive sound.
A short change-over and some witty banter later, the much awaited moment arrived for the main okes, Woodstock Mafia, to rock out with their cocks out. And that they did. Somehow they manage to immerse catchy licks and commercial hooks in this violent post-grunge rock’nroll! It’s sheer energy. They are rocking harder than ever and as a relatively new band, we can definitely expect big things. That place was packed. Elbows flying and bashing around in the middle there, I got a boot in the head! I was so busy busting moves to notice that gigantic guys were flying off the stage overhead. It was carnage. These guys were rocking on the wild side and the crowd was loving it. “Convicts are the best audience I ever played for” – Johnny Cash. Pumped drumming embellished with melodious vocal lines (and the occasional roar) won every sceptic over and at R30 their four-tracked EP is a total steal. The problem with straight and narrow is that you fall off the sides anyway so Woodstock Mafia showed us how the rocknrollas do it, flailing around with their high energy guitar.
From flailed to derailed. Cape Town’s own bad seeds, The Great Apes wailed in pixie-esque dementia. Lust. They have the X-factor. Ladies and gentlemen the x-factor is sex.
“The Great Apes? Those guys play like a debauched night in a hotel room, Rocking so hard they get lesbians off.” -Dani
The Great Apes are actually much harder, thrashier, more raw than the pixies. They also have this strong drum driven vibe that got everyone as pumped as the band. The whole atmosphere of the event was a punky fit-in-or-fuck-off attitude. It was a case of embracing the chaos. These guys managed to blow the joint and the electricity. Twice. And still the dance-floor was violent and stayed packed all night till their very last chord.
I fucking love this loosing of energy ! Riotous rock! Three bands that make you dance and sweat and jump around with manic excitement. What an epic launch event! Woodstock Mafia know how to put on a show!