7th Son, Nic Olsen, Nick Pitman and Roachy

The Collective is fast becoming the go to spot for acoustic shows and last week saw them hosting their first live gig of the year. Fuego Heat reviews a night that sees him in bed by 22:30.

Having never been to any previous acoustic shows at The Collective I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. One thing I was sure of though, was in typical Durban fashion, the show would definitely not start at the Facebook stated 20h00. Maybe it was because of the show being a week day vibe, or just the all-round promptness of the organizers, but arriving at 20h15 I was shown up for the novice that I was. The battle for parking and the music emanating from the upstairs venue was a clear indication that I was late.

 I know it kind of sounds like I’m sucking this guy’s dick a bit but he was so good, given enough whiskeys I probably would have.

Walking up the stairs I was hit in the face by a bluesy number that could only have come from the banks of the Mississippi. The skinny white 19 year old Nic Pitman in a red cardi was not what I expected, but he did not disappoint. “It’s so bluesy, man”, a kid in a straight peak and baggy jeans excitedly summed it up to his friend. But they were missing the point. It wasn’t just the blues but the blues done well. Entering into a cover of Redhouse I was nervous. Not another shitty Hendrix cover. But despite lacking the gruff vocals of the original and replacing them with the sweet tunefulness of youth, the song was done justice without a note being missed. And then he was done, two songs after my arrival. Next time I won’t be late.



Roachy followed and, with him being the guitarist from Sheep Down, I approached the show with trepidation. Despite this he put on a solid performance, engaged the crowed and busted out some acoustic punk originals and covers. A kickass Dashboard cover was definitely a highlight. However, playing a collection of songs that were reminiscent of the last track on a 90’s So Cal punk album, I couldn’t help feel that his set would be better suited to the Winston than the Collective.



Nic Olsen took to the stage flannel-clad, barefoot and bearded. Being the guitarist from the now defunct Perez, I expected some radio friendly rock inspired acoustic tracks. Again, preconceived ideas had sent me off on the wrong track, as Nic’s first song hit a melancholic chord that left you feeling that your heart had been ripped out and stomped on the floor but left you hungry for more. Nic then moved into a slightly upbeat set. The word “upbeat” here should be taken in the very loosest sense of the word. The listener was transported through a wide array of emotional states that weren’t really theirs to begin but rather brought about by the musician’s poetic song writing, where the importance of lyrics and music were equally weighted. I wanted to cry when I wasn’t sad. The falsettos were intermittent and well thought out rather than the incessant. If you had to take everything good about Mumford and Sons and Bon Iver and put them into one guy, Nic Olsen would be it. The crowd also seemed to appreciate it, with the numbers doubling for this act. The set ended with a song so sad that made killing yourself sound like a good thing and would have left Leonard Cohen a blubbering wreck before it was done. I know it kind of sounds like I’m sucking this guy’s dick a bit but he was so good, given enough whiskeys I probably would have. Or at least got him to sing me to sleep.



Last up was 7th Son. I can’t really fault there show. The two members representing the band translated their music well into the acoustic format and played the exact set I would expect from 7th son unplugged.  They didn’t put a foot wrong and the crowd clapped in all the right places but it seemed to lack passion and conviction. The seemingly bland performance may have been due to the juxtaposition with the previous act but the crowd noticed, and constantly chattered during songs and dwindled to just a handful of people by the time I decided to follow suit. So I left with 7th Son still playing, doing nothing wrong but still leaving me a little disappointed and convinced that they should probably stick to the full line up.



So, synopsis of the evening?  The Collective is a cosy, more personal venue, perfectly suited for acoustic shows and, on the night, the sound was good. The broad spectrum of Durban youth (either a product of the mixed line up or lack of much else to do in Durban on a week night) and cheap beers making for a good social outing. In terms of the line-up, the swimmers carried the sinkers and I was in bed, happy, by 22:30. Exactly what I hope for from a midweek show.



*All images © Gareth Bargate

15 Responses to “7th Son, Nic Olsen, Nick Pitman and Roachy”
  1. ANADA BOYCHIE says:

    The veins on his dick hit a 4 way junction? I have yet to see a penis like this, but then again great artists paint unusual shit

  2. luke says:

    i love the fact that roachy is wearing a bandana. fuck yeah bandana’s.

  3. Roachy says:

    I wear a bandana cuz I get sweaty bro!

    Why approach my show with trepidation because I play for Sheep Down?

  4. Roachy says:

    and it was a Lawrence Arms cover bro 😛

  5. DJ Fuego Heat says:

    Sheep Down isn’t really my cup of tea but you put on a good show. The Lawrence Arms cover was great but the Dashboard was better.

  6. luke says:

    not giving you shit for it dude, it works with your vibe. i dig it.

  7. Georgia says:

    I think you’re all gay. Nah joking, this is Pascal. Did Dirk write this review? Did Ryan channel Dirk when he wrote this review?

  8. Ozzie says:

    Ouch! As part of the only other “melodic pop punk rock whatever” band left in South Africa, possibly the world at large I too felt the sting of that righthand uppercut my brother Roach.

    To me these tearfully sensitive strummers are a dime a dozen and if I can paraphrase Montclair Mayor Woogy, “Area the fuck up, man!”.

    No beef though Fuego … didja see your tribute in my Fuzi comic? 🙂

  9. DJ Fuego Heat says:

    I don’t see what the ‘Ouch’ is for. I didn’t say his show was bad. Just that the setting maybe wasn’t the best for his music and maybe a more energetic venue would be. I also don’t think that he was fitted in with the other acts, which were more conducive to the whole ‘sit down and watch vein’ that the evening followed. My issues with Roachy’s show was one of appropriateness rather than quality. I did. And also still have a skate patch for you.

  10. DJ Fuego Heat says:

    Oh, and no beef with you or roachy either. I smaak you ous.

  11. Roachy says:

    luke – I know bru 🙂 thank you! didn’t think you were giving me shit. I love the bandana’s too. Long hair, short hair, whatever. Wear a bandana!

    I see your vibe Fuego, beef is for the braai my charna 🙂 I just love Sheep Down so I didn’t understand the reference.

    I’m afraid every venue I play its gonna be like that 😛 Okes don’t exactly rock out to acoustic as far as I’ve seen. and I do feel kinda wierd playing to people having a dos on the floor. Sleepy acoustic is just not my vibe.

    and the way the scene is going in durbs at the moment, there’s more acoustic shows happening than normal ones. Imma gonna shake this mutha fuckin scene up in a beard-like fashion until his return.

    By the way, I thought 7th Son were flippin kif! That lead guitarist was FUCKING AMAZING! Makes me wanna go back to the drawing board and read “Shredding for Dummies”

    Over and out
    See you okes at the next one

  12. Roachy says:

    PS – lakka photos Gareth! Got me lookin all soulful 😉

  13. I started reading the article then I got bored and started looking at the pictures then got bored, so then I went to the comments and saw alot of them so I didn’t bother reading those either and I don’t even know why i’m posting this.

    Oh yeah great job in boring me today!

  14. Nick Cage says:

    What Rugged was trying to say was “TL;DR”.

  15. more like TS;DBTR….

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