Warming Up For Splashy Fen

Recent import from Cape Town, Eliza Day, gives us a fresh perspective on our hometown and reviews the Splashy Warm Up gig at new venue, Live.

I was interested to see what Durban had to offer in the shape of a music scene after I moved here a couple months ago. Covering the Splashy Fen warm up show seemed like a  good place to get some insight into the goings on of the creative crowd, with a line up that consisted of something kinda new, Black Math, a well established Durban band, The City Bowl Mizers and MK Award Nominees, The La Els.

 

Coming from Cape Town, a lot of people would be apprehensive about moving to Durban, which is not exactly renowned for being a hub of culture. However, I have to say, being here has been like stepping into a forgotten set in 80’s Hollywood. The sensation I get from spending time on the hot, humid streets of Durban is romantic. It’s like a dusty old show-stopper with its lanes of palm trees and exotic looking cabana bars lining the streets. One gets the feeling that anything could happen at any time and the chances of unearthing some elusive gem within the Florida Road night clubs are good. Young, colourful people come out from the suburban hills and populate the bars and events as eager to find the fun as they are happy to create it themselves. Slightly sleepy and littered with glitter, Durban is the perfect place to inspire some beautiful art.

I love a band that picks up a crowd and turns the place into a dance hall purely driven by their energy

Live: The Venue is looking to become one of the better music venues Durban has seen in some time. Situated on Stamford Hill Rd, this large warehouse hosted the Splashy Fen Warm Up show on Saturday night. A wall to wall bar and spacious dance floor were impressive, if a little dingy with all that blue light, but overall the setup worked really well for a good live music vibe. I put this down mostly to the sound which is pretty tops considering how large and hollow it is. I really hope this venue holds out against the odds and stays open for a long while to come.

 

The first band of the night was the real reason I had such a good time. Black Math are three pieces of dank rock ‘n roll talent. I hear they’re fresh out of high school and as innocent as little lambs but close your eyes and you’d see a music video of dangerous looking leather-heads jamming up a frenzy inspired by the beauty of a wasted youth high on Zeppelin. Sure, it’s not a new sound, but the way those kids play together taking rock ‘n roll riffs and blowing the shit out of them at such an early age promises that they have the means to really progress in their style. I love a band that picks up a crowd and turns the place into a dance hall purely driven by their energy. The drummer is self-taught and tight as hell. Vocally, something tells me that the front man’s voice has not entirely, erm, broken but it’s hardly the point when you watch him play guitar; commanding and conjuring up such dirty feedback and interesting arrangements. The bass player is an all out maniac who makes use of a nice big stage, running and jumping throughout the performance, getting us all amped to move and shake.

 

My only problem with Black Math that night was that they didn’t headline. No way they should be opening for City Bowl Mizers or The La Els. I wasn’t blown away by the Mizers, despite the gushing tones of their many fans who couldn’t wait to see them. They’ve been around for a while and it shows because their set just sounds tired to me. The vocals, lyrics and general vibe are thematically a little juvenile and I don’t see these guys getting much love outside of Durban where they’ve managed to build up something of a loyal following. They did inspire some serious crowd surfing though, so I can vouch for these guys making people happy which is a good thing. I’m just not sure why.

 

I didn’t realise that The La Els were a cover band. Whilst chatting outside they came on and did a track by Death From Above. I’m not opposed to covers per se, but if you are going to go there inject some artistic license and rehash the number at least. That and the fact Death From Above is made up of a drummer and bassist who pack power and genius, compared to The La Els who look like a chorus troupe, doesn’t do the attempt any justice. Book them for a Bar Mitzvah and you won’t be disappointed, so that’s something to keep in mind. Good energy and good will plus a crowd that had been plied with booze for hours kept the show lively and the party lasted long into the night. I left hot and happy, ready for Splashy Fen with all my heart. For those of you heading up to Underberg in the next couple of weeks for the festival, I urge you to make this a big one. Bring your best game, your own instruments, superfluous amounts of mood enhancers and emergency pick-me-ups. See you there.

 

*All images © Russell Grant

Comments
100 Responses to “Warming Up For Splashy Fen”
  1. Bi-Provincial Grammar Nazi says:

    Not being from Durban myself, I can’t comment on the writer’s opinions of the show…
    But, really, let’s try do a little more copy-editing next time?
    Also, every City Bowl Mizers show I’ve attended in Joburg and Cape Town over the past couple of years has been rad and well-supported.

  2. the Christian God says:

    all praise Curt.

  3. Jeff Goldblum says:

    Just goes to show that the type of articles to get so much attention and hate are the badly written ones, yet THIS article http://durbanisyours.co.za/2012/03/locals-only/ gets like 3 comments and is written amazingly fucking well and is about something truly awesome.
    The DIY readership is comprised of a bunch of fucking morons.
    This is a bad thread and you should all feel bad.
    I don’t want to live on this planet anymore.

    Big up Luke. Your writing is solid.

  4. Ryno says:

    Welcome to Durban Eliza Day.
    Unfortunately Durban isn’t where the wild roses grow.
    Some of us do have an above average EQ though.
    Never mind the lowest common denominators.

  5. jems says:

    Eliza clearly has not watched the docci “Punk In Africa” or she’d know the very long history of punk, rock and ska in Durban. Just because you’re new to Durban doesn’t mean everythings starting at the point of your arrival.

    I’m from Cape Town. I saw this on facebook and came to see what the fuss was about. I obviously was not at the gig.

    I have seen CBM play here in CT and they blew me away. So not really sure I can agree with Eliza on that one.

    As for dingy, CT’s biggest live act venues are pretty dark and have old lighting and weird stuff too… its actually part of what makes them rad.

    Maybe Eliza was more sober earlier on and let her drinks interfere with her ability to observe… or maybe she’s just ebcome too reliant on her “mood enhancers and emergency pick-me-ups” to have a good time when its happening around her.

    We don’t even know who Eliza is – s/he could be an 18 year old her/himself having attended one gig in CT and now is a self-proclaimed critic and commentator.

    God knows CT is full of these self-identifying deciders-of-cool, aka Very Important Bloggers. Good luck Durban – you were probably better off without these types.

  6. Stephen says:

    To the cats in Durban. Welcome to Live, the venue!

    My name is Stephen I am a sound engineer for Kingston Sound (the company that funded and put Blood, Sweat, Money and Months into this venue) I just thought I’d give some insight to all of ya’ll

    Kingston Sound, if you don’t know, is a major contributor to the Durban music scene. We’ve been doing the audio at Splashy for the past 16 years and countless other shows that could be named. From indie rock to metal from hip hop to jazz from dub step to maskundi we’ve walked the mile with the muso’s. This venue was built purely with the heart for the Durban music scene in mind. We (Kingston Sound) do what we do because we love music but not only music, but LIVE music!

    With a tight dead line and a tight budget we give you the foundation of Live with the dreams of constantly improving it and making it better

    For those of you that where there, SPREAD THE WORD! For those of you who missed this show, GET YOUR ASSES DOWN TO THE NEXT ONE!

    Ps I hung every light fixture, programmed it all and operated at this gig and I thought it was EPIC so shot for the lousy ” if a little dingy with all that blue light” comment…next time I’ll leave everything on open white so you can, as Shutup Ellza Day says, stand around like cakes! Hahaha good comment lol

    Anyways I personally look forward to many many great bands to play at this soon to be Legendary venue! Look forward to seeing all you cats at the next show

  7. pissingblood says:

    Wow… This one blew up. Don’t agree with Eliza, but shit, she doesn’t deserve the hate. Calm down kids. This one review will not hurt the bands you love in anyway. I say give the girl some room to show off what she can do before you start telling her to fuck off back to the city with a mountain.

  8. simone says:

    Chill out people, getting a shoddy writer was just a publicity stunt by DIY for people to talk and get emotional about! Job well done, I’d say ;)

  9. saynotocapitals says:

    I’d just like to point out that this isn’t the first DIY post where the author has given their personal opinion about a band. Most of the posts feature much of the same from the other DIY bloggers. Slating a band or genre is always going to be contentious. Personally, I believe music is completely subjective so bands should be reviewed in the context of their own history of performances, growth and genre, and not reviewed on how much the author personally enjoyed them. That’s just me though. I think Eliza has taken her lead from the style of previous posts on DIY. You guys do tend to be music Nazis. Just saying.

  10. b-ron says:

    hmmmm dingy???!!! have you been to any other music venues in Durban of late??,… clearly not! Maybe do some more research before you label a new venue “dingy” by standards of their lighting.

  11. N says:

    “Shutup Eliza Day”, are you literally suffering from mental retardation? This isn’t a retard joke – I’m actually concerned that you have an undiagnosed intellectual disability or, more likely, you’re suffering from dissocial personality disorder.

    It’s no laughing matter. You’d better get evaluated, lest your psychopathic ignorance of your own sexism, homophobia and xenophobia get you rightly shanked one day.

  12. N says:

    “Ps I hung every light fixture, programmed it all and operated at this gig and I thought it was EPIC so shot for the lousy ” if a little dingy with all that blue light” comment.”

    How about you take the criticism without being unprofessional, Stephen?

  13. Henry says:

    The magnitude of Durban’s fan-boy base is utterly fucking beautiful.
    Sharp nose rats trolling cyber-sewer to find anyone who has something to say that doesn’t make your friends in the band happy.
    Find them.
    SLAM THEM ON THE GROUND!
    FINISH THEM!

    Who is this “Eliza Day” that comes here with an opinion against our famed and beautiful boy bands who we don’t actually know why we like? She must be the worst fucking person in the world!
    Don’t think critically! It’s sacrilege. Lynch the outsider!

    Thank fuck this wasn’t another article written to lick the puckered starfishes of Durban’s elite. All due respect to CBM, they built an era in Durban, but I really can’t see how anyone can contest what she says. I’ve been to more of their gigs than I can count (only coincidentally), and the only thing I can recall is “Me and myself and my ups and downs,” pretty sure thats what’s on loop for an hour? I’m not even going to comment on La Els (though I find it fucking incredible that they were famous before they ever played a gig). However, and I think this is a massive piece of advice that Durban’s cyberpunks should consider next time they run to play kiss-ass on blogs; It’s personal fucking opionon!

    PERSONAL FUCKING OPINION! Don’t take personal opinion personally. That’s awful.

    Really, musicians that aren’t fresh deserve some constructive criticism once in a while. Hell, it should be adored more than being told you’re lovely and I love you because you hi-fived me at the gig while everyone watched. What’s the point of a review then? Self glory. Vomit.

    LIVE is pretty cool, really thought that was the general theme that was given here, but I guess you say one negative word amongst ten positives and you get a negative. Well that’s hipster math anyway.

    Welcome Eliza, submerge yourself in the wonderful culture of shitskapunkpop (and the beauties that live with it).

    They’re down here for your soul

  14. Stephen says:

    Err um “M” where you there by any chance? And unprofessional, are you serious?

  15. Lizard says:

    Woah! this got hectic…

    Personally, I think this is all great though, people are talking about music, and even crazier, people are talking about DURBAN MUSIC! DIY must be loving this – and cool to them for having the balls for posting this article.

    I really don’t see why people give THAT much of a fuck about what Eliza Day says, its not like the Mizers are going to suffer… They’ve ruled Durban music scene for years – Lord know when i was a 15/16yr old going out to gigs these were the dudes to dance your tits off to.

    But thats why i actually liked this article, it stated that the Mizers have a HUGE following, so good for them, but that they’ve been doing it for ages and havent changed the formula, which is fine, but its saying they’re the old, but still loved guard. Dont see why this exploded so much. fuuuck.
    Even the Stones (who are still loved, obviously) are recognised as a hero, BUT old, rock group now. Doesnt stop me from thinking keith is the hottest piece of ass that held a tele, or that Mick is way too skinny and fit for a man his age and puts me to shame. They let the new wave take over. Maybe Stones to Mizers arent on the same relative music scene, but i hope my point is shown.

    I thought Black Math were really insane on the night, but yeah, Eliza Day gave a little snide comment there too (about balls dropping or whatever) but it was a jesting laugh and cool, gives this article some life. S/he pumped them up to be the next candle runner for the Dbn music scene – fucking A! I agree.

    And i do think its weird that the la els had won some competitions, music vids and following etc (or whatever the deal was) before they had even played a LIVE show! that seems a little odd to me, and hopefully without being shot at too, i don’t even think they’re not half fucking good as the Mizers never mind Black Math. Its nothing personal, i just think they’re shit. I also think that Fall Out Boy are super shit and the worst people on earth, but whatever, who cares – i know they certainly don’t.

    I read how the article expressed the venue completely different to how people are speaking… It wasnt a cosy, little, acoustic corner, or black, sticky floored, abyss like some places that come to mind. I read it as she said, “its a big, open venue, its dark, but its boss! and hopes it stays open for a long time to come”. And thats how i saw it – i love it hard, but thats how i saw it – a shell with top sound and people inside who i like. Apart from maybe some on this comment thread. “Shutup Eliza Day”, you are too fucking hectic. Jeez. did you say something like, ‘ah, whatever im just going to go surf!’… Nothing against surfing, but was that even a serious comment? cause it made me laugh hard. Im guessing it was a joke, because it was ridiculous.

    Also, dont know why people are saying ‘go back to cpt’, thats weird. we dont even know this person. But even so, enough people go off to cape town and make shit happen there, im pumped someone has come the other direction and doing something here. And im not in total disagreement in what she said either. I think people have taken this like whack jobs.

    Cool vibes to the mizers who are saying they appreciate the review – shows they’re mature. And I thank what they do because they make new bands have opportunity to play and have ears to play to. But I’d personally love to see a headliner that doesnt read “City Bowl Mizers with: Black Math/Whatever”. I’d like to see something new in Durban’s music and i think some bands have it – we’re just riding the same ride for years. not mixing it up.

    Anyway, I had an awesome time at the gig. And i think the review is chilled.
    sweet

  16. Stephen says:

    My post wasn’t about criticism. If that’s all you could comment on about my post then that’s seriously sad!

  17. Bid Daddy says:

    @shutup Eliza Day
    Are you ever the biggest groupie?
    Do you stay up every night watching CBM music videos with your hand wrapped so tight around your dick its about to fall off?
    Do you jump up and down screaming “marty, Oh Marty take my virginity!” at every gig?
    Are you that guy who sweats so hard we can all see your nipple fro through your white shirt?
    Are you also that guy who keeps trying to buy the little girls drinks in a pick up attempt?
    Is your surf board in the shape of naked martin?
    do you ride it often?
    are you riding it right now?
    How would you describe the ride you’re having at this very second?

    ok, Have you ever read a music review?
    Do you understand what a “baised review” even is?
    would you like me to review your writing over the past 70 comments?
    or would you prefer me to review how well you ride your CBMs surf board?
    Why are you so gender/sex biased?
    Is it because you’re a nazi?

    you disgust us all..
    I believe i may speak for us all here at DIY, in that You, @shutup Eliza Day, are in fact a NAZI! and should therefore be stabbed with a silver cross, just in case.

    @stephen, If your work sucks, commit suicide. Its not gonna get any better.
    But on a more constructive note. Dude you gotta take criticism better than that. Honestly, the place is rad, from what she said, she digged it. And lets be honest here, dark blue lights everywhere does seem a little dingy-porno
    You are soooo unprofessional its like looking at poop.

    BACK TO @shutup Eliza Day :D
    common. CBMs arent that great.. Yes they are the acclaimed durban “legends”, just like ogres are a legend to fairytales, but that doesnt mean they should define durban. It just means they suck and we dont have anything better. (sorry CBMs. cant win them all. At least you got this guy)..

    As for everyone else, CBMs isn’t durban culture. Nor is punk, ska, and heavy-hard-death-core-matal-scream or baby-rock.

  18. VLOEK HER says:

    Ja sister you must know the durban os will vloek you thick!

  19. Tits Out! says:

    WTF is wrong with all you nipple-twisting tossers who are too busy whacking one out over your keyboards to even register what she’s saying in the article. to be honest, im surprised you’re retarded comments can even be heard through the gargles of your CBM jizz filled throats!

    She’s saying they’re shit. And thus, makes your taste in music super shit, which to me, may as well make you as worthless as shit.

    Good god, someone arrives with a comment that doesn’t grip the cock of the Durban’s self proclaimed heroes of music, for playing gay-finger-bang-let-me-sweat-over-the-15year-old-girls “rock ‘n roll”

    The guy who put up the lights… good for you. you put up lights. big wank. I’ll move myself from upstairs to downstairs later and ill be sure to notify everyone over a forum of how fucking impressive i am for doing that and request everyone observe and comment on how awesome i am for having doing something.

    You know, i don’t even dislike the mizers, i hate you stupid fans. This is the first article ive actually read that wasnt written by what seemed like the bands best bum-chum.

    It rocked ELIZA!

  20. Shutup Eliza Day says:

    you know what guys, i dont know what im talking about.
    i just really want some of that CBMs sweat on my face.

  21. ShutupEliza says:

    Hey Stephen,

    I like the way you think.

    I like blue too.

    These ignorant fools don’t know anything. Not like us Stephen. We’re the blue boys.

  22. Shutup Eliza says:

    I’m the biggest fanboy for Durban boy bands!
    Although, my favourite from boy from any band has definitely gotta be, Howie from backstreet boys. He’s so true to who he is and has a beautiful sole… And penis.
    Have you ever heard of the expression, “I’m so bum numb right now”?
    Cause yes… I am!

  23. Shutup Eliza Day says:

    I dont know why you hate the venue so much Eliza, i mean, whats better than a dark dirty hole?
    i love nothing more than getting all hot and sweaty to my main man marty while all his blood has rushed to his head from shouting so damn loud. Pure pleasure i tell you!

  24. Stephen says:

    Wow…ok this thread has become instantly pathetic…think of what you may about the bands say what you want about me you pompous pessimist, but for crying in a bucket breathe life you fools! The venue is awesome that is all I tried to say…

  25. Dusty Rich says:

    I would just like to say that their will be a really rad STAND-UP COMEDY SHOW happening at “The Collective” on the 3rd of April.
    Nothing to do with the review but this thread does look like a good advertising platform.
    DIY can even do a review, negative or positive just please maybe bring an audience or something, i know we don’t have guitars and drums, blue lights and stuff but we have a mic surely that’s worth a review our industries so small definitely wont be any controversy.
    Thanks, carry on…

  26. AIDS (the virus) says:

    … ya got me!

    Eliza. AND all the whining little bitches.

    It’s a bad review. Deal with it.

    Stay (HIV) posi.

  27. allytangclan says:

    Bob must have the biggest boner right now.

  28. allytangclan says:

    “We want to give you entertaining and thoughtful content about our city. We want to introduce you to some of the people in it; people that are trying to make it better in many different ways, people that are creating honest and heartfelt art in all fields, and people that motivate us and impact our lives in this city” … DIY

    Or we’ll get a new girl from Cape Town to come in, drop trou, and slash on the kiffest thing – raddest venue – Durban has managed to cough up and spit out of it’s weathered self.

    With all due respect to Eliza: this review was poor. The venue was the point of interest. But you didn’t know better… That’s not your bad.

    But it’s tragic, ‘cos it was an important night for Durban music. And this is what we have to remember it by: a clueless girl’s opinion and a bunch of crying comment-board bitches.

    Poor move, Bob. The faithful are losing hope in Durban.

  29. ThatRacistVolcano says:

    grumble grrrumble grrrrrrrumble
    I have nothing of value to add to this thread.
    Bob, wipe that smile off your face and the semen off your keyboard.

  30. The Lappies says:

    Sheesh ous, are we still on about this??? All facts laid bare, journos are entitled to their own opinions as is everybody else but she never researched anything at all, I mean where does it say anything about the opening night of Live – Durbans newest venue, took 16 months to get to where it is cos of the council not giving the correct permissions in the correct timeframe, where does it say good job on putting something like this together and trying to revive the live music scene? Ungaaz, no research but rather a whole paragraph on the hollywood speech, sweaty romantic streets and what not!!!

    My vibe is if you got nothing nice to say then rather just shut up and look stupid instead of opening your mouth and proving it! Live is the best thing we have seen yet in Durban as far as live music venues are concerned so for 16 months hard work to be commented upon as “dingy”, well I never. So live music venues must be floodlit now cos they too dark inside? And Black Math should be headlining?

    Anyway I hope Eliza can take a few pointers from these comments and tighten up her act as I would like to read a well researched article by her as I think she definitely has promise as a journo, just less opinions and more facts are needed. K thats my 5c worth, off to run the “Throwdown” today at the venue from 11h00 til 03h00, only a 16 hr day, woo hoo…

    Keep it real people!!!

  31. Starthee says:

    I sense cats, lots of cats.

  32. Michael Celliers says:

    Jesus.
    Chill people

  33. Bob says:

    I’m not smiling one bit, this comments thread is ridiculous. We’re mates with the bands so we got someone that wasn’t to review the show. We’re not going to not post it just because she said some negative things about our mates and used one “negative” word about the venue. Not everything needs to be a circle jerk.

    It’s one person’s opinion on one show.

  34. The Lappies says:

    Bob

    Shot for the calm words bro, I think a lot of people need to hear them. Please if possible get your reporters to do some more research before they write their articles as there was a lot more to mention about the venue than she ultimately did, I mean its only the best thing Durban has seen yet and took 16 months to open so more facts and less opinion would be appreciated, thanks bud…

  35. Bob says:

    We’re a blog bro, so ultimately it’s all opinion. None of us are reporters or journalists, just people that dig art, music and can kind of write about it. I know you would have prefered if the venue got a better write up, but we let our contributors say what they like without too much interference. I personally think Live is awesome and can’t wait to go bacK.

  36. Ozzie says:

    Mizers can now officially say they’re controversial :-) Will sound rad in the new bio!

    I love Durban
    I love Durban bands
    I love that our bands can sometimes be on a par musically with the aural Gods of Cape Town, yet still be down with a quart and a bunny or garage pies after a show.

    Let me tell you a fact, LIVE is one of the most pimping venues I’ve ever seen in South Africa, and yes I’ve seen a few. They have three things in place that many other venues have never considered, namely:

    • Easy access to the stage for loading in.
    • A bevvy of amps ready to use – just pull in with your pedals and a cable.
    • Fuggers who go to gigs just to sit outside and smoke and be seen can still/are forced to watch the bands from outside.

    The last one is pure genius. I don’t know anyone at LIVE, I don’t work for them, but the entire staff deserves a lap dance and a round of Label draught. It felt like the Gasxworx from Waynes World man, I was just cruising around saying, “Whoah, these guys really wail!” to anyone who’d listen.

  37. Russell says:

    I guess Live is ruined now that we published such a poor review.

  38. The Lappies says:

    @Russ, Ha Ha Ha Ha, you crack me up bro, you know what they say, opinions are like arseholes, everybodys got one and everyone thinks theirs doesnt stink! I reckon its gonna take more than a weakly researched, fact less, opinionated article to keep people away from the absolute powerhouse of live music that is LIVE – The Venue.

    Ive been in the industry for 15 years and havent seen anything that can come close to it, the effort put in by the Kingsland family is gigantic, they have gone to town on the place and I cant wait to see the best bands in the country perform there…

    Until then, adios amogos, see you all on the dancefloor…

  39. Stathi says:

    sarcasm (pronounced sar-casm):

    The bastard stepchild of irony.
    Mom: How was school today, son?
    Son: It was fuckin’ great, mom.

  40. TONY FUCKIN' MONTANA says:

    LAPPIES MY SON. KINGSTON FAMILIA WILL ALWAYS, AND I MEAN ALWAYS, HAVE THE BACKING OF TONY FUCKIN’ MONTANA. DON’T LET SOME NO GOOD, POORLY RESEARCHED, BADLY WRITTEN INTERNETTY THINGY ARTICLE GET YA DOWN. YA HEAR ME? YOU KEEP RUNNING DAT MOUTH AND DA FAMILIA THE WAY IT’S MEANT TO RUN. ALRIGHT, I GOTTA GO LAPPIES, SO WHAT’S IT YOU SAY? ADIOS AMIGO!

  41. DJ Fuego Heat says:

    Russell, I like you photographs…and sex.

  42. Russell says:

    That was my point, Lappies. Thanks for making it for me for all those people who don’t understand sarcasm. To me it just seemed that a lot of people were treating this review like the word of God, and that the overall success of the night stood or fell with it.

  43. Gigantic Faggot says:

    I nominate the reaction of some people in this thread for the next fluffy white bunnies.

  44. Praise Kingston says:

    Last night I had the sweetest orgy with all the Kingston guys and when they came on my face it was perfectly lit and the sound was amazing!

  45. Pascal says:

    I’m glad someone mentioned FingerBang.

    And if you comment just to insult the writer, use your real name, don’t be a coward.

    FingerBang!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  46. Ry says:

    “luke says:
    March 23, 2012 at 4:03 pm
    what a horrible rollins joke. you should be shot.”

    I give up. Nothing Bob could say on stage will ever be that funny.

    and Good Guy Greg/Marty: lurk moar

  47. Rhyan Rockingrolling Rudman says:

    WTF happened some peeps are bleak…… I feel sorry for the next rookie band that gets a proper critt from Eliza(I can just picture it… the band hears she is at the event. OHMY they are going to be sweating before they even warm up). I wanna read it and they will give up trying to be popular with no talent. Good for her she don’t hold back she don’t do this to be popular she does it cause she has guts well done ELIZA you have a fan and to be famous you need hatters guess what you have just become famous. Look forward to your next review. To those that are bleak come on take the chip off your shoulder dip it in a good juicy cup of reality and grow the fuck up we need to be slated we need to be shown our flaws even if they are small it takes an outsider to shake DURBAN around and its about time this crap of just saying ay good show is over if the band sucks tell them don’t let them waste anymore peoples time until they are ready to perform live.

  48. Grammar Nazi says:

    @Rhyan Rockingrolling Rudman

    I can’t take your opinion seriously man, i stopped reading your comment because of the absence of a few simple commas and full stops here and there.
    Are you harboring commas in an attic somewhere?
    It’s a shame, i really wanted to agree with your opinion, but i just couldn’t read it.

    Allow me to help future generations understand your ramblings.

    “What the fuck happened? Some people are very bleak…
    I feel sorry for the next rookie band that gets a proper criticism from Eliza (I can just picture it… the band hears she is at the event. “OHMY!”, they will say. They are going to be sweating before they even warm up). I wanna read that review. They will have to give up their thinly veiled attempt at “popularity in an effort to circumvent having real talent” facade.
    Good for her, she doesn’t hold back, she doesn’t do this to be popular; she does it cause she has guts to. Well done Eliza you have a fan in me. In my humble opinion, to be famous one requires haters. Guess what? You have just become famous.
    I’m looking forward to reading your next review.
    To those that are bleak: come on, take the chip off your shoulder, dip it in a good juicy cup of reality and grow the fuck up! We need to be slated, we need to be shown our flaws – even if they are small. It takes an outsider to shake Durban around, its about time this crap of just saying “Ay good show!”, is over. If the band sucks then tell them, don’t allow them to waste anymore people’s time until they are good and ready to perform live.”

    You’re welcome.
    Proper communication is key to getting one’s point across.
    Read a book or ten.

    Grammar Nazi out!

  49. Rhyan Rockingrolling Rudman says:

    All good Grammar Nazi…Thanks for editing …I hate commas

  50. xdoomx says:

    Great review and pretty much summed up my feelings on the night as well.

    The lights were crap. Every 7 minutes (if I said 5 I’d be exaggerating) the dance floor lights would come on during the bands sets. Mates and I had a chuckle everytime. Does the lighting guy NOT know where the switch is for the lights that come on and light up the entire room?? When a band plays dont touch that button. I know ideally each band should have their own lighting engineer that knows their songs but what I saw was what appeared to be random sound to light action.. it was probably just the engineer trying to keep up. This all sounds super negi, but its not that bad.

    Sound. Sucked. It lacked bass, it lacked power, it lacked volume. It was incredibly underwhelming. Mix was bad as well. CBM has 3 guitars. I could hear one. Allys bass is a key component of the band, it was non-existent. We actually thought we should go up and ask him to check if he was plugged in. Again, I understand the intricacies involved in mixing, its not easy. What is easy however is running through each of the members on stage and doing a quick check to see if you can hear them and which of their instruments correspond to which channel on your desk.
    Again, ideally each band should have their own sound engineer.

    To end off.. As I said to Lappies. Its the best venue Ive been IN in the world and this includes House of Blues in New Orleans where I saw All American Rejects, Motion City Soundtrack and Sum41.
    I see the potential in the venue. All the kak Ive said above will be ironed out, Ive been there and done that. I know they need some kind of license to allow the sound levels they want to be generating, that hasnt come through yet. So until then we wait.

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