Hadeda Are Not Another Two-Piece Garage Band

Hadeda may seem like another two-piece garage band, but we promise you they’re not. Evan van Zyl breaks down the not a two-piece garage band’s mini EP, SNAKES.



As I mentioned in a tweet last week (which only got one favourite), I was busy sleeping on my bed, while you guys were busy sleeping on Hadeda’s debut release.


Hadeda (Cameron Lofstrand – Keyboard, Guitar Vocals; Micah Hastings-Bell – Drums) have been around for about a year now, and I honestly feel that these guys are one of Durban’s most underrated bands. Through the annoying process that we all go through with labelling things, they may seem like another two-piece garage band, but I promise you they’re not. (And I would know, I’ve been in more than one) I mean you could compare them to bands like The White Stripes in the sense that there is a boy singer and a girl drummer, but that only happen because you know nothing about The White Stripes and even less about Hadeda.


The SNAKES Mini EP takes a side step to the regular garage approach, as it isn’t as guitar-heavy as you’d expect it to be. In fact, only one of the three songs had guitar feature as the lead instrument. A dirty keyboard leads the majority of the release, and we find these dudes exploring unknown territory for Durban “rock” music. With the aforementioned keyboard, layered vocals, pop melodies and some “ohhhhhh’s” thrown in the mix, they create a rather appealing pile of musical vomit.


The titular track is an off-kilter keyboard groove track. A solid drum structure carries an alternating ascending/descending melody down one of the strangest yet catchier bridges/chorus parts I’ve ever come across. The addition of the “oooooh’s” in SNAKES places itself in contrast with the distorted keyboard and comes off close to melancholic in tone.


If I Could MELT is the more predictable number on the tracklist, but predictable isn’t always bad, because the song rips. A decent amount of yelling and aggression had me relating heavily with the bridge lines “Same shit I’ve heard my whole life, I know I could do better if I tried”, before sinking into a breakdown of note, with some pointers that are possibly out of Dick Dale’s playbook. Production wise the track does see a bit of a drop in quality, with a more compressed sound hugging the noise, but they’ve stated that a more high-quality version of the song will be uploaded soon so I won’t lay into it too much.


The final track is the weirdest out of the set. With a keyboard drum loop and the same siff keyboard tone, a slightly disturbing morphed voice saying “Spliterlude” rules this annoyingly infectious rhythm for a total of 2 minutes and 2 seconds.


I could end off this review by talking about vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Cameron Loftstrand’s various projects and how this one compares, but I’m not going to do that, because Hadeda stands on it’s own feet. If anything, we’re seeing the start of these dudes shedding an overarching rock influence for the sake of some kind of newer Psychedelic Hip-Hop and Pop infused sound. They are making some of the most original sounding shit I’ve heard come out of Durban scene since the breakout of MOUSE.


As a whole, I find the SNAKES Mini EP as a garage release that shares its approach to making music with the genre, but it changed all the ingredients. It steers away from what would be considered cliche, and dives into a direction that is risky but has a huge payoff.



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