Die Heuwels Fan­tasties rock the Lounge

Talk of the Town - - Help Guide - ROB KNOWLES

THE mood at the Lounge on Fri­day evening was ini­tially a lit­tle tense when one of the amps blew up, and staff were seen run­ning around to fix the sound be­fore the two guest bands took to the stage.

How­ever, due to their hard work be­fore the show, con­cert or­gan­iser and Lounge man­ager Antony du Bruin was con­fi­dent that ev­ery­thing would be work­ing when the show fi­nally be­gan. And he was cor­rect in his as­sess­ment, with the open­ing band, Ace Decade, blast­ing out their music with no ap­par­ent prob­lems.

While the staff worked fu­ri­ously on their fix, Talk of the Town man­aged to speak to front­man of Die Heuwels Fan­tasties, Pierre Greef, and asked him about the band’s music.

“Music should be a con­ver­sa­tion be­tween all par­tic­i­pants; the singer, the band and the au­di­ence,” Greef said. “There is no bet­ter way to ex­pe­ri­ence a song than when it evokes your own im­age of what is be­ing played.”

Greef said that the band’s music was a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort by all of them.

“The band mem­bers get to­gether and start a con­ver­sa­tion about things that have hap­pened or are hap­pen­ing, and a song de­vel­ops from that,” Greef said. “Dif­fer­ent peo­ple may hear dif­fer­ent things in the songs. It is up to them how they in­ter­pret them.

“The music grows or­gan­i­cally. The in­ter­ac­tion of the band mem­bers in­spires the music.”

Die Heuwels Fan­tasties are the hottest Afrikaans band on the charts at the mo­ment, so their trip to Port Al­fred was a boon for the younger peo­ple in town who flocked to the Lounge af­ter dark on Fri­day to ex­pe­ri­ence some great Afrikaans music.

“We have never played in Port Al­fred be­fore as a band, and we know that we must go out and meet our fans,” said Greef.

“Some young bands think that, be­cause they pro­duce a good sin­gle, that is all there is. But, there is no longevity un­less you get out and sup­port the peo­ple who are sup­port­ing you.”

Al­though Fri­day evening’s show had the amps switched up loud, the band’s music can be quite mel­low and heart­felt, and can be lis­tened to on head­phones. How­ever, noth­ing beats the deep bass (played by bass gui­tarist Hunter Kennedy of Fokof­polisiekar) and drums (Shel­don Yoko), in­ter­laced with lead gui­tar (Fred­er­ick den Har­tog) at a live con­cert.

The au­di­ence, mainly al­though not ex­clu­sively com­pris­ing un­der-30s, rocked out to the songs from their al­bums Die Heuwels Fan­tasties, Wilder as die Wild­tuin, Ales Wat Mal Is, Wens jy was hier and their al­bum re­leased in 2014, Ja Nee Lekker.

“There is a lot of good music out there,” said Greef. “But what makes it great music is the peo­ple.”


ROCK­ING IT: Fri­day night at the Lounge saw head­lin­ers Die Heuwels Fan­tasties take to the stage and wow the packed hall with their own style of thought­ful Afrikaans rock into the night

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