UK in­die band set for SA tour

The Star Early Edition - - TONIGHT MUSIC - VA­LEN­CIA GOVINDASAMY

“I CAN’T wait to come to South Africa,” says vo­cal­ist and gui­tarist Cavey Roberts of the UK al­ter­na­tive pop band, The Cu­ri­ous In­ci­dent.

Tonight chat­ted with him over Skype about their up­com­ing tour, which starts in Stel­len­bosch then heads to East London, Bloem­fontein, Dur­ban, Pre­to­ria, Joburg and Cape Town.

Com­prised of Roberts, Mirko Pi­conese (lead gui­tar), Dan Brow­ery (bass) and Diaz Mei­di­awan (drums), the band’s mem­bers come from di­verse back­grounds. Roberts rep­re­sents South Africa and The Nether­lands, Pi­conese Italy, Bow­ery Eng­land and Mei­di­awan In­done­sia.

“Yeah, that helps us in our mu­sic as well. I write the song and bring the idea to the guys and we flesh it out to­gether. And be­cause of ev­ery­one’s back­ground, we need to work out how the song will even­tu­ally be and stuff. Like Mirko is clas­si­cally in­flu­enced. He loves ’80s mu­sic also so it’s kinda a weird com­bi­na­tion. Dan has more of an eclec­tic taste and also loves tech­ni­cal. Diaz loves mu­sic by Lost Prophets, Nir­vana, Foo Fight­ers, Linkin Park, nu metal and now he’s also moved into hip hop. And for me, my mum used to play The Bea­tles and I like any­thing from Tay­lor Swift to Sam Smith and The Lu­m­i­neers,” Roberts shares.

The band have a very in­die-pop vibe and their sound also has a bit of RHCP and Bruno Mars. The Cu­ri­ous In­ci­dent have also sup­ported one of their he­roes, English rock­ers The Zom­bies, and have toured Canada and Switzer­land.

It’s not the first time the guys are vis­it­ing South Africa. They first toured here back in 2012.

Roberts says: “Well, I’m South African and just so much has changed in South Africa since the last time we toured. Now, there are big sta­di­ums and loads of artists and a lot of in­ter­na­tional acts that are al­ways per­form­ing there.

“Last time, we kinda had a sin­gle, but we were so young and didn’t re­ally know how to re­lease it and mar­ket it prop­erly. But it was all a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Now, we’ve kept the name of our band, but the style of the mu­sic has changed a lot. It’s still evolv­ing all the time and the peo­ple at our gigs re­ally seem to like the vibe we have go­ing on as well.”

Of their new EP, Penny Lone­some, which con­sists of four new songs as well as some bonus tracks, the vo­cal­ist says: “The songs are es­sen­tially about not hav­ing enough money and not enough love. Like, ev­ery­one says money doesn’t mat­ter but if you need to pay the bills, then we all need it. And in London, it’s crazy with rent and stuff. And with our EP, you can pre-or­der it and then you can get into the gigs for free. Or if you go on Sound­Cloud, they will know what we sound like and do a bit of re­search on us. So there will be a lot of in­fec­tious en­ergy and a few sur­prises to keep the set in­ter­est­ing. We al­ways have a great time at our gigs and love hang­ing out with our au­di­ence af­ter­wards.”

The Cu­ri­ous In­ci­dent: Nov 25: Aand­klas, Stel­len­bosch; Nov 28: Rag­gies, EL; Nov 29: Mys­tic Boer, Bloem; Dec 4: Live the Venue, Dbn; Dec 5: Ar­cade Em­pire, Pta; Dec 6: Ru­mours, Jhb; Dec 13: Manila Bar, CT. See the­cu­ri­ous­in­ci­dent.com.

EN ROUTE: The Cu­ri­ous In­ci­dent .

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