Where the Tor­na­dos blow in

One band, three guys… and three very dif­fer­ent views of what makes Cape Town so spe­cial

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road af­ter the mosque and you’ll find us,” says Ar­row.

Owner of some clas­sic and valu­able gui­tars, Ar­row loves go­ing to Mar­shall Mu­sic in the Cape Town CBD. “You should make a note of this, ex­cuse the pun,” he says. “They have a huge se­lec­tion of gui­tars, a drum­ming sec­tion up­stairs, mu­sic books, DVDs, and even a cof­fee shop. I feel at home there, and the staff are so tuned in.”

Fer­gu­son says he spends most of his time in the many bars and restau­rants for which Cape Town is fa­mous. “I’ve been watch­ing the soc­cer at Champs in Mow­bray, which has all the char m one re­quires from a pool hall next to a taxi rank,” he says. “You can get your hair styled for R25 next door and if you are hun­gry the bar around the bend dou­bles as a fish and chip de­pot.

“I like eat­ing at places like Mzoli’s be­cause it’s all about meat, beer and peo­ple, and I can of­ten be found drink­ing cof­fee at the Ger­man Club be­cause the Tor­na­dos are leg­ends in Speedway’s lunchtime,” says Fer­gu­son, re­fer­ring to one of the city venues at which the band has played fre­quently in the past.

In­ci­den­tally, the hair ref­er­ence is sig­nif­i­cant in rock­a­billy cir­cles. Third mem­ber Simon Perry says he used to cut his own for 10 years but now goes to Johnny Di­a­mond in Con­stan­tia (where Fer­gu­son will also go to have his R25 do fixed). “It’s rock­a­billy to the max,” says Perry. “I had a flat top done, and a 1950s quiff.”

Perry is the baby of the bunch; he is the youngest and new­est mem­ber of the band, hav­ing joined two years ago at the urg­ing of his wife Ce­leste, who bought him his dou­ble bass with casino win­nings. He’s also the fam­ily man of the group, so di­vides his time be­tween go­ing out with or with­out their son Win­ter.

Primi Pi­atti in Camps Bay is very child-friendly, says Perry. “We had a killer brekko there two weeks ago, and there’s a jun­gle gym across the road near the beach.”

An­other place the Per­rys like for break­fast is the Mill Stone at Oude Molen. “I used to prac­tise near there at one of the wards at Valken­berg called The Bunker for years with other bands, and had my first au­di­tion there with Them Torna- dos – me on gui­tar,” he says. “Now there is a great rus­tic res­tau­rant/ cof­fee shop/bak­ery. It seems to be the new happy-cou­ples-with-kids place to be – tree house, horse rides and to­tal farm vibe five min­utes from the city.”

Them Tor­na­dos, MTN Fan Zone, Mon­day at 7.30pm.

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