En­er­getic elec­tro pop

One of SA’s lead­ing rock bands

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KNOWN for its raw, pow­er­ful, edgy soun­dandgutsy stanceon­tough­en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial is­sues, Evolver One brings a whole new sound to uShaka’s Up­per Deck to­mor­row at 8 pm. Fans can look for­ward to an en­er­getic, elec­tro-pop feel and songs from the land­mark 2010 al­bum Evolver One. These in­clude the chart­ing sin­gle Are We Lis­ten­ing? as well as Crim­i­nal ( their first sin­gle, which reachedtheTop40in­June-July2010, and num­ber one on 94.5 Kfm-Highveld’s Home­brew in Septem­ber 2010) and Move Along.

Both this much-talked-about al­bum and Evolver One’s new sound come hot on the heels of a name change — for­merly Evolver, now EvolverOne— an­daw­hole­new­mu­si­cal fo­cus. Band mem­bers — front­man Pete Pole, bassist James Co­hen, drum­mer Tulsa Pit­t­away and key­board man Sean Mur­phy — are spread­ing their phi­los­o­phy of “ One” with its op­ti­mistic take on cur­rent eventsand­global events with the help of new pro­ducer and in­ter­na­tional hit maker, Nathan Win­kler ( Hillsong Lon­don, Whit­ney Hous­ton, Westlife, and Natasha and Daniel Bed­ing­field).

Evolver One is one of South Africa’s pre­mium rock bands, hav­ing com­pleted 19 na­tional tours, per­formed over 500 shows and played at most of South Africa’s ma­jor mu­sic fes­ti­vals. The band has shared the stage with many in­ter­na­tional greats such as 3 Doors Down, Stained, Hoober­stank, SnowPa­trol and Oa­sis. Evolver One’sdebu­tal­bum, GetUp( 2006) pro­duced a num­ber of hit sin­gles, in­clud­ing Let’s Get Naked, Get Up, Closer to You and Keep on Mov­ing. The band’s fourth al­bum What’s The Story?, with

chart-top­ping songs such as Go All The Way, Pretty Thing and Why We Lonely, was re­leased in 2008.

Thirty Three— Rob War­ren ( gui­tars and vo­cals), Garth War­ren ( bass and back­ing tracks) and Gary Parker ( drums and back­ing vo­cals) will start the evening with its dis­tinc­tive lo­cal sound. Af­ter win­ning a lo­cal Battle of the Bands, the gigs came rolling in, and it wasn’t long be­fore the trio be­gan record­ing their de­but al­bum Trag­i­cally For­got­ten. Their lat­est al­bum, I AmThe Hi-Fi has been well re­ceived by both crit­ics and fans, with the first sin­gle Walk Out In The Sun shoot­ing to num­ber one on East Coast Ra­dio. The new num­ber-one sin­gle LikeYouis set to­bur­nupthe air­waves — lis­ten out for it to­mor­row.

Tick­ets are avail­able at Com­puticket at R60. In­quiries: uShaka Marine World at 031 328 8000.

— Gig Guide Re­porter.

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Evolver One will be per­form­ing at uShaka in Dur­ban next week.

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