Hi low there.
How are you all doing this fine public holiday? Good I hope. I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all you fine ladies a great day of being a women. The one day where I will refrain (as much as Jason possibly can) from making kitchen jokes. Those of you who know me understand how difficult that will be… This probably won’t last very long. but I guess it’s the thought that counts.
So today is a public holiday… And for the little kiddies the beginning of a long weekend… A very long one. Id like to express my jealousy, as today I am sitting in a musical practice for approximately 12 hours. Well. Not so much approximately… Maybe exactly 12 hours would be a better description.
“Hey, hey man.”
The raspy, evil voice calls out from the darkness.
“Hey, don’t act like you can’t hear me.”
I know this voice.
“Your time is up, my friend.”
Cruel, demanding. I know I can’t get away.
“You’re mine again.”
This is the voice of calculus.
This is the voice of physics.
This is the voice of some-other-stuff-that’s-less-fun-than-being-on-holiday.
And it’s calling for me.
Well, it’s calling for me and Jason, but it sounds worse if we’re on our own. Let’s say it’s calling for each of us individually. That’s more like it.
Yes, university starts again on Monday. That means we’ve been off for seven weeks already. It doesn’t really feel like it’s been that long. It’s mad. It’s crazy. It’s mad-crazy. But we’ve gotten a lot done in our time off. Photo shoots, recording, writing, fart jokes, arranging gigs – the lot.
I know all the kiddly-winks have started already (on Monday, I believe), and a bunch of other universities too. It’s hard to get back into things. Back into routine. Back into working. Back into the grind. But keep in your mind the image of the dancing orang-utan, and you will get through. You will overcome.
If that fails, you can keep checking up on us for good news. We’ve got EP recording and mixing going on, we’ve got gigs in the pipeline, and we’ve got puns aplenty. Just because two of us will be getting edumackation again, doesn’t mean we’ll stop giving you the goods. We can multi-task like that.
In other news, we’re working on being musical. No, wait. We’re working on playing a musical (the very one Taywee is singing in), which means reading scores and scores of, well, scores. As a classical guitarist, I’m quite acquainted with the treble clef (the one that looks like a fancy G). Unfortunately, the bass part is written in, you guessed it, the bass clef. Other than that slight irritation, my only problem with the musical so far has been that the ad lib slap bass solo (yes, you read that correctly), which I was very excited about, has been cut. But I might sneak one in somewhere else.
Don’t forget that you can hit us up if you have any questions or anything in particular that you’d like to hear about. Just drop a comment thingy down below, or Facebook us, or Tweet us, or (if you’re feeling old-school) just ask one of us when you see us.
Remember the orang-utan.
Hey errboddeh! It’s fatboy here again to tell you about all the new exciting things we’ve been doing and the events coming up.
Forefront has become a split mission of late, with each member being assigned separate jobs going forward:
Nick and I have been doing fairly similar stuff, namely, writing and getting shows for the next while. You’ll catch us at The Russian in Durbanville for the Cause for Paws charity gig on the 24th and Zula Bar in Cape Town on the 30th of June. Keep an eye out for more developments!
There should be a full live acoustic set coming your way in the next while, covers, originals, and exclusive acoustic originals included. We’re also putting some cool new material together, as well as some more underground ideas, but those things are for us to know and for you all to find out 🙂
Rous’ birthday weekend has ended, but the ringing in our ears from Mercury’s Rub-a-dub Dubstep night has not. Totally worth it.
As you may or may not know, our rhythm section have finished their exams, and are finally on holiday, which means more free time to put into Forefront for the next month and a bit. We’ve got a meeting in a couple of hours (we’ve finally managed to steal Taylor away from his busy schedule for an hour or so) which is certain to be filled with productivity, RayWilliamJohnson and whatever Jason has recorded on PVR. But seriously, we’ll be getting busy with a whole lot of cool stuff very soon.
So we’ve just released our first video and we’d love for you to check it out. It’s not a music video par say; it’s an EPK for our first band project “First and Foremost”. It’s got some interesting bits and pieces, interviews with the band, and us performing one of the tracks off the demo. It turned out to be quite a sick video, so be sure to check it out –
Ohey, it’s me again, the red one. I have good tidings, tidings of freedom and of celebration. And stuff. Yes, and stuff.
Today is Thursday, which is nice. It’s also very cold, which is also (in my opinion) nice. Aside from being a cold Thursday, today is also the last day of exams as far as band members are concerned, which, I dare say, is VERY nice. I was tempted to use a word other than “nice” there, but I thought “nice” would suffice. Twice. With rice. No dice? I’ll stop.
As you can imagine, we’re rather happy about this. Because in the same way Summer follows Spring, June follows May, and Taylor follows rugby scores; holidays follow exams. It is the natural way of things. And that, now that Zorba too has finished with exams, naturally leaves us squarely in the holidays and squarely in the being-more-productive-days too. Which is very nice indeed.
So, here I am, planning get my first early night in weeks, listening to death metal, and writing a blog for the website. With the weather being so nice over the last few days we have had a few chances to “frolic” (as Nick would say) in the sunshine and get some inspiration.
This is a warning that new material is coming.
With such exciting activities as band practices, band meetings, and other “exciting activities”, the band has managed to throw some ideas on the table. Emails have been sent, applications have been filled, and studio time has been booked for the future, it’s gonna happen!
In other news Forefront also hit up a short set at Mercury – attended by some loyal fans whom we’d like to thank – and it turned out to be quite a night. Jason has now begun taking fan numbers after shows as well, but has bumped his gender ratio up to 55/45! You figure it out.
Now, time for a story.
While things have been pretty hectic for us over here with the ginger and myself all up in the varsity exams, we didn’t want to let that affect our relationship with you. So we thought now would be a good time to shower you with Forefrontal stuff. So with our website out (Stuff Count: 1) we thought there are some more things we should be letting you know about.
Right now, while I type this, we’re actually putting our highly developed procrastinating skills to action by means of a band practice. We’ve been working on our set for Mercury on Monday (Stuff count: 2), and it’s sounding pretty epic. Come through and check it out. Bands start at 10.
I also thought I should share …for all of you who spend your free time tracking down the actual location of Nick’s house… we have some good news: Our YouTube channel is here! (SC: 3) This is a much better way to spend you free time, guaranteed. You can take my word for it; I’ve been to Nick’s house. On the other hand, he did mention that he does enjoy picking up phone numbers off the stage after shows. So don’t forget to throw him yours on Monday (Females preferably [60:40 ratio]). (more…)
Alriiiiiight, so its been a couple of days since we’ve launched the website, and so far so good! We’ve received some great feedback from fans and it seems that okes are digging the site, which is cool. The site itself is one of those wordpress thingy things that Jason has altered and changed and personalised – we think it looks pretty sick, and we hope you do too.
To be honest, the launching of the website has been the most exciting thing that’s happened in a little while – last gig we played was at Zula a couple of weeks ago (which went very well), and otherwise its been all quiet because our good ol’ rhythm section have varsity exams. But myself and Taylor have taken the time to work on some new material that we think is sounding rad, so that’s productive at least. We’re playing at Mercury on Monday, which we’re lank excited about, and may throw in that new stuff I was referring to now now, so come through and listen to the mentioned new stuff and tell us what you think.
Welcome, welcome. As you can see, we’ve made it “all up in the interwebs”, as some other popular South African artists might put it. We now have a page, and despite my suggestion of naming it ‘Jimmy’ being shot down, we’re all rather pleased with it.
So, the internet then, how does it work? I haven’t the foggiest, but thankfully Jason does. He also knows how design works, along with a great deal of other things, which is really convenient. From what I’ve managed to figure out, he designed the page and then summoned the mystical and majestic internet unicorn to carry it back to internet-land. Obviously there were more steps involved, but I’m pretty sure that’s the gist of it.