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Published: Wednesday, 2013/06/26
“We’re just four guys together, making music. We just love making music.”
That’s how lead guitarist, Tyan Odendal, describes Northern Suburbs band, Ballistic Blues.
Ballistic Blues have been making music since about 2010, when its members were still at school.
Bassist, JP Le Roux, explains that the band started out as a solid blues band, but their sound developed as the band grew musically.
“We still have blues elements, but it’s a lot more rock ’n roll and a lot more funk,” JP says of their current sound.
“It’s very energetic,” drummer Francois Keyser says, while vocalist Nick Forbes adds: “Because we’re young, we try to keep it fresh.”
“And we’re still growing, so there’s a lot of ground to cover,” Nick says.
Ballistic Blues recently released their first five-track EP. “It sounds just fine,” Nick says.
“It’s compiled of the songs we like the most,” JP says, adding that while they don’t play some of the songs on the EP live any more, fans who have been following the band since the beginning will recognise them.
Tyan and JP are also both members of another local band, Dogtown, and when they aren’t making music as a unit, the members are usually jamming with friends.
“We’re all friends with musicians,” JP says.
They also jam for charity. Ballistic Blues have teamed up with Reach for a Dream and are endorsing their Reach for your Slippers campaign. Orange Couch will be visiting Canal Walk on 13 July to promote the fundraising campaign.
“They want you to buy a sticker for R10, and then you can wear your slippers to work or to school on 2 August,” Francois explains.
“You can buy a sticker at Canal Walk from 5 to 14 July in front of Pick n Pay at the promo stand and also at Tyger Valley from 26 July to 2 August,” he says. “So you can buy a sticker there and support a great cause.”
Tyan says fans can expect a lot from Ballistic Blues in the future. “There’s so much we still want to conquer,” he says.
The band still wants to tour Johannesburg and Pretoria and add to their already impressive list of festivals they’ve played at, which includes Up the Creek, Kleinmond Big Blues festival and Table Mountain Blues Summit.
Ballistic Blues have also recorded a song for the Blues Breakers compilation album currently being recorded by V&H Music and Publishing, which will see Ballistic Blues feature alongside some of the biggest blues names in South Africa.
The album is tentatively marked for release in August.
To find out more about Ballistic Blues or upcoming shows, visit their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter at @BallisticBlues.
This week's webisode of Orange Couch is sponsored by Hillcrest Quarry and TygerBurger in support of Reach for a Dream.
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