From The Graeme Watkins Project Facebook page:
“12 Months ago, the world was pretty “safe” – the economy was still in tact, the future was bright and in SA Music, Season 5 of Idols was in full swing. Little did we all realise that someone, and something, special was being unearthed – Graeme Watkins.
Graeme has since teamed up with some of the most highly regarded and accomplished musicians in South African music to create his new initiative – The Graeme Watkins Project (GWP). Ryno Zeelie plays Lead Guitarist (famed for playing with Danny K, We Will Rock You and Rent); Rudo Pieterse on Bass (having played for Karen Zoid, amongst others) and Matthew Marinus on drums (notorious for his work in Fevertree, Zebra & Giraffe and Skouspel shows).
Despite being a simple “3-piece band”, GWP produces one of the biggest sounds around. GWP brings a dirty, edgy, rough approach to a medley of pop, indie, rock and electronic genres.
Channelling influences such as “The Springbok Nude girls”, “Boo!”, “The Killers” and even a hint of “Depeche Mode”, this unique sound is bound to inject a splice of energy into every listener. With the ADHD inspired beat, the music is designed to get the crowd into the mad-capped mindset of the band members, to break out of their comfort zone and rock out to the all-encompassing movement of the melody.
This unit has managed to break the “cookie-cutter” mould of stereotypically SA Pop-Rock by producing a handful of fresh, new original tracks – each lined with raw, pure emotion … pretty much exactly what everyone, not only the SA Music scene, desperately needs right now.”
The Graeme Watkins Project Cape Town Tour includes a performance at Mercury Live in Zonnebloem this Friday, 5 August along with supporting act Kill Disco and Brothers Streep. See Facebook for details of prices, times & specials.
We have four tickets to giveaway. Simple Like B-guided on Facebook and leave a comment that includes the words ‘GWP’ or ‘Watkins’ before noon on Thursday. We’ll contact you late Thursday to let you know if you’ve won.