Seen on August 7, 2014 @ Good Hope Centre, Cape Town
August 7… what a glorious night. Editors and Wolfmother were set to play at the Good Hope Centre in Cape Town before moving North to destroy the ears of their audiences at Oppikoppi. Overall, the night was extremely loud, but I guess that was to be expected. The frequent flickering of stage lights could send almost anyone into an epileptic fit, but luckily it seemed that the audience survived and found delight in the evening.
Slick-haired South African rockers, Shadowclub, paved the way for Editors and Wolfmother with their own brand of dirty blues rock. They were perfect to share the stage with Wolfmother, as one doesn’t have to look far to find Wolfmother influences in their sound. Frontman Jacques Moolman delivered smooth, but leaping, vocals to function as a ream to pull together the dirty rock instrumentalism. They engaged very well with the crowd and expressed their appreciation of sharing the stage with their heroes. Being as unique as they are, they should be a regular feature in the SA music scene for the forseeable future.
By the time Editors arrived, the crowd had grown to near full capacity and was bustling in anticipation. Editors opened with ‘Sugar’ from their latest album, The Weight Of Your Love, which delivered with a real punch. Throughout the evening, their most impressive feat can be attributed to lead singer, Tom Smith, that has some of the most stellar vocal talents that I have seen in a while. He can climb to a comfortable falsetto where he can stay, like a constant howl, without fail. Recently, they have parted with their original guitarist, Chris Urbanowicz, but they soon found an extremely capable replacement in Justin Lockey.
Their engagement with the audience was amazing, especially on crowd favourite ‘Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors’, which ended in a spectacular jam session for the band. Their songs occasionally deteriorated into sections that were more chaos then organisation. Overall a very entertaining performance that the crowds at Oppikoppi should make a point of seeing.
This Australian trio bred huge amounts of anticipation in the audience, that has now grown to astounding numbers. The opened with old favourite, ‘Dimension’ and continued to mostly play songs off their first two albums. The crowd loved it. They, very effectively, fed off the crowd’s energy, producing ever lengthier solo portions of songs as their set progressed. The bassist, Ian Peres, is extremely entertaining to watch. He often plays fuzzy bass runs while, simultaneously, kicking the keyboard to extract some smashing organ sounds. When he does put the bass down to focus on the keyboard, he hits it like a monkey hitting a congo.
Frontman, Andrew Stockdale, has a beautiful chemistry with the crowd, allowing their chanting to drown out his own high pitch singing. He plays his electric guitar with masterful accuracy, while still maintaining their signiture dirty rock sound that made them famous. They are the perfect example of a band that is so passionate about making noise, that you can’t really call it noisy with a clean conscience. They can passionately allow a soloist to drift into chaotic oblivion, but still maintain a hard and steady beat in the background to ground the musician when he eventually comes back to earth. They were extremely entertaining and they seemed to enjoy it as much as the crowd did.