Mother City Music: Distorted Youth
It’s a special kind of feeling when you walk into a venue in Cape Town, dark, smoky and packed with city kids, and you hear some kind of rock music. That’s how I felt when I walked up Mercury‘s stairs to Mother City Music‘s event, Distorted Youth, last Wednesday. The night’s line-up consisted of three acts: Runaway Nuns, The Deathrettes and Dangerfields. The names all somewhat symbolising what was to be expected.
We were just in time to catch a little bit of Runaway Nuns, the first act of the night. Quick and heavy drums mixed with guitar distortion filled the venue, as the crowd quickly got a feel for the band and took their places in front of the stage to dance. Their sound is raw – garage rock – and just what the city needs on a typical icy June night in Cape Town.
Next up, The Deathrettes took their place on the stage. Frontman, Dylan Rooibokkie, is quite the frontman – Making full use of the small stage, howling at the crowd: “Whooo”, “Aaaaah”. The crowd backs him fully – The scene is alive. It’s chaotic and wonderfuly unrefined, but just what I needed – Heavy, raw music to fade into darkness the electro hub the city has become. Their “final” song turned into three to the crowd’s (and my!) great appreciation.
Then Dangerfields appeared on stage, and surprised us by something quite different from the previous two acts – Lucas Swart’s vocals are darker, slower. The crowd warmed up slowly, getting closer to the stage in curious admiration. Their sound is somewhat gentler and smoother, but not without the rawness that was evident throughout the previous two acts’ sets. Formed only this year, I’m keen to follow them to see where they take it from here.
Somewhere during their set, I looked around the venue: musicians and new fans standing together appreciating the night, the music and the atmosphere. This is what we need more of: nights that allow us to escape from whatever we need to escape from.
Thanks Mother City Music, and thanks bands – You gained a new follower!
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