An interview with The Black Cat Bones
Park Acoustics proudly invites legendary South African frontman Arno Carstens along with Pretoria blues-rock supergroup Black Cat Bones, rock ‘n’ roll legends Shadowclub, Cape Town’s finest Crimson House, The Valley, The Rob Father and DJ Lemon for a BIG day out on the 6th of October!
Bring your friends and family and spend the day on the soft green grass with top local music, enjoying delicious food and drinks. Also be sure to catch legends Loyiso Madinga, Donovan Goliath and Chris Mapane on the comedy floor!
I caught up with Andre Kriel from The Black Cat Bones to chat about the event and what they have been up to:
This has been a big year for you guys. You’ve been nominated for a SAMA for an amazing album and signed with Just Music. Personally, what have been some of the best moments?
Awww, thanks for your kind words. We’re in the process of revisiting some of our way-old tunes and doing some amazing live audio and video recordings for that. It’s always exciting to witness new life being breathed into an old number and this definitely qualifies as some of the best moments so far. We are also very honoured to be acknowledged for our work and the SAMAs this year was an absolute blast!
That’s awesome! It’s good to see rock music in South Africa getting some recognition (not that you need it). But tell me about the experience of having your album nominated for a SAMA? It was a tough category! Do you guys feel like you’ve set a certain standard for yourself now or is all just about doing what you guys want to do?
We always try to raise the bar and we’re constantly challenging ourselves to do so. This being our second SAMA nomination kinda reaffirms the fact that we’re heading in the right direction.
Yes! So, how about the signing with Just Music? You’ve been in the industry for a long time, why did you decide to do it now?
Just Music’s been looking after our online distribution for the past 10 years now and we have a very close friendship with them. The signing was just another step in the natural evolution of our relationship and it’s one of the best decisions we’ve ever made in this band.
Now on to Park Acoustics. How many Park Acoustics have you played? And what do you guys think makes this event so special?
Yowzer! This has to be close to number 10 already. Park Acoustics has become an institution in the South African music scene and is still one of the best-organised events on the live music calendar. Henk and his team, without fail, manage to get the balance just right between all the different mediums of entertainment from live rock to comedy to dance.
It’s also a good old rock ‘n’ roll lineup. People are in for a big party! Which one of the other bands are you really keen to see?
Yeah, baby. This time around it’s all Rock &’n Roll and we have to commend Park Acoustics on having the balls to embrace this genre which is perceived as a dying breed by a lot of ‘soft’ folks out there and providing a platform for us to keep it alive. We’re amped for everyone on the bill and as long as there are guitars and drums, there will be Rock ‘n Roll!
YES! So, I’ve heard that you may be working on some new music? Can we perhaps expect a new song on the setlist at PA?
Damn straight! You can indeed expect some fresh chops as well as a new spin on some of the older (dare I say) classics.
Please share a link to one of your songs you think would give people a taste of what to expect at this PA.
Lastly, what’s the next big thing for The Black Cat Bones? Anything we can look forward to the last few months of the year or 2020 – perhaps a coastal tour?
Definitely the annual coastal tour kicking off in early December, but keep watching this space for a couple of nasty surprises hitting the waves before that.
Park Acoustics Lineup
11:00 The Valley
12:05 Crimson House
13:10 Black Cat Bones
15:30 Arno Carstens
16:45 The Robfather vs DJ Lemon
Date: Sunday, 6 October 2019
Venue: Voortrekker Monument, PTA
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