Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The End of Sticky Antlers and the beginning of a lot of other acts!

STICKY ANTLERS - One of SA's most extreme bands might have stopped playing live, but their legend lives on, and now more than ever people are starting to realize what a great act this was (and how ahead they were in a country where 2009 and 2010 were mostly filled with poor quality DJ's and bands that wouldn't stand out from a line up of one). When Sticky Antlers started most of the South African music scene was not prepared for a band that did not care about the audience or their opinions, that did not try to sound directly like their influences, and that constantly poked at the underbelly of local music scene - yes they were sometimes obnoxious and often spoke their mind with tragic results, but someone had to do it, and now even though most South African's are still oblivious to the impact they had, the music industry has changed in a few major ways, and I firmly believe that Sticky Antlers played a very large role in this. 

Home recording was seen as the worst possible thing any local band could do, if tens of thousands weren't thrown into a over priced studio with an overrated recording technician / fancy pants producer, then it just wasn't considered to be any good. Now we have plenty of bands who have adopted the strong DIY spirit, and although the Sticky Antlers weren't the first in South Africa to do this, they started up the idea at a time that it had become very unpopular. They also sold merchandise at their shows, and I mean everything from Shirts to art obscurities (like paintings and plushy dolls and hand made chocolate), and were often confronted by other groups in a very harsh manner - people who went out of their way to tell them that's not how it works and that they are wasting their time - now I see those same creeps with merchandise tables and I wonder… do they realize how hypocritical they are, or are they just stupid… we'll never know, but one thing we do know is that this band opened doorways to new ways of thinking in our country, and reminded many people of the punk spirit and ethics that bands in the past (local and international) had used successfully so many times in history. 

The band became so notorious that they were included in the Punk In Africa documentary and ever since Keith Jones and Deon Maas started screening their documentary all over the world I have had a steady influx of interest in Sticky Antlers. 

Although it was short lived (only from 2008 to 2010), the band that started off with crowds running out the door at their first shows, soon snow-balled beyond original expectations.

Unfortunately all good things must come to an end, in 2010 their drone guitarist Damon Civin left to further his studies abroad, they did not feel that they could ever find a replacement so they decided to rather put an end to Sticky Antlers.

They released two albums in their short lifespan, the first was a self titled CD and in 2010 they followed with "Tupperware Tombstone", a fitting name considering they were calling it quits. The album came out with a limited edition 2 hour DVD, more of a video montage of them recording, goofing off and touring through Cape Town.

You can download both Sticky Antlers albums online, or contact KRNGY if you are interested in physical copies. The albums are currently only available in CD format. 

Sticky Antlers - Self Titled Album

Sticky Antlers - Tupperware Tombstone

But the members of Sticky Antlers all went on to create other musical projects, from Make-Overs, Spambot, Splinter Sect and Brown Spiders to name a few. Find below some links with more info on their other acts….

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Introducing Brown Spiders!

Sprung from the surprisingly fertile loins of one half of the Sticky Antlers,Brown Spiders are a nervous duo of ex-juvenile delinquent alley vandals hailing from the suburban backwoods of Kilnerpark.Being the obsessive compulsive malcontents they are,they are anxious to fuck shit up one more time by picking up foreign instruments and wading zombie-like into the murky unknown.Perfectly content in their awkward ineptitute and noisy abandon they forged unblinkingly ahead and against all odds emerged victorious.From a mere pity fuck to a fullblown Roman orgy.So to speak.Short and to the point they are like a swift kick to the balls.Can they be stopped?No.Would you want them to?Yes.But in the best possible way.A beautiful horror of accidents to be gawked at with utter amazement and wonder at how it all came to this...Now boasting extra terror and decibels in the form of bassist and recent addition, Handy Andy. 2+1=3.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

We can't keep up!

We just can't keep up with all the blog posts we need to do! Since I have last posted the Make-Overs (local South African band0 has released three more albums and a single! The Brown Spiders have released their debut album, and are on the verge of releasing their second. They have also have a debut 7" coming out on Chicago based Hozac Records!

KRNGY finally has a working band camp, where you can purchase downloads, the Make-OVers are off on their second US tour, we have had other amazing releases from Splinter Sect, Spambot and upcoming release from Cape Town band - The Straight Suits! 

All in all the last year has been incredibly busy, with hardly any time left to post. So excuse us for not keeping up like we should, soon I will add many different posts concerning all the awesome things, new art, our latest toy line and more!