Averral Sole is the latest alternative rock band from PE. The band consists of four members; Wouter Botes on drums, Zane Britz on guitar, Jo-Anne Nomsa Mattheus on bass guitar and vocals, and Arno Erasmus on lead guitar and vocals.
The name Averral Sole has a special meaning to the band. The word "averral" means to make a statement. While "sole" carries the meaning of "uniqueness". So if one had... to explain the name of the band in one sentence, one could say it means: Statement of Uniqueness.
This can also describe the music of the band. Though the bands music is predominantly rock, each song has a different genre hidden beneath the rock exterior. Some of the hidden genres one can recognise, includes: reggae, pop, metal, country and a few others. The music and lyrics are mostly written by the whole band. The band writes mostly of everyday life, love and a bit of anger here and there.
Each of the members has a lot of experience in the music industry. Arno has been playing guitar since the age of 6, and started performing at the age of 10. Arno has been invovled in performances with the Centrestage cast for the last 3 years, and has performed with various acts at the KKNK. All of this, and Arno is only 20 years old.
Zane Britz has been in various rock and hard rock bands. Zane and Wouter were in the band Draining Patience, after that they formed the band The Northaern Lights. Jo-Anne later joined The Northaern Lights as their lead singer. The band didn't go on long after that. Zane, Wouter and Jo-Anne started jamming together just as Wouter started a new job outside of his music. That is where he met Arno who decided he wanted to jam with them. They then formed Averral Sole.
Together these band members have a lot of experience in quite a few different genres, I mean, 3 of the members have even played in boere orkeste, while two other members have come from playing in cover bands and have played as session musicians for big Afrikaans artists.
On the 23rd of September the band had their launch. The launch was so that the band can introduce themselves to everyone interested in the music scene, so that they can be heard. The entrance fee to this gig was free, and was held at Toni's Place in Newton Park. The venue was packed, and the atmosphere was electrifying. Before Averral Sole came on stage, The River Kai had opened for them. The lights suddenly went off, the smoke machine blows a big cloud of smoke, the strobes are flashing, in the background is the sound of a spaceship landing. Suddenly all the lights go off, the noise stops, the people are quiet and staring at the stage as if we are waiting for the aliens to appear. Then, Wouter starts with a drum roll, and the rest of the band follows, opening their set with an exciting guitar solo, then they slide in to their first song.
The bands music has a good balance between fun, serious, hardcore and chilled. The audience enjoyed the music more than I had ever seen a PE crowed enjoy any PE band, especially when, at the end of the show, the audience started chanting "WE WANT MORE!" The bands next gig will be on the 8th of October at the Jesters Full Power Music Festival where they will share the stage with 8 other PE bands. Don't miss this gig, it promises to be big! For more info on this gig, go to: http://www.facebook.com/index.php?lh=f50823d696de1baacd35af85a18d30f5&eu=TyqZwZS4ouNNwHnnljB8Jw#!/event.php?eid=145356355560198
To find out more about the band, go to: http://www.facebook.com/index.php?lh=f50823d696de1baacd35af85a18d30f5&eu=TyqZwZS4ouNNwHnnljB8Jw#!/AverralSole?sk=info
Or you could just Google the band, it works.
Or email Jo-Anne on firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, 4 September 2011
“Alternative” in music terms means anything from Rock to Pop, as long as it is a band playing the music, or it is being played live, basically. There are a few placed where you could go to see a live act, but only one place in PE has been around for a while, and only caters to live acts. That place is called; Jesters Alternative Club. This little club has hosted some big names, local acts include: Crash Car Burn, Fuzigish and a whole lot more. They have also hosted a few international acts.
The club has been stereo typed as being a metal club, but I assure you, this is not true. At Jesters, the owners believe that any music played by a band should be given the chance to be heard. Therefore, they host different genres on different nights. They have metal nights for all the metal bands, rock nights for rock bands and so forth...Jesters is also probably one of the bars with the coolest staff and the best prices. They are very well known for their “Happy Hour”. With a generous glass of wine for only R7, a double brandy and coke for R15, and Jagermeister and tequila for R10 a shot, with prices like these, it’s understandable that people finish their drink so quickly, or often even buy 3 or 4 drinks at a time during this hour. Even outside of this hour, the prices are spiffing.
Welcome to my blog; Gee Haar n Roos. My name is Jo-Anne, but you can call me Nomsa. Why Nomsa, you ask? We’ll get to that later. Every week I will make an entry, and I want you to read it, and if you want, you may comment on it. Besides, everyone is entitled to their wrong opinions, even I am.
Now we can talk more about me, well, not talk, read. YOU CAN READ! YOU CAN READ! YOU CAN READ! YOU CAN READ! (I used to own the whole series on video tapes). They call me Nomsa because I told them to. I think Nomsa is a kief name, and apparently (I don’t know how true this is) it means vagina in Xhosa or Zulu or something. That makes it even cooler. The name of the blog; “Gee Haar n Roos” means: “Give her a Rose”, which is the title of an Epic Afrikaans song. Google it.
I like to think that I know a thing or two about music and the music scene in general, since I am very involved in it. I “slappa da bass man” in four completely different bands, I have managed a band, I sing, I’m a “baarmoeder” (bar lady) at a music club, which you will probably also hear about in later articles. The bands I play in at the moment include: a Rock band(Averral Sole, check us out on Facebook), a cover band, an Afrikaans pop band(Mattheus. Yes, we play “sokkie bokkie treffers”, but we have never used the words ”sokkie” or “bokkie” in any of our songs) and a Boere-Orkes. You can see the Boere-Orkes on KykNet (DSTV channel 111) on the 1st of October 2011 at 21:00. I have played in punk bands, one metal band and I often do session work.
I am getting bored writing about me, lil-let’s get back to the blog. Right now I can not make any promises of how great my blog will be, or what I will write about, because these things just happen, but it will, more than likely, be about music. Though I will try (moderately) hard to entertain you with things I see and experience. Let’s see what happens...