[WONDERboom from left to right are: Cito; Jonathan Bell; Martin Schofield; Wade Williams]
[Picture Credit - Rob Scholtz]
WONDERboom gave fans a first screening of the ‘Southern Light’ music video during their sets on the Crash Test Dummies tour this past weekend.
Watch 'Southern Light' below!
‘Southern Light’ is the most recent single from WONDERboom’s brand new album ‘Rising Sun’ – arguably their strongest release to date – and front man Cito explains the concept of the video, saying “We wanted to create something more abstract with visual candy. Playing around with the concept of the Northern Lights and its magical colours.”
The video was directed, filmed and edited by WONDERboom’s trusted visual “5th member”, Roger Adrian Williams. Performance scenes were shot in front of a green screen for half a day, after which the band shot another video for the upcoming single ‘Praying Mantis’ for the rest of the day.
Undoubtly one of SA’s top live bands, WONDERboom made SA proud in December when they won Top Award, competing against 14 other countries, at the 'Silk Road Indie Music Festival' in Chengdu, China. Media and Fans across the country celebrated the Gold Award win and were once again reminded why WONDERboom are one of SA’s longest running Rock bands.
Catch WONDERboom at their best as they perform live on the following dates, including the Red Square Le Club Reunion at Rivonia Barnyard on the 7th of April:
24 Feb – Radium Beer Hall
3 Mar – Outta Town with Arno Carstens
22 Mar – Coolz Crafty Corner, Benoni
29 Mar – Aasvoël Klub, Bloemfontein
30 Mar – Café Roux, Cape Town
31 Mar – Die Boer, Durbanville
1 Apr – Lush Festival, Clarens
7 Apr – Red Square Le Club Reunion, Rivonia Barnyard
ABOUT THE ALBUM RISING SUN
Rising Sun is a triumphant release from WONDERboom and is packed with 11 powerful songs. Album opener Humans launches the album with that distorted guitar-riff driven, kick drum stomping, dirty Rock & Roll sounding, fist-pumping anthem WONDERboom delivers so well. Southern Light is the current single from Rising Sun receiving love across SA radio, and with previous singles Great Escape and Ooh La La already fan favourites, these three singles are just a taste of what Rising Sun holds. The rest of the album is just pure magic listening to singles such as Hell, Praying Mantis, In Place Of Something, and Shark Bite.
WONDERboom are so excited for fans to hear this album! “For the first time EVER, we took our time and were extremely meticulous with the whole production process. Sometimes we’d re-record, other times we’d just scrap, but every song on Rising Sun is meant to be there and pretty much the cream of the crop. First album with Jono on drums. I think fans will get a sense of ‘Damn, you worked hard on this record!’ The attention to detail, the energy, the musicality, the soul… It’s all in there. We had a motto for the album and that was ‘GO THERE!’ No half-arsed attempts at any song. It’s heavy, it’s beautiful, it’s epic,” comments Cito.
WONDERboom have cemented their legendary status. 21 Years in the industry, 8 albums released, headlined many major SA festivals, been nominated for 5 SAMA’s (South African Music Awards), and won a Kanna Award & People Crystal Award in 2003 for South Africa’s hottest band. They also won the South African leg of the 2004 Global Battle of the Bands & came SECOND WORLDWIDE! There can be few South African music fans that aren’t familiar with their hits, like Never Ever, Jafta Rebel, Something Wrong, Green Fever, Africa, Shadows, Charlie, It’s Great to be Alive, Best Side, On The Radio, and Karaoke Bar.
'Rising Sun' adds to this impressive list as we salute SA’s favourite Rock band, WONDERboom.
If you think you know WONDERboom and you have your favourite song from watching one of SA’s most iconic Rock bands grow from strength to strength over the past 21 years, but you haven’t heard Rising Sun, you’re in for an amazing surprise. Your favourite song is on this album.
Track listing for ‘Rising Sun’:
- Southern Light
- Northern Light
- Great Escape (music video)
- In Place of Something
- Rising Sun
- Ooh La La (music video)
- Praying Mantis
- Digital Dan (Instrumental)
- Shark Bite
WONDERboom’s brand new album ‘Rising Sun’ is available across all digital platforms.
Rising Sun is out now on CD and Digital release.