Today sees the official release of the brand new EP by GANGS OF BALLET, entitled FORM & FUNCTION, PART 1. The EP is a first in a triptych of EP releases by the band, following the release of their debut album (yes/no/grey.) in 2013. The first single from the EP, Always, was released in August this year.
The EP was written over the course of the past year, produced by Denholm Harding, engineered by Brendyn Rossouw and recorded at Universal Music’s studios in Rosebank, Johannesburg.
The band has been interested in the Bauhaus movement which revolved around the re-invention and re-purposing of art and function. With Hardus De Beer leaving the band early 2015 and their becoming a 3-piece, they found themselves undergoing a process of re-invention and adapted the Bauhaus principle of ‘form follows function’ to the band. Thus the name of the EP – “Form & Function”.
“We like the idea of progress. As people we all change so much in a year of living so it's a natural thing for your art to do the same.”
Form & Function, Part 1 is the first part of the collection and a transition of songs - it features signature GOB elements, such as their anthemic choruses, whilst also being more synth and electronically focused. Sonically it’s a departure from their previous work and pushes their live performance into a different space.
“We are really excited to finally have something fresh out there that’s the first part of a very big project! It's the first step of a journey that already feels so good to us. Fans can expect a bit of the old and new; it's got legs live and we can't wait to play it for you.”
FORM & FUNCTION, PART 1 - Track Listing:
- I Can Hear You
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FORM & FUNCTION, PART 1 - LAUNCH TOUR DATES
9 October 2015 // Arcade Empire // Pretoria
10 October 2015 // Rivonia Barnyard // Johannesburg
13 October 2015 // Willowbridge Barnyard Theatre // Cape Town
26 October 2015 // Cresta Barnyard Theatre // Johannesburg
30 October 2015 // McArthur’s Pool // Port Elizabeth
More dates to be announced soon.