Photograph by Andre Badenhorst
Front: Wynand Myburgh & Johnny de Ridder | Back: Hunter Kennedy, Francois van Coke, Jaco S. Venter
Selfmedikasie is officially here!
FOKOFPOLISIEKAR’s highly anticipated album, 'Selfmedikasie' (Self-medication) is officially out exclusively on iTunes, Apple Music and in stores.
Die Bende has once again produced a timeless album with a revitalised Fokofpolisiekar sound that sticks and makes their listeners feel. The lyrics are profound, introspective and questioning of its personal and socio-political landscape.
With this project, Fokofpolisiekar tried to capture the spirit of the music that influenced them when they were teenagers.
Earlier this year the band famously raised over a, R1, million with the help of their most loyal fans to fund the production of 'Selfmedikasie'. Their motto has always been “Passion. Liberation. Independence.” That is why it was Fokofpolisiekar’s mission from the outset to release Selfmedikasie 100% independently, free from any investor or record label interference.
Selfmedikasie was entirely self-produced and recorded at Fokofpolisiekar’s guitarist, Johnny de Ridder’s studio in the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town. The design work is done by one of the band’s closest friends, the artist Marchand.
Selfmedikasie is an album that will have fans passionately singing along for years to come and the perfect snapshot of where Fokofpolisiekar find themselves now.
Watch the lyric video for the first track on the album – Dis in my bloed, baby (It’s in my blood, baby)
Selfmedikasie – Album cover and tracklist
The album’s cover is an Ouroboros. Hunter Kennedy, the group’s lyricist, guitar player and backing vocalist, explains that it “represents the eternal cycle of self-destruction and rebirth.”
About the choice of the album title, Francois van Coke explains: “Selfmedikasie is the title of one of the tunes on the album, but the band believes that Fokofpolisiekar has had a therapeutic influence on our lives. It really helped me over the years to shout to people night after night at our shows. It helped me to calm down. Fokofpolisiekar was our church, family and medication.”
- Dis in my bloed, baby
- Parkiebank, Herfs 2017
- Ek glo in die son
- Selfoontoring van Babel
- Ek is cool (ons is fukt-up)
- Wat is hierdie liedjie se naam?
- Belowe jou, belowe my
- Lied van die slang
This album will be best enjoyed with earphones on or blasting through your sound system at full volume while browsing through the spectacular 32-page CD booklet. The booklet includes all the lyrics and every track has a custom artwork by the artist Marchand.
The 12’’ vinyl is also a stunning package with beautiful spot varnish finishes and is limited to 500 units. It is available from the band’s online store: http://www.fokofpolisiekar.co.za/store
Buy one Fokof Lager Draught and get one Selfmedikasie CD for FREE
Fokof Lager is a firm favourite on tap, but will very soon also be available 340ml bottles which will be introduced in a Limited Edition 12 pack gift box accompanied by Fokofpolisiekar’s new album, Selfmedikasie.
Keep an eye on Fokof Lager’s Facebook and Instagram accounts to see exactly when and where it will be available.
In the meantime, the folks at Fokof Lager have something fun up their sleeves. Over the weekend of 6 – 8 October, lucky fans can get the Selfmedikasie CD for free when they order a 500ml Fokof Lager from selected venues.
The venues are:
Capital Craft - Menlo Park
Capital Craft - Centurion
The Fat Butcher - Stellenbosch
Van Hunks - Cape Town
Chingadas - Port Elizabeth
Lucky Rodrigo - Pretoria
Brauhaus Bavaria - Pretoria
Rocomamas - Potchefstroom
The Shadowboxer - Johannesburg
Rocomamas - Bloemfontein