Frederic Egersdorfer

Frederic Egersdorfer

Frederic Egersdorfer is the founder and owner of UNDERGROUND PRESS. He has taken on the role of senior Captain & Chief taking on the responsibilities of making sure that UNDERGROUND PRESS is a well-oiled machine. You can follow him on Twitter @F_Egersdorfer and at Instagram @f_egersdorfer

Website URL: http://www.undergroundpress.co.za/

Canadian Rapper Spek Won: New Video Titled 'Indome Mafia'

 Canadian rapper, Spek Won (AKA Benjamin Addy), recently released his latest single, ‘Indome Mafia’, today.

Watch ‘Indome Mafia’ below!

About Spek Won.

Spek Won is the stage name for Benjamin Addy, who released his debut single titled ‘HipLife’ in 2009 and later followed up with the mix-tape ‘Preemo Donna’ in 2010.

Spek Won Subsequently joined the hip-hop collective 88 Days of Fortune.

He released his second album, ‘Sofa King Amazing’, in 2015. The album became most noted for the single ‘Black Body’, a reflection on recent incidents of Police Violence against young African-American men in both Canada and the United States.

The video for ‘Black Body’, directed by Mark Valino, was a longlisted nominee for the 2016 Prism Prize.

Buy the Single on iTunes Today!


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Interview with The Black Lapels

We had a chance to sit down and write out some questions for Rob Warren of THE BLACK LAPELS. We asked about the inspiration behind their name, where one can catch them live and what their hobbies were. 

What inspired the name ‘THE BLACK LAPELS’?

We were under another name up until 2015, the band had changed line up, the sound had evolved, and we thought The Black Lapels had a nice ring to it…

At which venues can fellow Durbanites catch you at?

The best thing would be to check out our facebook page we keep our dates updated every 2 weeks so go check it out at Facebook!

Where do you see yourselves playing over the next few months?

Currently we are focusing on promoting the EP, however, we do have our eyes set on a few festivals and live music venues we would love to perform at.

When you guys aren’t jamming together, what else keeps you busy? (Hobbies, Jobs, etc.)

Music is strange like that part Hobby part Job, if not performing we work on new music and plot our course in this crazy industry

Can you tell us how you came up with the name of your Debut EP, ‘All or Nothing’?

It's just the attitude we wanted to have, getting this project finished and released, you gotta go hard All in and just do it!

Which is your social network preference?

Instagram I think

Which is your most favourite venue to play at and why?

Venues that have front of house PA and backline!!!

Lost In Kiev Reveal Brand New Video - ‘Persona’

Parisian meta-post-rock band, LOST IN KIEV, today, announced the release of their brand new video titled, ‘Persona’. ‘Persona’ will usher in the release of their long-awaited 3rd studio album of the same name, which will be available on the 26th April, via Pelagic Records.

‘Persona’ surrounds us with a sense of mystery as they open up their new song, expelling sound and sensory visual effects that keep you fixed and wanting more.

Take a listen to ‘Persona’ below!

"Persona has been written as a reflection on humanity, in a futuristic technological context, where the A.I would be fully implemented in everyday life. Persona does not impose a position on the topic, Persona results from a desire to create a futuristic fiction through the prism of intimate stories, with characters with singular lives and sometimes tinged with realism. We wanted to create a new kind of ambience for us with some analogue & digital electronic sounds and samples, a mix between post-rock as we already made but with a true soundtrack movies ambience and a bit of trip-hop music style.” - LOST IN KIEV

Commentary by Yoann Vermeulen, video director and drummer of Lost In Kiev:

“’Persona’ evokes the creation of a new intelligent being, similar to ourselves, created by a robotics company. The human resemblance is so impressive that we can say that it is the "spark of a new world”.

The clip narrates the creation of this first being.

A shot of space, the infinite, juxtaposed with images of microbiology reminiscent of the birth of life on Earth. Gradually, small objects begin to reveal the subject in more depth. Finally, a body emerges from a 3D printer. The universe is white, immaculate, like a technological fantasy.

The video then turns into dark colours and reveals the sordid aspect of the business. The company logo that appears states "Make your future more human", an ironic slogan which is referenced on the track Pygmalion.

The shots multiply, the rhythm accelerates and ends with a rewind of the genesis. The shot of space becomes interrupted by a glitch. This sequence is a mirror to the first scene that evokes the birth from the void (space).

In the last shot, the CEO of the company is publicly revealing the successful creation of what is the spark of a new world."

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Pre-order ‘Persona’ here: Physical | Digital

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Interview with Daniel of Damned If I Don’t

We had the honour of chatting with Daniel Stacey Herber, of Damned If I Don’t. The topics danced around his time in Hong Kong and how he adapted to the lifestyle, his hobby his time spent with Daniel Tompkins of Tesseract fame, including what inspired the new project for Damned If I Don’t.

Tell us about life in Hong Kong and how difficult was it to adjust to the new lifestyle?

Being from Johannesburg, I was used to the hustle and bustle of city life and things being fairly fast-paced. I wasn’t prepared for the sheer volume of people though: you definitely never feel alone in Hong Kong. Having lived in Mainland China for three years prior to living in Hong Kong, which has the influence of both Eastern and Western culture I found adjusting to day-to-day life to be a little easier in Hong Kong.

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Can you tell us more about your new project and what inspired it?

It had been a full five years since I had recorded any original music or was in a band, I just decided it was time, as I have a musical impulse that sometimes takes over. I was encouraged a lot by a Scottish friend who heard a demo version of Octane then immediately asked me when he could expect to hear the next song.

How do you foresee your future as a South African musician living abroad?

It certainly adds an interesting dynamic to playing abroad. Most people still aren’t accustomed to what exactly a South African is exactly - compared to what might be expected from American or British expats for example. I think, personally, it gives me a unique context within which to appreciate and navigate the circumstances I find myself in. It would be great to return to SA in future on a tour when we can warrant enough interest in such a thing happening.

We see you spent some time with Daniel Tompkins, of Tesseract fame. Tell us about your vocal training with Daniel!

It makes me realise why Dan is in one of the biggest rock bands around today - part of the key to his success, besides his insane talent at singing is his humility. He is the most chilled, down-to-earth and relatable guy, and that really resonated with me. You just can’t fake being that nice a person. He was so casual with his anecdotes while delivering lessons: “When I was on stage at Download this weekend I could feel at one part of the song I was reaching for a note…” but he is not bragging at all, but rather demonstrating through experience. Nothing but respect for that man and his band - I wish them every success in the world.

You performed with several local acts before moving to Hong Kong. Who were these bands?

Firstly there was HeadLost, which morphed into Pointing to Pieces - these were punk bands made with high school friends. I was singing in these bands (but, admittedly, couldn’t really sing back then…) when Eve stepped in as a vocalist, she would later found The Frown. The sound took a darker turn when this line up morphed into the popular emo/post-punk of the time, namely Cellar Door Diaries with the addition of vocalist Nic. The bassist of (most of) these bands then joined CrashCarBurn and still plays with them to this day. The other guys would go on to form Danceyou’reonfire. I then switched over to bass, from guitar, and joined post-hardcore/screamo band Your Name In Neon after their bassist and founding member emigrated. After that, I briefly played in a rock band with friends, called A Rival Departure, back in 2012.

Can you name your favourite S.A venue and your new hang out in Hong Kong and how do they compare?

My nostalgic favourite was definitely Tempos. More recently, I like Rumours Rock City as I have seen it expand and it is one of the only few spaces that actively support live music in Joburg. In Hong Kong, I’d have to say my favourite live venue is a place called This Town Needs. I’d say the venues are comparable in terms of quality and size - there are more venues in HK though as there, is a sizeable market and audience for Rock Music in Hong Kong.

Which is your favourite venue to perform in and tell us why? - Local and international?

I like live festival stages in the summertime, playing under the stars to thousands of people - once you’ve experienced that there’s no looking back.

Share with us your favourite pastime.

Aside from music, likely painting. I find it to be incredibly relaxing and allows my mind to think of solutions to any challenges I might be facing at that particular moment in time.

Do you have a preferred social network? If so, name it and tell us why?

As much as I love words, their preferred place for me is within the covers of a novel. As such I would likely say Instagram, as aesthetically it can be enriching to view great cinematic and photographic content, depending on who one follows. Without words, images seem to convey meaningful purposefully and meaningfully.

We see you spent four years teaching guitar and bass. How fulfilling was this role and are you still teaching?

Sharing the gift of being able to write and perform music with over one hundred people over a couple of years was incredibly meaningful to me and made me realise I have a passion for teaching too. I am still teaching, I teach English literature courses at a local high school in Hong Kong and am currently completing a Masters Degree in Education, as part of my plan to be a lifelong educator.

Any last words of wisdom that you would like to pass on to aspiring new artists?

Just Try.

Thank you for taking the time out in answering our questions.

Thank you to Underground Press for taking the time to interview me, sincerely appreciated. Your website is great and we wish you nothing but success for the future.

Stay tuned to our social media channels for more exciting Damned If I Don’t developments to be announced soon. 

HEROD Unveil Lyric Video 'Silent Truth'

After sharing stages with bands like Gojira, Crowbar, The Ocean, Carcass, Obituary, Napalm Death and Voivod, HEROD, have proven their reputation as the bus boys of King Herod.

HEROD, are a progressive sludge band out of Switzerland who’s sound continues to resonate with fans of, Scarlet, Breach, Yob, Meshuggah, Gojira and Textures.

HEROD have released a brand new lyric single available now for your listening pleasure below!

Watch ‘Silent Truth’ below!

"'Silent Truth' is the last video clip from “Sombre Dessein” to be released and it is the first “lyric video” for the band. We decided to make a lyric video for 'Silent Truth' because it summarizes the concept of Sombre Dessein. Our Judaeo-Christian and thermo-industrial civilisation will eventually come to end and be replaced by another civilisation – It has always been on the cards.

"Our civilization has values no more.
Civilisations have always been founded/established by the power and assistance of war. We live in a critical moment in history where only a few humans ready to die for their beliefs can put a powerful nation on their knees. Who would die today for a smartphone or a couch?! We are exhausted and immersed in our own inertia; we have nihilism but no fervour anymore."

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LABIRINTO Streams New Album Ahead of Official Release Date

Tomorrow sees the official release of LABIRINTO's brand new album, titled, ‘Davino Afflante Spiritu', via Pelagic Records.

LABIRINTO have been releasing records for 13 years now, with, ‘Davino Afflante Spiritu’ being the band's 10th release and only their third official full-length album. LABIRINTO continues to amaze the masses with their powerful riffs as darkness lurks on the horizon as doom and gloom appears in every tune that lurks in the corners of their recent playlist. 

Divino Afflante Spiritu

Hailing from São Paulo, LABIRINTO have been highly praised, by Rolling Stone as one of the most powerful live acts in the Brazillian independent scene.

Below we have a treat for you, as LABIRINTO stream their new album ahead of its official release via Pelagic Records' official Youtube Channel.

Listen to the full stream of ‘Davino Afflante Spiritu' below!

You can pre-order the full album at Pelagic Records

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COCKLES Releases New Single & Music Video

Friday, 1 February 2019 sees the release of a brand new single by COCKLES, named 'SOUR PEARLS'. The single release is combined with the video release for his song called 'SMALL TALK'.

SOUR PEARLS was written by frontman Alastair Thomas after a particularly shit day when everyone seemed to annoy him. Featuring a 90s grunge sound, mixed with some pop-punky influence, the single pays homage to the music Alastair listened to while growing up.

“The song is about being a grinch, but still having that special someone in your life. ‘I loathe everyone, well maybe not all people, but it's pretty much everyone but you. And all dogs too.’ My favourite line that I've written is in there, which is ‘all I fear is the smell of toast’, which is based on the fact that you grow up fearing seemingly real things like snake bites and shark attacks, but now that I'm older I'm just worried I'm about to have a stroke every time I smell burnt toast.” says Alastair.

Turning out a lot heavier than initially intended, 'SOUR PEARLS' almost didn’t make the album but with a catchy chorus and relatable lyrics, it soon turned out to be a crowd favourite at shows.

“This song is for anyone who has ever had a bad day. Or has ever driven in traffic. Or has ever gone to home affairs.”

'SMALL TALK' was basically the reason Alastair started COCKLES.

“I'm not what you would call a great socialite. Like, I don't enjoy small talk. I'm really bad at it. This song is about some classic encounters. It's about being bad at small talk and awkward conversations in general.”

Any non-extrovert, and maybe even some extroverts will enjoy the song. When Alastair had to describe the song to someone who has not heard it before, he’d first ask them about the weather and what they do for a living. Then the conversation would taper off into an awkward silence.

The video for the song was shot in January 2019 at Sylvia’s Market and Hell’s Kitchen. Alastair directed the video himself and it was shot by Frank du Toit. The song itself was always written with the video in mind, so the shoot followed the song and its lyrics and features strong inspiration from Flight of the Conchords and a bit of Lonely Island. All the cameos in the video are played by members of the band. 

Watch the video for SMALL TALK here!

Both SOUR PEARLS (albeit under a slightly different name) and SMALL TALK are available on COCKLES’ debut album, THE WORLD’S BEST NARCISSIST, available here: cockles_twbn

JOIN COCKLES TONIGHT AT HIS DEBUT ALBUM LAUNCH:

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Date: Friday, 1 February 2019
Venue: The Local Culture, Greenside, Johannesburg
Time: 7PM | Entrance: R50 | Bookings: http://bit.ly/2Sb5z1O


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SAVER Releases New Video Ahead of Debut Album

Norwegian band SÂVER have released their brand new video, titled, ‘I Vanish’ ahead of their debut album, ‘They Came With Sunlight’ due for release in March 8th 2019, via Pelagic Records.

SÂVER deliver an astounding track with abrasive vocals, slow yet smooth and heavy tones, giving one a taste of what to expect of their debut album.

Watch 'I Vanish' below!

"The video is a direct reference to the visuals we’ve been using live during the past year. The visuals is created by Simen Skari, and it displays abstract, wave-like formations that is constantly evolving while at the same time appear quite repetitive, which we feel matches our music quite well. Implementing these visuals into the video, it feels like a natural continuation of what we are doing in a live setting.“ - SÂVER [sic]

‘They Came With Sunlight’ was recorded in May 2018 while camping out in the woods in Norrköping, Sweden.

SÂVER is for fans of, Breach, The Old Wind, Neurosis, Cult Of Luna, Pelican, Isis, MONO, Caspian, Swans, Have A Nice Life.

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Pre-order 'They Came With Sunlight' here - Pelagic Records

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Gunshot Blue's Debut Album Out On January 31st

Joburg-based Blues Rock band, Gunshot Blue, have announced the release of their debut full-length album 'Until The Last Prayer', due on January 31st. The album is currently available on pre-order.

Their critically acclaimed debut EP “12 396km” was released in November 2014 and just over 4 years later, fans will be excited to get their hands on the full-length debut album 'Until The Last Prayer' - due for release on January 31st through Gallo Record Company.

The much-anticipated debut album is made up of 10 powerful tracks, and 'New Horison' is the first single released to radio. "’New Horison’" is about the proverbial break of day. The dark night of the soul is over. It's the start of something fresh. A new path. Leaving the selfish and destructive ways behind. It's also about returning to family and home. Remembering and returning to those who love you,” comments frontman Frans Borman.

And what can fans expect from the album? “If our EP ‘12 396km’ was like the landscape, mythology and characters of the bushveld in the Northwest and Limpopo provinces, ‘Until The Last Prayer’ is like the mountains, valleys, mist, rivers and lakes of Mpumalanga and Swaziland.”

Formed in Johannesburg in 2014 by frontman Frans Borman and guitarist Pepi Dimevski, Gunshot Blue was forged on the road, playing almost every bar, restaurant, hotel, museum, backpackers, lounge, fundraiser, birthday party, park, holiday resort, barber shop, biker rally, music festival and even a prison.

Gunshot Blue is not just a spirited live performance. Gunshot Blue is a rousing psychoactive baptism.

Gunshot Blue’s sound is the culmination of thousands of hours of dedication to craft, a fermentation of many different, yet strangely, all too familiar stories, distilled, steeped and soaked in folklore and tradition. A mysterious and hypnotic blend of the gentle, psychedelic-infused blues that occasionally meets the explosive high energy, electricity of rock and roll head on.

With a debut album on the way, Gunshot Blue are ready to dominate 2019. “We’re really looking forward to the diversity of shows that 2019 will provide. We’ll be playing on the MSC Blues Cruise going to the Portuguese Islands alongside some top talent. We might be going to Mozambique. And our album launch is around the corner.”

Titling their debut album 'Until The Last Prayer', Borman explains how the title and theme came about, saying: “One evening, while Pepi and I had a catch up over a glass of whiskey, we were talking about orthodox philosophy. Now, both of us are quite intrigued by monks and elders, who dedicate and sanctify their lives to a monastic lifestyle living in remote places like caves/ islands or the desert. We spoke about this legend where, in the story, God spared/saved the world of destruction thanks to one elder/monk who kept on praying. In other words, if there are no more prayers - whatever prayer may be for you - maybe then we won’t have a world like we know it anymore.” He continues saying “So, in a sense, the album with all its different stories is about prayer. Prayer not in a religious sense. Prayer in an energetic, spiritual, quantum sense. Whether you are burning incense, whether you are lighting a candle, whether you are living a moral. pure and sacred life. Whether you are setting an intention. Whether you are meditating. Whether you give away and look after others.”

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Watch: LABIRINTO - 'Divino Afflante Spiritu'

Today sees the release of, LABIRINTO's brand new single/video clip 'Divino Afflante Spiritu' it is the first single/video clip from their new likewise named record to be released on the 8 Feb 2019. 

LABIRINTO, are a contemporary instrumental post-rock band hailing out of São Paulo, South America and have been releasing records for 13 years. 

The whole album is very emotionally charged and the single/video clip is no exception.

Watch 'Divino Afflante Spiritu' (Official Video) below!

"It was conceived at a very difficult moment when we had lost our very dear dog Joca, who had always been with us, since the beginning of Labirinto. This video is dedicated to him.  It's a myriad of emotions that flood over us every time we play the song. We tried to convey all these feelings in the video in a more surrealistic way. We shared the concept and ideas we had with clip director André Schutz and he was able to synthesize everything in a dark but very beautiful way, full of metaphors." says Labirinto's guitarist Erick Cruxen.

According to Schutz: "Adding images to instrumental music is a trap. You have to be very careful so that the plot doesn't steal the music's lead role. That's why we chose to create a visual atmosphere without a very clear narrative, but in which the conceptual elements would look more evident. We tried to build a space that would be located between the spiritual and mundane worlds and that's where the characters of the video gravitate.“

The allegories and plot of the video also criticize dualistic notions of sacred and profane, good and evil, body and spirit, pointing to something more complex and profound.

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TRACK LISTING:

01. Agnus Dei
02. Penitência
03. Eleh Ha Devarim
04. Demiurge
05. Vigília
06. Asherdu
07. Divino Afflante Spiritu

Pre-order Physical: http://bit.ly/labirintoEU | Digital: http://bit.ly/labirintoDGTL


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