This Is A Heart - Make Overs, The Moths, The Sisters, Mouse

  • Written by James Hammerton
  • Published in Gig Reviews

I was anxious and overwraught with excitement to see what seemed to be a collection of some of SA's most edgy garage rock n roll bands, the king flies in a garbage heap full of maggots at the Winston.Word had it that a ragtag gang of true believers who were all totally fuzzed out, toured out and loud as hell were descending on the Winston for one helter skelter night of filthy rock n roll.

On another warn sweaty durban night we walked into The Winston with all cylinders firing. Fuzzes and squeeks and the occasional thump signalled that the only band I had not seen before was taking the stage, this was the one band I was most interested to see

It is a strange thing to see Mouse before you for the first time. They have a tiny vocalist and goliath drummer and the epic almost ironic juxtaposition of characters seems almost comedic until they begin to play. Just a few downstrokes in and everything began to melt. I looked around and my vision slowly slurped downwards in slow motion, peoples faces and eventually their bodies were becoming flesh coloured, sticky pools that were slowly spreading over filthy floor, this was the night of beautiful noise there was no mistaking it.


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Mouse hits you like a wave of an impact, sludgy yet intricate, doomy and energetic simultaniously. I definitely did not expect to hear what I did from the very young two piece, a jack white infused artic monkeys being butt fucked by Black Sabbath.

After relaxing outside on the plush astroturf in the rain for a bit, the reverb drenched fuzzed as shit sounds coming from inside signalled the next band taking the stage, The Sisters had astral travelled on to the stage and I swear that guitarist Tyler's bare feet were hovering at least two inches above the ground and did not quite make contact with the stage at any point throughout their performance. As usual they took the audience on an exhausting psychedlic journey where you are almost always on the dark side of the trip.


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Everyone was by now seriously drenched. Those who were watching the bands and those outside smoking in the rain were equally as wet and the most danceable band of the evening was yet to take the stage. With a passion, comitment and drive that has lead to them having successful American tours and landed them a spot on American label Hoxac records The Make Overs did what they do best, their set is like an institution and they performed it like they were slipping on an old pair of gloves but contained the intensity of trying to put a thread through the eye of a needle, the music made me feel uncorfortable an exuberent and their raucus upbeat and in your face garage set left the audience and band swimming around the Winston in sweat.


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The Moths were up on tour from Joburg, they'd just driven to Durban for the gig and were driving back the next day in true road warrior spirit. The stress of their travel arrangements didn't stop them from sinking deep into the bottle of The Winston and they had no problem with soaking up the spices that were on offer. Their late set saw them taking the stage with glazed looks on their faces and they still managed to pul off an extravaganza of surf rock that was way more “experimental” than their sets usually are, the Moths boys were fast and loose. They have shirts now, they're rad(buy one). A highlight of their set included drummer Cale setting his drums on fire at one point in the set.


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DJ Fuego heat took over the reins spinning soul and funk nuggets that had the crowd twisting and grooving. Followed by Jol Stransky, playing his dirty hip hop until sunrise.


Writen by James Hammerton

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This Is A Heart - Make Overs, The Moths, The Sisters, Mouse - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote