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Jumping Juniper

by Roger Young, images by Kevin Goss-Ross / 14.04.2010

I am now going to spend the next three hundred words failing to describe the music of Coals Of Juniper. Joel, Jude and Jono play instrumental rock in a way that makes old rockers behave like jazz fans, nodding their heads and shouting “yeah!” or letting slow “sheeeeesssh’s escape from their lips as the boys pull off one technical mind fuck after another with the confidence of men who have being playing for decades; which they haven’t, seeing as the average age of Coals Of Juniper is about nineteen.

It was a sit down gig and there was no real space for dancing at Zacks on the night they played, but I wonder how a party crowd would have reacted, most instrumental rock bands (like albinobeach or Us Kids Know) tend to leave audiences standing in confusion, like they need lyrics to dance to, but Coals Of Juniper deliver such a tight driving set that it would be hard not to mosh to it, clearly demonstrated by the furious head bobbing from the seated and from those standing on the sidelines, but it’s late on a Sunday night and the audience is too thin for a critical mass of people to get in front of stage.

It’s not necessary, really, because Coals provide their own critical mass of sound, complicated bass, drum, guitar switchovers pulled off with ease and enthusiasm, they stand on stage smiling but restrained, while the music does all the work. It’s not technical wankery though, large sections of Coals music is straight up tight rolling pounding rock, the kind you can get lost in wave after wave, the kind I did get lost in causing me to forget to take notes because that’s what Coals Of Juniper do, they make music that convinces you to stop thinking.

All images © Kevin Goss-Ross

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  1. heino says:

    wow. i really like this write up. i want to see Coals now.

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  2. patmos 17 says:

    these cats are the future.word up!

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  3. Thecritic says:

    I heard this band perform there first gig as a support act for some old blues guys months ago at Zacks, I said it on the night and I will say it again I dont get it. These guys are a young band playing standard shit we all know it but we dont want to say it, Just because they are two Indian guys and one white dude that are young they are getting all the hype( now be honest that is reality) that is why we give them the time of day.

    They are playing standard arrangements of Rock and they just take long solos on it !!!!!!! come on how can people not be noticing this, I can send links of musicians between the ages of 5 years to 13 doing this and much better.

    I dont want to seem like a someone that hates them I give them credit for what they do, but I know many people also dont get this band and someone has to say something. You stated in your article old rockers behaving like Jazz fans yeah that is right and by old fans you mean Steve Fataar that old dinosaur hahahhaha. I dont know why people give him such hype he failed with the Fllames and he failed with Further. He left the Flames and his brother Ricky and band member Blondie went on to become successful. Steve is still clinging onto all his old flames hype come on folks his album with the Flames flopped and with Further.

    I just get worried that an old crackhead like Steve Fataar is going to put these young artists career in danger by associating himself with Coals Of Juniper. We all know that Avatar sucks Taras vocals couldnt even hold a monks attention and Steve onstage with them he looks like a fucking old dirty geezer about to have a heart attack on stage!!

    Something honst honest has too be said when it comes to music.

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  4. The JZA says:

    @ Thecritic: so who do you hate more? Young bands or old crackheads? Or yourself?

    @ Kevin Goss-Ross: I want to see this band. Nice one!

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  5. Thecritic says:

    I dont hate myself dude infact, If you cant take some honest criticism then dont post stuff on the wall.

    If you read my whole article and only picked up on the things I hate then you read it wrong.I didnt say anything about hating young bands hahahhahahah you fucking retard,read the article properly.

    I just dont get what all the fuss is about with this young band. Not that there is much

    So feel free to check them out

    Oh and one more thing JZA I must have touched a nerve with the Steve Fataar thing hahahhahah so i assume you must know him well hahahahhahahahahhahahahahhah. You fucking wanker before you tell me I hate myself read something properly plzzzzzzzzzz

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  6. Jono says:

    @ Thecritic: thank-you for your thoughts and insights, we are a very new band and are still learning and trying new things. And, while we may not agree with everything you have said, any and all feedback and criticism is helpful if we want to improve.

    @ Roger & Kev, shot for the article and pics! It’s people like you who keep the local music scene alive, we really appreciate what you guys do. Flippn’ rad.

    To everyone who gets off the couch to see any shows of any bands…flip, a huuuuuge thank you from us and everyone else who enjoys music and playing it! Let’s hang out more…

    Thank you for coming to see us and we hope to be seeing more of you in the future. If you like you can join our facebook page to stay updated: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Coals-Of-Juniper/309200497410

    Shot os!
    Jono (COALS)

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  7. Huge fan says:

    Wow!i have had the great honour of seeing Coals play many times,and i must say i have never been disappointed,in fact,every time i hear them they seem to be even better than the last time.What i love about Coals,is that they’re not full of pride…its all about the music,not about looking good.I think something that makes me enjoy their music even more is that they’re enjoying it too,you can just see that they have a huge passion for music!And they’re flippin amazing guys,its so refreshing to see quality guys playing quality music!
    I would like to comment briefly on TheCritic’s comment about Coals playing ‘the same old s***’…that particular gig was a blues gig,and as you should know they are not a blues band,they did however bring that ‘same old blues music’ back to life!i would encourage you to go to one of their own gigs where they play their own style of music.these guys have so much talent already at such a young age(Jude,the drummer,is only 14 and already he is ripping!)i can hardly wait to see just how far Coals goes!
    Definitely on my ‘Top bands’ list!
    Keep rocking,Coals

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  8. Anonymous says:

    Wow!i have had the great honour of seeing Coals play many times,and i must say i have never been disappointed,in fact,every time i hear them they seem to be even better than the last time.What i love about Coals,is that they’re not full of pride…its all about the music,not about looking good.I think something that makes me enjoy their music even more is that they’re enjoying it too,you can just see that they have a huge passion for music!And they’re flippin amazing guys,its so refreshing to see quality guys playing quality music!
    I would like to comment briefly on TheCritic’s comment about Coals playing ‘the same old s***’…that particular gig was a blues gig,and as you should know they are not a blues band,they did however bring that ‘same old blues music’ back to life!i would encourage you to go to one of their own gigs where they play their own style of music.these guys have so much talent already at such a young age(Jude,the drummer,is only 14 and already he is ripping!)i can hardly wait to see just how far Coals goes!
    Definitely on my ‘Top bands’ list!
    Keep rocking,Coals

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  9. Anonymous says:

    I can’t wait to see them on The Showbiz Report

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  10. @ Thecritic says:

    note that you are the only one that has these feelings. Can’t you take some honest appreciation? you sound like a musician that never got the attention kids are getting these days or the motivation some parents give to creativity. If you stopped looking at there ages and listened you might notice something. Talent. And since when is anything that gets done never recycled old stuff in some way or another. you should hate yourself, or at least your friends should.

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  11. @ Thecritic says:

    just stick to sitting stage side counting.

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  12. Amped says:

    Beautiful music you guys play – your talent is undeniable. Anyone who cannot hear the obvious musicality, groove, and feel this band oozes in droves, is either deaf, or jealous. I love your music, I just cannot wait for you to develop more and more original stuff – keep it up! 🙂

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  13. joel says:

    Music goes beyond the boundries of race and age.., as musicians we believe there’s always room for improvement ,so we appreciate any feedback,so thank you to ‘Thecritic’ and thank you to the guys that make time to support us.

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  14. jon monsoon says:

    Yay for another instrumental band then eh. The market is yours – go for it! get on the road soon now y’hear..

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  15. the critics critic says:

    @the critic can dish it out but he cant take it. Anything that smells like teen spirit is not good enough for him but if someone disses his immaculate perspective, out comes the shallow, crass, empty invective, vloeking every which which way and making it personal. Tired, sad stuff, reflecting a sad psyche maybe?
    You are a critics asshole, critic. It all comes back to the old saw; If you cant do it teach, if you cant teach then criticise.
    Hey cos you saw juniper once you know it all? Even the stones have off nights…..
    What I like the sound of is that Juniper plays with passion. That’s better than any mechanical doll stuff, so a big up to them. Passion is what makes music happen.
    Anyone remember Jimi? good old stoned, psychedelic passion. And that Cobain fella? well hell maybe there is something there.
    And finally mr critic if you are hitting the blues on a blues night, maybe its a bit tedious if you don’t like blues played in ‘that’ way. But sounds like juniper are rockers and that’s cool by me………so rock on lads, and dont worry about critics, especially ones that think they are real critics…….
    And as usual for Mahala, good stuff, you guys rock too…….and dont worry what the critics, or the critics critics say……

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  16. tara says:

    @ the crit
    a) Dude, did my dad steal one of your girlfriends way back?
    OR
    b) are you just a failed musician?

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  17. not the critic says:

    Coals of juniper, Coals of Juniper, COALS OF JUNIPER!

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  18. me says:

    @tara, he just like watershed. shame.

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  19. The JZA says:

    @ Thecritic: I like the way you refer to your epic handjob of a wallpost as ‘my whole article’. You should do less coke. it’ll help, honest. xx

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  20. Tino says:

    @the critic. Your views, as with anyone’s, are welcome. But think about this: when you slag off people by name and don’t give yours, then I wonder how honest and brave you really are. You’re the one calling for honesty, remember. You also said you just don’t get it… Aha

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  21. Andi:) says:

    Coals… Kif jols!:)

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  23. myles says:

    would love to hear them, I’ve looked through the web (youtube, myspace) but cant find any clips.
    any tips where I can listen online??? thanx

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  24. Orinoco says:

    Critic your mouth stinks like shit

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  25. Julian steel says:

    @thecritic these guys have more talent than you’ll ever have in your lifetime… they have the courage to step out there in front of everyone,and you have the audacity to criticise them. so let me ask you just one question , what instrument can you play? or maybe you just drum on your own bum ! hahahaha………

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  26. wellington(",) says:

    @orinoco you so right

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  27. Kevin Goss-Ross says:

    Aaaaah whatever. It is easy to shoot people down and not give a name. I like Coals, but even if they were really shite your comment would be out of line. At least they’re creating.

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  28. Bob1 says:

    That was a pretty shitty comment about avatar. Steve is an amazing musician and that band does so much for the durban scene. Coals of juniper are very cool. I thought they were a bit mars vulta-rish

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  29. kirby smith says:

    jono,i really think your fashion sense rox.you are very very very hotttt!!!

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  30. Noah says:

    I’ve seen coals of juniper twice now. And i was blown away both times. Not only are they incredibly creative with their music, they are super technical and passionate and really into it all at once, the kind of music that you feel. Definitely one of the tightest live acts i’ve seen. Can’t wait for their first album. I don’t know what that one o is so bummed out about. Anyway. Rock on, you guys are hip.

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  31. Josh says:

    I saw these guys play @ Red. Point the other day and it was insane. Their music has a technicallity which very few bands can match, despite lacking vocals they have a great stage presence and although i moshed when i could, some of those riffs left me standing there gaping. Awsum stuff bois, keep doing what you are doing and keep doing it for God:) CoJ FTW!

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  32. RandomOukie says:

    I have been stydying music for four years and have been familiar with this scene for 3. i’ve played a gig with them recently and i have never seen a band that actually made me feel ashamed to be playing at the same gig as them.

    amazing guys!

    keep it up!

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  33. Blade says:

    At the end of the day, I agree with the other posters that say that talent knows no bounds.. Critism is one thing, being mean and letting ur jealousy shine through is another, perhaps live by, ‘If u dnt have anything good to say, say FuckAl!”

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  34. Diggy Duck says:

    thecritic is such a waste…he in denial because he cant play an instrument to wipe his bum. ppl sud give credit wer credit is deservd and all i can say is that COALS OF JUNIPER deserves all the credit in the world! jono, joel and jude…hats off to you guys! yourl really talentd!!!

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  35. tommy j says:

    COALS OF JUNIPER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ROCK ON GUYZ

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