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Kings and Wrestlers

by Ashley Jewnarain, images by Matthew Brewer / 03.06.2010

First things first, i’m from Durban. I’m used to crowded gigs in small venues with bad sound, redeemed only by the availability of cheap Black Label quarts and cheaper ganja. I’ve heard both of the night’s acts under the aforementioned conditions and found them both listenable but underwhelming, Wrestlerish having still charmed me somewhat.

Saturday night at the Mercury in Cape Town turned out to be a string of pleasant discoveries. This was my first live gig in this town, and bra, I’ve been to quite a few bars and pubs between Stellenbosch and Observatory and this was the first one that purveyed the sweet nectar of the SAB gods, Black Label draught, on tap, bru. Feeling quite at home, three thumbs up.
The first band up, Heldervue, played like an earnest Incubus tribute in a small South Coast town. Wait, I think that would be North now. Regardless, we refilled our draughts. Hmmm, Black label draught…
aKing up next, sharing a drummer with Fokofpolisiekar, turned up the vibe somewhat. Their energetic indie-rock sound went down well with the crowd of ridiculously good looking people crammed shoulder to shoulder in front of the stage. Randomly inserted minutia: It is at this point that I find a 25 billion dollar Zim agrocheque in my pocket, and ponder using it to score half a label. My common sense wins the poll.

The sound at the Mercury is pretty good, you can actually hear each band member quite distinctly. So what if its fuckin cold here at this time of year?

I’ve reviewed them before, I really like their cynical quasi-emo lyrics and country/blues influenced mellow rock. They made girls sway and sing along with deep thoughtful faces and generated that sublime feeling that they’re getting pretty popular for. Another beer.

All in all, fun gig, great vibe, the Mercury, though easily crowded, has great sound and atmosphere, and its proximity to the excellent Shack next door gives it a weird Old Burn/Winston vibe (excuse the Durban references Kaapies), which I dug immensely.

Good times, good times, and Black label motherfuckin draught in the Mother City. Hell yes.

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RESPONSES (15)
  1. WHatever says:

    A bit scattered, Wrestlerish were after Heldervue. Much more could have been said about this gig. Maybe you had a little bit too much of the Mother’s Milk? Welcome to Cape Town 🙂

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  2. Jess M says:

    Er….Wrestlerish played after Heldervue and then aKING played. Were you even there?
    If you were, I have to say this is a pretty kak review, you hardly touch on the bands performances on the night at all – your comments on aKING only speak to your previous opinions on them, not the nights performance. I’ve liked your other reviews but this one is pretty subpar. And you mention: “I’ve heard both of the night’s acts under the aforementioned conditions and found them both listenable but underwhelming, Wrestlerish having still charmed me somewhat.”

    There were three bands. Not two. And you mention Wrestlerish in your opener only to completely leave them out of your review. Er, what?

    And maybe it was just the chicks at the event, but the bevvy of beer sodden jocks (really, there is no other way to describe these muscular okes who said “Oi bru” every three sentences) really dampened the night. One even attempted a chant of “aking! aking!” during Wrestlerish, until Werner told him to can it between songs. It’s really a pity because getting constantly elbowed / shoved / pushed / nudged / prodded and so forth is not conducive to a fun night. It’s not something I’ve experienced at Merc or at an aKING gig. It’s hard to concentrate on the awesome tunes when some testosterone-fueled fool keeps prodding you for no apparent reason other than it appeals to his pea sized brain to infuriate a girl a good head shorter than him.

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  3. Jess M says:

    **just the chicks who got hassled, is what i meant to say

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  4. Dave says:

    ah dude….. Apparently Wrestlerish also played….

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  5. Oh says:

    Mahala you need to do better than this.

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  6. Ash the humbled journo says:

    my bad, way too much of the mother’s milk, no excuse really,

    this comment was actually about wrestlerish, but i fucked it up –

    ‘I’ve reviewed them before, I really like their cynical quasi-emo lyrics and country/blues influenced mellow rock. They made girls sway and sing along with deep thoughtful faces and generated that sublime feeling that they’re getting pretty popular for. Another beer.’

    anyway, poes clumsy editing and forwarding on my part, not my best article, agreed.
    will definitely try not to have TOO much of a good time next time.

    @Jess- yeah those jocks are a staple at any Fokof related band’s gigs, maybe cans of DOOM or Cricket bats should be issued to ladies at the door, i’ll even take one.

    thanks for the love and wisdom, have fun people.

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  7. hayibo says:

    i was there and not even i’m sure what you’re going on about.

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  8. hayibo says:

    oh wait.. totally didn’t see that apology. now i feel bad. looking forward to seeing you transfer your new found wisdom into your next piece 🙂

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  9. Anonymous says:

    Is Ash the new Roger?

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  10. King Mob says:

    watch the waistline ash

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  11. Charred Remains says:

    Shame, man. This article is rubbish.

    If you got paid for this, then holy kak almighty will I be pissed off! Did you get paid for this?

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  12. Roger Young says:

    Site is called mahala.

    Ashley works for mahala.

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  13. Nas says:

    Loving the comments section more than the article. Not sure whether to cheer for the journo here (who has admitted she kinda failed on this one) or the commentators, some of whom are incredibly Capetonian about this. “Er … Were you even there?” is my favourite example of the latter. Loving it, guys.

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  14. Ken says:

    What a feckless rubbish review! The man (I presume) says more about the bloody beer then anything else. Hope he has a day job that doesn’t involve music or writing.

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  15. Jake says:

    Not sure what Wrestlerish are meant to sound like from a genre perspective..internet articles have them as anything from country, folk, rock, pop, alternate etc. If I go watch them in Jozi what should I expect?

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