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Swamp Stomp

by Creepy Steve, images by Kevin Goss-Ross / 30.06.2010

From the blackened interior and Flap’s hearty physical greeting I could tell this venue was G.E.E compliant (Ginger Economic Empowerment). It’s a fact that no sun light has ever have penetrated the Winston’s seedy interior. Suitable for a ranga’s lack of soul. Luckily only the moon was out last Wednesday with the pub playing host to the Car Boot Vendors and the Death Valley Blues Band, down for a quick jaunt from Joburg.

The cramped smoking area was packed with the usual inauspicious brandy tanned bergie types. The Car Boots were lined up first. After hours of practice with a newish line up while busy recording their new EP Home-Is-Home, left the pub with the tightest performance they’ve seen of them yet, incorporating collaborations with some of the scene’s familiar music sluts such as Poor Spice, Bobby and even Flap shouting along on stage to one of those punk covers. For their last gig in town before touring the Grahamstown National Arts Festival, the Vendors did good. Yes sir, the Brown’s School Cultural Activities Day would be proud.

After that some of the bergie types started fiddling around with the instruments one seemed to be in charge with a voice that clearly only warms up by gargling meths and caustic soda. Joburg based Death Valley Blues Band don’t look like much individually, but as a combined force they drag the crowd on a rope behind a tow truck through a gravel pit of rock standards reinterpreted through unimaginable blues covers and plenty originals. Slide guitar mixed in with trombone courtesy of South Africa’s most famous trombonist, Ampie Omo, of Boo fame. Resulting in a vaudeville-esque bump ‘n grind that’d leave Robert Johnson’s bones turning a merry jig in his grave, wherever that may be. This is not the kinda blue’s your daddy used to drink whiskey in his y-fronts and beat you to. This is sassy shit. Hopefully this act returns to Durban’s shores and whores soon. See you at the cross roads, around midnight. Creepy Steve.

All images © Kevin Goss-Ross.

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  1. anonz says:

    fucksakes. durban just gets lamer and lamer.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    “Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.”

    Jack Kerouac


    “A guy walks up to me and asks ‘What’s Punk?’. So I kick over a garbage can and say ‘That’s punk!’. So he kicks over the garbage can and says ‘That’s Punk?’, and I say ‘No, that’s trend!’”

    Billie Joe Armstrong (and he should know…)

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  3. Andy says:

    anonz joins the ranks of pointless outspoken haters on the Mahala comments thread. Well done.

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  4. Lord ZOLtan says:

    You got to love them “haters”.
    Loved the show!

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  5. Lovejadeheart! says:

    DVBB <3

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  6. Lizzy says:

    yup, they’re a wildly entertaining act 🙂

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  7. creepy steve says:

    i don’t understand am i a punk or just trendy, i think i fall under the latter
    or maybe that post was in my support??

    anonomys please extrapolate

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  8. Anonymous says:

    I feel dirty admitting it Creepy Steve – because you do scare the bejeezus out of me. But it was in your support.

    Durban just rumbles on to it’s own beat. It obviously disturbs Anonz. Sure it mostly isn’t pretty and does tend get stuck in the doldrums but something unique is bred in these humid climes.

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  9. react says:

    Sux i missed this!

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  10. sarah f says:

    Nice pics, Kevin.

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