Swamp Stompby 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.