I would like to say that the genre of Rock Music in Africa rocked in 2015 despite the low turn out of albums. For some reason or the other rock bands aren’t releasing that many albums. Which makes the nominations for this category very easy to come by. Out of the few albums released, these are the ones that left an imprint on the year that was. They are an intriguing collection of bands that delivered stand-out releases and they turn up in the 1st Annual AudioInferno African Rock Music Awards ballot.
The Machine by Set For The Sky
Set For The Sky are a South African Alternative Rock band and I find their style of music interesting. Their music sounds metal, but they don’t call themselves a metal band. It’s a ploy, looking at it from the band’s point of view, it’s a genre that is clouded in much confusion and ambiguity, which gives them the room to experiment with a sound that would annoy metal fans if they had been labelled as metal. Their true sound can be classified as post-hardcore meets alternative rock, with the guitar riffs that find themselves combined with heavy choruses and melodic tunes. The album focuses on an Era of a Dystopian society which brings to memory of a hybrid in the midst of a revolution. It’s an album you would expect from a post-hardcore band. It seems to portray a battle between a corrupt organization and a protestant movement. However, you later see the clearer picture of a person who is in battle with their state of confusion.
In Threes by The Plastics
The Plastics are a South African indie rock band who gained popularity with their sophomore album Pyramids when their chosen style of music was still seen as a weird and eccentric type of music. They just finished touring the UK after releasing their third album In Threes. With the release of In Threes, you can see why The Plastics are as successful as they are today. In Threes is littered with Psychedelic soundscapes, modern synths, and off-tempo drum beats. I think The Plastics have gone through a lot of changes in the past three years since the release of their first album. They’ve expanded their music and experimented with their sound. Their musical themes of love and hate is still very much clear on the album.
The Al Bairre Show by Al Bairre
Al Bairre are a 5 piece Symphonic Indie Rock band from Cape Town. They have risen to fame with the release of their EP which was widely received both locally and internationally. They draw their musical influences from bands like Vampire Weekend, The Magnetic Zeroes and Arcade Fire. This album is like a mini-LP, because only two new songs are featured on it. “Let’s Fall In Love Some More” and “Where Do We Go From Here”, these two tracks really demonstrates how the band has changed since they launched in 2012.
Story of an Immigrant by Civil Twilight
Civil Twilight, Wow! These guys totally deserve to be on this list. They are an alternative/indie rock band from South Africa. This album depicts a mix of sounds ranging from folk to Tropical rock, to heavy rock and even electro pop making for a diverse sounding album. All the songs on this album are well put together, the lyrical composition itself is brilliant and clean. Though it’s evident that the band took some bold steps with this new album that just goes to show the world who they are as a band.
Be sure to check out all the bands and releases we’ve nominated for the Best Rock Album of 2015 and vote for which one you feel is the best. So get those votes in to make sure your favourite album wins the Best Rock Album in the 1st AudioInferno Annual African Rock Music Awards. For more on the awards, you are already at the right place but if you’re still unsure, go here.
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