Theatre of ambience
Gauteng’s music fans pay attention. Carolien Greyling and Chad Polley, otherwise known as that crazy drummer from Us Kids Know, are organising another Social Construction gig at the Gem Bioscope in Kensington on Saturday—and, if the last one was anything to go by, it is the place to be this weekend.
For a mere R40 you get two acoustic shows, five bands, three DJs and a 14-artist strong exhibition. The evening kicks off at 6pm with the art exhibition, which will include animations, performance art, sketches and a high-fashion installation, and will be followed by two acoustic shows from My Skip Rope Team (aka Cameron the bassist from Greenisforturbo) and Rhinoshirt (aka Craig the drummer from Desmond and the Tutus).
Look out for the stop-frame animation by Laurence Blogg, Greg Wright and Thomas Dunn and Martin Sherman’s reflective metal light sculpture. At nine the main gig kicks off with the psychedelic droning of The Sindrones, the indie-flavoured post-rock of Us Kids Know, the afro noise rock of BLK JKS, the derivative indie-rock of Desmond and the Tutus and the electro-pop of Johnny Neon. It’s a real pity that Pretoria’s rock gods Kidofdoom couldn’t make the gig, but I understand they already had previous commitments.
South Africa’s music scene has never been healthier so if you are interested in seeing some of these young, up-and-coming stars, this is the gig to catch.
Once the bands are finished—some time in the early hours—the DJs take over with sets by Brothers Grimm and Back Track and video scratching by DJ Sassquatch. The gig is expected to wrap up about 3.30am to 4am, so be prepared for a late one.
The Gem Bioscope is on the corner of Albemarle and Roberts streets in Kensington, Johannesburg