Prime Circle - Live Music R150 (Solid)(closed)

So i've always stated that I'm not a Prime Circle fan, but then I realise I've actually never seen them perform live, so in 2013 I figure I should give them a chance to prove me right or blow my socks off. If you're keen to join, you'll need to EFT by the due date or you can sort out your own ticket (I'll provide details of which table we're at once it's confirmed). Please note this is a new album launch, so they may not play their old favorites.

I've set the deadline for EFTs to after payday in Jan, but should ticket sales be snapped up soon, I'll need to shift it.

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Prime Circle commit rock in the first degree on EVIDENCE

Very few rock groups hang around long enough to record a fifth album, but that’s ironically how long it often takes for a band to hit its straps and mature into its sound.

Nowhere is this more the case than with SA Music Award winners Prime Circle who, not content with being South Africa’s top rock act, are now determined to set the quality bar even higher with the release of their hotly anticipated new album, EVIDENCE.

This new release undoubtedly sees the band confirming their staying power in a fickle industry. But more than that, it marks a progression of their sound, and a collision of several strands of dynamic tension and creativity into a cohesive, often exhilarating whole.

More than a decade since they broke out of Witbank with a sound at once urgent and penetrating, invigorating and intense, the five-piece are gelling as a collective more than ever before – and this unity of purpose is on display on their thrilling new album.

Explains singer and principle songwriter Ross Learmonth: “This time we went into Theo [Crous]’s studio with a different approach – there had to be a unanimous vote.

“We all come from very different backgrounds and listen to different – and also similar – types of music. I always want to move on to the next thing, Marco holds on to things for longer and can appreciate them over time, Dale’s this crazy dude who just loves playing, Neil likes the colours of the music and the way it moves. And for Dirk, as an axeman, it’s all about tone for him.

“Everyone looks at the music differently, so it’s always been hard to get a unanimous vote.” But with EVIDENCE, their consensual approach meant Learmonth’s songwriting was painted with every band member’s complementary textures, tones and arrangements. The album began taking shape at Schnettler’s Bat Mountain Audio studios before the band headed to Cape Town to work with Crous on the fine-tuning.

Much of the impetus for the album can be traced back to Prime Circle’s movements since the release of Jekyll & Hyde in 2010. Acknowledged by the band as a “risky” album, it nonetheless achieved platinum status and picked up a Best English Rock Album SAMA in 2011 as well as an MK Award for Best International Breakthrough Act.

With the “risk” of this darker, less commercial album clearly having paid off, the band toured locally and also hit the road in Europe. But they came down to earth with an almost gratifying bump in Germany – playing gigs to five or 10 people and living the humble backpackers’ lifestyle will do that to you.

“It was tricky, but we proved that our zest for music was still very much alive,” says Learmonth. “We showed our true colours as a touring band, and everyone came to the party.”

They plugged on doggedly, made contacts and soon found themselves opening for 3 Doors Down and Alter Bridge on European stages. Not long after that, Prime Circle started selling out their own club shows without the aid of big-ticket drawcards.

“Being on the road in Europe and touring with great bands definitely caused us to step up our game in both the live and the writing aspects,” reflects Gomes.

“As an English rock band, we’re competing with other English rock bands. We knew we had to step up everything, and that put a lot of pressure on us in the studio. That’s why we needed all five of us to agree on each track, otherwise it wouldn’t be good enough to make the album.”

But they definitely haven’t played it safe on the album – another consequence of their exposure to the discerning and knowledgeable European market.

With a markedly rockier sensibility than usual, the album was an “emotional rollercoaster” to craft. “Lyrically, you put yourself on the chopping block and question yourself,” admits Learmonth. “It was scary at times, but we did it the way we wanted to do it. We had to relook at ourselves, dig in and reinvent ourselves musically, instead of staying stuck in a rut.”

Prime Circle is often perceived as a soft-rock or contemporary-rock band, primarily due to the album cuts generally favoured by radio stations. They hope this will change with EVIDENCE, which does feature contemplative numbers but is also more guitar-driven, with Learmonth and Bisschoff pinching, riffing and having fun playing around with different patterns. Listened to in its entirety, the album displays the multiple variations and shades of which the band is capable.

Says Learmonth: “EVIDENCE is a conscious effort for us to progress, and sometimes in order to do that you need to get rid of demons by tackling hard topics – but there are also some songs with sunny dispositions. We want to keep our fanbase but also gain new and different fans – we want Martians, too…”

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  • sandra m.

    HI UNI

    February 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Sandra. I sent out an email yesterday, with my number and out booking details. Please check your email account that you use with meetup, and check your junk mail folder.

      February 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      All you need to do is head to the venue, at the door tell them the name under which the booking is made and the table number. If you have any problems just call me. See you Sunday :-)

      February 15, 2013

  • Peter M.

    I am interested in this. Please let me know.

    January 31, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      tx Peter. Got your POF. See you then :-D Will fwd contact details closer to the time.

      January 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have one opening for this event. If you are interested please let me know so I can send you bank details. Tx.

    January 28, 2013

  • Nikola

    Hey Uni. As mentioned sunday, will u put me in the waiting list. Thanks

    January 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      i've added you to the attended list as there as been a cancellation.

      1 · January 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    all booked and sorted. We have 2 random people that booked on our table as well but if they're music fans they should be ok too.
    see you all then.
    Plan of action will be sent closer to the time with my contact details.

    1 · January 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have updated the RSVPs according to payments received. Many thanks all.

    January 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Final reminder. EFT Deadline is this Friday 18 Jan. thereafter if I haven't received a POF from you by 5pm on Friday, I'll be changing your RSVP. You're welcome to make your own arrangements thereafter, but seating with the meetup group cannot be guaranteed.

    Payments confirmed from Joleen, Geraldene+1, Jennifer, Karen W and Karen L, Wade. Tx.

    January 16, 2013

  • Jennifer

    have paid today ...looking forward to it!

    January 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey everyone. Please note the change of time. The venue has changed the time of the show from the original 8pm to 2pm. I'll send an email out as well but please update your RSVPs accordingly if this affects you.
    I've only received payment so far from Geraldene and Joleen, if the 2 of you wish to have a refund, please contact me via email with your bank details.

    January 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey all. I've had to push up the deadline as tickets are starting to go rather quickly now. If you want me to book for you please have your EFTs paid and cleared by the 18th Jan latest.

    January 10, 2013

    • Joleen

      I transferred the money to you yesterday. Thanks!

      January 10, 2013

  • Celeste

    Where do we pay?

    January 7, 2013

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