RocknRolla: Bed on Bricks

By Yashen Moodley

Rocking hard and singing their hearts out, Bed on Bricks transformed the Union into the Wembley Arena for the last night of this year’s O-Week. The gig also featured Stealing Love Jones and jacSharp, with Bed on Bricks headlining the energy driven concert. With blazing guitar riffs, beat-boxing, monster bass lines and fast drumming, Bed on Bricks managed to keep the whole crowd entertained, with fans singing along to their favourite songs.

They have played in most major cities around the country, even small ‘dorps’ like Grahamstown. “G-Town is fantastic, with an awesome bunch of people. BOB loves the town and would love to return sometime soon,” said drummer, Tim Rankin.

Bed on Bricks is made up of Cape Town’s finest musical talent: Mike Hardy as the front man, Tim Rankin on drums, Schalk van der Merwe on the bass guitar and Dave van der Linder on lead, with his rip-roar guitar power. After their superb live performance, rocking the minds of Grahamstown’s live music lovers, they truly deserved being nominated for a Kanna award for best live performance in Pop, Rock or Jazz at the 2004 Klein Karoo National Arts Festival. They also had their single ‘Humanarium’ voted as best song of 2003 by SA Rock Digest.

The one of a kind Bed on Bricks sound is not easily defined and makes them a unique act on the South African music scene. Their latest album, Royal Honey, was released early last year. The CD has been described as an exciting off-the-cuff album, with all songs written and created in the studio.

Rankin described the South African rock music scene, saying, “The rock scene is a whole lot of fun and we enjoy the vibe and the circuit. It could do with a larger injection of money from some big sponsors to aid us poor muso’s.” Bed on Bricks have been firing all cylinders across South Africa’s live music scene for the last six years and still have more goals to conquer. “We plan to headline all the major fests in SA. We aim to do a few selected international fests. Also we are trying to negotiate an international distribution deal,” said Rankin.

Royal Honey has been described as a little quieter, but is still very true to their eclectic Afro-Pop roots. Each listen to the new album will expose a more complex insight that you will fall deeper in love with.


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