By Kirsty Hoggons
“Storm before the calm. Atmospheric, ambient soundscaping.” These are the words 3rd World Spectator use to describe their music. Mixing elements of classic rock, hard rock, indie, pop, electronica and opera, this band is creating their own unique brand of music. The band won the Virgin Mobile Road to V competition in 2008, earning them the opportunity to perform at the Virgin Festival, along with major international acts. Crediting Radiohead, Placebo and Muse as their musical influences, 3rd World Spectator is definitely a band to watch out for.
Hailing from Stellenbosch, the band members have known each other for the past two and a half years, but only started playing together in March 2008. What makes this band different to other South African bands is that 3rd World Spectator are more interested in making music than about the fame and parties that go with a career in music. Listening to their songs makes you feel as if you have been listening to their music forever. They make you feel as though you know the band personally.
3rd World Spectator has been the opening act for international bands Maroon 5 and OneRepublic. Front man or the band, Peter Crafford, describes opening for such well known artists as being the best experience of their lives. “It was the most surreal feeling to walk out in front of a sold-out Coca Cola Dome and do what you do best,” said Crafford. Their next dream is to open for U2, Muse or The Foo Fighters.
Supporting other South African bands, like Van Coke Kartel, Plush and Foto Na Dans, has exposed the band to a larger range of audiences. 3rd World Spectator were named one of Mxitmusic’s top 20 acts in 2008 and also performed at the Knysna Oyster Festival in 2008, with plans to perform there again in July. 2009 will see 3rd World Spectator going on tour to promote their debut album, which they are looking to release in August. They will also be releasing a single and a music video to tie in with the release. With such talent, 3rd World Spectator will no doubt continue to create great things in the future.