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LIVE REPORT

Nothing beats the thrill of going out, having your favourite drink and to enjoy a live band on stage.

Please feel free to send us your experience at a live gig and what you thought of the show. Pics are always welcome to show our readers what they missed out on if they couldn't make it. Send your WALK ON THE LIVE SIDE to liveside@ravenrecords.co.za.

Venue: NILE CROCODILE 
Date:  6 JANUARY 2004 
Bands: PREVAIL, SCARLETS BOX, TIDEL WAVE.


PREVAIL
I always enjoy watching the first band of the evening's line-up and PREVAIL really opened the night perfectly. The band had a very cool stage look and they started off with a very slow rock feel and ended their first song in blazing gunfire. 
What captured me was the vocal talent of their vocalist, to be honest it was fucking amazing, very aggressive, clear and well controlled. The guitars, bass and drums were tightly played but lacked the balls to keep up with their powerful vocals, never the less the variety of songs kept me interested through the full set. 
PREVAIL has a very rock/metal/tribal feel and must be seen by any loud music supporter. 
PREVAIL is a time bomb waiting to explode upon the music scene, so keep your eyes open for this band and go and support them, it's worth it! 

SCARLETS BOX
The crowd was waiting anxiously to see this band. I didn't know what to expect and the feeling that I got was that it's going to be fresh and new to the SA music scene. 
Scarlet Box has a rock/pop feel and was definitely not my cup of tea but the crowed really loved them. The music was well written and played but nothing special. 
SCARLETS BOX will make it easily on the radio scene. The biggest problem that I had was that their vocals got monotones and I really think a second vocalist is needed to compliment the lady's voice and to bring in some variation. 

TIDEL WAVE
I'm not worthy to even write about this band. "TIDEL WAVE - ORIGINAL MUSIC FOR ORIGINAL PEOPLE!" Words from the front man of this amazing reggae band. 
This band you have to experience before you can say you lived man! Excellent compositions, music writing and most professional stage performance of the evening. 
If you were standing or sitting the TIDAL WAVE washed your problems away and made you realize what music is really about. So next time when you see a poster or flyer of TIDEL WAVE make sure you get off your lazy bum and go in-rich your ears and soul to the tunes of TIDAL WAVE.

Venue: NILE CROCODILE 
Date:  13 JANUARY 2004 
Bands: NEGATIVE BURN, ODDLIDT


NEGATIVE BURN 
The four lads took to the stage, but really failed to impress, not even the free CDs that they gave away got the crowd going. NEGATIVE BURNs songs were well played, but when you want to watch a live band, they really need to pull out all the tricks to get the people into it. I was put off by the vocals and it really got boring to watch these guys live. I must admit their was a few riffs and pieces that got me remembering Im at a live gig, but not enough. To come to think about it, NEGATIVE BURN really did live up to the standards of their name.

ODDLIDT 
After negative burn ODDLIDT took to stage. The band had a cool vibe on the stage and you could see who was the best band of the evening. The set was very entertaining and the punk, rock band really got behind their songs with full energy. I must be honest when I say that even with ODDLIDT, there were pieces where the vocals lacked power and I would have preferred the vocalist to scream more. The band proved my point with their last song, when they got the vocalist from SILT to join in on the fun. This was by far the best song of the evening, well done guys. 

Venue: NILE CROCODILE 
Date:  20 FEBRUARY 2004 
Bands: PARLOTONES, STOCK EXCHANGE


PARLOTONES 
This was my first encounter with the PARLOTONES and they really impressed me with their vocals and overall playing. The entire set was kept interesting with different guitar, bass and vocal effects that where used when it had to be used. The songs were well structured and complimented all the band members perfectly. This guy is an excellent vocalist for what he is doing and a must see for people that enjoy music like Radiohead and so on. Not for anyone into the heavy scene.

STOCK EXCHANGE 
Like the Parlotones, was this also the first time that I have seen STOCK EXHANGE live. Call me ignorant or simple-minded but this is not my style of music but I tried to keep an open mind while listening and watching them. The band was very lively on stage, for their style, and the songs where professionally played by good musicians. I was very impressed with the drumming through the set and I think, that is what I enjoyed the most of the band. STOCK EXHANGE is a definite no to anyone into heavy music, but a yes to everyone else. 

Venue: NILE CROCODILE 
Date:  28 FEBRUARY 2004 

The evening was hosted by Grey Studios and the guys went out of their way to make sure the bands sound and look good on stage. The evening also hosted Roys B-Day party and from all of us HAPPY B-DAY dude! The evening had a lot of surprises as yet again all the bands that played was not really in my music taste except for D-Day but I was surprised with Twisted Soul. Again I didnt know what to expect and I thought its going to be Afrikaans music, but Twisted Soul had a very aggressive stage performance and it was cool to see people with tribal paint on stage again. D-Day 4-Ever also blew me away with their aggressive rock/hardcore sound and their stage performance. Other bands that performed the evening were Ripwire, Twisted Soul, and Marlowe. All the bands really impressed on stage and there was never a doudt in their music capabilities or their stage performance. Well done to you all it was truly a very cool evening to end the month of February with.

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