Bloemfontein’s Boer gets a taste of ARV’s…
On the 24thof March, the old faithful Mystic Boer Bloemfontein got its first taste of Anti Retro Vinyls.The boys from Durban, consisting of two pairs of brothers – Chris and Carl van Renen and Harry and Greg Allan, were on route on their first national tour and stopped over in Bloemfontein for their first official gig in central South Africa.
The boys were quite excited to play their first Free State show, and the fact that they got to do it in the infamous cultural rock beacon, Mystic Boer, made it that much more special. Chris van Renen commented, “Playing in Mystic Boer Bloemfontein has actually always been one on my bucket-list of shows to do.”
The interesting foursome took their fresh vibe to the stage with the crowd anxiously looking on. It was clear that the Mystic children had no idea what to expect and they were apprehensive at first. It, however, only took 30 seconds of the intro of the promising single, Would you like to pretend, to completely win the crowd over. With their fresh indie/disco/punk sound, fuelled by an energetic performance, they had the crowd dancing and jumping in no time. Seeing a band get completely lost in the moment of their music during a life performance is a beautiful thing.
They sped by like a small freight train, and before the crowd knew what had really hit them, frontman Greg was saying thank you and good night! I think it’s safe to say, that the attendants enjoyed their ARV dose, with a few people in the crowd immediately afterwards asking, so when are they coming back to Bloem again.
The Anti Retro Vinyl are on the fast track to major success, with the first 3 months of 2012 producing a video on MK, a single playlisted by radio stations abroad, an appearance on MK’s Studio 1, and a successful national tour. Things are, however, not slowing down…at all, and they have major plans for the coming months. Within the next couple of weeks they will be releasing an acoustic EP. Yes, you heard right, indie/disco/punk band, known for their phenomenal life performances, will be sending some acoustic vibes our way. The acoustic EP – showcasing another brilliant ARV dimension– will hold over fans, until the release of their new album somewhere near the end of July.
I think it’s safe to say, that these boys and their fresh vibed sound will be conquering our airways within the next couple of months.
Here’s hoping that their first official gig in Mystic Boer Bloemfontein will not be their last, and that Bloemfontein’s Boer will get to experience some super energetic ARV’s on a more regular basis.