BOXER is a four-piece band, based in Johannesburg
Their sound is self titled and simple, Box and Roll. Intricately weaving traditional influences (Jimi Hendrix, Queens of the Stone Age and the Red Hot Chili Peppers) with modern sounds (Justice, Metronomy, Foals and MGMT) BOXER yields a finished product that comes naturally to listeners, freshly engaging them through sparkling melodies and grooved rhythms.
BOXER prides themselves on their approach to stimulating the local music scene. Noticing the lack of opportunities, BOXER chose to proactively create their own events, collaborating with like minded musicians and artists. To date BOXER has played alongside a number of top local acts including; Shortstraw, Shadowclub, Tidal Waves, Al Bairre, Yo Grapes, and The Anti Retro Vinyl’s. Moreover BOXER and Go Barefoot share the stage often, exciting their rapidly expanding following with their dancing rhythms.
Since first playing live in early 2014, BOXER has continued to grow it’s following, through their first EP, Six Feet Underman, currently being launched, the band has made massive progress over its first few months. Their next goal is to tour across South Africa, while notching festival performances on their belt. BOXER demonstrates they are a hard working, committed and professional group of individuals who seek to entertain.
*bio found on their Facebook page*
Hi there, we are doing pretty garsh darn well, thanks. Good to see you.
We are a four-piece indie-fuzz band spawned from the hell-fires of Johannesburg. Boxer is a collaboration of ‘Dead Alphabet’, ‘Columbus’ and the Linksfield boys’ shul choir. Once ‘Columbus’ disbanded and after our vocalist got kicked out the boys’ choir for inappropriately touching the Torah, we decided to gather our past musical experiences and begin a new journey, one that has been entirely unexpected.
MA: Please introduce the member to us 😀
First off is our lead guitarist, Jake Patlansky, often associated with (you know the name) PATLANSKY, Jessica Patlansky that is, ground breaking children’s novelist. Second we have Tyler Sanderson on bass guitar; We call him ‘The Foot’ and he’s pretty good at making maps for a living. Justin is our flamboyant drummer; we think he’s a miner or something like that (we’re not too sure). Lastly, is Ari Brest aka The Sleeve. After being kicked out the choir, he sold out and became a stunt double for Justin Timberlake – but he doesn’t like to talk about it.
MA: Can you give us the story/reason behind the name BOXER?
Well to be absolutely honest the inspiration to the band name is far from profound. We’ll leave it at that.
MA: Where do you guys take inspiration from?
Each member of BOXER has a wide range of bands, influences and sounds that make their way into our songwriting. This ranges from Rage against the machine, to the Foals, Justice, Red hot chilli peppers and tame impala to name but a few.
MA: Was 2014 a good year for you guys? Any moments or events that stood out?
2014 was a great year! The band only started playing live in February of last year and in between then and now we managed to host a successful string of “last Friday of the month – R10 parties” at The Bohemian; as well as a rad tour along KZN that ended at a festival in the middle of the ‘berg. Jake also finally managed to confront his fear of tomatoes – we don’t know what he did with them though.
MA: What are your thoughts of our local music scene at the moment?
We think it’s reaching a really interesting phase at the moment, producing something creative and fresh that’s exciting to be a part of. Bands are working harder and harder to keep people on their feet. On a personal level we’ve been lucky enough to share the stage with some of our favourite local artists, which has been a rad (insightful) experience.
MA: You guys are playing at Park Acoustics on the 29th March… Are you excited for this? What can we expect from your set?
Bonerzzzzzzz excited! We’ve been big fans for a while now and to be part of this line-up is something special. Park Acoustics is without a doubt the best way to spend a Sunday – and hate a Monday. You can expect some high energy indie-fuzz lovin’ and it’ll only be 11 in the morning
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/858817800847622/
MA: Looking forward to 2015? Are there any projects you working on that we might be interested in?
We just started pre-production on another 5-track EP and the whole recording process is something we really love. We kicked the year off with a banging show at the Boh with BCUC, Go Barefoot and Sol Gems and called the event Dank; which has turned into a rad party, we’re gonna keep them coming throughout the year. We are heading down to KZN for another quick tour made up of a couple of rad shows and a festival, all in all we are pretty damn excited
MA: Where can we find you on the interwebs?
We recently released a music video that’s about an average day in the park with us, you guys can check it out here
MA: Thank you for your time… All the best for the year ahead!!
Thanks for having us!