[interview] Hellcats – Park Acoustics _ 7th October 2018

[interview] Hellcats - Park Acoustics _ 7th October 2018

 Sunday, 7 October 2018
Venue: Voortrekker Monument, PTA
Entrance: R150 online at http://www.parkacoustics.co.za, R175 at the gate.
(Free for children under the age of 6, R15 per vehicle at entrance of nature reserve.)
Time: Gates open 10AM – 18h30PM
Line-Up: BOO!, The Narrow, Fuzigish and Friends!
Facebook Event: http://bit.ly/2MRa13V

Biography: Hellcats
Hellcats are a two piece, stripped down, bare knuckle rock n roll band from Johannesburg. They are Alessandro Benigno on drums and vocals, and Warwick Rautenbach on guitar.

The duo started the band in August 2014 and played their first gig as Hellcats at the famed Arcade Empire in Pretoria. They had one song when they were asked to play that gig, so they wrote 8 tracks in two weeks leading up to it and came out the gates swinging. That’s kind of how things have rolled ever since. Hard and fast. Their sound is is exactly the same, driving riffs and wailing vocals, with a clear 70’s rock influence. Filthy. Uninhibited.

In their short time together, the boys have torn through the local underground scene and have also held their own sharing the stage with giants like Fokofpolisiekar and Aking, to name a few, at venues all around the country.

Hellcats are a live band. Their music is unashamedly raw and their live performance is full throttle energy. They’re a two piece with a colossal sound, and audiences respond emphatically.

Interview: Hellcats

[interview] Hellcats - Park Acoustics _ 7th October 2018

MA: Hello gents, rad to be chatting to you guys, how are you doing?

Heeeeeey. We’re pretty damn good, now that we’re chatting to you, so thanks.

MA: Do you mind starting with a quick 101 on who Hellcats are? Where in SA are you from and how did you get started in the music scene?

Hellcats are a two piece bare knuckle rock roll band from Joburg. Alessandro and I were in a 4 piece band (Cable Stealing Gypsies) before we started Hellcats. During our time in that band, we were arriving for early for that bands rehearsals, just the two of us, and making songs and quickly realized that there was something fuckin magical happening, so we decided to start Hellcats. That was 4 years ago and we are having the time of our lives because of that decision.

MA: What are some of your musical influences?

Al and I both inherited really great musical tastes from our dads who grew up in the 70’s- so Led Zep, Black Sabbath, Bowie, the Stones and the like, but we’re also both big QOTSA, Death from above 1979 and tooooons of other current bands’ fans.

MA: Do you have any major highlights in your musical career thus far?

Yussis, where do I start! We have had a good run and have been extremely lucky to play a lot of great shows over the years and they just keep getting better, BUT, for me personally, Koppi this year was something special- we played the top bar and we almost broke that place, then we just played Blood Brothers in Cape Town with some of our biggest influences and heroes which was a surreal experience.

MA: What are your thoughts of our local music scene at the moment?

People bitch and moan about the local scene all the time. The same fuckers are moaning about the diverse lineup at Koppi. The same fuckers that aren’t going out to support great new acts. The actual music and bands we’re producing in SA has actually never been better, but unfortunately the majority of people would rather stay home cry wanking over a laptop about how there are no new bands. That being said the people going out to gigs and going to transforming festivals like Koppi, Mieliepop and Daisies, know that things are changing and getting better for the right reasons. The local scene is incredible, people just need to get the fuck out there, support and live their lives a little 🙂

MA: Any acts/bands/artists that you think need a special mention?

Tons! But to name a few Ruff Majik, OhGod!, BCUC, Mouse,pollinator

MA: You are playing at Park Acoustics, BOO! 21st Birthday bash…. Are you excited for the gig? What can we expect from your set?

We are AMPED for Park Acoustics- it’s one of our favorite shows to play and this is the rock  n roll line up that’s going to melt faces, it’s an honor to share the stage with boo! – my other favorite two piece. For our set ? Well, we’ve been in studio recording our first full length album so we’re probably gonna test a new track or two out. Other than that, just the usual- loud, offensive rock n roll with a good dose of profanity in between .

MA: Anything else you currently working on that we may be interested in?

The album has been our main jam lately and we’re really happy with how it’s all coming together. It’s going to be some of the biggest and hardest tracks we’ve released and also a couple of surprises which have taken us out of our comfort zone. We’re also working on a video to coincide with the album release which will be rad. Other than all of that, we’re working on our bad attitudes- it’s not going well.

MA: Where can people follow you on Social Media?

Instagram: @hellcatsband
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Hellcats.Official/

MA: Thanks for your time!

Thank you, you are rad.

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