STRAATLIGKINDERS recently launched their latest album, entitled VERDWYN. The album, the band’s first new offering in 6 years, comes after the release of the first single from the album, WONDER, on 2 November.
The album was recorded in the band’s town of origin, Potchefstoom, as well as Johannesburg and Pretoria from August this year. The first song on the album was written in June by frontman Bouwer Bosch, and immediately the music portrayed a new direction for the band. The band continued to write the rest of the album for the following 3 months, with recording taking a total of 6 weeks. For the album, the band chose to work with 7 producers, namely Ewald Jansen van Rensburg, Carlo de Villiers, Rudolph Willemse, Peach van Pletzen, Stefan Swart, Bouwer Bosch and Johan Oelofsenn.
“The inspiration for the album was time. How much time changes people, changes life and perspectives. How we grew as people.” – Bouwer Bosch.
A recurrent inspiration throughout the album was the life experiences of the band members throughout the last 6 years and all the changes which come with growing up. STRAATLIGKINDERS describe their main challenge with the new album as the quest to marry their heavy rock sound with more popular pop angles and melodies heard on radio today.
“When it comes to music, it’s not about selling out, it’s about buying in so we decided to make music without compromising on our voice and what we want to say. Growing older you have to unlearn a lot of stuff from your younger years, so unlearning was a big part of this album with regards to the way we thought about songwriting and recording. We we just open to do things differently this time.” says Bouwer.
Wanting to serve the songs rather than serving themselves, the signature STRAATLIGKINDERS raw and emotional lyrics as well as melodies are still present on the band’s 6th studio offering. They are known to write with their hearts on their sleeves and have always prided themselves in their guitar hooks and big drum sound, as can still be heard on VERDWYN. Fans can look forward to catchy, honest, raw and relevant music – some of the most personal songs the band have written in their career thus far.
MA: Good Morning STRAATLIGKINDERS, very excited to be chatting to you, how you doing? Please give our readers a quick 101 on who STRAATLIGKINDERS are and where in SA are you from?
Howsit, thank you for chatting to us, appreciate it! We are a rock band originally from Potchefstroom. We started in 2006 but nowadays we stay in Jhb, Pta and Potch.
MA: Please tell us who the members of the band are and who plays what role in the group?
I’m Bouwer Bosch, I sing and play guitar, Benjamin de Jager plays lead guitar, Hein Kruger is on bass and his twin brother Ruan Kruger is on drums.
MA: What are some of your musical influences?
Blink 182, Taking back Sunday, Underoath, Paramore, Imagine Dragons
MA: Do you have any major highlights in your musical career thus far?
I think just the mere fact that you can make music in an amazing country like South Africa and you can be part of such an amazinb broad landscape of musicians is the biggest highlight of all. SO just to be able to still do this after 12 years is very humbling.
MA: What are your thoughts of our local music scene at the moment?
I think it is at such a great place. I think we have grown so much and we as SA musos re definitly up there with the rest of the world.
MA: Any acts/bands/artists that you think need a special mention?
Spoegwolf and Tresor are two SA artist that I really like and that I feel is chaning the landscape of SA music at the moment.
MA: You guys have just released you latest album, named Verdwyn. What can you tell us about this album?
“Verdwyn” means dissaper. The name is ironic because we kind of dissapeared for 5 years and now we are back with an album called “verdwyn”. The album’s theme is time. How much can happen in 5 years, how much you can change and grow as a person in 5 years. It is definitely our most mature album I think. We worked with 5 different producers on this album and that is something we have never done before so we wanted to have different approaches with this album.
- Nikodemus (feat. Hemelbesem)
- Woord Vir Woord
- Herinner (feat. Lucinda Neethling)
- Sak Sarel
- Ek Wil Jou Nooit Weer Sien
- Verdwyn (Unplugged)
- Verkyker (Unplugged)
MA: Where can people get their hands on a copy of this new album?
On all the online streaming platforms and all the Musica’s nation wide.
MA: What are you big plans for 2019? Anything we can look forward to?
Well we just got back from taking a 5 year back, so we are very hungry to get out there and just play where ever we can.
MA: Where can people follow you on Social Media?
MA: Thanks for your time!
Thank you for having us!