RUFF MAJIK ‘Tårn’ LP Review.

Words El Jefe.

So South Africa ain’t got the same rep as say, Sweden, when it comes to producing heavy-duty, fuzzed out stoner riffarama. Certainly, there could be a hidden vein just waiting to be tapped, and I just haven’t realised it yet. And maybe, having been impressed after just a couple of listens to Tårn, the new LP by Ruff Majik, I might do just that.

Ruff Majik are a classic kinda power-trio, and in true power trio style, they all know their lines, and kick the tune right in the guts at just the right time whilst pushing the drive hard. They sound good as a band too. Sometimes playing ability ain’t everything, ya know?

Some pretty guitar lead us into ‘Schizophrenic’, which is quickly followed up with some thumping drums and an almost speed metal kind riff. Continue reading

RUFF MAJIK – NEW: Clip + review for single ‘Gloom & Tomb’, Art for Tårn LP.

‘Gloom & Tomb’ Review – El Jefe.
Photo Christelle Duvenage Photography.

South African riff-mongers Ruff Majik have revealed the artwork for new album Tårn along with a video new single ‘Gloom & Tomb’. Having recently announced their signing to Dutch label Lay Bare Recordings for the vinyl release of the album and with a couple of European tours already lined up, 2019 is going to be a busy year for the band.

Working closely with long-time collaborator Anni Buchner on the artwork for Tårn (Norwegian for tower), guitarist/vocalist Johni Holiday explains more about the inspiration behind it all, “We chose the image of the tarot tower for this album cover because it symbolizes crisis, liberation and sudden unforeseen change. The band has been going through these motions for a few months now, and we felt it would only be fitting. We handed that over to Anni, and she turned it into magic as usual.” Continue reading

JOHN GARCIA, Peter Black (Hard-Ons). Factory Floor, Sydney. 21-04-2018.

Words El Jefe.
Photos Rod Hunt Photography.

We arrived too late to catch the support, Peter Black in acoustic mode. Sorry mate!

The stage setup looked like a well-lived in share house, replete with ice bucket, some tasty beverages, tulips etc. Just missing a bong and sandwich maker! So after some apparent minor delays, John Garcia and guitarist Ehren Groban took the stage (well, mosey’d on to the stage and dragged up the armchairs!), and prior to their collective musical excursion, Garcia gave a rundown on how much he dug the chance to be doing what he was doing with these (classic) tunes, and how he loved that we were all there to support it. Gracious, and humble and clearly battling through some nerves or shyness, he came across as an easy going dude. Continue reading