SAMS Interview : What Now SA Tour
Answers by: Tyron Layley
In 2005 Ryan, Adam and Tyron decided to leave behind their life in Ballito to head for London. Now, 8 years later they return for a rather nostalgic tour through SA, promoting their latest album Move like a sinner. The tour kicks off at Mystic Boer in Potchefstroom 18 September, with gigs in Stellenbosch, PE , Durban, JHB, CPT, East London , even their home town Ballito and ends off at Arcade Empire Pretoria. During their tour they will be supported by the likes of Taxi Violence, Shortstraw, CrashCarBurn and December Streets to name a select few. Tyron gave us a bit of background.
Your SA tour is just around the corner and I can imagine you must be excited to return. How long has it been since you’ve been in SA?
We are super excited. It’s been 8 years since we toured SA and for some reason we feel this tour is going to be amazing. Even though we are all from SA it feels like we are coming to a whole new territory. It’s exciting!
Included in your tour is also a show in Ballito, your hometown, this must create some nostalgic feelings?
It most certainly does. It’s always great playing hometown shows because you know a lot of the crowd personally which is actually a little more nerve racking. Never the less it’s one show we can’t wait to play.
Tell us a bit about the SA tour, any surprises up your sleeve?
Well we have started putting together the setlists for the tour and so far it’s looking really good. We always like to put on a good show but I think this tour we are going to push even harder. We are also doing an acoustic session on the tour in PE.
Move like a sinner is your second album, which is now available online and in stores. The creation and main theme for an album has to be quite a daunting task, what approach did you take with this album?
Well the entire approach to this album was “No Rules”. We had no concept or plan for how it should sound so it was a completely organic process. As a result of the writing mind-set, the album sounds very diverse. I don’t think we would ever write the same album / song twice and we definitely pushed ourselves musically on MLAS.
Deciding to pack up your life and move to another country to pursue your career, must be difficult. Looking back I’m sure you have no regrets?
No regrets at all. It was extremely tough in the beginning but what kept us going and what still keeps us going is the love for our Art. Music has pulled us through so much shit that it’s hard not to want to give up everything for it.
Name a few things you miss about SA?
Probably friends and family, the beach and the food!
We heard a rumour you’re planning to shoot a music video in SA while on tour? Any truth to that?
Hell yeah! We’re actually shooting two music videos. I can’t give anything away yet but I have always had an idea for one of the songs on the album which takes place in SA.
If looks could kill is currently climbing with views on Youtube. Let us in on what went down behind the scenes.
It was definitely the hardest we have ever worked on a music video but also most rewarding. We spent a couple weeks collecting pianos, organs and building microphones and guitars. Everything was DIY. The set build started on a Friday and filming only took place at 2am Sunday morning. Then after no sleep and very sore bodies we had to break apart that beautiful musical machine and clean up. I now know what it feels like to run a marathon. So much fun and were so happy with the way it turned out.
Who will be supporting you on your SA tour?
We have a bunch of amazing SA bands on this tour. There is Crashcarburn, December Streets, Straatligkinders, Taxi Violence, Shortstraw and Lowprofile. There are more to be announced but that already is a great set of bands. It’s going to be awesome.
Share some of your greatest moments on stage thus far?
Every moment on stage is the greatest (cheesy)…haha! I think all shows are special for different reasons but some of our favourite’s would be in Poland. When you are playing and giving it everything and the crowd gives you just as much back, that’s the best feeling in the world.
Sound advice that you would share with the rest of the world?
Make lemonade with lemons. And also get tickets to our tour…that’s the best advice.
Where in SA can we buy your album?
You can get it from music shops like “Musica” and “Look and Listen” (if they don’t have at your local store then please request it). Or you can get the digital version on iTunes Africa or Nokia music. Otherwise come to one of the shows on the tour and we will be selling them there.
You have the chance to go back in time for 24 hours, when and where would you go?
I would go back to when I was in high school, walk up to my Math teacher and say “F##k you, future me does fine without math.”
Name one funny trait each of you have.
Ryan has O.C.D and constantly worries if he packed his “Shure Box”. Adam gets angry at random things like trees when he is tired. I like to dance like a crazy person when I am drunk.
Do you remember the first show you ever played? Take us back.
How could I ever forget? My first show with the band was at Cloud 9 in Umhlanga. I don’t think I looked up once. There could have been 5 or 5000 people I wouldn’t have known. It was back when baggy pants, long socks and spikey hair was the in thing. Haha, good times.
In the beginning you performed in some skate parks in SA. Do any of you still skate?
Yebo yes, I started skating when I was a teen and then when we moved to London I kind of stopped for a while. I thought I was too old for it but it turns out I am not. I skate about once a week, it’s become somewhat of a ritual.
In your bio it states you have a “DIY ethnic” that still sticks with you today, do you believe this approach is part of your success today?
I think it’s a huge part of any new band’s success. There is no better time to be able to write, record and publish yourself than now. Maybe it’s because we are control freaks but I think you learn so much more about your industry when you actually do the grunt work.
Life in London must be filled with exciting times and opportunities, paint us a picture…
Party Friday night…Wake up 5am Saturday morning and skate the empty streets. Skate the park until 11. Grab the “Borris Bikes” and cycle through central London. Stop off for a quick burger in Covent Garden. Get home, play guitar / write songs. Head out to watch a few bands and then do it all again the next day. London is always buzzing. If you want food at 3 am, you walk 5 mins and get. If you want to watch your favourite band then no doubt they will be playing at a venue near you.
What is your go to song when you’re have a bad day?
Jimmy Eat World – Bleed American
Some words for the SA fans, eagerly anticipating your arrival….
We are going to play our hearts out on this tour so get your tickets and we’ll see you soon. Let’s make some memories!
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