Get Ready for Rock the River. CTMS Interview: Dead Lucky

In 2008 a band called Dead Lucky was formed in the small town of Stellenbosch by Kyle Lakey and Jean ‘Middelvinger’ Labuschagne. The punk scene in and around Cape Town was dying a slow, horrible death and these boys weren’t about to let it flounder without a fight.

Like all worthwhile crusades, this particular campaign encountered a number of obstacles and the original band parted ways after a year of blowing people’s perception of small town tunes clear out of the water.

Fast-forward to January 2011 and we find Kyle and Jean in Cape Town, ready to reform the band, only this time the sound and attitude would be one of pure, uncut rock ‘n roll.

The horn was sounded, recruitment began and the fellowship was reformed with Alex Krause and Chris de Wet Boornman on guitar and Graham Strickland on bass. The new additions provided the hard, vintage rock ‘n roll flavour that launched Dead Lucky onto a new platform alongside Jean’s unmatched talent on the drums and Kyle’s powerful pipes.

Dead Lucky are here, prepare yourselves.

Dead Lucky, by Zenn van Zyl

Who are you as a band most looking forward to see perform live at Rock the River?

Probably “Gangs of Ballet” because their song was in a movie.


What can people expect from your performance at Rock the River?

There should be a definite moistening of the crotch area.


What has been the best thing a fan/critic has said to you this year?

Mind… Blown.Too much.Poes hot.


Do you guys have any cures and/or remedies for those pre-show jitters?

Sex helps. Also booze. And lots of rehearsing.


Name three can’t-do-without items you always pack for a festival.

Bottles of whiskey, condoms, cigarettes.


Tell us about one of your most epic festival experiences?

Kyle: Having to fireman carry Alex around RAMfest 2011 because he was way too fucked. Also waking up naked and sunburnt next to the river at RAMfest 2009 and not remembering anything from the weekend. You know it’s good when you don’t remember.

Dead Lucky, by Zenn van Zyl

Looking back at 2012, what was your highlight of the year as an artist?

No offence to RTR but playing Synergy Live. It was such an awesome opportunity to share the LMG stage with so many amazing artists.


Now that 2012 is drawing to a close, what can fans expect from you in the New Year? Any big plans?

We’re booked in for recording time around mid-January. We start production of our debut album.


Playing a festival like Rock the River must be exciting, but also daunting at the same time. What’s the process like for preparing for a festival like this?

Lots of rehearsal. You can never have too much.


Give us one short-term and one long-term goal for 2013

Well we don’t necessarily work on very long term goals as it comes with too much stress. The album is getting down early in the year and after that we want to get some touring in.


Who will be standing next to you for the NYE countdown?

Probably our girlfriends, or in Chris’s case, a hooker.


With side projects and day jobs, when do you guys find time to rehearse?

It’s tough but we pull it off. Luckily rehearsal studios are open all hours of the day now. Thanks Kill City crew.


What’s the best gig you’ve ever played i.e had the best time playing?

That’s a hard one. We’ve had a number of awesome shows. Sailor Jerry’s Freak Show, the SIX after party, the LemBefok launch party and Synergy, our latest, just to name a few.


It must be such an amazing feeling seeing fans sing along to your songs. What’s your favourite song to play at gigs/festivals?

Definitely “Prowler”.

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