Cape Town, South Africa: The weekend is upon us and we took the time to chat with one last participant in tomorrow’s all-ages-welcome concert taking place at the Claremont Civic Hall, We Came To Build 2017. Local hardcore band Peasant is a significant inclusion to the line-up for a number of reasons, not least of which is the band’s powerful stance on matters of social responsibility; but in today’s investigation we sought out Peasant‘s frontman Alain Marthezé, owing to the many years he has been active in the local scene and in particular, which began as himself being a young teen. He told us that he’s been attending shows since the “golden era” (early-to-late 2000s) of all-age shows in the Cape Town region, beginning from when he was in Grade 9.
“The first proper show I attended was back in the day when Boogaloos Skate Park still hosted events. The lineup was Neshamah, New World Inside, and I think Aftertaste. Circle pits and kids jumping around was a vibe. From there I was sold! Gigs were a jol and I was keen for it. One of the first shows I played in the ‘scene’ was a gig called ‘The Llamanation’ at the Llama lounge in Claremont with my old band called ‘Two Weeks Old’. From there I attended as many punk, ska, metal, hardcore shows as I could, making new friends and meeting awesome folks along the way.” ~ Alain Marthezé (vocals, Peasant)
Alain describes the memories as having a profoundly positive impact on his life at the time, and into the future as he became inspired to put in the hours required to become gig-fit and album-ready himself. He has since played with four bands including Two Weeks Old, Sleeping At The Popes, and Enmity which enjoyed a long tenure on the national circuit, since arriving in his current position with Peasant.
As to him and his current band’s participation in the We Came To Build 2017 show, he told us:
“I think its great! There was definitely a big all-ages movement when I was growing up, but it seems to have moved to over-18 as those same crowds got older. It’s nice to see that people still care about inspiring the kids to get involved and go to gigs and start their own bands. More all-ages shows is definitely a great was to keep things growing. For Peasant, it’s an honour to be playing. Local bands are stepping up to the plate with quality music, shows and videos these days. I’m proud to be a part of this ongoing movement.” ~ Alain Marthezé
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