London, United Kingdom: stoner groove metallers One For Sorrow have been announced as the last piece to fall into place for the line-up at South Africa’s dual-city metal festival Witchfest 2017.
The promoter, Witchdoctor Productions, made the announcement last week and we have since managed to trace down a band member – one of two South African ex-patriots in the band – for some comment.
“It’s awesome to be able to come play South Africa. I think it’s also very special to our bassist Snakes to get to play South Africa again; back in the day he was in a pretty successful South African band called THC.” ~ Jason Putter (guitar, One For Sorrow)
Jason had made the pilgrimage to play his former home country a number of years ago already, having appeared at an earlier embodiment of the Witchfest festival in 2008 with his former UK-based band SeasonsofSix. However, since forming One For Sorrow in 2012, Jason and his squad have enjoyed a rapid rise in the UK scene which includes the release on an EP and an album, impressive media coverage, and a slew of festival appearances including at the likes of HammerFest and Bloodstock. We asked him about the band’s roots and style, and if the two former South Africans had any bearing on the band’s sound echoing back to their homeland of old.
“I wouldn’t say One For Sorrow has any roots in South Africa. Myself and our bassist, Snakes, are both originally from Durban, but we have both been living in London for nearly twenty years now. And certainly our music, which some might call Groove Metal or Stoner Metal, has more roots in ‘The South’, as in the Southern parts of North America more than anywhere else. I grew up loving the blues and early 50’s Rockabilly. As a very young child this was the music that made me want to pick up the guitar at age five. both Joe, our vocalist, and Snakes are also big fans of this music.” ~ Jason Putter
Jason describes the band members musical tastes as all being inspired by the likes of Pantera, Corrosion of Conformity, Down, Crowbar, Black Label Society and other “Southern” sounds, though does not deny the influence of the mighty Black Sabbath who started the blues-infusion into metal to name but a few.
“We are stoked to be coming to Africa for the first time. There is no place quite like it on this earth. Lets bang the head that doesn’t bang the old school way y’all!” ~ Jason Putter