Weird Boner II: The Drift fares well

The Drift, Nov 2015 with Chris Preyser

Johannesburg, South Africa: One of this city’s most talked about bands within the last three years has fallen back into the spotlight recently since the appearance of some cryptic statements, and it seems unclear as to whether or not the bright spell of The Drift‘s existence has suddenly burned itself out.

The band’s earliest arrival into the public eye was in mid-2013 when – seemingly out of nowhere – The Drift was announced as co-support for the South African leg of Lamb Of God‘s Resolution tour in 2014 alongside one of South Africa’s long-standers, Mind Assault. This unveiling was met with rumours of scandal, until the band hit the live circuit during the remainder of 2013 in a build-up to the highlighted tour and to promote the equally-as-sudden arrival of their full length debut album Dream Of Deluge. It was soon clear that the band was a proven live act, consisting all of scene veterans with a couple of tricks up their collective sleeve.

“To be honest, I don’t think there was a massive plan when we started. We applied for some things behind the scenes with the intention of launching ‘big’ – and got way more than we bargained for. I think the sound of the first album, the behind the scenes press push, and the reputation of the band members was enough to catapult us very quickly into the scene. Krank’d Up, Lamb of God, the tour with Dreamshade and Oppikoppi all happened within a year.” ~ Louis Du Pisani (vocals, The Drift and ex-Knave)

The band’s members, all having had previous experience in the scene and each in their own rights having achieved something of significance, the new act was intended more as a conduit to channel some built up energy into a fun and easily-paced project – a design which went delightfully wrong.

“Our only prerequisite was to have fun. Going forward, if it was not fun then we would stop it. That is as far as we thought about it at the time. Over the past three years, the main manifestation for me was the creation and evolution of our sound. There is a clear progression from the first album to the second, and even more so with the new material that we are currently busy with.” ~ Stefan Stabic (guitar, The Drift and ex-Gadabout)

With the arrival of the band’s second album The Mountain Star in 2015, it was clear that The Drift was a force to be reckoned with and it was often mentioned that the band intended to fulfill at least three albums. Fans were startled to hear the band talking about their appearance at Wierd Boner II being “the last”. What about the promised trilogy?

“The first album was a more studio and home writing exercise and set up the center piece of the trilogy. Objectively it holds up, but there were some things on that record I would’ve loved to have rethought with a five-piece band in mind. The second album is the one you should check out if you haven’t heard of this band before. The Mountain Star is definitely the product of five people in a jam room. I still feel we rushed it in the studio as we were hoping to soft launch the album at Witchfest 2015. The final album in the trilogy is going to be all about “zero compromise”. We’ll make sure the lyrical content is on point, the songs are as good as they can be, and by the time we hit the studio we can play it perfectly from beginning to end. And it’s about exploring all of the avenues. Hannes wants a double album, and the way the writing sessions are going – that seems very plausible. With Chris Preyser in the band there is this new perspective as well, a lot of honesty when it comes to putting songs together. In the past we had certain members writing together that yielded certain results and certain lyrical concepts were handed to teams. Now we just work as a unit quite effectively. Normally too many cooks in the kitchen is an issue. We’re really playing well off each other now. Taking the time off from the live scene; it’s us giving the album is fair due.” ~ Louis Du Pisani

With this talk of the third album still being a definite product in the works, metallers can rest easy in knowing that the original promise will indeed be fulfilled. The band described this “last show” rather as the beginning of a hiatus from live performance whilst focusing on what is now most important to them as being the creative process. Louis also describes other living matters as playing a role, particularly pertaining to family life and careers.

“In the Knave days we expected unfair things from two members who had kids – and in hindsight that was very unfair. Bands are not bigger than the needs of it’s members. Stef is having a kid, two of us are getting married, two of us are starting a bar together and one of us is making a game. We’re just making sure that all these things can co-exist without causing stress. We’re friends after all.” ~ Louis Du Pisani

Weird Boner II

As to Weird Boner II being the “last show”, Louis assures us that it is mentioned in that way only because none of the band members know for sure when The Drift will play again. The third album will be given precedence until further notice, and as explained, will take all the amount of time required. So, in anticipation of this weekend’s big show, we asked about Weird Boner as a concept, knowing that this is a bit of a “The Drift thing”… might it continue to future editions without The Drift at the helm?

“It’s interesting. The first Weird Boner show was a complete accident. Fred from Rumours Lounge asked me if I wanted a short notice show on a Thursday night. So instead of sitting and debating with the band okes what bands we want to play with I just posted online asking who wanted to play and blindly decided that would be the line-up. The line-up was so mixed that the only way to describe it was a ‘Weird Boner’. The party had such a pleasant result as the mix of people really made for an excellent evening and a properly exciting turnout for a short notice show on a Thursday. Fred asked for a follow-up, and we were happy to oblige. We like our shows to be a little more fun and the way to do that is with diversity. Weird Boner III could happen, but it will probably happen without us playing.” ~ Louis Du Pisani

“Everyone needs a Weird Boner in their lives. I think Louis will make any excuse to draw alien slags riding phallic vegetables. ~ Stefan Stabic

Weird Boner II

In closing, if you live anywhere within driving distance of Rumours Lounge, don’t miss out on what is promising to be an amazing evening of entertainment and a “last chance” opportunity for a long while. Full event line-up includes:

The Drift
Facing the Gallows
Deadline
11th Hour
Bleeding Spawn
HOKUM
Mad God
Polar Dust
albinobeach
Disarmageddon
Dirty Moonshine
State Society
Aimed at You
Revery
My Columbine
Free Left Turn
Spectral Realm
David Beretta Owens
David Garbers
Kyle ‘solly’ September
LINDO M


Rumours Lounge are reputed for also serving up some great eating offers, so why not make a day/night out of it and see if a Weird Boner can work for you. Also, old habits die hard, and Louis tells us that this last show will most definitely be filmed; so those who wish to get a slice of immortality had better get in there!

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