Zombies Ate My Girlfriend: visit Gauteng for a Weird Boner

Weird Boner

Cape Town, South Africa: hard-hitting Metal band Zombies Ate My Girlfriend is packing to visit Johannesburg. Get ready for “The Zombies” live! They’ll be at this weekend’s Weird Boner III alternative genre mix-up extravaganza at Rumours Rock City.

Weird Boner is a quirky and popular event series initiated by Gauteng Groove Metal outfit The Drift. With two successful installations in 2015 and 2016, members of The Drift announced hiatus immediately after Weird Boner II. Now they’re back, and they’re bringing the Weird Boner with them.

First post UK tour and post-album launch visit to Gauteng

With The Drift finding its way back into live performance in 2019, the two bands have long conspired to seek a performance opportunity together.

“We haven’t been up country since November. What started originally as a way for our bands to finally play together is now this full-blown event with an insanely talented lineup. We’ve been gigging new material for a few months now, so the machine is finely tuned for destruction. We take a lot of care in constructing our sets and this is the best one to date.” ~ Adriano Rodrigues (guitar, Zombies Ate My Girlfriend)

Adriano refers to the band’s new set after releasing a particularly tasty Shun The Reptile full length album late last year; the launch for which was the Zombies’ last foray into Gauteng.

Zombies Ate My Girlfriend 2018 press by Laura McCullagh
Zombies Ate My Girlfriend: photograph by Laura McCullagh

Zombies Ate My Girlfriend has since set off the play its UK live debut in London at the World Metal Congress; a concert alongside bands from some pretty interesting places. The showcase included UK’s Dawn Ray’d, Northern Irelands Unyielding Love and from Singapore, Wormrot.

“There’s something special going on with this genre of music”

“London was insane! We met a lot of serious industry bigwigs and we’re hoping that we can soon be in a position to work with these people closely. But in addition to the glitz and glamor, it was a very perspective-shifting experience for the whole band. Probably the highlight for myself was getting to meet Monzer Darwish (Syrian Heavy Metal is War) and Jake Shuker (Maysaloon). It’s hard to articulate, but to meet people that are literally in a full blown war zone still so passionate about performing their music is extremely humbling. There’s something special going on with this genre of music. You won’t find people risking sniper fire and mortars to host a gig of Taylor Swift covers. Here are these guys, singing ‘war for territory’, ‘seek and destroy’ and the lyrical themes are literally happening outside. It’s crazy, and I have nothing but the utmost respect for those dudes.” ~ Adriano Rodrigues

Weird Boner 3 original art

Weird Boner III, last night out at Rumours Rock City

Incidentally, Weird Boner III will be the last live event at Rumours Rock City. As we are to understand, the venue is packing up at month-end and moving to another building owing to the current premises being sold. This presents all the more reason for Gauteng fans of live Metal and nightlife culture to make it a night to remember!

Perhaps even more poetic is that this is the same venue at which the 2016 South African finals played out, and where Zombies Ate My Girlfriend took the highest honors to go and represent South Africa in Germany. Little did they know that they would go on to conquer bands from close to thirty other nations.

Catch Zombies Ate My Girlfriend and The Drift live tomorrow at Rumours Rock City, along with a huge and diverse line-up. The music kicks off early, and the venue supplies food. Make a day of it. Visit the facebook event page for full details and latest updates.

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