sons of settlers
Sons of Settlers started out as a four-piece band from South Africa; they travelled to Germany for the first time in the summer of 2014, where their unique, high-energy melodic folk sound secured them a following wherever they went. After a brief hiatus, they returned to Germany during the summer of 2015 to launch their debut album, Lullabies for the Restless, with Motor Entertainment. After a failed attempt to secure long-stay artist visas for Germany, the band was forced to return to South Africa. Back in South Africa they reinitiated the process for German artist visas and started pre-production on a new record, which unfortunately never saw the light of day. The bureaucratic process took its toll, and the group lost two members during 2016. Their drummer, Justin, decided to stay in South Africa and swop his drumset for his surfboard, while the bass guitarist, Jonathan, decided to pursue a solo career.
After a long wait, the ever-elusive artist visas for Germany came through! Determined to continue, Gerdus Oosthuizen and Le-Roi Nel decided to push forward and return to the drawing board. So, they started production on a new EP, titled Daily Rituals, which would capture their sound as a duo. This process took many twist and turns and led them down a road of musical rediscovery. This has been mainly a bedroom production, being recorded in bedrooms and living rooms in South Africa and Germany, being wholly self-recorded, produced, mixed, and mastered by Le-Roi Nel and Gerdus Oosthuizen. The duo collaborated with many artists, featuring the talents of Riku Lätti on Accordian, Julia and Tessa Johnson on Violin and Cello respectively, and their newly found part-time member Frank Mertens, from Adolar fame, on the drums.
The album is a collage of sounds from the original Sons of Settlers repertoire and adds a new, more experimental sound experience that incorporates found sounds, snippets of audio from cellular phones, and even the album recordings of close friends. This album reflects the influence that Berlin has had on the duo’s sound. Both have committed themselves to learning much more about the music production process, and incorporating sampling, synthesis and sequencing into their new sound, which they are also looking to incorporate more into their live performances. The Daily Rituals EP has a couple of surprises and hidden gems up its sleeve, so be sure to listen to it all the way from start to finish!
The duo have decided to take an alternative approach to releasing Daily Rituals. While the album will still be available for download on iTunes, Spotify, and all the traditional digital outlets, they have decided to develop a new, more socially conscious payment method. They are of the opinion that our modern times have made the average person way too self-involved; we tend to live only for ourselves and forget that we are not the centre of the universe. This world is comprised of many people, beings, and causes which can do with a little help. They have decided to run a campaign whereby you can “purchase” the Daily Rituals album by doing something good for some other being or donating your time to a worthy cause. All you need to do is take a little photo or video of yourself doing something good for someone else, or using your power for the greater good; it can be giving a meal to a homeless person, donating your time to a shelter, or it can even be helping a friend with his taxes, ideally something selfless that helps the world. Post this photo or video on Facebook or Instagram with a little description, tag Sons of Settlers, use the hashtag #suchavibesos and ideally nominate a friend. This will serve as payment for Daily Rituals, and you will receive a download link as a private message from Sons of Settlers. The one part of this scheme that the group isn’t fond of is the marketing and publicising of good deeds, which is definitely an ego trap. So, if you should wish, you needn’t advertise your good deed. You could private message the band with your cause and action, and they will gladly send you the album. Naturally, they will still print copies of Daily Rituals which will be sold at performances. Whichever payment method you use, be sure to get your hands on the album!
What can you expect from a live Sons of Settlers performance in 2017? The group loves performing as a duo, but don’t expect a smaller sound! There is a pumping kick-drum and percussion, courtesy of the busy feet of the two performers. There will be tasty and cheeky dual guitar riffs bouncing off a beating drum, on top of which you will find their signature soaring harmonious double vocals. To call them a folk duo would be selling them short; while they combine acoustic and electric guitars, bouncing beats, and melodic vocals in a wholly positive and organic sound, there are hints of all kinds of influences, from the playful South African kwaito sound to the more techno-inspired repetition that Berlin is famous for. Regardless of your preference, you are going to be in for a good time! For bigger shows and festival bookings the duo employs the services of legendary drummer Frank Mertens, of Adolar fame, to perform as a trio. With this beautiful man behind the drums everything gets a little louder, a little dirtier, and a little cheekier. Both versions of this outfit are mesmerising and exciting, so be sure not to miss any of it.
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Released on the 6th of October 2015 on Already Heard
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