23 January 2013

Namibia: Afterthought At Nice

Afterthought, a band outfit from Swakopmund have accumulated a massive fan base in a comparatively short time. The band rocked the crowd at the NamRock Festival in September last year, their first appearance in the capital city.

This Saturday, January 26, Afterthought will once again play in Windhoek. This time at Nice as part of the Bank Windhoek Music Circle where they aim to offer fans a rare and unique occasion to enjoy what must be considered one of the most promising new rock acts in Namibia.

Although band members are relatively young, they have been playing their instruments since early childhood and are extremely accomplished and versatile at their respective 'tools'. Their sound is inspired by blues-rock a la Ben Harper, Jack Johnson and ZZ-Top and at the same time reminiscent of the early alternative rock era, spear-headed by groups like Nirvana and Pearl Jam.

Carsten Grüttemeyer is the mastermind behind the music, most of which comprises of original material. He composes the songs, which are then arranged with input from the entire band - a team effort that give their material that unique 'Afterthought flavour', as Edward, the bass guitarist, puts it.

Edward Taylor is a multi-instrumentalist, who also plays the drums and the electric guitar. Born in South Africa, he spent most of his time in Namibia and cannot remember ever not making music, starting with school bands in Tsumeb and then moving on to Swakopmund.

The band considers his input highly. Edward's bass creates the musical layers and produces the groove the remaining musicians require to become creative. As a singer, Edward's voice contributes decisively to the vocal timbre of the band.

Doane Madeheim and Carsten Grüttemeyer's electrical guitars are in constant communication with each other. Doane further provides vocal backing to the front man, whilst Carsten is the artistic head of the band. Doane is the moral and spiritual leader and founder of Afterthought. He is a born entertainer and able to keep audiences captivated with his tunes.

Afterthought have two drummers, who are quite alike in their personal and musical characteristics. Both are humble, straight forward, consistent individuals and musicians, which is probably why they may be exchanged without materially altering the overall Afterthought sound. When playing 'at home', that is along the coast, the regular drummer, Stefan van Vuuren, performs.

Ruan Greeff aka 'John Rock Prophet' will be doing the 'curtain raiser' for Afterthought. Ruan carried himself through to an advanced stage at last year's 'Idols' competition in Johannesburg and is currently busy recording. He performs solo, presenting original music as well as covers, which he generally gives his very individual touch.

Doors open at 19h30. Tickets cost N$55 and bookings can be made in advance at Nice.

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