The South African alternative rock group push their sonic boundaries with their second full-length album.
After taking the longest break they’ve had since their inception in ’09, Johannesburg-based alternative rock outfit Climate Control have taken the reigns and served up their sophomore full-length album, Equals Not.
The album is a product of over four years of material, shows, growth, and overcoming hurdles. Climate Control used the time away from the music to recharge its batteries and gain some new perspectives on life, goals, the industry, and priorities. Although following the departure of founding drummer Jacques du Toit, which was a substantial blow to the band, the new release has served as a beacon of motivation and excitement for what’s still to come.
Equals Not also marks a departure from the band’s production history, as it was recorded and produced by frontman Nic Gonzalez. All other aspects, such as album artwork and videos, were also handled by bassist Wesley Smuts & guitarist Luca Zeeman respectively. This is the first time the band have not recorded with long-time producer Clint Watts – a decision borne from a combination of both needing to make more strategic financial moves, and wanting to tackle the material from a different angle.
“We’ve pretty much jumped in the deep end with deciding to handle everything ourselves for this album, but it was the only way that really made sense for us to pick up the pieces and move forward,” says Nic. “The album name & material within are all stories and statements around the idea that life can and will mess you up in various ways, but that none of those experiences or that pain amounts to your whole story or who you ultimately are or become.”
With new drummer Ricky Dunningham in the fold, Climate Control are gearing up to bring a new energy to their live shows, and hope that the album resonates with & impacts listeners as much as it has for themselves.
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Equals Not is available for purchase & streaming internationally on all digital platforms.