Recording Studios caught up with Rambling Bones who will be playing at Mieliepop next week. This four piece’s bio states they are ‘Afro swamp dog overtones with hints of a naartjie waltz’. They are funny feckers indeed…and if you want to have a good laugh today, you need to read this interview.
We’re looking forward to seeing you play at Mieliepop. What would you say are essentials to pack when heading off to a festival such as this?
Jay: Thanks. Well sunblock, a large bag of naartjies, a small bag of mixed nuts and two water pistols should see you through.
Angela: I second naartjies. Some kind of inflatable for the lake is great for them sunny ‘noons. Binoculars for otter spotting.
Danger Dawg 3000: Booze, food, bird (girlfriend), blanket and box (aka: tent), oh and my banging things (drum gear). I think I may also bring golf clubs and work on my short game.
Angela you’re in an all-girl band too. What is the biggest difference between festivalling with ladies and festivalling with a bunch of guys?
Angela: I just throw a little glitter on the boys and I can barely tell the difference really.
I just throw a little glitter on the boys and I can barely tell the difference really
We love the idea of this joint venture you have planned ‘DEJA VIEW’ – can you tell our readers a little more about that.
Eric: Jay and John Shaban (of the Shabs) got chatting at a gig sometime in the last year and it just took shape. John likes to think that it’s his way of getting Rambling Bones to release more music. We think they just wanted to race to see who could pump out the new songs first.
Angela: I’m excited to have something recorded to vinyl for the first time, and pretty darn stoked it’s with our band-brothers and sister, The Shabs!
Danger Dawg 3000: We couldn’t be bothered to record a full album so we just decided to borrow five from our friends the Shabs. They think it’s a split album but we’ve secretly printed a limited run as just Rambling Bones and will release it as a full album.
What home comfort do you miss the most when camping at festivals?
Eric: A porcelain toilet.
Angela: The ability to perform small tasks without having an existential crisis. Like making a cup of tea or putting on a shoe.
Danger Dawg 3000: The putting green I have in my passage way.
anyone watching will get to hear the new stuff fresh out of the oven
What can festival-goers expect from your set?
Eric: We’ll be on the back of a host of Joburg shows on tour for the recent album release which means anyone watching will get to hear the new stuff fresh out of the oven.
Danger Dawg 3000: Seriously, we’re gonna have a smashing set of tunes. It’s energetic, crowd gets involved etc, but if we can re-create what we are like in rehearsal then people are in for a rare treat. We can’t tell you if that will happen but be ready when it does.
We have a few favourites that we love to hear, but what song do you love to perform the most and why?
Angela: Watching and Waiting is a groovy tune and I get to shake a shekere with cowrie shells.
Jay: It all comes down to this…
Danger Dawg 3000: One of the new tracks called Want and Need. It has a lot of meaning for me. The lyrics are simple but the song goes on a journey. Psycho killer is another good one.
you want to get there at 4pm to watch the Shabs, who are on before us. Then you will get the full split experience
When and where can we find you performing at Mieliepop?
We are on at 5:30pm on Saturday at the Willow Tree Stage – but you want to get there at 4pm to watch the Shabs, who are on before us. Then you will get the full split experience.
If people want to see what you are up to where can they find out information and get hold of your music?
The best is Facebook. It is the one we keep up to date.
You can follow Jay Bones on Instagram at @iamjaybones.
Thanks for the interview and chuckle guys – we look forward to catching you in the land of the Mielie next week!