Exclusive interview with the Springbok Nude Girls
The Springbok Nude Girls, one of the most loved rock bands South Africa has ever seen, has been selected as a support act for Rock on the Lawns featuring the Pixies.
The Springbok Nude Girls are best known for their unique musical style and high energy stage antics, which combines Punk, Scat, Reggae, Metal, Jazz and Funk.
Here is an exclusive interview with their bassist Arno Blumer about the bands sound and future ventures.
Who are the band members?
Adriaan Brand (trumpet and synthesiser); Francious Kruger (drums); Theo Crous (guitar); Arno Carstens (vocals); Arno Blumer (bass).
What does your band name mean?
The name alludes to the old Springbok Radio hits compilation albums that had bikini girls on their covers. It came to our singer in a dream.
When did you form your band? What inspired you to make music together?
The band was formed in 1994. When we first started jamming together we could immediately feel a very unusual creative dynamic where spontaneousness is balanced very finely with an ordered sensibility for merging various styles together, moving in a broad area from very experimental to commercially interesting. I think what inspires us is the sheer joy of making music together.
Brief history of your band and accomplishments?
We started the band in 1994 – touring and recording full time for 7 years. After that we periodically came together to perform gigs and record new songs.
We have released 8 albums, 5 EP’s (short albums), and a compilation of live performances. Several of our songs became top 10 hits, and we received a platinum award for South African album sales. We are signed to Sony Music, and our music has been released in Southern Africa, United Kingdom and several European countries.
We received 3 South African Music Awards and 6 SAMA nominations, as well as numerous reader’s poll magazine awards.
We have been included on numerous compilations, amongst others Rolling Stone Germany’s “New Voices” compilation and a compilation in aid of the Mandela Children’s Fund.
We have supported numerous international bands, amongst others U2 on the South African leg of their 360Tour.
How would you describe your genre? Who are your biggest influences?
Our genre is a hybrid of many styles, but could generally be described as alternative rock. Each band member has their favourite artists, but we share an appreciation for music over a wide spectrum of styles.
Not sure about biggest influences, but I personally like Joy Division, Pixies, Nick Cave, Blixa Bargeld, Roy Orbison, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Cure, Eurythmics, Tananas, Depeche Mode, Sisters of Mercy, Moby, Flight of the Conchords, Frank Zappa, Beethoven and New Order.
Do you write out your lyrics? What’s your songwriting process?
Some of our lyrics are written out, sometimes on our singer’s hands and arms. When we get together to write songs, mostly someone already has a rough idea for a song, and then it evolves form there.
Which songs do you perform most frequently? Do you ever play any covers? Do you have a set play list?
We usually play a selection of songs that span the whole history of the band. Certain favourite songs are always on the playlist, but apart from that it varies as we sometimes bring in songs that we haven’t played for a while. We were once asked to play a cover and we chose the soundtrack from Knerses.
Do you have a record label? Are you a member of any music organizations?
We are signed to Sony Music and we are members of SAMRO.
Anything you would like share – upcoming shows/tours or songs/albums?
We are planning to record a new album soon, and will be playing a few gigs this coming year, also as a support act for the Pixies.
How does it feel to be a support act for the Pixies? How did it come about?
It’s a great privilege to be a support act for the Pixies! I have been a big fan for many years.
Do you have any last words?
Really looking forward to supporting the Pixies!
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For more information on The Springbok Nude Girls
Springbok Nude Girls – “Blue Eyes”