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Come Down – Grannysmith

Grannysmith - Grannysmith

Grannysmith – Grannysmith

Grannysmith have already featured once on this list. Their previous entry was the song ‘Starlight’ and like ‘Starlight’, ‘Come Down’ also comes off the band’s eponymous album and that is not too surprising as that appears to be their only output. Which is rather sad as that one album showed us the potential the band had.

‘Come Down’ is slightly more uptempo than ‘Starlight’, but it is still a relaxed rock affair which seems to be a cross between REM (in their more relaxed moments) and Jack Johnson. The vocals are soothing, the guitarwork is pleasing and the rhythm is just right for relaxing to without falling asleep. The band had a good ear for a pleasing tune and this track is a fine example of this.

While ‘Starlight’ steals the limelight when looking at the brief career of Grannysmith, you will loose out if you don’t dig a bit deeper and try and track down their album as a songs like ‘Come Down’ is a bit of a lost gem, sitting quietly on the album, waiting for you to come and find it. The SA Rockdigest held the song in equal esteem with ‘Starlight’ as both tracks made it to number 10 on their charts. ‘Come Down’ a great song to ‘wind down’ to.

Where to find it:
Grannysmith – Grannysmith (2000), BMG, CDCLL7039

Come Down -Perez

Picture Perfect - Perez

Picture Perfect – Perez

Perez were a rather short lived band that came to the fore in 2002 with their album ‘Picture Perfect’ which just missed out on being the SA Rockdigest’s album of the year, being beaten in to second place by Kobus!’s ‘Kobus!’. The track ‘Come Down’ was ranked the 16th best song of the year by the Digest.

‘Come Down’ is one of those growling, grungy tracks that vacillates between quiet and calm to guitar heavy raw rock and it makes the transition between the 2 with ease. Perhaps it’s the fact that the band hailed from Durban that gave the edge in doing so as anyone who has spent time at the coast in KZN will tell you, that sea can be calm and serene one day and then the next it can have huge pounding waves. This what ‘Come Down’ is like.

Perez got their big break at Splashy Fen where they wow-ed the audience with their brand of grungy rock. It was little wonder that they went on to scale the heights of the local music scene. Sadly, its been all quiet on the Perez front since they Came Down like one of those massive Durban breakers onto the scene. But for that brief moment, they certainly made an impact.

Where to find it:
Picture Perfect – Perez (2002), Sovereign Records

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