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Super Girl – Springbok Nude Girls

Surpass The Powers - Springbok Nude Girls

Surpass The Powers -Springbok Nude Girls

By the time 2000’s ‘Surpass The Powers’ came out, South Africa was well acquainted with the Springbok Nude Girls and their particular brand of rock. ‘Super Girl’ which was taken from that album was another example of just how good they were as a band.

Listening to the opening edgy guitar and ominous drumming, I can’t help thinking that Arno Carstens and the boys had been sitting listening to their Asylum Kids & Tribe After Tribe albums as, before the vocals kick in, one could easily believe that you were listening ot a track from the aftermentioned bands.

However, Arno’s roaring, soaring vocals quickly dispel those thoughts as his disctinct voice grabs hold of the song at times throttling it at other times seducing the ‘Super Girl’ of which he sings with his angelic falsetto.

This is a pounding piece of music that is tight, highly strung, yet has a vulnerable side to it that makes it compelling listening. But then again, would we have expected anything less from the Super (Springbok Nude) Girl(s)?

Where to find it:
Surpass The Powers – Springbok Nude Girls (2000), Epic, CDEPC8105

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Ten Seconds – Cutting Jade

Cutting Jade

Cutting Jade

Cutting Jade were one of a number of edgy rock bands that sprung up in South Africa around the turn of the millennium. The difference between them and a lot of the others was that they rose above the pack and looked set to become another Saron Gas/Seether success story. Despite showing a lot of promise and garnering some international interest, it was not to be.

And this is where the fickleness of the music industry is brought under the spotlight. Listen to ‘10 Seconds’ next to something by the Springbok Nude Girls or the aforementioned Seether and you would be hard pressed to say that this does not hold its own next to those other bands. It has everything needed to catapult a band into the big time – ominous, growling guitars and edgy vocals that explode into a catchy and soaring chorus.

The song did manage to top 7 SA radio stations’ charts, got to number 3 on the SA Rockdigest Chart and was voted the 2nd best song of the year (behind Seether’s ‘Gasoline’) by that publication. ‘10 Seconds’ should have given Cutting Jade more than their 15 minutes of fame.

Where to find it:
So There We Were – Cutting Jade, (2002), David Gresham, CDDGR 1544

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And I Reason – The Led

And I Reason – The Led

The Led - 8 Days

The Led – 8 Days

The Led were a 5 piece band that came out of the flourishing music scene of Stellenbosch in the late 90’s and early 00’s. A couple of their tracks appeared on the ‘Wingerd Rock’ series of CD’s which highlighted some of the emerging talent in that university town and included such luminaries as The Springbok Nude Girls.

However, they differed a bit from most of their contemporaries in that they featured a female vocalist in the shape of Skye Stevenson. Furthermore, all their songs were in English and they did not go down the blues or heavy rock route that was popular at that time. But they did make intriguing music.

‘And I Reason’ is a beautiful, if slightly melancholic, tune that seems to suck you into its troubled breast. Stevenson’s vocals float hauntingly over the top of guitars that are at times edgy, but build to swirling crescendos for the chorus. It’s a fragile, atmospheric song that deserved more attention than it got.

Where to find it:
8 Days – The Led, Rhythm Records, (2001), RR009

Smiley Skull Of Faith – Springbok Nude Girls

Smiley Skull Of Faith – Springbok Nude Girls (Stripped down head music)

Relaxzor – Springbok Nude Girls

Relaxzor – Springbok Nude Girls

The year was 2000 and there were rumours in the air that the Nude Girls were going to call it a day. Then came ‘Smiley Skull of Faith’, a hard hitting song showing the Nude Girls at their confident best. At the time, it was hard to believe that this would be the last we would hear from them.

As history shows, they went on to call it a day a few more times, so we needn’t have worried. But had ‘Smiley Skull of Faith’ been their last offering, we could have sat around reminiscing and saying, ‘what a way to go’. Starting with a eerie keyboard and edgy guitar, the song thunders from the atmospheric to a barrage of drums at around the 1 minute mark. It then settles into tuneful rock with Arno Carstens trademark desperate howl which is tempered by his pensive low growl.

The band did not sound like one about to break up. They were tight and producing some of their best material and few of their songs were better at that time than ‘Smiley Skull of Faith’. The song made it to number 23 on the South African Rock Digests’ top 50 songs of 2000.

Where to find it:
Relaxzor – Springbok Nude Girls (2001), Epic, CDEPC8148

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