Prime Circle – 7 July 2018
Regarded as South African rock royalty, with a string of awards and sold-out concerts to their credit, Prime Circle has spent the past couple of years ratcheting up its international profile, building a solid following in the tough-to-crack and discerning German market in particular.
On Saturday, 7 July, we’re proud to welcome on the Bush Lapa stage. Tickets are available at R120 – R160 per person. Doors will open at 17h00 (Super 15 rugby: Stormers vs Sharks) and the show will start at 21:00. For more information and bookings, contact 044 851 0113.
“We’re very excited about the new album,” says lead vocalist and songwriter Ross Learmonth. “We feel like we’re coming back with a new energy after three years. Musically, there’s definitely been a progression – we’re not fans of repeating ourselves.
“What’s great about the album is that the songs flow nicely – I just sing, open up and let loose. A lot of it stems from the free, subliminal nature of much of the writing. We recorded the album in a tight period of five weeks, which meant we weren’t overcooking things or going through the songs with a fine-tooth comb.”
Learmonth says that the band’s “secret weapon” was, once again, his MadHouse studio creative partner Gavin Davis, who was also the brains behind their “Ghosts” music video. “We’re so proud of this album – it’s something special and a step in the right direction. It’s not overproduced to any degree.”
He says there’s no specific theme running through the album but “there is an element of romance in it” – also echoed in the album cover, a dreamy image reminiscent of surrealist René Magritte’s art, of a man with his head literally “in the clouds”.
In a departure for the band, the album title isn’t echoed in the track listing – but, says Learmonth, the lyrics “If You Don’t You Never Will” do appear in one of the songs and refer generally to “the procrastination in all our lives”.
For Prime Circle, though, there’s clearly no time like the present to seize the day – and make the dreams and opportunities happen for themselves.