After sorting out through our creative differences, Kabaal klankbaan has decided to skip April fool’s day and just keep playing gigs. No drama here!
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It’ll make me happy if you come to one of these shows.
It’ll probably make you happy too.
Quirky indie folk-rock band Kabaal klankbaan is back with a new standalone single, “Robot Girlfriend”. This follows their second album, Baptism, released in June 2015.
In contrast to the self-produced, bedroom-recorded Baptism, Robot Girlfriend was produced by previous collaborator Peach van Pletzen (Yesterday’s Pupil, Bittereinder), and recorded at Planet Awesome in Greenside, Johannesburg.
Robot Girlfriend is a fun, humourous, electro/indie-pop song with a fair share of sincerity and heart.
Floris Groenewald, songwriter, frontman, and vocalist, describes the song with his tongue in his cheek: “Robot Girlfriend is simply about how flippin’ sweet it would be to have a girlfriend who’s a robot.”
“But it’s also about when your love life is so completely disappointing that you just retreat into a fantasy world and reject all sense of reality – or so my doctors say.”
ABOUT KABAAL KLANKBAAN
Kabaal klankbaan is Gauteng-based musician Floris Groenewald’s folk-rock music project. “It’s not a stage name,” says Floris, “but a band, of which I’m the only permanent member.” They play acoustic, alternative folk-rock, which varies from indie-pop songs, folky dystopian love songs, bluesy rock & roll, to songs about robots and video games.
Most live performances consist of one guy with an acoustic guitar, harmonica, and stompbox, rocking and rolling and folking in an attempt to ignore genre limitations. His next show might be Afrikaans, English, bilingual, folky, rocky, accompanied or solo. In 2015 Kabaal klankbaan performed several times as a duo, joined by saxophinist Andre van Coller, and for a special Halloween show in October 2016, they pulled out all the stops as a four-piece band.
Kabaal klankbaan has released a debut album, Dit wat oorgebly het, in October 2012, closely followed by a standalone, free download single, This town is for lovers, in November 2012. They launched a new single, Player Two (featuring Gad de Combes from Adventure Man and Shortstraw), in October 2013, and a second full-length album, Baptism, in June 2015.
Their latest single, Robot Girlfriend, has already been playlisted on MixFM, MFM, IFM, Radio Active Rock, and Red Cap Radio.
“UGH. Another one of Kabaal klankbaan’s silly news posts,” is what you’re thinking. “More gig invitations. More spam about music, CDs, and T-shirts for sale.”
Except this one is different. Presenting:
Kabaal klankbaan plays a lot of shows. But our Halloween show, The Bride of Halloween, is special. And I’d really appreciate it if you come. Even more than usual.
As a little passion project, Kabaal klankbaan has been preparing a super-secret, super-special, super-exclusive, first-time-ever, never-to-be-repeated Halloween set. And a Halloween party. To be played with a Halloween band.
Yes I did. But not actually ON Halloween. That would be way too mainstream. Also it’s a Monday and no-one wants to party on a Monday. So this party happens on THURSDAY 27 October, at Railway Cafe in Irene.
That’s right, if you’re good at convincing you can convince yourself that it’s a very reasonable distance to travel on a weeknight from wherever you live.
Yes I did. I put together a bunch of my favourite Halloween-flavoured songs, featuring close encounters, werewolves, Martians, transsexuals from Transylvania, chameleons, stalkers, ghosts, voodoo, robots, and more.
OH YES I DID. Especially for Halloween, Kabaal klankbaan will have three extra members: Evert Snyman (of Pollinator, Gay Thing, & The Deaf Commission) on drums, Fred van der Merwe (Crystal Park, Shotgun Tori, & The Hellphones) on bass, and Louise Eksteen (Pollinator & Gay Thing) on keyboard & vocals. Another reason this’ll be a not-to-be-missed night!
Yip! Also on the lineup is one of Joburg’s most entertaining and funny singer-songwriters, Naming James, and Voodoo-blues lead vocalist of the Black Cat Bones, Kobus de Kock Jnr. This is a great show even if you HATE Kabaal klankbaan!
What: The Bride of Halloween – the telekinetic cousin of all those other Halloween gigs you hear about.
When: 27 October 2016, come at around 7 pm.
Where: Railways Cafe, Irene.
Why: Because I see you shiver with antici-
There’s even a Facebook event.
I also made a cute little video flyer to get you excited.
As always, thanks for being a nice web surfer and reading till the end. My next post will probably contain a nice little gift for you. No, really.
Kabaal klankbaan’s newest album, Baptism, has already received some amazing praise:
“Dis baie mooi. Anna het dit ook baie geniet en 3 keer langer gevat as gewoonlik om my kamer skoon te maak, want sy wou nie loop voor die CD nie klaar is nie. Ek dink dis die CD van jou waarvan ek nog nie meeste hou, en dit kom van iemand wat nou al vir die 3de keer 79 is.” – Floris se Ouma Francie
“[Radio Silence] het my uitgeboul right off the bat. Dit maak jou siel stil vir ‘n paar minute. Jy hoor nie meer sulke songs deesdae nie.” – Rolbees, watkykjy.co.za
“Pretty much the best album I’ve ever heard in the world ever ever ever. How is this guy not bigger than The Beatles yet?” – Floris, the very biased guy from Kabaal klankbaan
“How can it be bad if it’s printed on black?” – Some drunk guy at a show once.
And now, since you’ve obviously not gotten enough Baptism, Kabaal klankbaan presents: The Baptism Bonus EP. While recording Baptism, we went kinda overboard and produced five more tracks than what would fit on the album. And now you can have them too.
And because 2 October marks the FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of Kabaal klankbaan’s first live show, you can get it for FREE (for a limited time only).
Remember to click the “Download” button to download and keep this EP for free. Then listen to it whenever and wherever you want!
If you don’t believe me that we had some AMAZING fun with performing live over the last few months, check out all our new live videos on YouTube:
The Kabaal klankbaan channel is overflowing with new videos, and I’m sure your favourite song is in there somewhere!
Have you seen our new “This town is for lovers” T-shirts yet? Available to order from https://kabaalklankbaan.bandcamp.com/merch/this-town-is-for-lovers-t-shirt or via email@example.com for only R150.
We have ONLY 8 of the previous T-shirts left (size Medium). Also available to order from https://kabaalklankbaan.bandcamp.com/merch/beardface-t-shirt or via firstname.lastname@example.org for only R150.
Lastly, if you don’t have yours yet, get the new album Baptism from Bandcamp. The previous two releases (Dit wat oorgebly het & Player Two) are also available.
After a terrrrrrrrrific album launch tour, some amazing festival shows and special appearances by guest musicians, our shows are winding down for the rest of the year. Kabaal klankbaan will be playing here:
Here’s a little live performance video from STRAB 2015.
Album: Baptism – available on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/za/album/baptism/id972297951
Written by Floris Groenewald.
Performed by Kabaal klankbaan.
Video by Andries Groenewald.