Springbok Nude Girls Live At Beefstock

SNG-Photo credit Deborah Rossouw2Twenty four years after their very first show, Springbok Nude Girls are back in business and they mark 2018 as the year “where it all comes full circle”. One of South Africa’s most loved rock bands are going back to their roots, and they are releasing their music totally independently. “This is what the fans have been waiting for: unpolluted, powerful, real and rampant; as they were then, they are now.”

Springbok Nude Girls will be performing at the Beefstock Rock and Meat Festival taking place from the 23rd to the 25th of November. Hosted by On Fire Events, 30 bands will be rocking the stage at Bosheuvel Country Estate in Muldersdrift. We had the opportunity to do a quick interview with lead singer Arno Carstens just before the festival.

In 1994 you formed Springbok Nude Girls and for seven years toured and recorded full time as a profession. If you had formed the band today, would you have done anything differently? Being in a digital music world that is much more freely accessible and a bit harder to make a living out of professionally.

No, I cannot think we would’ve done anything different except maybe left the country to play in a bigger pond. We only found out too late that SA had a ceiling to success and by then we were too old to start from scratch. Of course in those days we did not have social media and the videos we made here were terrible but I’m still proud of our artistic bravery.

Tell us how ‘Blue Eyes’ came about and how the composing of it started and took shape.

I had cool lyrics to a bad tune. Theo had a cool guitar riff, so we combined the two and that’s how it all started. It’s a song that deals with family murder but everyone can make up their own interpretation.

You’ve seen and played with numerous well known international acts. Did you ever dream of sharing the stage with such renowned artists and what have you learned though them?

No, never in a million years. We learnt a lot from these bands mostly about dealing with lots of people and problems on the road. Basically keep calm and be nice.  It’s always interesting to see how people you look up to deal with things.

After a long break you reunited again recently, what did you miss the most about SNG?

The music and the energy of the live shows.

Do you think it would have been easier breaking through internationally if you had started the band 15 years?

Probably not. I don’t know you can never be sure of anything. We had a lot of freedom back then and the 90 s was our time where my generation flourished, so I would not wanna change a thing. About our success or lack of it internationally. I’m happy with how things turned out, I love our music and that’s all that count. Our SA alt rock sound was a mixture of African British and us vibes which was a mouthful of crazy. The fact is we were to British for the US and to American for the British.

What advice would you have for bands from South Africa having the same dream of getting their music known and acquiring international success?

You are already overseas. Dig deep into your identity, embrace it from the start, grow it and allow yourselves to be influenced by artists you enjoy. Then blissfully enjoy creating music. If you do what you love others will love what you do, and of course make use of social media to get it out there.

Can we expect to see a new SNG album soon?

Yes, hopefully, we have recorded it but are mixing it in our own time. I think in the future we will be more of a studio band than a live band, but let’s see.


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