Loud, rebellious, talented and “aint got f**** to give”. Expression, is it born from necessity? Is it a birth right?
This is The C** In Your Face and for them expression really means a life lived. Cool laid back guitar riffs set the stage to frantic drum smacking and thick, cut throat lyrics.
This Thrash/Punk Rock trio have come out and redefined freedom of expression for many a youth in Soweto, with Emo fed word and reason they aim to address the “robots” of our society, “to sing about the things you really want to hear” whether safe, relevant or profane. The resulting track list is a stab at all things politically correct, at stiffness and a celebration of freedom. What inspires them? Skateboarding and grandmothers everywhere. They say the track that describes them the best is Fatherless Kids, a title that the SSS (Skate Society Soweto) is using for their latest skateboard video. I asked them a few more questions and joined them in studio. Now… part your lips:
When was TCIYF started?
THULA: Last year September/November sometime. I had left the band I was playing for and found myself out of a band. Pule was having a bad day.
PULE : We were at thulas’ house hanging after skating.
THULA : Yeah, after he explained everything and we decided to start jamming and writing some rock!
Was Funeral there?
T: No, it was just me and Pule. After three months everything was in full swing and Funeral joined us as a drummer.
What inspires your music?
T: Whatever the vocalist is going through then.
P: Ya, sometimes I find them jamming and I write on the beat. Most times I already have something bugging at the back of my mind.
What matters do you address with your lyrics?
T: Anything dope.
P: Everyday situations we go through, falling in love, skating…
T: Like the track “Church Wine” is about us going to church, getting drunk on the wine, meeting new people. Just “Wilding” out.
What do you have to say to the people that find your lyrics offensive?
T: Nah, I don’t think people find our stuff offensive…
P: I haven’t come across anyone that finds our lyrics offensive.
I noticed your sound has no bassist, tell us why that is?
T: The bassist he just left. We won’t lie to your readers. If he comes back, he comes back but he is somewhere out there.
Where have you performed before?
T: Our first and last gig was at Sakhumzi on Vilakazi Street
P: The girls loved that! hahaha
Which track in your track list best describes TCIYF?
T: All of them but “Fatherless Kidz” is us.
P: Fatherless Kidz!
FUNERAL: Fatherless Kidz.
How much of a following do you think Thrash/Punk rock has in the streets of Soweto?
T: A whole lot. The kids they love their rock man.
Which independent bands do you think are at the top of their game now in South Africa?
T: Demogoroth Satanum. They are a black metal band out of Soweto. The first and only all black member metal band in South Africa for that matter. They will be performing at the Emalyth Arts Expo this year at the end of the month.
What can our readers expect from TCIYF in the future?
T: We dropping an album in June watch out for that.
What is the title of the album?
T: It is called you ask too many questions, hahaha
Why the title “The C** In Your Face”? What does it mean?
T: Obakeng came up with that name we loved it, it was better than the original name me and Pule came up with.
OBAKENG: Yeah, I got to a jam they were having and they told me they were thinking of calling the band V***** Mall, that sucked so I just got a brain wave; The C** In Your Face… the guys liked it.