Grassy Spark
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Grassy Spark

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | SELF

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa | SELF
Established on Jan, 2012
Band Alternative Ska

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"Grassy Spark release their debut music video, ‘Waste of Time’"

Cape Town ska-reggae-rockers Grassy Spark recently released their first music video, "Waste of Time", and it's everything but that. "Waste of Time" is a follow-up to their EP, The Virtual Kids, released in late-2013.

The video has a "fuck work" attitude, and is a perfect take on summer – women, alcohol, good music, good fun: what's not to love? There's never a boring moment as the band plays to a carefree, boozed-up crowd. The chorus of the song carries this message: "With our music and our friends/We've got more than you can spend/Forget those early morning emails/We're busy kicking down the man." Even a Rolling Stone staffer is roped in to make an appearance amid the madness. (Hint - 3:05) - Rolling Stone


"Up The Creek 2014"

"...Now here’s a little slice of ska infused heaven for you. Imagine this 7 piece band out on the river, creating a vibe that would get anyone young or old off their feet and dancing. Which some souls attempted to do on unstable lilo’s. Grassy Spark complimented the river vibe to the tee, I expect great these from them, as they mature and grow into their music..." - SA Music Scene


"Album Review: The Virtual Kids"

Possessing a sound as diverse as it is infectious, and an arrangement of melodies that refuse to let you sit still for even a second, Grassy Spark‘s new album ‘The Virtual Kids’ is set to kick Summer into gear. Light, energetic vocals bubble on the top of the instrumental melting pot that consists of brass instruments, punchy percussion and undeniable energy.

It all begins with ‘Magical Potion’, with an open-armed introduction that pulls you into their world of rhythmic adventures. The tempo is consistent, with small moments where vocals and melodies are savoured before you are thrown right back into the party. Head-bobbing introductions from ‘Excuse Me’ and ‘Feeling That I Just Can’t Shake’ are combined with strong vocals that are pronounced throughout, but especially evident in ‘Inside Space’. This EP is well spaced, well-paced, and as enticing as a Summer day spent dancing away.
Yanick Bathfield and Josh Riley on Vocals and Guitar, Nick and Matt Hurworth on Keys, Saxophone and Trumpet respectively as well as Kevin Kok on Bass, Lawrence Jaeger on Drums and Murray Buitendag on the Trombone collectively create Grassy Spark – a group of artists whom you should definitely get to know.
The only way this release could get any better is if you listened to it live, surely, so make a note of doing that. It is available for free listening and download on Facebook and that really leaves very little room for excusing yourself from hopping onto this bandwagon. Have a click, tap your feet and keep an eye out for their live performances. - Your LMG


Discography

The Virtual Kids (EP - 2013)
Waste Of Time (Single - 2014)

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Bio

In their short existence, this band has become a regular at some of the biggest festivals in South Africa - Rocking The Daisies, Oppikoppi, Splashy Fen, Up The Creek, Earth Fest Africa (Zambia) and more. Getting crowds around the country foot-stompin' and spine-jigglin' with their Reggae, Ska, Rock, Latin, Old-school R&B mash up, and a brand new EP on the way they are ready to spend 2015 breaking borders and earning frequent flyer miles.

Grassy Spark recorded and released their debut offering “The Virtual Kids” in September 2013, from their bedrooms. They wrote, recorded, mixed and captured their infectious live sound, FROM THEIR BEDROOMS! It's this can-do, DIY attitude that makes it seem like there are no boundaries, or end to what this band could achieve. But I don't need to convince you of that, the proof is in the pudding.


Download Grassy Spark's "The Virtual Kids" for free at - www.grassyspark.co.za - Also available on iTunes, Spotify, Deezer, Simfy and all other major streaming and download services.


"...a perfect take on summer – women, alcohol, good music, good fun: what's not to love? There's never a boring moment as the band plays to a carefree, boozed-up crowd." - rollingstone.co.za

"With the colourful collection of genres evident in their music, it’s hard to imagine anyone not rocking it out." - UCT Radio

“The bad news: Virtual Kids is only 5 tracks long. Not to worry though—you can easily listen to this EP on repeat; trust me, I’ve been doing just that since its release…. Virtual Kids is eclectic and unpredictable. Just the way I like my musics.” – thebrothersfrost.com

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