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Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa | INDIE

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The Jackal EP 2008 - Independent Release

The Rude Mechanical 2010 - Rhythm Records/SonyATV




Wrestlerish is the brain child of songwriters Werner Olckers (Vocals
and guitar) and Jacques Du Plessis (Keys and vocals) and is completed
by David Grevler (Bass) and Gavin Flaks (Drums). After a whirlwind
year of touring and performing in 2009, the band has now released
their debut album "The Rude Mechanical" in March 2010 through Rhythm

With the release of The Rude Mechanical, Wrestlerish has quickly
become the band that is on the tip of
everyone's tongues. After critically acclaimed performances at festivals such as
Splashy Fen, Oppikoppi: Smoorverlief (this
performance was selected by 5FM to be part of the Live@5 Oppikoppi
campaign), Oppiaarde, Rocking the Daisies, Old Mutual Encounters and
Magic in the Music with MNET in 2009 and having shared stages with
South African legends Johnny Clegg, Mango Groove and Valiant Swart the
band continues to prove it's mass appeal.

Within the first few months of 2010 Wrestlerish already has a nation
wide tour in support of The Rude Mechanical, a performance at the
first RAMfest Jhb, a headlining slot at the
MK KKNK stage and a performance with UK band Johnny Foreigner under
their belts. The band's second single and video "Oliver Tambourine" is
currently enjoying high rotation on various radio stations and MK.

“When I listen to Wrestlerish I think of driving in the passenger seat
and losing out under streetlights and I think of bicycles and glitter
and I think of girls and the way hearts used to break so well in the
old days. A quarterlife crisis is a ridiculous thing to have, but he's
making the soundtrack to mine.” – Hunter Kennedy (MK Bruce Lee, aKING,
Die Heuwels Fantasties and Fokofpolisiekar)

“Wrestlerish are unlike anything else going on at the moment. I feel
like I’m reaching for words to explain something that must be
experienced. Wrestlerish are new, they are vaguely familiar in a warm
way and they are going to be huge.” - Nathan Zeno (Levi’s Music Mag)

"Wrestlerish rocks with a subtlety known to few and they do this
naturally without pretences. If ever an universal soundtrack to the
lives of people living in the now was created, this is it. Absolute
brilliance. - This is as good as it gets. 10/10" - Rachelle Crous

"Wrestlerish is the next big thing, mark our words!" Donnay Torr (Heat Magazine)

“Their x-factor is in their heart-wrenching music and they know how to
put one in a bubble. There's also Olckers' bad-boy charm and
enthralling voice.” - Kgomotso Moncho (Tonight / Pretoria News)

"Hot off the tail-end of a string of festival appearances, a stellar
debut album and tracks on constant rotation on radio stations around
the country, the boys who make up Wrestlerish have quickly become the
darlings of the music industry this year." - Kelly Berold (iafrica)

"...the band rocks in the mellowest of ways, yet with an underlying
urgency and fever." - Max Barashenkov (Vice ZA)

"Wrestlerish has tapped into that winning formula that often seems so
hard to achieve; in sounding both unique and sincere, as well as
extremely radio friendly and easily accessible." - Ruth Cooper

"Wrestlerish renews you're faith in the ability of South African
songwriters. Every note offers something fresh, original and
extraordinary, a truly great band." – Horse Productions

“Honest and unadorned. With great understanding in the art of marrying
pop-sensibility with candour and sincerity!” – Griet Artists

“His modern, Pretoria take on country is more pick-up lines than
pick-up trucks, more hug-your-dog than kick it... But still. Imagine
an old midnight cowboy gazing down a city street while lighting a
Lucky, and saying "that there's Bear country." - He's talking about
Wrestlerish.” – Liam Lynch

Bookings: Marcelle@southernpulse.co.za
Management: Leon@southernpulse.co.za
Press Contact: Riana.wiechers@gmail.com


Oliver Tambourine:
Bad News:
Oliver Tambourine live on MK Studio 1

Press and Reviews:
Feature article in the Tonight (Distributed in publications such as
The Cape Argus, Pretoria News, Daily News and The Star)
Feature article on Mahala.co.za
Review on Overtone.co.za
Feature on iafrica.com