Bed on Bricks is a unique feature on the South African musical landscape – a band whose sound is not easily defined, does not fit comfortably in any specific genre, thereby not appealing to a specific group of listeners. Yet they’re a regular feature on the main stages of the country’s major music festivals, have a diverse and fanatical following as well as proving to be an inspiration for countless other musical acts.
After starting out in cover bands Mike teamed up with local rockers “Sons of Trout” in the mid-nineties.
Over a period of 7 years he recorded 3 albums and toured the country extensively - including appearances on the Namibian and London music circuits. Having become well acquainted with Schalk and Tim through the industry, he suggested that the 3 of them start up a new project together. Mike’s girlfriend, Dani, put forward the idea of including Dave into the line-up. Dave and Mike were good mates back in the music thriving capital of Observatory around the time of “Shooting Corine”, “Zap Dragons” and “Nine”.
They have also been nominated for a Kanna award for best live performance in Pop, Rock, or Jazz at the 2004 Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, as well as having their song Humanarium, unanimously voted as best song of 2003 by SA Rock Digest. Quite simply, the band is a mercurial live act.
The music is a combination of Cape Townian urbanisms propelled forward by fast lyrics (from Mike Hardy), sick beats (Tim Rankin), monster bass lines (Schalk van der Merwe) and howling demon funk guitars (provided by Dave van der Linden). Its part reggae, part African funk hop, mixed with free flow improv and surprisingly melodic vocals.
Since their formation in early 2003, they have released three studio albums Humanarium (2003), If you see Kay (2005) and Royal Honey (2008), as well as a live acoustic album Takeaways (2005). The first single and title track off Royal Honey has been doing very well on especially campus radio stations around the country, and the band is eagerly awaiting the release of their first music video of the album (for the song Starzan).
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