The young and energetic Cape Town blues rock outfit, Ballistic Blues, decided to change the band’s name to The Ballistics, with immediate effect.
The band of four has been on the local music scene for a couple of years now, but prominently made their mark in 2013. Their authentic, lively performances have received phenomenal feedback from fans and music critics alike. Receiving compliments like having “a die-hard attitude” despite the band members’ young age and that they are “a fresh new package” in the music industry, young and old seem to agree that the guys have brought the blues back – only with a feistier image.
Band highlights include the release of their debut EP, playing at renowned festivals such as Up The Creek, Oppikoppi and The Table Mountain Blues Summit, as well as co-winning Rolling Stone SA’s Rockstarter band competition. The Ballistics has performed at most major venues in the Western Cape and also embarked on a Gauteng tour at the end of 2013, called Tell Me You Like It!
With big plans in the pipeline for 2014, the band deemed right now the perfect point in time to change their name. The main reasons for the change are to avoid unjust classification by the broader public and having the liberty to reshape the band’s sound by incorporating a vaster array of genres. The band felt that the name Ballistic Blues led to people making wrong assumptions about their image and sound. Consequently they missed out on a few great opportunities on the live performance circuit. “Many people aren’t acquainted with the blues and its influence on modern music”, the band says.
The decision for a subtle name change instead of changing the name in its entirety was made to ensure an easy transition for their fans and the local music industry as a whole. The band hopes that the new name will lead to more followers, bigger opportunities in the scene and more freedom in their future song writing endeavours. Their current fans can rest assured that The Ballistics plans to keep their blues roots intact, but are also keen to explore and integrate other musical influences.
The year 2014 is already looking very promising for The Ballistics. They will be performing at the esteemed The Kleinmond Big Blues Festival on the 1st of March and at Cape Town’s RAMfest on the 8th of March. Their debut full-length album is also due to drop in the first half of the year.
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The band is proudly endorsed by The Kraken Spiced Rum and Musiekwêreld.
The Ballistics is launching their new name and saying goodbye to the old name in style. They will also be premiering their debut music video for their first single, ‘No Harm’, during the event:
Saturday, 8 February 2014
Aandklas, 43a Bird Street, Stellenbosch
Supported by The Femurs
Tickets are R20 at the door (entry only) or R80 for a package deal (entry, a Ballistic Blues EP and Ballistic Blues T-shirt – limited stock)
Door opens 20:00
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