On Saturday the 11th of March, Jozi is in for a treat. Cult label, Burger Records, bring their annual Burger Revolution party to our favourite gilded city. Every year, on the same day, Burger Records host an international party in cities all over the world — this year, Johannesburg will be invited.
This year also marks the 10 year anniversary of the founding of the label, who have built a loyal following amongst listeners of garage and punk rock since they started up in Fullerton, California in 2007. They are famous for releasing titles on cassette tape, and can boast the likes of The Brian Jonestown Massacre on their star-studded roster.
The March 11th Burger Revolution party will happen at 47 venues, in 13 countries across 5 continents. The Jozi leg will feature 5 local bands.
First off are prolific Pretoria garage/noise rockers, Make-Overs, who have just released their 9th album, Try Me, on Heel Turn Records. Make-Overs have become almost legendary in the garage scene for their relentless touring and releasing. They have toured the USA a total of 3 times, the third being in 2015, before the release of their 8th album, Wardrobe Malfunction. You’ll be hard pressed to find a South African act with those kinds of credentials, especially an act that is still relatively unknown in mainstream circles.
Durban has some strong representation on the bill, with both Mouse and The Myths, two young but talented garage acts who are slowly gaining traction across the country, as they branch out from spaces like The Winston Pub to playing shows in other provinces. These two bands emerged from the vacuum left behind by the inimitable Black Math, perhaps the best known Durban band to ever grace the stages of Psych Night.
The Joburg contingent is also represented by two bands: The Moths and The Bad Ass Execs. The Moths have a cult following for their uniquely land-locked brand of surf rock. With three releases under their belt, the most recent To Hell With…The Moths released in 2016, the trio have evolved from casual beach attire to sharp two-tone suits and an effortlessly cool stage show, all whilst staying true to their roots as frustrated surf wannabes living in a concrete jungle.
The Bad Ass Execs (BAE for short) round off this garage-heavy line-up. The duo released a 5 track, self titled demo in 2016 which is available for streaming on Soundcloud.
The Burger Revolution party promises to be one hell of a night, going down at Xtreme Bowling, in Midways Mall. Presale tickets are R50 through Quicket, and R80 at the door.