This last Saturday night was the last party of the decade, or the last one for me, at any rate. (Before you suggest that 2010 is part of our decade, it isn’t. See: the year 2000 not being part of the nineties.) The party was for the long-awaited launch of the Us Kids Know EP: Friendship Test, which Ben has written about frequently and excitedly over at So Many Animal Calls.
Good news is that he wasn’t getting excited for nothing. I’ve been a fan of Us Kids Know since I first watched them play over at the Cosmic Bowling Alley all the way back at the beginning of 2007. 2007 was a good year for them, and for music in Joburg in general, and they gigged a fair amount. Then, quite sadly, they disappeared for ages and the next time I saw them was a mere few weeks ago at a guerilla-style gig at the Bohemian. They were in top form. And there was all this talk about the EP. And it’s about damn time.
The EP was recorded by the good folks from KRNGY Logo in the Gem Bioscope over a weekend a few weeks back. And they’ve outdone every recording of a South African band that I’ve heard so far. That alone is pretty damning for some, but for the rest of us it is a sign of hope. Hope for more bands like Us Kids Know to produce more fantastic music and hope that at last we’ll get to enjoy great recordings of these bands. Too many South African bands have such great live shows and such disappointing recordings.
Of course on the night itself I hadn’t heard the EP yet, so I had only Ben’s good words to go on. And yet there was already something to be hopeful about: Eyes Like Mirrors. It was my first time watching them. It will not be my last. I am so excited to hear what they can do in the future.
As the last parties of the decade go, it was a good one: familial, hopeful.
Oh, yes, by the way, the EP is pretty damn great. Good work guys.