As far as punk rock goes, I have seen my fair share of local bands trying to sweat their opinions out on dirty little stages throughout this vast wasteland that we call South Africa over the last odd twenty years or so. Mostly they have been well off middle-class white boys coming from suburban areas rebelling against their uptight religious parents. Usually for about two years after high school until they eventually give in to the system and go and study some mediocre degree in advertising.
Jacqui Van Staden – Redbull Studio
Mike Palmer – Europe
Rick De La Ray
In the case of TCIYF (The Cum In Your Face), we are dealing with a whole other ball game here. Nothing is more punk when it comes straight from the source, a habitat and a very turbulent political situation and of course, the ever-present sidekick known as skateboarding. In this case, the source is Soweto. TCIYF first came on to my radar a few years ago through the SSS (Soweto Skate Society) This is genuinely the most punk band coming from our side of the world since “Wild Youth” (Durban) and “National Wake” (JHB) in the early eighties. I had the privilege of joining them in the Redbull studios as they fleshed out some recordings for their first EP simply titled ‘CumLife’ when “Fatherless Kids” was recorded. I shot a few questions to Puleng Seloane (Lead singer) about the new single their European tour and the full album coming out later this year.
Are you surviving during the lockdown?
Yeah, we are surviving. I am in Protea North Soweto with my family. The rest of the band is also in lockdown with family in different parts of Soweto.
What made you guys decide to re-record “Fatherless Children.”
The original recording of “Fatherless Kids” was really old and not a great recording. Over the past couple of years, we’ve been privileged to have access to state of the art recording facilities, and it made sense for us improve the recording after all the track is the Soweto Skate Society Anthem.
I have seen a live version of the song at Oppikoppi. Why has the track not included in the last “Cumlyf” EP? I remembered it being recorded at RedBull studio.
“Fatherless Kids” wasn’t part of that project. The “Cumlyf” EP was actually recorded at the end of 2017, mixed and mastered early 2018. We didn’t release the material until late 2019. Originally “Fatherless kids” was part of our first mixtape ‘Buddhas Cum’ released on Soundcloud around 2014/15 which we have since taken down.
You also released the “Band Practice” video recently. Was the video made during the lockdown? If so, what was the process?
We shot the video a couple of days before lockdown. We recently purchased some camera equipment to shoot our skate clips and music videos as TCIYF and Soweto Skate Society. We are very much into DIY, so this was the first project that came out using the new equipment. The entire video was shot, directed and edited by Tsepo Ncube aka Teemantv who’s part off SSS.
You had a quick Euro tour with Vans last year. How did that come about, and where did you guys play?
As part of SSS ( Soweto Skate Society ), we featured in a Vans global marketing campaign called the “Spirit of DIY” the tour was an extension of that brand campaign and featured another band’ Culture Abuse’ which was also part of the brand campaign. We were scheduled to play three shows in Paris, Berlin and London. We missed out on the London date due to visa delays, but we rocked Paris and Berlin hard.
How did that go, what do you feel was the general reaction?
We got a really positive reaction, and people really dug what we had to offer, raw sound coupled with relentless energy.
Personally what was your favourite part of the tour and are you planning to go back at some point?
We managed to get an outrageous mosh pit going in Paris, lol. That was fun, also getting lost and getting drunk of 14% alcohol beer on the streets of Paris, while to trying to find a Macdonalds, lol.
What was your experiences like in-between shows, and what is your perception of Europe?
Our time in between shows was a bit tight. The shows were back to back, so we tried to squeeze as much out of the free time we had by doing as much sightseeing as possible we didn’t sleep much. Europes convenient, they have the necessary public essential needs on lock. (i.e. Public transport and public spaces etc.)
Have you thought about an African tour in the future if so, where would you like to go?
For sure we’d like to do Lagos, Mozambique, Accra, Nairobi.
Are you aware of any other bands that are on a similar tip over there?
Not too sure of what the band culture is like out there but we’ve made lots of skateboarding connections with skate crews form those areas so that the tour would feature skate and punk rock.
When are you guys planning on releasing a full album?
The album has already been completed. That’s what we were recording at the RedBull Studios last year. The re-recorded “Fatherless Kids” is on the new album.
Have you had any interest from labels so far?
We’ve received some interest from independent labels, but no one has offered us anything we haven’t been able to create ourselves right now.
What else can we expect from you guys this year?
Lots! We are dropping the album early June, or even sooner. We are finalising the cover art at the moment. We are dropping some new merch and skateboard decks from the “Cumlyf EP” as soon as the lockdown is over. We want to shoot more videos, and we’ve already started making new music for the next project.