We got to talk to Bittereinder ahead of their Skerm album release tour. Their first stop is !Arcade Empire. Get all your details here.
DYD: First and foremost tell us about the new album, Skerm. What does it mean to you and how do you want it to be perceived by the populace as well as the fans you have amassed since your inception?
Bittereinder: “Amassed” is perhaps a little strong! Anyway, we feel it’s the best thing we’ve done, which is probably an important feeling to feel on the threshold of release. But right now it’s a matter of “Laat hy val waar hy wil”.
DYD: What do you have in store for people, when it comes to the shows you are playing to promote Skerm?
Bittereinder: Regarding the live shows specifically, Louis is also re-inventing our wardrobe and live visual set, Peach is always finding new ways of making our live music more interesting and badass, and Jaco is always trying to remember his words.
DYD: Can you give us a description of the colours, moods and some images that you associate with each of the tracks on Skerm?
Bittereinder: Wow. Trippy question. But I think this is one of those questions we’d rather leave to the listeners/readers to answer. We’re pleading “Death of the Author”, the music exists now, and should mean different things to every person that engages with it.
DYD: You guys have been on the scene for a quite a while now. How do you feel about the emerging music scene in this country? How do you feel about the overall creativity within the local scene?
Bittereinder: South Africa is a lovely place to be if you’re a young (or old) creative. Getting to spend as much time at festivals and gigs and conferences as we do, we’re constantly inspired and encouraged by what our peers in the industry are producing. People like Tumi, HemelBesem, The Kiffness, Henry Cloete and Die Skynmaagde, Toast Coetzer, Magdalene Minnaar, Fulka and A Skyline on Fire to name a few.
DYD: What is in store for Bittereinder this year?
Bittereinder: Tons of launch shows all over SA and some more videos and singles. Plus our third tour to Netherlands early in 2015.
DYD: What has been your favourite performance to date and why?
Bittereinder: Probably Oppikoppi Bewilderbeast 2013, or our first ever gig at Hotbox Studios in Pretoria on 25 February 2011. Oppikoppi because it was just so epic and happened at the perfect time, just as we returned from a Netherlands tour, we were tight and well-rehearsed and Louis had perfected his VJ set and Oppikoppi had a massive LED screen on the Wesley Dome stage. It all just came together perfectly to make a golden set. And our first show ever was just charged with so much electricity, we played all the songs on our first album, Tumi and Richard joined us on stage, it was magic. Lowlands 2011 was also pretty epic.
DYD: Where do you see yourselves in the future? What do you hope to achieve?
Bittereinder: Hard to say really. We have some aspirations, I guess. We hope to achieve a sense at the end of it all that we’ve been proper Bittereinders.
DYD: Lastly, is there anything you would like to say to the people reading this?
Bittereinder: Keep checking our Facebook page for tour dates and venues in the next few weeks, we’re playing shows literally all over the country. SKERM TO SURVIVE.