VCK continue to rock the republic

Nina van Graan |

The gods of South African rock ‘n’ roll have outdone themselves yet again. If you are a rocker at heart this new album will have your head banging, throat screeching and feet tapping to every song.After the release of Van Coke Kartel‘s last album “Wie’s Bang” I didn’t think the band would ever be able to improve or ever reach the same height of success again. However, their new album “Bloed, Sweet & Trane” proved my speculation very wrong.  The album is VCK’s fifth one to date and stands out head above water not only against other competitors in the South African rock scene such as AKing or Die Heuwels Fantasties but their own previous works as well. This album has a very personal feel to it which listeners will pick up from the first track “Die Dag”.

After the release of Van Coke Kartel‘s last album “Wie’s Bang” I didn’t think the band would ever be able to improve or ever reach the same height of success again. However, their new album “Bloed, Sweet & Trane” proved my speculation very wrong.  The album is VCK’s fifth one to date and stands out head above water not only against other competitors in the South African rock scene such as AKing or Die Heuwels Fantasties but their own previous works as well. This album has a very personal feel to it which listeners will pick up from the first track “Die Dag”.

I must add that I am a huge fan of Fokofpolisiekar, Francois other band, and this is how I got to know Van Coke Kartel and fell in love with the band almost instantly. Therefore, yes, I could come across as fairly bias but in all honesty I find it hard to believe that someone will not find at least one song on t

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Bloed, Sweert & Trane album cover taken from http://www.watkykjy.co.za

his album which would literally not rock out their soul.  I found myself listening to ever track on repeat for four hours after I bought the album picking up new elements each time.

English and Afrikaans fans will hang on the lips of lead singer Francois van Coke in every song on this album as he takes us through his personal battles with drug and alcohol addiction. If you are ‘happy-go-lucky-Sandy’ and cannot bare to listen to lyrics to do with self-inflicted pain and suffering then you should best give this album a skip. The band opens up to audiences on this album with uncovered, uncensored lyrics of self-growth and even self-destruction which I personally loved.

“The album is a collection of songs about the realisation that love, friendship, music and playing music with others make you a part of something even if you are pretty insignificant in the greater scheme of things”,  lead singer Francois van Coke on the album Bloed sweet & Trane.

Unlike the bands previous four albums, which stuck to one main element of music, this album has strong elements of punk rock, progressive rock and metal on.

No matter your linguistic preference there is no doubt in my mind that “Bloed, Sweet & Trane” will have you locked down for life on Van Coke Kartel.  Try out some of the best local South African rock, give Van Coke Kartel’s new album a listen- you won’t be disappointed.

Artist: Van Coke Kartel Album: Bloed, Sweet & Trane

Rating: 8/10

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