1925Band is a South African folk group originating from Pretoria. The band consists of three brothers, namely David-Lee Gericke (lead vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonica), JeffreyGericke(vocals,piano,keyboard,cajón,tambourine)andRenoGericke(vocals,bassguitar).
Reno, the oldest of the three siblings, was part of a rock band called Point Xero. They had modest success and only produced a five track demo EP before they broke up. Jeffrey, the second oldest, competed in Idols South Africa 2002 and made the top 100. Thereafter he travelled Spain extensively as part of an Il Divo Heroe tribute band before returning to his homeland. David-Lee, the youngest, started his musical career at the age of fifteen as an acoustic guitarist and also learn to play the harmonica whilst writing his own music. In 2009 the three brothers collaborated for the firsttime togetherasRJD,an acoustic bandthatperformed only one show before the brokeup.
1925Band was officially formed on 27 February 2011 when Jeffrey and David-Lee collaborated again for the second time as an acoustic duo. At the time David-Lee was 19 years old and Jeffrey was 25 years old. Their ages formed the basis of the band’s name. It wasn’t long after before they convinced their older brother, Reno, to join them as a bass player in order to enhance their sound. As a three piece acoustic band, the brothers went from strength to strength with the copious amounts of emotion they pour into each of their songs. They were approached by several record labels who wanted to sign them but insisted they change their name. They decided to keep the name 1925Band when they discovered that the Afrikaans language, their native tongue, was recognized asan official language on 8May1925.
1925Band’s music is heavily influenced by Mumford & Sons and the Bee Gees as they perform an acoustic-rock pastiche of Afrikaans/ English songs, and have released two albums: Horizon (2014) and Eintlik Nogal Baie (2017). Horizon was released as a limited edition with only the one single Servette receiving radio play. But the album paved the way forward for them to get recognized as they wrote and recorded the theme song, Eintlik Nogal Baie, with acclaimed music producer Mauritz Lotz,for the feature filmofthe same name. The latter peaked at number one on SA Charts and a Spanish version was also recorded as part of the international distribution of the film. Their album Eintlik Nogal Baie also boasted three new singles, with the first Gedig Op Jou Arm, peaking at number two on SA Charts with AlTe Min Te Veel Gevra and Fynbos, both currently charting.
Catch them live on the 8th November in Noordhoek! A show you definitely should not miss!