In April of 2017 top Cape Town 90’s noise-pop Band The Dollyrockers reformed for two hugely popular shows at The Grand Daddy and Jason’s.The band was made up of previous core members, Greg Donnelly (Vocals, Guitar), Anthony Bull (Bass), Arnold Vermaak ((Drums) Stuart Crawford-Browne (now of UK band Kilter – Guitar) and ‘Lonesome’Dave Ferguson (Harmonica).
Formed from the ashes of Penguins In Bondage and Attic Muse, the band preceded the South African rock explosion of the nineties with their own brand of noise-pop that produced songs like ‘Suicide Annie’, ‘Ziggy Played Bizarre’ and ‘Walk Right Through Me’. They carved their mark into the South African musical landscape with strong performances around the country both on the alternative club scene and at various music festivals.
In their existence, the band released 3 full length albums ‘The Dollyrockers’, ‘Glory Glory’ and ‘The Heat’, as well as the vinyl e.p. ‘Consume Me’ – all produced by their former guitarist, Pitchie Rommelaere.
Songs like ‘Ziggy Played Bizarre’ and ‘Suicide Annie’ rose to the top of Barney Simon’s Alternative Charts. ‘Book I Write’ was included on a KFM cd compilation and all of this was achieved before local quotas existed on South African radio playlists.
Their songs have been used in soundtracks for movies such as ‘Once Upon A Roadtrip’ and ‘Twist’. The band also penned the theme song for TV series, ‘Couch Trip’ and ‘Sleepy Town’ was used in the TV series, ‘Going Nowhere Slowly’. Lovesong’ off their final album was listed on the 1001 South African Songs You Must Hear Before You Go Deaf.
After their hugely successful reunion shows they were approached by One F Music, run by the legendary Paul Riekert of Battery 9 and David Sass, to release a double cd retrospective called ‘Dive – A Collection’. CD1 consisted of studio material which was all remastered by Paul and CD2 consisted of live material from various shows and included the hard-to-find ‘Live At The Playground’ recordings which were only ever previously released on cassette. These recordings are a real snapshot into the world of the Cape Town live music scene of the Nineties and they also received the remastering treatment from Paul. The band also released a limited edition 7” vinyl consisting of ‘Suicide Annie’ and ‘Lovesong’.
**PLEASE NOTE: DINNER FROM 7PM SHOW AT 8.30PM