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WAVERLEY PLAY @HOME! (article first published : 2004-06-2)

The five-piece Durban based rock band, Waverley, performs at popular venue HOME on June 6 from 19h00. The group comprises Dom Antelme (vocals); Caprice Roussel (keyboards); Nigel Seed (guitar and vocals); Theo Claassen (drums/loops) and Louis du Pisani (bass).

Waverley has just released its third album Give back the radio, distributed through Universal Music. The group is on a serious mission for the next year promoting the new album and campaign Give back the radio to encourage the support and interest of South African music.

“Our aim is to get South Africans to favour local records rather than those produced overseas,” says keyboardist Caprice Roussel. “We hope to diminish negative, unsupportive attitudes towards local music as well as regular airplay on radio, which will hopefully result in an increased attendance to local live performances. Our country has a lot of new talent that has never been on radio. Waverley believes that South African music needs to be marketed to South Africans themselves. We should passionately support local music.”

Vocalist Dom Antelme adds: “Our material is generally about everyday life like crazy neighbours, girls, the places we travel and the people we meet. We want listeners to picture themselves in our songs. We are also ultra fussy when it comes to writing new songs. We want our songs to dig deep into your head and stay there.”

In July 2003 the band played their biggest gig to date - to a 7,000-strong crowd at the Mr Price Pro Concert on Durban’s North Beach alongside Springbok Nude Girls, Tweak and Tree 63. In November, the band played alongside Arno Carstens’ New Porn at CD Wherehouse. The band have also written and recorded a song for Mr Price to use as their summer song.

In January 2004 Waverley started management with Sovereign Entertainment In March they went on a month-long tour called “The school of rock tour” which was put together by 5FM and Sovereign Entertainment. The tour travelled to JHB, Secunda, Welkom, Durban and Pretoria and was a great success and gave the band major exposure.

In April Waverley played to a huge crowd on the main stage at Splashy Fen and the second single How you doing? has just been released to radio stations around the country.

Home is situated on the corner of Windermere and Innes Roads, Morningside, Durban.




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