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PLUSH ROCK (article first published : 2005-08-1)

Guitarists Rory Eliot and Chas Smit first combined their musical talents when they joined the Maritzburg College School Band. They started playing around together and rehearsing until eventually they formed their first band, Boredom Palace, which gigged along the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal during school vacations.

After they left school, they headed for Johannesburg and in 2001, formed Plush. The following year they outplayed more than 450 bands to win the national battle of the bands and the potential of “Plush Rock” was officially recognised (even if not yet termed.)

Plush Rock is a term coined to describe the unique synthesis of sounds and styles that are synonymous with this formally acoustic rock duo. Their latest CD offering A Few Blinding Views has been produced by Grammy-nominated composer, drummer, arranger and producer, Cedric Samson who has worked with some of the best South African and international stars.

The album was engineered by Nic Els who has recently returned to South Africa after a 20-year stint in Los Angeles during which time he worked with artists ranging from The Eagles to Fleetwood Mac. George Marino at Sterling Sound in New York mastered the recording and the finished product is set to take Plush Rock to even greater heights.

A Few Blinding Views features Dominic Peters (bass & keyboards), Sean Lin (drums & bass), Cedric Samson (drums, percussion, sound design) Waldo Alexander (violin), Eddie Mclean (cello) and Lee Thompson (trumpet) with Rory Eliot (lead vocal and rhythm guitar) and Chas Smit (lead guitar & backing vocal). The live performances feature Ben Peters on drums and Emelio Gassibe on bass.

A Few Blinding Views will be launched on August 5 in Cape Town. Tickets R70 for admission (R120 for admission and a copy of the new album) available through Computicket. To book online, visit http://www2.computicket.com/booking/computicket/ClickItem/?ci=359




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