“In the midst of a haze of music festivals around Southern Africa, a sound was born from the dust and the mud of boots stomped from dusk until dawn, fuelled by souls set alight, released into the wild-eyed dream of a moment unlike any that came before it. Inspired by the people, the chants, the community, the journey, and the joy of coming together in song and becoming closer to your fellow human more than ever before.
Bounceology is the manifestation of a group of friends, so motivated to be the catalyst of human connection, to create the songs, the rhythms and the stories that can unite people, to remind us all why we are so much the same. This group of friends who couldn’t be more different from each other, created music together that has its own combined identity greater than the sum of all its parts, the spirit of togetherness.
Crimson House wrote their latest album “Bounceology” while on permanent tour around South Africa, inspired directly from South African musical acts surrounding the ever-burgeoning music festival scene. The band recorded the album with Antonio Cencherli of V-Lab productions at SoundCast studios in Cape town, it was mastered by Simon “Fuzzy” Ratcliffe of Sound & Motion studios.
Songwriter and front man Riaan Smit collaborated with incredible musical artists such as violin virtuoso and songwriter Luca Hart, long-time collaborator Ann Jangle, Queen of African fusion Nhoza, and Phantom of the Opera New York Broadway star Robin Botha. The band enlisted Zulu African Jazz legend Tebogo Mokoena to arrange the brass sections on the majority of the songs, bringing an epic flavor of South African roots to the album. The Title “Bounceology” was conceived by master Jazz artist Gareth Harvey, the album art was hand illustrated by Elio Moavero.”
Crimson House are:
Riaan Smit- Vocal/Guitar/ Harmonica
Tim Welsch–Alto Sax
Gareth Harvey- Baritone Sax
Arno Van Zyl- Guitar, Banjo
Christoph De Chanvonnes Vrugt – Drums
Andre Van De Merve – Bass
Released under the genre of Gypsy Rock, the album insinuates freedom, above all, and the encouragement to dream your dreams ardently!
31 August – Radium Beer Hall, JHB
5 Sept – Lagom Café, Lynwood
6 Sept – Railways Café, Centurion
13 Sept – German Beer Festival, PTA
15 Sept – Media launch: JARR Bar, PTA
20 Sept – Official Gauteng Album Launch Party: Rumours, JHB
21 Sept – Official Cape Town Album Launch Party: Mercury
27 Sept – White Mountain Festival, KZN
5 Oct – Bosrock, Nelspruit*
6 Oct – Park Acoustics, PTA*
11 Oct – Barrel & Blues, Swellendam
12 Oct – at the courtyard, McGregor
13 Oct – Hillcrest Quarry, Durbanville
18 Oct – The C Club, EL
19 Oct – Music Kitchen, PE
20 Oct – Blend, Knysna