The Swan is the final, 6 track, tape mastered EP, released by Ruff Majik and the team that have accompanied them through the creation of The Bear and The Fox. Yes, it keeps to the tradition of Ruff Majik EP's, being live and raw and balls to the wall - and with this release, maybe even more so. Sculpted over a weekend at a newly built studio owned and built by long time friends and collaborators Dewald 'Dave' Visser, Shawn Taylor and Craig Howie, this album is audibly sincere and filled with camaraderie. On the first day, the last parts of the studio was built, with the band members lending a hand. On the second day, the band played through a dozen soundchecks, with the engineers running around to get exactly the right room sound and mic placements - these recordings are now known as 'The real swan'. On the third day, Ruff Majik spent roughly an hour in the studio to punch out all the tracks with violent enthusiasm. This is the heavy album, much more reliant on the riff than the previous two, bringing in thunderous grease covered tracks with only a few seconds in between to catch your breath before being suffocated by the wall of sound again. Haunting, howling, slowly tearing at you, then drowning you. During the writing of this album, the band faced the pale horse and his rider, watching them closely, and decided to defiantly tell them to fuck off - the lyrics of this album reflect that attitude. Find the biggest speakers you can and blow out your windows, hell, blow out your neighbors windows too.
released April 1, 2017
Johni Holiday - Guitar, Vocals, Lyrics, organ
Jimi Glass - Bass
Benni Manchino - Drums, Percussion, Narrative
Recorded by Dewald 'Dave V' Visser and Shawn Taylor at Tierpoort, Pretoria.
Dewald 'Dave' Visser - mixing engineer (asst. by Ruff Majik and Shawn Taylor)
Shawn Taylor - tracking engineer (asst. by Dewald 'Dave' Visser), mastering engineer (asst. by Dewald 'Dave' Visser and Ruff Majik)
Vincent 'Ziggy' Kruger - production manager, narrative writing contribution
In association with Bobbejaan Records
All artwork done by Anni Buchner of Anni Buchner Illustration
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