Try to imagine what a cross between Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison and Rodriguez would sound like. Now throw in Mark Knopfler and The Stones, and you are close to the sound of Falling Mirror, South Africa’s hit band from the 1980s.
Remember the hit songs ‘Johnny Calls the Chemist’ and ‘Neutron Bop’ that topped local charts and even received some recognition in America? Well, “Johnny’s Back!” albeit for one night only in The Barnyard Theatre, Willowbridge on Sunday April the 28, in a concert entitled ‘Rev up the Rock’.
This concert will also form part of an upcoming major international documentary that will tell their unique rock story and capture the band’s reconnection with their audience.
Founding band members and cousins, Allan Faull (lead guitar) and vocalist Nielen Marais (the band’s name is a play on their surnames) together with drummer Patrick Humphries, were known as a non-performing, inordinately introspective group whose debut album ‘Zen Boulders’ was critically acclaimed upon release and gained a cult following for the band in SA.
Now joined by George Den Das (Keyboards) and Harvey Cohen (bass guitar), Faull (recognised as one of South Africa’s best ever guitarists) together with Humphries’ rock-firm percussive patterns and Nielen “Mirror’s” bold, captivating voice and lyrics makes this one-night-only live performance a rarity and a must-see.
Marais’ voice is probably the most distinctive feature of Falling Mirror’s music and it has often been compared to Dylan’s and although that artist’s influences still weave through some of Marais ‘ songs, his sound is undeniably authentic and unique.
The evening’s performance will include all of Falling Mirror’s hits, and some new material.
* Book at www.barnyardtheatre.co.za, or via the booking line on 021 914 8898. All tickets are priced at R100.