Does the sound of “three part harmony not heard since the days of Crosby, Stills and Nash ruled the airwaves” sound appealing to you? If that is the case, join local group Hatchetman for an intimate (doesn’t get any more intimate than at the Alexander Bar upstairs theatre) 50 minute set at the Strand Street venue on Sunday, April 23, at 7pm.
This foursome combine their musical and vocal talents to form Hatchetman, a band that, as the name evokes, “cuts straight to the heart with songs on life, love, and most things in between.” Their soaring harmonies and a willingness to explore the darker and more tender sides of the human condition, “as well as a very personal and human presentation of the same,” sets the band apart from many of their contemporaries. Lyrical topics range from heartbreak to a rumination of the multifaceted nature of Cape Town, while musically, the band meets somewhere between folk, rock, funk and acoustically inclined sounds, all delicately underpinned by the powerful, yet gentle blend of three voices.
“This show will form part of the release of our first full length album, which has been three years in the making. We are incredibly proud of the final product and can’t wait to share it with everyone,” says the band.
Hatchetman consists of four members, one of which is Jono Tait, the son of Richard and Retha Tait, owners of the Alma Café, one of Cape Town’s premier live music venues. Tait is the main songwriter for the band and is very candid in his lyrics as well as his onstage interaction with the crowd. He sings and plays acoustic guitar.
Brothers Nick and Matt Catto complete the original trio of Hatchetman. Nick plays bass guitar and sings, while Matt plays the cajon and sings.
“We have recently added a new member to the Hatchetman family,” continues the band. “Stephane Corneloup plays electric lead guitar for us now and has really added a new dimension to the style of music that we perform, without detracting whatsoever from the three part harmonies. He has the amazing ability of playing these incredible guitar solos whilst still remaining subtle in his approach to the nature of the band.”
* Tickets are R100 at the door, in the event of the concert not being sold out, and R90 online at alexanderbar.co.za.