After a brief creative hiatus, Springbok Nude Girls (SNG) return with a new single, “Rolling Thunder”, and with it two highly anticipated live and streaming performances, all before we exit an aptly rocky year.
As one of South Africa’s most decorated and applauded bands of the last twenty-plus years, Springbok Nude Girls’ work ethic has never-ever waivered. “Rolling Thunder” is audible proof of that. Since the release of their 2018 singles “Beautiful Evolution”, “Best Friends, Best Enemies”, the making of this stellar return showcases the groups’ perpetual evolution and maturity, all without compromising a beat.
Producer and SNG lead guitarist, Theo Crous explains the journey. “Previous Nude Girls recordings for me, never truly reflected how the band comes across as a live act. “Rolling Thunder”, for me, encapsulates the Nude Girls sound like a live act. I tried to approach the production and the mix specifically how the band performs live.
“Examples of this are how I panned the band as they are positioned on stage,” he adds. “I enhanced Arno’s lead vocal delay effects in a way I thought he would use it with his pedal on stage. I kept the drum reverb to a minimum and only used it mostly in the choruses while steering away from using drum samples.”
Without the pressure from a major record label to create music within corporate deadlines and budgets, the band was able to let the music and release plan happen without distraction where the outcome is pure, high- octane organic wall of signature SNG bliss.
“In the face of adversity, we either falter or adapt,” lead singer Arno Carstens shares. “Rolling Thunder” is a declaration of determination ‘like a bulldozer, like rolling thunder’”.Listen to “Rolling Thunder” here.
The music video for “Rolling Thunder” was directed by Lionel Smit, a South African artist who pursues his craft in all manner of media with areas dedicated to sculpture, painting and printmaking.“Working with Lionel was very easy. He made the video like we make songs. Fast, collaborative and fun. I think the video captures that energy perfectly,” Francious Kruger, SNG’s drummer explains.
The music video premieres on YouTube on 23 October 2020
31 December 2020 – New Year’s Eve – Tickets cost R150 for the Live Stream and R450 to be part of the live audience and are available now through Webtickets.
The performances will be available on-demand for 72 hours after the event.
Group bookings of 10 or more receive a 20% discount