PRESENTED BY ELLE FRANCO
Every Action Thrillers concert is like a movie. Characters, story, soundtrack. Semi-insane perfectionism with a shot of creative chaos produce a show that gets worked on for months into the last detail. Almost along the lines of Freddie Mercury's statement that a concert shouldn't be the live rendition of an album, but a theatrical event. Each band member has his own persona. Christo with his eerily Irish red hair and moustache, for example, would make a great robber type -- but the costume would be wasted on him after the first song when the shirt comes off. Of course this will have to be adapted once the Action Thrillers venture into colder territory overseas...
The album will be equally as epic. Hendrik describes the theme as a Quentin Tarrantino movie shot in space. The image is that of a raw wasteland. Solid guitar tracks and synth beats set the scene. They create a world unknown and yet the music seems to come from a very familiar place. Songs that you can sing and dance to.
The songs are all based on Hendrik's life and have been written over 10 years. The topics range from the South African political system, over materialism, to lots of heartache. Never whiny, always strong. Somewhere in there we can all find ourselves. The only cover on the album is Boots which got the honour because of its "me against the world" attitude.
A few songs already wait in the pipeline for the next album. What will it be? A Scorsese movie shot under water? Spielberg on top of a mountain? Hendrik hints at a fusion of danceable beats and old school rock n roll. Either way, exciting stuff is coming up.
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