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Radar Complex Review, Snap Wine Bar

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Radar Complex Review, Snap Wine Bar
Submitted by kliktrak on Monday, February 12, 2007 - 20:42

Well here we go again, this is my second review of a Radar Complex live performance, the first being at Glass Magic Castle a few weeks ago.

Far from being predictable (except for the superlatives I will use to describe their music) this gig had some differences.

Firstly the venue, Snap Wine Bar, on a Tuesday night hosts a range of artists, organised by Wicked Rock. The emphasis seems to be on providing more "unplugged"/acoustic or just plain chilled music, especially from some of the more well known and "louder" rock acts from Durbs.

Snap Wine Bar itself is a cosy venue, with a pretty good view out towards Town and Greyville Race course via a small balcony area, parking is secure, and the venue is directly opposite Manna in Marriot Road. Menu, although having small variety was good enough, and of course it's really the excellent range of Wine that is the draw card.

Tuesday the 6th was slightly different as the artists performing (Radar Complex and Lize', not pictured), are essentially chilled lounge acts. I must say singer who followed Radar Complex, Lize' was rather bland, and predictable, yes she could hold a tune, but the forced "jazz lounge act" styling did not come naturally to the performer, who looked very uncomfortable, maybe the years of voice training should be coupled with a similar amount of years of choreography work. And her wannabe Katie Melua, and Joss Stone pretensions are not matched by her proficiencies anyway.

A very personal view point but this is the type of act from a technically trained yet unoriginal performer, not a naturally gifted artist that is typical of the very lacking commercial music industry we have in SA. She will probably get the recording deal and sell some albums, just doesn't mean it's of any real substantive quality.

It is a pity that original artists like Radar Complex get passed up all too often for the mundane cliched acts who copycat the prevailing trends from either US or UK artists.

Moving on to the positive, awesome to hear Radar Complex belt out their chilled acoustic-electronica on a decent soundsystem. The guitar work by Des flitted inbetween the deft sampler and sequencer controlling and mixing of Wes.

Great subtle instrumentation and percussion not audible at the Magic Castle gig, now breathed new life into the compositions.

All in all a much more satisfying listening experience. Catch Radar Complex as soon as possible, these guys are on it !

Also having learnt early last week that Lark were due to perform in Durbs starting on 24th Feb and returning again over March, April and May according to the band's management, I really hope that at least for one gig, Radar Complex get to open or play in support of Lark!

Now that would be the proverbial cherry on the top for the lads of Radar Complex, which was also notably lacking from the dessert I ordered!


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Subject:  Snap Bar
Author:  Health Nut
Date:  13 February, 2007 - 10:14

Yes Lize' needs to work on her stage performance and her songs are a little cheesy, but I think her performance was strong, well recieved and added an element of class and atmosphere. It is not often the modern audience is listens so wholeheartedly.


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Subject:  Health Bar - with added vitamins and minerals
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Author:  kliktrak
Date:  13 February, 2007 - 11:04

aaah finally Health Nut, welcome !

i am sure your added vitamins and minerals will add new zest and vitality to this Durbanscouts site !

;-)

KLIKTRAK
http://kliktrak.partychief.com


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Subject:  vitamins and minerals
Author:  Health Nut
Date:  13 February, 2007 - 11:44

Why thank you, its good to be onboard. I think it's going to be a fantastic year..PS love the photo of da puddin;)


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Subject:  sweet tooth
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Author:  kliktrak
Date:  13 February, 2007 - 11:59

well some indulgences should be allowed...

BTW that photo does have a certain kind of professional looking composition edge to it ?... dont you think ;-)

KLIKTRAK
http://kliktrak.partychief.com


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Subject:  Ahoy Kliktrak.... Long time!
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Author:  biomech
Date:  13 February, 2007 - 14:48

Ahoy Kliktrak.... Long time! who are the peeps in Radar Complex?

'Big City Lies'


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Subject:  biomechanical entity
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Author:  kliktrak
Date:  14 February, 2007 - 06:19

whattup !

sweet yeah been far too long

hope things are cool your side, listen PM me so I can hook up your details and give you my proper email, then will post more info.

My next live gig is down for 3 March at Pananama Room, Durbs with Triphazard. Looking forward as its a big comeback from over a year of semi-retirement

Radar Complex are 2 very talented young dudes from Durbs, Wes and Des - Wes has previously delivered the live project : Looking Glass that saw hip hop lyrics and sultry vocals mixed with glitch hop electronic beats backing it all, they really sound wicked, no jokes...

Again PM me and I'll hook up contact details for them

Durbs is going through somewhat of a revival at the moment so we are trying to ride this wave, catch the blue room, and hope it doesnt fade too quick ;-)

peace

KLIKTRAK
http://kliktrak.partychief.com


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Subject:  Quite the harsh criticism.
Author:  Jozette
Date:  16 February, 2007 - 16:37

Think the criticism of Lize's performance is a little severe. I though that she had a beautiful voice and heartfelt songs. Although her performance could do with some fine tuning the audience seemed to love her. Whilst I enjoyed Radar Complex and give them 10 out of 10 for originality the general feel was still a hell of a lot more receptive to Lize's sound. That probably has a lot to do with the age and taste of that particular audience, as i think that Radar Complex would be awesome opening for Lark.


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