Gunshot Blue is a South African psychedelic blues act born amongst burning incense, black ink, prayer beads, tattooed skin and religious icons back in 2014 at SA Hardcore Social Club in Johannesburg. The band have released the video for their new single Neon Love which made its worldwide premiere on PureGrainAudio yesterday (9th May).
Taken from Until the Last Prayer, the bands highly anticipated full-length album set for release later this year.
Neon Love available now via CD Baby
The video was shot an edited by the highly sought-after Dizzy Khaki at Railways Cafe in Irene, Pretoria and The Radium Beer Hall in Orange Grove, Johannesburg. Railways Cafe is not only an authentic live music venue but also a one-of-a-kind wedding venue. Among weather-beaten signs, second hand books, vintage posters, retro furniture and old school paraphernalia, new life, love and light rises. The Radium Beer Hall is the oldest surviving bar and grill in Johannesburg. Opened in 1929 by the Khalil family, the Radium had a double life as a as a tearoom and a shebeen. Selling liquor to black customers who were barred from drinking “white man’s booze” during those days, new life, love and light rose into the night.
“Love is psychedelic. Love is wild. Love is wonder. Love is wander. Love is neon. Love is colour. On a pavement, a bar counter or a staircase. On a dance floor, a backseat or inside a dj booth. Around a candle, under a mirror ball, through a window. Eyes can lock, fingers can touch, love can rise anywhere. Especially the night.” – Frans Borman, Vocals.
(Photographer Andre Badenhorst)
The Gunshot Blue flint-stone was set off by founding members Frans Borman (vocals) and Pepi Dimevski (guitars). More often than not they are joined by Kevin Hughes (bass) and Wayne Pictor (drums) forming a deadly dressed, double barrel, sonic shotgun. The first bullet firing a hypnotic, voodoo infused, acoustic blues set. The second; an explosive, high energy, electric rock and roll set. Gunshot Blue is not just a spirited live performance. Gunshot Blue is a rousing psychoactive baptism leaving the listener with intensified sensory perception, extreme feelings of euphoria and an awakening. Gunshot Blue have played in bars, restaurants, hotels, a book museum, backpackers, lounges, fund raisers, birthday parties, a sculpture park, a garden, a horse farm, holiday resorts, barber shops, an old prison, an amphitheatre, a biker’s club, a biker’s fest, a vintage car museum and most of the major festivals in their homeland. Their debut EP 12 396km was released in November 2014.