Nobody Knows What We’re Doing Neither Do We, the new album from South African experimental psychedelic funk rock band No Requests releases today.
Formed by Chris van der Walt (Vulvodynia), Clint Falconer (Dan Patlansky) and Gareth Bunge (The Black Cat Bones) who have been all been a constant force in the SA music scene for the last 15 years. Focusing on different styles of composition and improvisation, the band creates an unheard sound and mood that grooves deep into your soul.
The 4 track EP is a collection of free form jam sessions as bassist Chris explains, “It was a different experience. We walked in, wrote an idea, jammed it, and recorded it. Most of it is improvised.” He goes on to add, “When you jam in that unknown space the magic starts to happen. You rely on other instincts and use your musical bag of tricks to survive.”
Watch the video for first single Choir on Fire
Choir on Fire
Nobody Knows What We’re Doing
About No Requests
Chris is the Bassist for Death Metal band Vulvodynia. Chris van der Walt started out as a roadie for bands like Not My Dog and Jack Hammer, and later joined up with metal band, RhütZ, touring nationwide in South Africa. Chris learnt invaluable lessons from his time with RhütZ about touring, writing and recording. He achieved an Honours Degree in Film Sound Design, and a Degree in Jazz. Chris then took all his combined knowledge and pushed forward into new musical directions including Vulvodynia, The Black Cat Bones, and Boargazm with which he toured SA, Europe, South America, Russia, Kenya, Mozambique, Botswana, and more. Headlining most of the major festivals in SA. Eagerly seeking more Chris has worked with many other great SA bands/ artists including Albert Frost, Scicoustic, Valiant Swart, Jack Hammer, Blood Brothers, Gerald Clark, Jonathan Peyper, Jimi Hendrix-, Led Zeppelin- Janis Joplin-, Bruce Springsteen Tribute shows, Underbelly, Mrs B, Raoul and Black Friday, Mel Botes, Bandoleros, Kite Rider, SA/DC, Gun ‘n Posers, and more…
Clint’s first look into the SA music scene was with the funk band Undersound with whom Clint traveled SA but the band soon broke up. Clint focused on his studies playing with many other students and lecturers alike including playing Joburg Joy of Jazz. Shortly after this Clint joined The Black Cat Bones and did a lot of touring, writing and performing as well as meeting a lot of SA artists including Dan Patlansky. Clint is currently the full time bassist for Dan Patlansky and Juggernaught and over the last 6 years has toured the majority of Africa and Europe with Dan, headlining most of SA’s top festivals as well as opening for Bruce Springsteen at FNB stadium and touring Europe as the support act for Joe Satriani. Clint has recorded three albums with Dan, all have been rated in the top 20 blues releases in the world by USA based website Blues Rock Review culminating in Dear Silence Thieves being rated number 1 in the world. Aside from this Clint has also performed with other top SA talent including Elvis Blue, Albert Frost and Vusi Mahlasela.
Gareth Bunge is a drummer who has been playing professionally for over 10 years. After completing school, he spent much of his off time joining bands on tour as a roadie gaining valuable experience on how to pursue a career in music. In 2013 he joined the band Southern Gypsy Queen and in 2015 he joined The Black Cat Bones as their full-time drummer. He has played every major music festival and most live music venues in South Africa, touring constantly throughout the year. To date Gareth has played over 400 live shows and is one of the most respected drummers in the country.