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SA ROCK DIGEST ISSUE
21st April 2003

USA FOR AFRICA
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Texas-based Kurt Shoemaker gives his unique views on SA music

BEDROCK – SO WHERE’S THE PARTY? (Criminal Records)

The jol is right here, y’all. Bedrock’s third album is immediately accessible fun. This Bedrock outing is nicely consistent, the best yet by a band surely fun to party with, to last call and beyond.

For one thing, ‘So, Where’s the Party?’ is freer, with an aggressive, purposeful guitar. No pretentious noodling here. This creative bar band has an irreverent attitude, an ironic stance, and songs featuring drinking beer and recreational inhaling.

‘So Where’s the Party?’ open with the title track and two other palpable rock songs, slides into a smokey reggae tune, then back to rock with ‘Mobile Party’. The sad sing-along ‘I Believe In Angels’ proves you can catch Bedrock being serious.

‘Yeah Yeah’ has a modified ‘We Will Rock You’ Queen beat behind a motivating fierce rock guitar and excessive partying lyrics. Sounds great.
(We should grant that beat public domain status, like Bo Diddley’s shave and a haircut.)

‘Cliché’ plays on clichéd rock lines such as “You’re always in my dreams, even when I’m asleep”! Then a touching song that brings tears to a grown man’s eyes, ‘Last Round’. ‘Rickshaw Baby Blues’ is a skankin’ Beatles-Dylanesque number.

‘Crowd Invasion’ is like a big truck barreling down the highway, a wow song
(made me say “Wow” a few times, anyway), and it’s up on SAmp3.com, too.
Its rock movements features an assertive classic rock sound this classic rock guy enjoys.

Bedrock is a band of… mature musos who know our world’s rock heritage and
play their own original Bedrockin’ jams of mostly big, up-tempo songs.
Play hard, and be sure to replace those precious body fluids, guys. The party is wherever Bedrock plays fun hard rock.

Kurt Shoemaker, Blanco, Texas
kurt@sarockdigest.com

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SA ROCK DIGEST
http://www.sarockdigest.com
7th April 2003

TOP 20 SOUTH AFRICAN MP3s OF THE WEEK
http://www.SAmp3.com

1. [3] (1) LekkerByDieSee – Diff Olie (‘Die Borrelbad Insident’/Boereplaas)
2. [4] (2) Spook – Spinnekop (‘Soet September EP’/Afrimusik)
3. [5] (3) Wish Your Were Here – Liela (SAmp3.com/Indie)
4. [8] (4) Stand By Me – Tait (Fresh)
5. [6] (5) Vampyre Girl – The Awakening (‘Sacrificial Etchings’/Intervention Arts)
6. [13] (6) Fishes Of Men – Metalmorphosis (‘Blistered’/Silva Moon)
7. [1] (1) Beach Girl – Natalia (‘The Street Level Sessions’/Indie)
8. [2] (2) Room2Breathe Sampler – Semisane (‘Room2Breathe’/BMG)
9. [10] (9) The Warrior Sampler – Ipi ‘NTombi featuring Margaret Singana(‘The Warrior’/Gallo)
10. [14] (10) Say Goodbye – Scarlet Host (Demo/Indie)
11. [9] (1) Stoute Boude – Anton Goosen en Beeskraal (”n Vis Innie Bos’/Gallo)
12. [12] (2) Siamese Sampler – Siamese (‘Three Piece project’/BMG)
13. [7] (7) Diep In Gauteng – Stefan Lombard (‘Alleen’/Afrimusik)
14. [18] (14) Powerzone Roadshow Sampler – Various (SAmp3.com/Sovereign)
15. [21] (15) Open Your Eyes – KGB (‘The First Born’/Mothermix)
16. [11] (8) Broken Innocence – Alexis (‘Overload’/Pt. Music)
17. [20] (17) Charlie – Lorraine Shannon (‘Lorraine Shannon’/Gallo)
18. [19] (18) Crowd Invasion – Bedrock (‘So Where’s The Party?’/Criminal Records)**
19. [15] (5) Toeka Sampler – Steve Hofmeyr (‘Toeka’/EMI)
20. [16] (1) Dinosaur – Forest Moon (‘Forest Moon’/Forest Moon)

SA ROCK DIGEST
http://www.sarockdigest.com
17th February 2003

‘Crowd Invasion’ – Bedrock
Goodtime rock track from the brand new CD ‘So Where’s The Party?’ from
Namibia‘s Bedrock, the band in the sand. Fans of Judas Priest will love this song.

SA ROCK DIGEST
http://www.sarockdigest.com
26th November 2001

BEDROCK

Well, as some of you know, The Band In The Sand staged their Western Cape debut at Pieter-Dirk Uys’ Evita Se Peron in Darling recently and what a Hot November Night (and occasion) it turned out to be. Not even the rugby Test match between South Africa & France could draw people away – and the few that were ended up regretting it. Sorry, guys, we warned you that Bedrock would perform better than the Bokke – and we did! Read all about our experiences in the DIARY page of our website http://www.bedrockband.com

Our latest CD “Recovery” has been enjoying really brisk sales thanks to the independent South African music industry. We have thrived on the back of some great support, especially from the folk at the SA Rock Digest. It’s largely thanks to them that the opening track of our CD, “Rock ‘n Roll Man”, sat in the Top 20 of top South African songs in September/October of this year. If you are unfamiliar with this crew please visit their site at :http://www.cd.co.za for write-ups and reviews on Bedrock and their activities. Our CD is also carried on the OneWorld internet music shopping site at http://www.oneworld.co.za.

Thanks, also, to Sugar & Bruce Millar for the very positive exposure they have given us, Namdeb and Oranjemund on the “Rock Slot” of Bruce’s Wednesday morning music show on SAFM. Similar thanks, also, to those radio stations who have seen it fit to give our material airplay, including our friends in Windhoek. We have recovered our costs on the first CD and are now busy writing for next year’s release which will really “blow your socks off”. (We’ll try to release it in summer so your feet don’t get cold!). I’m afraid I cannot say any more than that!

We would really appreciate it if you folks, when you’re out doing your music shopping, would ask your local music store manager if he stocks RECOVERY by BEDROCK. This is one small way which we can spread our name around the retail trade as our direct approaches have met up with the usual lack of enthusiasm one expects from the local formal music sector.

This is the busy time of the year (as usual) and we’re on the road. Our next out-of-town gig will be in Luderitz on the night of Friday, 30 November, where we will be rockin’ RUMOURS PUB & RESTAURANT in the Kapp’s Hotel building. If you wanna have a night of real, live, down-to-earth fun and rock be there. You won’t regret it.

For our Oranjemund supporters, we will be playing the following afternoon, 1 December, at Don Esteban.

Finally, thanks once again for all your support. As long as you folk are out there to encourage us, we’ll keep doing it.

Cheers

Pete, Kenny, Mike & Eddie

SA ROCK DIGEST
http://www.sarockdigest.com
5th November 2001

USA FOR AFRICA
Texas-based Kurt Shoemaker gives his unique views on SA music

BEDROCK – RECOVERY (2001 Criminal Records)
http://www.bedrockband.com

The more I think about it, the more I think Bedrock is a cool band
name. They play fundamental rock, with “fun” a big part of that. A further
implication of the name goes back to the sexual origin of the term “rock
‘n’ roll”, that these guys make bed-rockin’ rock.
In the liner notes, they regard their music as “garage rock”, but I
think they’re too good for that term. The tons of garage rock I’ve heard
has been made by unknown Sixties kids who didn’t make it beyond their high
school gym, and whose bands broke up due to college, the draft, or even
just graduating from high school. ‘Recovery’ is better than garage rock,
but is still pure fun like classic garage rock.

On ‘Recovery’, our men in Namibia perform a varied set of originals,
and most of the songs are up-tempo. They include rock anthems in ‘Rock ‘n’
Roll Man’ and ‘Take a Look’. There’s a bluesy number (at least the singer
feels sorry for himself and his friends) on ‘I’m a Loser’. We have the slow
song for getting close to someone special, ‘Shadows In Your Eyes’. An ode
to love, ‘Man Who Needs a Woman’. And, perhaps in keeping with the CD’s
title, the final track, the amusing ‘Babbelas Blues’.

Drinking with friends and music seems to be a theme — so is it a sport
in Namibia like it is here in Blanco, Texas? For this activity, there’s
‘Cold T’ and ‘Saturday Night’. After listening to Bedrock’s ‘Recovery’ I
feel like I went out and caught their show, complete with their sense of
humor.

‘Recovery’, rocks with clear and distinct instrumentation, no fancy
progressive noodling stretches — only good ole rock with a nice lead
guitar. These guys have the party-in-the-garage sense of fun.
Overall, ‘Bedrock’ is a cool name — and they make cool, honest, rock
music.

Kurt Shoemaker, Blanco, Texas

mailto:kurt@sarockdigest.com

THE SA ROCK DIGEST TOP 20 SOUTH AFRICAN SONGS OF THE WEEK
Dated : 12/08/01

http://www.sarockdigest.com/charts

This week [last week] Title – Artist (Album/Label)

1. [1] Not About You – Zen Arcade (‘Snowflake’/Indie)
2. [5] Glorious Gem – Venessa Nolan (‘Burn’/Rhythm)
3. [2] Set Of Wheels (Karoo Anthem) – Karen Zoid (‘Poles Apart’/EMI)
4. [15] Why – Garth Taylor (‘Why?’/PT Records)
5. [3] Indigo Girl – Watershed (‘In The Meantime’/EMI)
6. [-] Waiting For A Miracle – Dog Detachment (‘Best Kept Secrets’/RetroFresh)
7. [8] Khululuma – The Branch (Rhythm)
8. [13] Conquistador – Circus (‘In The Arena’/RetroFresh)
9. [7] Crazy Over You – Zen Arcade (‘Snowflake’/Indie & ‘Showcase: 3
Unearthed’/Sony)
10. [4] Undying Light – Edi Niederlander (‘Dreamland’/Indie)
11. [11] She Says – Cutting Jade (‘Showcase: 3 Unearthed’/Sony)
12. [-] Put A Little Love – Lucky Dube (‘Soul Taker’/Gallo)
13. [18] Lay Me Down – Gripp (‘Showcase 3/Sony)
14. [20] Rock And Roll Man – Bedrock (‘Recovery’/Criminal Records)
15. [6] Afrikaners Is Plesierig – Karen Zoid (‘Poles Apart’/EMI)
16. [-] Sweet Stellenganga – Akkedis (‘Voortvlugtend’/SSS Records)
17. [10] Thank You – Lionel Bastos (‘Rising Above The Madness’/SAFM)
18. [14] Long Holiday – The Sunshines (‘Long Holiday’ EP/Tel Michael)
19. [17] Shout – Fruit Fly Navigators (‘Seratonin’/Bionic)
20. [-] Stormsee – Mel Botes (‘Oomblik Van Waansin’/Janus)

BEDROCK BLAST OUT OF ORANJEMUND

Oranjemund, according to all who live, work or visit there, is Namibia’s
best kept secret. It’s a smallish mining town under the collective
patronage of NamDeb (Namibia De Beers) and most who live there are involved
with the mine is some way or another. It’s not known as a big rock music
town, but recently some of its more mature citizens have been making a huge
racket and inspiring the younger rockers to do the same. Bedrock is a
four-piece band comprising Pete Shout, Kenny Ramage, Mike Millad, and
Eddie. They play the occasional live gig and recently found the time to
fashion their debut rock album, ‘Recovery’.

Seeing as Oranjemund does not have a full, state-of-the-art recording
studio, ‘Recovery’ was produced in slightly lower-key surroundings (see the
sleeve for clues). It tips its hard-hat most prominently to the rock sounds
of the ‘70s and celebrates rock’s history, and its effects on the
band-members, in the album’s opening track, ‘Rock And Roll Man’. Here all
those seminal rock heroes get name-checked and honoured in a sort of
‘Namibian Pie’ way.

But the rest of the album is a mixture of original rock songs performed by
a group of older rockers who clearly realize and accept that an NME
correspondent is unlikely to pitch up in the near future, but don’t care at
all. Sometimes the joy is purely in the writing, recording and releasing of
music from the heart, and of course, getting to play it with your (band)
mates. Doesn’t matter where you are, or how old you are. (SS)

SA Rock Digest
09/16/01

http://www.sarockdigest.com

BEDROCK

Just to warn you that another storm front is on its way to the Cape, but
this time it’s a sandstorm in the shape of BEDROCK (The Band In The Sand)!

Following on the lamentable success that the band’s latest CD, “Recovery”,
is experiencing – with the opening track “Rock ‘n Roll Man” having peaked
at #14 on the SA Rock Digest’s Top Twenty of SA Music for three successive
weeks in a row – the band have been booked to play a gig at Pieter
Dirk-Uys’ Peron Theatre at Darling on the night of Saturday, 10 November,
2001. This promises to be one huge party and we’d really like to see as
many of our Cape Town friends there as possible. There are plenty of B &
B’s and camping sites out at Darling so why not make a weekend of it? If
you haven’t seen BEDROCK “live” then you’re definitely going to enjoy this
good, old-fashioned party.

Chow for now – confirmation of arrangements, entry fees, etc will come at a
later stage.

SA Rock Digest
09/30/01

http://www.sarockdigest.com

USA FOR AFRICA

Texas-based Kurt Shoemaker gives his unique views on SA music

COOL SOUTH AFRICAN NOMS D’ROCK

To use an old joke I first heard in reference to the healthy girls from a
hamlet outside my hometown: What is there in SA’s water that inspires so
many cool band names? Or maybe it’s in the Castle Lagers, the Windhoeks,
and the Tassies?
Cool is hard to define, but we recognize when someone either is or isn’t
cool, even though we might not be able to come up with defining terms. I
can, however, do some opinionated listifying.
To me, some of the coolest SA band names are Squeal, Sugardrive, Falling
Mirror (trés cool), Just Jinger, éVoid, Ella Mental, The Electric Petals,
and Wonderboom — these are catchy, inspired, and neat, neat, neat. There
are also Tweak, Sons of Trout (good one!), & The Pressure Cookies. These
clever names suggest creativity and provoke curiosity.
Even Four Jacks and a Jill has a certain panache. If you disagree with
that, then at least you might agree that one gets an idea of their musical
style from their name.
Speaking of style, I can’t think of Battery 9 having any other name — Paul
Rickert and the Four Batteries? Nah. Battery 9, especially as pronounced in
Afrikaans, echoes that B9 sound: tough and uncompromising.
Rabbitt is a catchy name, and now whenever I think of dassies, now that I
know what a dassie is, I think of rock rabbitts. Rabbitt is a cute and cool
name, and their pop idol image and rock music ranges from cute to cool, too.
Ballyhoo is a name as cool as The Smithereens. Radio Rats, like the unique
Radio Rats music, works for me. The Dream Merchants sounds good, too, from
wherever they took the inspiration for it (Dylan, or a science fiction
novel?).

Girl groups often name themselves in a way that lets the world know they
are female musos (musas?), even though they may play pure and inspired
rock, not ‘It’s My Party’ pop. South Africa’s girl groups do this, too.

Little Sister, Peach and Clout — even though the names are only one or two
words, these are punchy names.

What about Johnny Kongos? You don’t make up a name like that, and he
didn’t. “Kongos” even carries a musical hint in its coolness. Johnny
Kongos is also a name that worked well both with the rock ‘n’ roll of
Johnny Kongos and the G-Men and with the solo-artist-with-friends rock he
later created using African rhythms.

As long as I’m on the subject of singers’ names, Quentin E. Klopjaeger
might not be loaded with chic allure, but it certainly is memorable.
Though one can’t always see the Forrest for the stage names, right?
Speaking of cool and individual names, is not Valiant Swart a cool name? It
takes one with a certain élan to live up to a name like “Valiant”, and
Valiant sure has it. Yet it takes another sort, or size, of cojones to
answer in a manly voice to Kombuis. And the great Koos has just the voice,
and the cojones, for that.

On the other hand, some names don’t work well for me as cool names, while
their music does work as cool. Springbok Nude Girls is one of those bands.
And Suck. What kind of a crude band name is that? It’s not cute like
Rabbitt, not expressively aggressive like Jack Hammer. I’ll understand
better when Retro Fresh releases the Suck CD “Time To Suck’ because I
suspect Suck’s hard rock is well-matched by their blunt name.

Some names are neither swashbuckling nor milquetoast. Here, the performers
make the appellation mean something to listeners. I’m thinking of the great
David Kramer, of Saron Gas, and of Bedrock (though Bedrock gets points for
the use of “rock” in a name that suggests rock fundamentals).
Back to the rarified atmosphere of the cool, Freedom’s Children, with or
without the possessive apostrophe, is a name perfectly of the times from
whence the band sprung. Though firmly of an era, the name Freedom’s
Children, like their music, remains cool.

Among the modern bands, Beeskraal is a perfect naam for those ous.
Karen Zoid — Karen, and that surname, catches one’s eye. And the
whimsical Fruit Fly Navigators? I like it.

Of course, we’re here for the music and we know that names are just
handles. Nonetheless, there are a number of cool handles attached to SA
music. I’ve left out hundreds, and I imagine that you, cool reader, have
been mentally making your own list as you have read this.

When I see a cool name on a CD, it makes me curious about the music
within. One may not be able to judge a band by its name, or by its cover
art, but the name might make a buyer stop to look at the CD. However, the
second CD will have to be sold by musical content, and, if you’ll note,
most of the artists above have sold many CDs….

 

 

PHOTO GALLERY

Host Baby - Cover pic 2014

Bedrock 2014.

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Dan Shout gives it a good rip on the sax as lead vocalist, Heiko Doedens (left), and Pete Shout (bass – right), enjoy the fun!

All Blond!

Nothing like Bedrock groupies!

Countdown!

Setting up on the big stage at the 2006 Oranjemund Cultural Festival in Namibia. (Left – right: Dave MacMillan (guitar & vocals), Heiko Doedens (lead vocals) and Pete Shout (bass & vocals).

RS - Medicine Time

Dave MacMillan, Solange Heusdens, Eddie Heusdens, Heiko Doedens & Pete Shout.

Behind Blue Eyes

Christmas gig at ‘La Cantina’, Oranjemund. Dave MacMillan on guitar, Heiko Doedens on vocals and Solange Heusdens on keys.

Trio Bedrock 1996

Bedrock trio 1996. Charles Piggott (lead guitar & vocals), Eddie Heusdens (drums) and Pete Shout (bass & vocals).

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Desert Rockers 2005. Left – right: Dave MacMillan, Heiko Doedens, Solange Heusdens, Pete Shout & Eddie Heusdens.

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Band In The Sand 1999. Left – right: Eddie Heusdens, Jen Malherbe, Ken Malherbe, Kenny Ramage, Charles Piggott & Pete Shout.

Gigmobile

Desert pit stop – Pete Shout & the gigmobile with the band’s back line.

Eddie Bass

A rare sight – Eddie Heusdens on bass! Just another of the man’s skills…

Official Bedrock Groupies

Bedrock groupies!

DStv Launch

DSTV launch at ‘La Cantina’ in Oranjemund – and the band rocks it in!!

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In the Canyon 2009. Left – right: Pete Shout, Solange Heusdens, Polla Pretorius & Eddie Heusdens.

Toasting The Birthday Boyv2

Toasting Eddie on the occasion of his 50th birthday in 2007.

Peters 'n Smart Moves

Rocking the 1000 member audience at the Oranjemund Power Station.

Whk Rock Fest - Bedrock Alight

Bedrock on fire at the 2003 Bank Windhoek Rock Festival in Windhoek – the boys were so hot nothing could put them out!

Tropic of Cap - Bedrock

On the road again – 2003! Left – right: Eddie, Pete & Kenny.

RS - Heiko & Eddie

Heiko’s first rehearsal with the band.

Groupies All! (2)

A swarm of groupies!

Full Steam Ahead (2)

Chasing Flamingoes? Jen, Kenny and Pete drivin’ it on at a function at popular Oranjemund restaurant.

Bedrockin' @ The POH

Rockin’ at the ‘Place Of Happiness’.

Bedrock Pan House Rocks Dec 2003

Broken home? Pete (left), Eddie (centre) and Kenny (right) look to upgrade!

Pete & Kenny do the biz - BOB - v.9

Rockin’ their way to the money! The Bedrock trio steal the show at a Rock Band Contest, sponsored by South African Breweries, at Keetmanshoop. Left – right: Pete Shout, Eddie (drums) and Kenny Ramage.

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Wall of Fame – Pete checks out the acoustics.

BedCal Jailhouse Rock

Jailhouse Blues? Kenny and Eddie serve time for playing out of time!

BedCal Kenny & Eddie smirks

Picture perfect! Eddie and Kenny lark about during the recording of “So, Where’s The Party?”.

2002 Arch Cal

Arch Friends? Left – right: Mike Millad, Kenny Ramage, Pete Shout & Eddie Heusdens.

Bedrock Roadie

Rain, shine, wind, flood or sandstorm – nothing stops Bedrock getting to a gig. This time it’s Luderitz!

Cover Story

Cover version! Dieter Noli, who features on the cover of “So, Where’s The Party?”, joins the band to prove that he is REAL at the German Club in Luderitz.

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Solange on form at the 2011 launch of ‘Desert Rock’.

RS - Rock 'n Rollers

It’s only rock ‘n roll (and they like it!).

RS - John Rock 'n Rolls

Getting the party going with an opening set of rock ‘n roll standards led by guest artist, the legendary John Edmond, at “Op My Stoep”, Oranjemund.

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Pass The Bottle!!

Right There!

Former founding band member, Pete Krog (right), casts an eye over proceedings during one of the band’s Cape Town recording sessions for their 2008 release, SIMPLICITY. Also in picture are Pete Shout (left) and Dan Shout (centre).

McDougall's Wedding

Wedding gig at MacDougall’s Bay outside Port Nolloth.

RS - Bedrock Bouncers!

Door keeps, bodyguards, bouncers and salesmen – Bedrock supporters are all-rounders!

RS - Party Cover

Photo shoot for the cover of “So, Where’s The Party?”. Left – right: Kenny Ramage, Mike Millad, Eddie Heusdens & Pete Shout.

RS - Pile Up Dec 2003

Pile Up? 2003. Left – right: Kenny, Pete and Eddie.

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Celebrating the bedding down of the recording sessions for “So, Where’s The Party?”. Pete (left), Eddie (centre) and Neil Thain share a toast.

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“We are not worthy!”. Supporters doing the hand jive at the band’s gig at Evita se Peron in Darling.

JR & Pete

Picking the Lemon Tree? John Rogers (left) and Pete Shout doing their thing at a festival at the Oranjemund Rugby Club.

Kleinzee

Full-on at the Kleinzee Recreation Club. Left – right: Charles Piggott, Ken Malherbe, Jenny Malherbe, Kenny Ramage and Pete Shout. Eddie Heusdens on drums, obscured, at the back,

Jen Floats

The band helps their female lead vocalist to levitate! Left – right: Eddie, Pete, Kenny and gust, Dan Shout, keeping Jenny’s feet off the ground.

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Band In The (Sperrgebiet) Mud! Eddie proves he had his window up as he refuels at Luderitz.

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Documentary shoot for German television – Eddie in the frame with Pete in the background.

Feelin' The Heat

Charles gets it off his chest at a gig at the German Hostel Hall in Luderitz.

Kennuf High

Kenny hitting the high notes at the Oranjemund Riding Club.

Desert Troubadour

Songwriting in the desert sands – Pete looks for some inspiration.

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Rock Garden? Left – right: Eddie Heusdens, Solange Heusdens, Heiko Doedens and Pete Shout.

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Dan Shout (left) and Pete Shout on a roll at the Oranjemund Riding Club.

Working Hard

Smokin’. Bassman Pete in the groove at the Windhoek Rock Festival.

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Rockin’ Tannie Evita at Darling. Left – right: Mike Millad, Kenny Ramage and Pete Shout.

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Isn’t She A Smartie? Solange shows she’s not in it for the money!

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Heiko gets booted out of Dining Room Studios to go and practice on his own!! Eddie make keeps an eye on him.

RS - Fanie Bear

Pankop Smit. A solid Bedrock supporter if there ever was one!

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Rockin’ at “Op My Stoep”, Oranjemund.

RS - Drum Solo

Drum solo addicts!

RS - Funny Face!

Always smiling when he’s making a noise…

RS - Fan Base

Fan base at the Oranjemund Bowling Club.

Ldz Again

Sound check time at the German Club in Luderitz.

BEDROCKERS!

PETE KROG (Lead/rhythm guitar/vocals & songwriting).  1994 – 1996.

Having been a member of the guitar duo, ‘Double P’, which preceded BEDROCK, Pete was a founding member of the pkrogband and it was he who bestowed the name of BEDROCK upon his colleagues.  Such is his legacy!  Pete also alerted the band to the possibilities of home recording as he was the proud owner of a Fostex 4-track machine at that time.  Passionate about the blues and, of course, guitars, Pete brought the influence of many of his favourites such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, ZZ Top and Tom Petty to the band.  Pete’s departure in 2004 to Mauritius was driven by his desire to pursue his career as a commercial airline pilot. Today, he is a member of the acclaimed Mauritius-based band, Wave Kerosene and maintains close links with his BEDROCK colleagues.  Although Pete left BEDROCK before their recordings activities commenced, he is a fairly prolific song writer and contributed the track, “Cold T”, to the band’s RECOVERY album.

PETE SHOUT (Guitars/bass/keyboards/vocals & songwriting).  1994 – 2015.

Originally hailing from Bulawayo in Zimbabwe, Pete was the other half of the musical duo, ‘Double P’, it was through his collaboration with PETE KROG that the idea to transform from a two-piece, into a fully fledged band, came about.  Having been a resident of the Namibian town in which they lived, Oranjemund, Pete had a good insight into what talented existed on the local music scene.  In seeking to recruit additional members for their band, the first person they approached was local drummer, EDDIE HEUSDENS.  Eddie had a long history of playing with local bands over the years and had had some studio recording experience.  Having signed Eddie up, the original quartet was completed with the acquisition of CHARLES PIGGOTT on lead/rhythm guitar and lead vocals.

Pete With BassThe band originally rehearsed at in an isolated building outside the town, however, they later migrated to Pete’s house in 6th Avenue, hence the evolution of Dining Room Studios.  It was at this address that all the band’s recordings were made and where so much of the band’s history took place.  There was even a pact with neighbours to ensure that the band could live in “harmony” with fellow residents!

For the first 8 years of the band’s existence Pete played bass and backing vocals, occasionally singing lead.  Although he had written and co-written unrecorded songs with PETE KROG during their ‘Double P’ days, it was not until the band recorded RECOVERY (2001) than did his songwriting skills begin to develop.  Having contributed just 2 songs to the band’s first album of originals, he increased this to 3 for the band’s next album, SO, WHERE’S THE PARTY? (2003).   He co-wrote a fourth song with MIKE MILLAD and EDDIE HEUSDENS.   With the prolific, and confident, songwriting KENNY RAMAGE in their ranks, there was little pressure on other members to generate material.

This was to change after KENNY RAMAGE’s departure in 2004 as their next release, SIMPLICITY (2008), comprised 14 tracks, all of which were written by Pete Shout.  This trend continued for their next two albums, DESERT ROCK (2011) and SAND CIRCLE (2014).  Band changes also required that Pete switch from bass to lead guitar, a role he’d never aspired to in the past!  To add further weight, he was also required to sing lead vocals since HEIKO DOEDENS’ departure in 2008.

Largely the band’s unofficial manager and administrator, it was Pete and EDDIE HEUSDENS’ dogged determination that ensured the group’s survival for 20 years and beyond.

 EDDIE HEUSDENS (Drums & percussion and, very occasionally, backing vocals & songwriting).  1994 – 2015.

In agreeing to join BEDROCK at the outset, Eddie brought with him a wealth of experience, including studio time, as he had been drumming since his teenage years and had been a member of every prominent rock band the town had boasted over the years.  In recent years he had been a member of two stand-out bands in TORQ and STEAM.  Eddie had previously organised auditions for PETE SHOUT with some of his previous outfits, however, this did not lead to any further involvement, at the time, for Pete.  They’d become friends through their common involvement in the local amateur drama club’s activities.  Another one of Eddie’s strengths is that he knew more about backlines, amplifiers and

ED1setting things up, then did the other band members!  Some would suggest that he was also the best looking member of the original quartet but this is still being debated – by the other three!

EDDIE’s solid rock drumming style would underpin the band’s sound throughout their career.  Ever reliable, Eddie often kept his head whilst others were losing theirs!   Eddie  is also a very inventive chap who is good with his hands.  So good, in fact, that he actually built his own electronic drum kit.  This creation became known as the Urang-U-Tan and served him well for a couple of years before it crumbled in a heap and died one night at a gig!  Together with KENNY RAMAGE, he also help design and build what was probably the World’s heaviest racking system which, although it was intended to make the band’s work lighter, actually made it so heavy that it (the rack) never left the ground – literally!  It was so heavy that not even castors could be attached to it!  Still, the band have always believed that it is better to try and fail than not to try at all.  That’s our story and we’re sticking to it!

Apart from his drumming and general inventiveness, Eddie also contributed significantly to most of the band’s song arrangements and ideas for drum fills and percussion.  In collaboration with KENNY RAMAGE he co-wrote the song, “Yeah, Yeah” on the band’s album, SO, WHERE’S THE PARTY?  He also came up with the idea for the title of that album, as he did with the SIMPLICITY release.  He earned a second songwriting credit on SO, WHERE’S THE PARTY? for the song, “Cliche”, which he co-write with MIKE MILLAD and PETE SHOUT.

Eddie survived a number of new misses during his time with the band, including having a room divider thrown on top of him at a gig at a local restaurant.  Although this occurred mid-song, Eddie managed to just about keep the bass drum going and regathered his senses after removing the offending piece of furniture with his free hand!  His other attribute is that, being a 2nd Dan black belt, his presence was always useful when it came to fending off unruly patrons.  This is another reason the rest of the band always addressed him as “Sir”!

CHARLES PIGGOTT (Lead vocals/lead & rhythm guitars).  1994 – 1999.

With a background and education in Fort Victoria and Bulawayo in Zimbabwe, the multi-talented and extremely capable, Charles, was recruited for the band after they’d all attended a function at the town’s Little Theatre on the theme HOLLYMOOD.  Amongst the props on stage was a Casio guitar which piqued the interest of PETE KROG, EDDIE HEUSDENS and PETE SHOUT who were still looking for a fourth member for their band.   When they asked whose guitar it was, their query led to Charles. Although they all knew Charles as a work Charles Piggottcolleague and fellow townsman, they had no idea that his skills extended before the work place and, of course, the golf course.  It didn’t take much persuading before Charles agreed to enter the fray and he quickly established himself as the band’s charismatic front man.

Charles’ very good voice, and interpretation of the songs, perfectly complemented the cover material the band were doing at the time.   He was also no slouch with the guitar and often surprised his band mates, and audiences, with his under-stated “chops” when he got into it.  His very diverse taste in music ensured that the band’s set lists had a wide appeal.

Although Charles left the band just as they were getting into creating and recording their own material, he did handle the male lead vocals on the band’s very first album release, LA CANTINA.  This CD comprised a collection of some of the band’s most popular covers of the day.  Charles’ versions of songs like Bryan Adams’ “Summer Of ’69”, “So Bizarre” and Oasis’ “Don’t Look Back” were as good as it gets.  His loss was badly felt by the band who never enjoyed the value of an excellent lead singer in their ranks again, apart from HEIKO DOEDENS short period of participation some years later.

JOHN ROGERS (Guitar & vocals). 1996. 

John Rogers’ involvement in the band almost occurred by accident and only came about after, through doing recording work for the local amateur dramatics club, the band’s members discovered that John owned quite a sophisticated home John Rogersrecording studio.  One of the most generous and accommodating guys around, John readily gave of his time and facilities to record some demos for the band, this being the first of their fledgling output.  A competent guitar player himself, John had an ear for what was required and was very particular when it came to the standard of the quality of his work.  When the band first started working with John, they had no reason to suspect that they would soon be looking to recruit a replacement.  This realisation soon dawned on them when PETE KROG announced his departure.  With John and his guitar skills on the scene, he was a natural successor and soon joined the BEDROCK line-up.  Sadly, after just one public gig, he also announced his departure from the town!  So, although John’s involved with the band was fairly brief, he made a memorable contribution to the future shape of things, particularly through his recording activities with the band.

KEN MALHERBE.  (Rhythm guitar & vocals).  1997 – 1999.

Another friend of the band’s members prior to actually joining, Ken was well respected for his classical guitar skills.  A big fan of JJ Cale’s, Ken was very particular in getting his acoustic arrangements right and aligned as closely as possible kenmto the original versions.  It was this more acoustic, softer, touch and influence that Ken brought to the band after he had agreed to become a part of the Bedrock Story.  Generally a bit of an introvert, Ken was content with discreetly contributing to the whole endeavour, rather than being in the spotlight himself.  His quiet, calm, professional, manner served as a steady anchor in the second row of the band.  All this could change quite dramatically, of course, when Ken sensed there was a good party in store but we will leave this for another time!  Ken put forward a number of useful and constructive ideas during the time with the band and, although he left before the group really got into recording, he did play on the band’s covers album, LA CANTINA, upon which he also handled the lead vocals on “Ken’s Song”.

KENNY RAMAGE.  (Lead/rhythm guitar/vocals & songwriting).  1997 – 2004.

Having been a resident of Oranjemund for some time and through his activities in the local amateur dramatic circle, Kenny’s musical pedigree, including his guitar playing abilities, were well known to many.  Having been raised in Zambia he had played in a number of well known bands, culminating in his membership of the high profile South African rock band, SHERIFF, in the 70’s.  Having declined an earlier approach to join BEDROCK, he had a change of heart in 1997 after attending one of their gigs.

k2Kenny’s arrival was something of a revelation for the band as he brought with him a considerable amount of knowledge and experience from his semi-professional playing days.  Not only did he bring his well honed guitar playing skills but he also understood the recording process.  Over and above that, he was a confident songwriter and possessed highly developed IT skills which were instrumental at putting the band at the forefront of website development and a capitalising on emerging music-related IT technologies via the internet.

Handling the recording process on the band’s first release, LA CANTINA, was an extremely steep learning curve for the band’s members.  With little time to familiarise themselves with the new technology, the quality of the recording suffered as a result.  As a result the band did not produce further copies of this release after the first quantity sold out.

The follow up album, RECOVERY, was a completely different experience.  By now the technology, “demystified” by Kenny, had been mastered and he was in prolific songwriting form contributing 10 of the album’s tracks.  Of these, the opening track, “Rock ‘n Roll Man”, became a break-through song as it was the first of the band’s recordings to be aired on commercial radio, ironically enough, on SAFM.  The track was later selected by the respected SA Rock Digest as one of the Top 30 local productions for that year.

Undoubtedly motivated  by this success, Kenny contributed a further 10 songs to the band’s next CD release, SO, WHERE’S THE PARTY?  Included amongst these was the BIG rocker, “Crowd Invasion”, which also charted in the SA Rock Digest’s mp3 Top 20, peaking at #18.  “Crowd Invasion” became the first BEDROCK song to enjoy regular radio play on Namibian commercial radio stations.  Notwithstanding the knowledge they had fast gained in the development of their sound engineering skills, the band “imported” the well known former Rhodesia Television sound guru, NEIL THAIN, to assist in their quest to produce a high quality album.  Neil’s contribution was immeasurable, not least of which was what he was able to share with the band.

Kenny’s departure from the band in 2004 marked the end of what had been a particularly challenging, constructive and energised period for the band.  They had produced two good recordings and his songwriting competencies had gone a long way to put the band on the local map.  Their live gigs had also improved considerably and the band had distinguished themselves at events such as the Bank Windhoek Rock Festival in Windhoek, where they were without peer amongst the array of local performers, as well as at the South African Breweries-sponsored, Rock Contest in Keetmanshoop.  During this period they had established a strong presence on the internet via their website and had made their first television appearances, both locally in Namibia, as well as in documentaries on Namibia shown in Germany.

Fortunately, and despite the constant loss of personnel, the band were able to maintain and build on the success built during these years.

JENNY MALHERBE.  (Lead/backing vocals & tambourine).  1997 – 1999.

As the wife of guitarist, Ken, Jenny, who originally hailed from Salisbury in Rhodesia, put, not only a pretty face in the front of the band, but also her extremely fine vocal talents.  Ken and Jen had long been regular acoustic performers on BedCal Jen Malherbethe town’s entertainment circuit, creating an irresistible mix with Ken’s strong guitar skills and her voice.  Initially finding the band’s approach to their rock ‘n roll material a bit disconcerting compared to her much more precise, and rehearsed, treatment of her acoustic material, she more-or-less adjusted to the new environment!  Jenny’s voice was that of a “song bird” and her presence witnessed a marked increase in attendance at the band’s gigs.  Her rendition of songs such as Buddy Holly’s “That’ll Be The Day”, Texas’ “Not In It For Love”, John Fogerty’s “Southern Stream Line” and the Eagles’ “Desperado” always had audiences screaming for more.  Sadly, Jenny’s vocal contribution did not extend beyond the recording of LA CANTINA as she and Ken left the community shortly thereafter.   Her version of “Desperado”, accompanied only by piano played by a young DAN SHOUT. is a memorable one.

MIKE MILLAD (Lead/rhythm guitar/vocals and songwriting).  2000 – 2003. 

Another “quiet” character, Mike happily stepped into the BEDROCK breach after the quick, and successive, departures MIKE1of CHARLES PIGGOTT, JOHN ROGERS and the MALHERBES.  Heavily influenced by Mark Knopfler’s style of play, Mike, once again, brought a slightly different emphasis to the band.  Mike’s guitar playing abilities could be easily under-rated, however, he was extremely capable and, although he didn’t write many songs for the band, his “Nobody There” from the SO, WHERE’S THE PARTY? album was one of the biggest rockers the band ever performed and recorded.   Mike contribution to, both, RECOVERY and SO, WHERE’S THE PARTY? was significant.  On the former release he composed the romantic song, “Vision”, and, on the latter, excelled himself with the dreamy, “This Place”, and the all-out rocker, as previously mentioned, “Nobody There”.  He also took the lead in compiling the lyrics to “Cliche” with band mates, PETE SHOUT and EDDIE HEUSDENS.

DAVE MacMILLAN (Lead/rhythm guitars, vocals & songwriting).  2003, 2005 – 2007.  

Dave was something of a “yo-yo” man in the band, drifting off and returning again from time to time!  With an Daveimpressive and lengthy musical CV from his years with well known outfits such as Kimberley’s LAGER LOUTS, as well as owning retail music equipment stores, Dave played a useful role in the band during tough times following personnel departures.  Although he did some songwriting with the band, none of these songs were ever recorded by BEDROCK.  They were, however, performed in the live sets.   Few who were there will ever forget such masterpieces as “Sex Machine” and “My Girlfriend’s A Goofball”!  It was during his time with the band that Dave identified a young man named HEIKO DOEDENS as a potential talent. Dave had come across HEIKO during one of his one-man-band gigs and earmarked him.  Not since CHARLES PIGGOTT’S departure had BEDROCK enjoyed the presence of a recognised vocalist so HEIKO’s arrival was something of a Godsend, albeit a short lived one.    After leaving BEDROCK (the second time), Dave settled into the lead guitarist’s role in the town’s other rock band, SNOBLIND.  In due course he, too, left the community and is now settled in Sedgefield where he is very active on the local music scene and as a singer/guitarist.

ROZANE FICHARDT (Keyboards).  2004.

A very accomplished piano player, Rozane had hitherto concentrated all his efforts on Church activities.  It was only after giving considerable thought to PETE SHOUT’s invitation to join the band that she agreed to “give it a go”. Steeping Roxie_2004completely out of her comfort zone, Rozane soon settled down and, although she found the choice of material, and band culture somewhat strange and perplexing, she soon become a valued member of the group.  She had come in at a very difficult time when PETE SHOUT and EDDIE HEUSDENS realised that they had been reduced, unintentionally and unpredictability, to a two-piece.  With Rozanne taking on keyboards and Pete switching to guitars and vocals, they managed to reset themselves as a trio.  Shortly thereafter, SOLANGE HEUSDENS, also “signed up” on percussion so, numerically, the band returned to a quartet.  After a very promising start, Rozane decided to leave the band and the community leaving a sizable void which, once again, needed to be filled.

SOLANGE HEUSDENS (Keyboards/backing vocals & percussion).  2004 – 2014.

Having been drummer EDDIE’s wife for many a year, Solange had followed his rock ‘n roll fortunes at dozens of gigs as Solange Portraitthey ebbed and flowed in the small desert town in which they lived.  With the band really struggling for some consistency, EDDIE suggested that Solange come on board to fill whatever role was required, particularly as she had some knowledge of piano.  And so it was that Solange would become a permanent fixture in the band, never missing a practice or gig and always being prepared to chip in with the heavy duties – like packing up the gear after gigs!  (This made a difference to Eddie who always complained about his bad back!).  After Rozane’s departure, Solange was a natural successor on the keyboards.  And so it was that she contributed to the band’s activities over the next 10 years, playing on three of their albums – SIMPLICITY, DESERT ROCK and SAND CIRCLE.  With the dissolution of the existing BEDROCK line-up at the end of 2014, Solange decided to retire from the world of rock ‘n roll and is undoubtedly enjoying her well earned “retirement” from the loud noise, bright lights, fame and adulation!

HEIKO DOEDENS (Lead vocals).  2005 – 2008.

Heiko was brought to the band’s attention by DAVE MacMILLAN after he had apparently jumped up to share the vocal mic with Dave at one of his one-man gigs.  Like Dave, the bands on saw Heiko’s potential and he was quickly enlisted as their front man, quality vocalists being extremely hard to come by in their environment.  Heiko was an immediate Dec 2005 - Heiko Hands Portraitsuccess, not only due to his vocal abilities but also as a result of his appearance and youthfulness.  Although the band had always enjoyed great support across a diverse range of people and age groups, Heiko’s presence reinforced this.  When it really put effort into it, his voice was similar to Paul Rodgers and his rendition of  Bad Company’s, “Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love”, or the Who’s, “Behind Blue Eyes”, were highlights of any gig.

Heiko’s arrival also allowed PETE SHOUT to write the songs for the band’s forthcoming album, SIMPLICITY, with him in mind.    The majority of the songs featured content appropriate to the young generation with Heiko given them the vocal justice they deserved.  The album subsequently proved to be a popular release with Heiko’s treatment of the opener, “Wheel O’ Hearts”, as well as the pop songs, “My Girlfriend” and “Tell Your Ma”, together with the rock anthem, “The Alchemist”, being stand-out tracks.  “My Girlfriend” went on to become the most played BEDROCK track on Namibian commercial radio with its catchy refrain and trumpet chorus.   Another track which featured on the album was “She’s A Lady”, composed by PETE SHOUT during his ‘Double P’ days.  “She’s A Lady” has gone on to become one of the band’s most popular downloads.

Heiko also started to explore his own songwriting potential writing the lyrics for “Fabulous” for which PETE SHOUT composed the tune.  Things, however, were not so fabulous when Heiko took his leave in 2008 for Windhoek’s greener pastures.

ADRI HENNING (Bass).  2008.

Now you see her, now you don’t!  That, literally, was the extent of Adri’s involvement with the band.  An accomplished RS - Adri Henning 2008pianist and fledgling saxophone player, Adri had lots of musical talent and, at the time she joined the band, was set for the long haul.  Life, however, got in the way and, having made the switch to bass and having played live at the launch of the band’s 2008 CD, SIMPLICITY, she, too, departed from the community!

 

 

POLLA PRETORIUS (Bass).  2010 – 2013.

Before joining the BEDROCK fold, Polla had been a stalwart of one of the town’s other rock outfits, SNOBLIND. RS - Polla Profile Picv1Together with WARREN WEIDEMANN on drums, he had anchored the band’s rhythm section for many a year and many a gig.  A man of few words (unless the Bulls are winning!), Polla was another dependable character who played an above average bass.  Initially somewhat reticient about joining BEDROCK following SNOBLIND’s demise, he eventually relented, much to the relief of the BEDROCK folk.   Together with Eddie on drums, a great, tight, rhythm section was once again established for the band with Polla going on to record DESERT ROCK with the band.  Once again, just as thing were going swimmingly well, Polla advised that he was to leave town in pursuit of other career options.  During his 3 years with the group, Polla had made an invaluable contribution to the Bedrock Story.

 

 

GERT MULLER (Bass/backing vocals).  2013 – 2014.

A closet musician for many a year, Gert finally decided to take a step out into the musical sunlight when the band, as RRRS - Lekker!had so often been the case, found themselves in a dire predicament with the departure of POLLA PRETORIUS.  Not having played bass, or in a band before, Gert was thrown the tough assignment of holding up BEDROCK’s rhythm section.  His saving grace is that he is full of talent, potential, confidence and an extremely high work ethic.  So much so that, in a very short period of time, he was playing and holding his own like a seasoned veteran of the rock scene!  The tragedy was that Gert had come into the fold so late in the day.  There is no doubt that had the band’s existence in Oranjemund run to a longer period, he would have played a major role in their fortunes.  Be that as it may, Gert achieved much in a very short period of time playing on the “big stage” at some major music events and appearing on the band’s 2014 album release, SAND CIRCLE.  His live bass line on the CD’s title track, “Sand Circle”, was something to enjoy.

BUY BEDROCK

BEDROCK’S DESERT ROCK GENRE OF MUSIC & MERCHANDISE

PART A – BUYING MUSIC

PART B – BAND MERCHANDISE

A – BEDROCK’S DESERT ROCK GENRE OF MUSIC

There are two ways to buy Bedrock’s music:

1.  Digital downloads (see below)

2.  Send an email to bedrockproj@gmail.com to acquire a physical copy of the album you wish to purchase via post or courier.  CD’s cost R100.00 (or local equivalent) plus packaging and postage.  Payments outside South Africa by PayPal. PAYMENT ON RECEIPT OF MERCHANDISE.

BEDROCK’s entire catalogue is available via numerous online vendors including:

  • Apple iTunes
  • Spotify
  • Amazon
  • CD Baby
  • The band’s Facebook Music Store

If, however, you’d like to order a physical copy of any of the band’s recordings you may do so by placing your order via email to bedrockproj@gmail.com

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The band’s 2014 release containing 14 original tracks:

  • She Said She Was (From Namibia)
  • Summer Song
  • Man In The Corner
  • Sand Circle
  • Everybody (Wants To Be In The Band Tonight)
  • Alone Again
  • Lazy Susie
  • Time
  • He’s A Winner
  • Whispers & Rumours
  • I Wanna Go
  • You & Me
  • Waiting For Eddie
  • Billy Badger (The Tweet Song)

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The band’s 2011 release contains the following 14 tracks:

  • Band Song
  • On Her Own
  • Who You Are
  • Burnt
  • Reasons
  • Deliver Your Thoughts
  • You Can
  • Dust Town
  • S-Q-Weeze
  • Life is Kinda Funny
  • Feelin’s Gone
  • By The Way
  • Mello ‘n’ Wild
  • End Song

Bedrock Simplicity Cover 2008

The band’s 2008 release contains the following tracks:

  • Wheel O’ Hearts
  • You Don’t Know
  • My Girlfriend
  • Tell Your Ma
  • Fabulous
  • She’s A Lady
  • Moon ‘n Dunes
  • Tramp’s Song
  • I Wanna
  • Flower Girl
  • Slow Learner
  • Miggie In My Whiskey
  • The Alchemist
  • Last Song

Party

The album’s 2003 release contains the following 16 tracks:

  • So, Where’s The Party?
  • Rock ‘n Roll Man II
  • Nobody There
  • Nothing Worries Me
  • Mobile Party
  • What Crap Is That?
  • Angels
  • Yeah, Yeah
  • Cliche
  • Rickshaw Baby Blues
  • This Place
  • Crowd Invasion
  • The Air Guitar Song
  • Going Home
  • Last Round
  • So, Where’s The Party? (Refrain)

Recovery

The band’s 2001 release contains the following 14 tracks:

  • Rock ‘n Roll Man
  • Take A Look
  • The Loser
  • Cold T
  • Shadows In Your Eyes
  • Saturday Night
  • Bronto Saw Us
  • Ode To DStv
  • Vision
  • Freedom
  • I Don’t Care
  • I Wanna Be
  • Man Who Needs A Woman
  • Babbelas Blues

B – BEDROCK MERCHANDISE

 

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BEDROCK 20th Anniversary caps – R80.00 each (plus packaging & postage).

 

Welcome to the BEDROCK PROJECT

RS - Sand Circle front cover

The band’s 2014 album available from iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and other leading digital distributors. The album features tracks such as “Man In The Corner”, “He’s A Winner”, “She Said She Was (From Namibia) “Everybody Wants To Be In The Band Tonight” and, of course, “Sand Circle”.

It seems hard to believe that it is well over 20 years since our original foursome stood around the bar, at a unique pub in the Namib desert called the ‘Place Of Happiness’, wondering what name to give our newly formed rock band.  Various ideas had been tossed around, some pretty conventional, others very “off the wall”!  Eventually, Pete Krog came up with the idea of the Bedrock Blues Band.  The first word did well for us but the middle word didn’t quite fit.  You see, we didn’t play any blues at that time so, to put ourselves out there as a blues band, would have been a little quirky.  That discussion didn’t take long (Pete was easy to railroad!) and so we became, simply, BEDROCK (The Band In The Sand).

BEDROCK (The Band In The Sand) was formed in 1994 out of a guitar playing duo known as ‘Double P’ which comprised two of the band’s founding members, Pete Krog on lead and vocals and Pete Shout on bass and vocals.  All this took place in the remote Namibian desert hamlet of Oranjemund.  Over the following 20 years BEDROCK exceeded their own expectations, recording 6 albums (of which the latter 5 comprised only original material written by the band’s members), winning Rock Band contests, appearing alongside a number of leading Namibian and South African artists at various festivals and events, featuring on television documentaries and programmes and, by being early adopters of advancing technologies in the music field, enjoying regular commercial radio airplay and reaching audiences which, in days gone by, would have been out of their reach.  Throughout the 20 years, and despite numerous personnel changes, the band was anchored by two of the original founding quartet in the shape of Eddie Heusdens (drums and percussion) and Pete Shout (vocals, lead guitar, bass and keyboards).

Having celebrated their 20th Anniversary during the course of 2014, the final line-up of the Oranjemund-based BEDROCK dissolved at the beginning of 2015 when Pete Shout left the desert wastes for the greener mountains of Cape Town.  The BEDROCK name, however, has travelled with Pete to the Cape and has morphed into the BEDROCK PROJECT.  The change of name demarcates the subtle transition of BEDROCK from ‘The Band IN The Sand’ to ‘The Band FROM The Sand’.  The BEDROCK PROJECT is a collaborative concept which will continue to build on the band’s legacy with past members of the band will be involved in the Project’s activities.

Whilst largely a studio-based project at this stage, it is envisaged that the band will make occasional public appearances to keep the band’s live gigging spirit going.  Watch this space for news on these exciting developments in the months ahead.

For the full BEDROCK STORY please follow the HISTORY tab on this site…it is a pretty special story,

 

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