The first annual Brochella Festival is set to take place at Rumours Rock City on 15 April. We caught up with The Cosmic Strange, one of the many bands performing at Brochella, to talk about the festival and more.
Give us some insight into the band and its members?
Hey, we’re The Cosmic Strange, made up of Nick De Beer on vocals and guitar, Josh Chettiar on Guitar, James Shorten on bass and Jethro Vlag on drums, and we like to party. But, you know, semi-responsibly.
How would you best explain your sound and genre?
We try to avoid labels, but we like to think we play a blend of neo-psychedelia, with the melodic edge and energy of indie, and a touch of surf thrown in for flavour. But really it’s reverb on reverb on reverb! With a little bit of reverb rounding out the edges.
What have been some of your highlight performances?
We recently played shows with Sol Gems and Desmond & The Tutus, so we consider both of those band wins. We’re still fairly new though so we’ve got plenty more memories to be made.
If you could play any show/ gig/ festival in the world, which would it be?
Any of the big ones; Coachella, Reading, Glastonbury. They set the bar for what a great festival should be, so to be asked to play one of those would be incredible. Locally, we’d love to be able to get in on the next Endless Daze festival.
Which local band would you like the opportunity to collaborate with?
There are quite a few that would be amazing to collab with; Sakawa Boys, Black Math, The Liminals, Sol Gems, Mind Pool, Pollinator. So if one of you guys (and/or girls) are reading this, let us know.
Where do you get your inspiration?
A sacred miasma of strangeness. Listening to tons of music across numerous genres and sub-genres helps too.
What is a day in the life of the band like?
Mostly boring as we all have day jobs, but we chat a lot over WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger and think we have a pretty strong meme game going.
What are your thoughts on the upcoming Brochella Festival?
It’s gonna be rad! We love it when a new fest gets going and has the kind of response and support we’re seeing for Brochella. South Africa has too few venues as it is so it’s great to see people supporting the scene.
Which of the bands on the lineup are you looking forward to seeing at the festival?
We’re amped to watch I AM, they always put on a great show. We’ve heard loads of good things about The Ceramics as well so are keen to check them out. But we’ll be out and about supporting all the bands.
What can fans expect from you at Brochella?
We don’t give away spoilers so you’ll have to come watch us to find out, but we promise at least 40 minutes of fun and good times.
What would be your main reason not to miss Brochella?
It’s the bro’d out version of Coachella, why would you want to miss out on that? And you’ll get to see some stellar local acts.
Warren Gibson from Plug Publicity, Mickey P (you know who you are!), the guys from 5FM who have been playing our single “Sunsnare”, and everyone that’s voted to keep it on the charts for almost 2 months now. And girlfriends that help carry our equipment, rock out, then still hug our sweaty asses after we play!