By Jess van Tonder
The Stuart Reece Band is a small Port Elizabeth-based band with a big future. They performed in their Grahamstown debut at Slipstream on Wednesday, 23 May. The favorite local band The Modern Age got the crowd primed before the main attraction.
With vocals that entice the ears and melodies that have a Jack Johnson feel, they draw inspiration from acoustic riffs and gentle chord progressions. “I write about love lost, love found. The mysteries of life and the lessons I’ve learned thus far. If I can put out music that does the same and capture memories for people in song, I will feel I’ve accomplished what I need to do in this lifetime,” explained Stuart Reece.
The band members consist of Stuart Reece on acoustic guitar and vocals, Wesley Keet on keyboard and back-up vocals, Barry Killian on the bass, and Devon van Rooyen on drums and percussion. The band didn’t meet according to the usual ‘let’s start a band’ story. “I wanted to record my EP for ‘Leave This Town’ and needed to get a set together, I looked for these guys, we recorded my EP, which was a success and then decided that we should stick together and pursue the music industry together.”
They recorded their album in November 2011, the launch took place in February 2012, and so began their country-wide tour.
Their intended target audience is between the ages of 20-40, but have managed to attract an even broader base of fans. “Having our music played on heavy rotation by Algoa FM has definitely helped get our music out to fans and playing festivals like Splash Festival in Port Elizabeth, our home town” said Reece. “We have applied to play at Rocking the Daisies, and Oppikoppi.” These are two of the top local music festivals that support South African music.
“We do not want to stop playing music; we want to be a full time touring band. And break into the international scene. We all share a great love and passion for music and that’s what will carry us through as we walk the long and treacherous roads of the music industry” said Stuart about their future plans. The Stuart Reece band has been caught playing alongside popular SA acts like Farrell Purkiss, Jesse Clegg, Tony Cox, Southern Gypsey Queen, Taxi Violence and The Modes.
“It does not matter how big the crowd is, no matter what happens we will always hope for the best vibe and then just jam. It’s all about the music,” remarked Reece about their show at Slipstream, “it was more of an intimate show, but the crowd always carries the most awesome vibe.”
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