Recorded & produced at Evert Snyman’s own Pariah Studios, forthcoming album ‘Pruning In The Dark’ (which includes new single ‘Thinking Too Hard’) is also the first to feature his entire band, The Aviary including a host of guest musicians. These guests, of course, are also prominent members of various prestigious South African Stoner / Fuzz / Psych Rock bands (Shadowclub, Ruff Majik, Caution Boy). In lieu of COVID-19 confinements Snyman was hell bent to ensure that Pruning In The Dark was a completely collaborative effort (which presented a few pandemic safe face-to-face challenges). resulting approach is a much heavier offering than 2021’s debut ‘Hot Mess’, which saw Snyman steering not only the albums engineering, mixing and mastering alone, but also the album’s instrumentation and performances.
“I had booked the session with Jacques Moolman (Shadowclub) who I’ve been wanting to collaborate with for years. I didn’t even know what we were going to record(or that it would be on the new album) and had written the lyrics and half of the music 2 days prior. On the day of the session I showed everyone the unfinished song and then we finished arranging it in less than an hour. Chris wrote the Latin ish bit in the middle right before the heavy bit that Jacques came up. This song is a lot more representative of what we sound like live and it’s probably one of my favourites on the new album. I also love the fact that we tracked the basic track live in the studio without a click and that the song only has one chorus. It’s the first song that features every single member of my band The Aviary. With Andi Cappo’s thunderous Bass complimenting Tim’s insane drumming as well as Stiaan Du Preez’s tasteful lead guitar which stands out on the mellower Piano part in the middle. Engineering on the day was my friend Kyle Leist. Who did a fantastic job capturing the performance. I’m very lucky to have the opportunity to collaborate with such talented musicians…” – Evert Snyman
Evert Snyman: Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Mixing and Mastering
Tim Edwards: Drums and Piano
Stiaan Du Preez: Guitar
Andi Cappo: Bass
Jacques Moolman: Guitar
Christian Van Renen: Piano
Kyle Leist: Recording Engineer
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