Fresh: Gangs of Ballet

Today sees the official release of the brand new EP by Gangs of Ballet, entitled Form & Function, Part 1. The EP is a first in a triptych of albums by the band, following the release of their debut album (yes/no/grey) in 2013. The first single from the EP, Always, was released in August this year.

The EP was written over the course of the past year, produced by Denholm Harding, engineered by Brendyn Rossouw and recorded at Universal Music’s studios in Rosebank, Johannesburg.

The band has been interested in the Bauhaus movement which revolved around the re-invention and re-purposing of art and function. With Hardus De Beer leaving the band early 2015 and their subsequent transition to a 3-piece, Gangs of Ballet found themselves undergoing a process of re-invention and adapted the Bauhaus principle of form following function to the band. Hence the name of the EP: Form & Function.

We like the idea of progress. As people we all change so much in a year of living so it’s a natural thing for your art to do the same.”

Form & Function, Part 1 is the first part of the collection and a transition of songs. It features signature GoB elements, such as their anthemic choruses, whilst also being more synth and electronically focused. Sonically it’s a departure from their previous work and pushes their live performance into a different space.

FORM & FUNCTION, PART 1 is now available on iTunes


9 October 2015 – Arcade Empire // Pretoria

10 October 2015 – Rivonia Barnyard // Johannesburg

13 October 2015 – Willowbridge Barnyard Theatre // Cape Town

26 October 2015 – Cresta Barnyard Theatre // Johannesburg

30 October 2015 – McArthur’s Pool // Port Elizabeth

More dates to be announced soon.

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