It is a sad day in the history of the South African music land(or sound)scape. Tonight we join The Sleepers in bidding farewell to their frontman, Simon Tamblyn.
It has long been public knowledge that this weary soul considers The Sleepers to be among the best, if not the best band currently plying it's taudry trade in this fair land of ours. From humble beginnings they have forged a formidable following and have won over the critics with aplomb, grace and the sheer strength of their intelligent songwriting skills and powerful and incendiary performances. All things being subjective, I will most likely continue to maintain this opinion.
Tonight they perform at Mercury Live alongside that lovably mischevious bunch, Van Coke Kartel, and media darlings Foto Na Dans. It promises to be an incredibly intense and enjoyable affair that marks the official 3rd birthday party of everyone's favourite magazine, Your LMG (Live Music Guide). You know. That mag. The one you can't do without. The one everyone loves. The one that offers news, views, interviews and reviews, all top notch and totaly free!
Getting back to the point. Tonight is going to be a bittersweet adeiu to one of our favourite frontmen (in his current role) as he takes off toward his own horizons and embraces his life and solo project 'Tape, Hiss & Sparkle', a more eclectic brew of off-beat, folk-influenced introspection.
Simon, you have made an indelible mark in the hearts of those who have been privileged enough to have witnessed and experienced your musical ascendence within the framework of The Sleepers. You will be sorely missed and will always "have our love..."
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