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A powerful band comprised of three powerful men, Rosemary Towns End is the freshest upcoming band in all the land. They played their first gig early last year and having shared the stage with Taxi Violence, Hog Hoggidy Hog and The Plastics to name a few, they are quickly becoming everybody’s favourite aunt. I had the pleasure of sitting down with front man, lead guitar and vocals, Cyle Myers, who had a few pearls of wisdom to drop.

Cyle walks towards me in a pair of his famous skinny jeans (which apparently do not belong to him) and with a huge smile on his face, says; “I’m happy today!” Yes, indeed he seems rather pleasant, unassuming and ready to be serious about band stuff. Maybe.

It has been said that the band does not really take themselves seriously, and in no way are wanting to be famous rock stars. These guys are only and all about the music, and whether they make it big or not is irrelevant to them. “I just dig jamming,” says Cyle, and the passion is evident in their super tight, live performances.

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  Cyle Myers, lead guitar and vocals, Zula Bar, Cape Town.

RMTE are taking things to the next level without even trying to; their dirty, bluesy, grungy sound is a breath of fresh air compared to all the indie bands drowning out the local music scene. Influences include Wolfmother, The Black Keys and The White Stripes, which comes through strongly in songs like With Your Sails and California Lover. Instead of following the indie trend, these guys are keeping their feet rooted firmly in the grime that is true rock n’ roll.

“I don’t wanna find like, an identity in a band”, says Cyle, “like I’ll put the effort in that is required, but if it doesn’t go anywhere like, I’ll just go surf and still be happy playing for two people in a bar.”

As chilled out as the band is regarding fame, they are working hard to ensure they bring good tunage to those who are willing to listen. Recently joined drummer, Asher Gamedze, is bringing in a different beat. Opposed to the regular 4/4 time signatures, Asher is chopping  and changing it up “which makes it more interesting, and it’s kind of difficult as well because you’ve gotta like change your whole approach to the song and it gives the song a new flavour, which I dig!” an enthusiastic Cyle exclaims. Expect some spice on their new track Mr. Brown “which is our hardest song, because of all the different parts” says Cyle, and is almost ready for its debut performance. Excited? I most certainly am.

Bassist, Jaryd Davidson, is also working on a new song, but not much was revealed about this one. Both Cyle and Jaryd write lyrics, however according to Cyle: “Jaryd writes a lot of lyrics and is actually a better lyricist than I am, like he writes really good lyrics and it flows really well…he is like more of a poet, I think [laughs], in a non-gay way.” Girls like musical poets. Just saying.

The song Gypsy Caravan, written by Cyle, was in fact inspired by a woman (like most things in this world), and marks a time where Cyle let go of himself. No, not in the eat-too-much-and-gain-20kgs kind of way, but more in the: “instead of planning every manoeuvre like a chess game, just go with the wind and see where you end up” kind of way.

Now, the band is hoping that the wind will carry them to save up enough money to record two singles, and perhaps a music video, and because the band is so responsible with the money they make, this might happen sooner rather than later.

Even though Cyle has little faith in the South African music industry and believes that its a “pipe dream and doesn’t really go anywhere”, the attitude has most certainly increased the fun factor for him and makes clear that he is in it for the pure enjoyment of making music. However, if you have lost your faith in South African music, catch Rosemary Towns End live and make sure you are prepared to have your face melted and your faith restored.

By: Iman Adams

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