On Saturday I got to go check out the Arrows play live at the new Zula Bar with Stacey Norman after she had interviewed them on her show earlier last week. It was the first time that I had been down to the new Zula (Kreg was there for the opening night and one or two other parties since then) and I have to say that I was more than impressed with the new space that one of Cape Town’s favourite institutions now called their home.
The venue is a great deal larger than before and has a bit of a warehouse feel that adds to the originality of the Zula as somewhere that you can hear the best live music that South Africa has to offer. It has palisade windows over the top of the main room with 2 other seperate dancefloors split between the 1st and 2nd floor of the building. There is also a cool little eatery on the downstairs level to ensure you don’t have to incur the wrath of Mohammed’s boerie rolls with the extra crispy onions come the next day, with an assortment of pizzas and other yummy stuff available during the night.
Now onto the Arrows themselves. I had only ever heard these two very talented mooiness on radio and was keen to see if they could impress without the trickery found in the production studios where they churn out their very catchy tunes. Zula was absolutely packed with tons of Arrows fans, who decided to brave the mid-month cheapness to go and support one of the coolest local bands around.
Their set started with a little conversation from Pam and Christy about the night and how Pam had rested her strained voice by not speaking for an entire week, which pretty much set the tone for the entire set… very laid back and open. They had bucket loads of energy and their was even a drums vs dance- dance off thing between the two girls which involved Pam busting a robot and doing that MC Hammer electro slide thing- highly entertaining stuff indeed. It’s great to see a live act that gives you a little bit more than a simple recount of songs that we all already know really well.
I’m happy to say that the Arrows live are even better than on radio with some really awesome crowd interaction and top quality vocals and drums from the girls. I am a fan now and will continue to support their music as long as they promise to stay as cool as they are… one could say that I am a little bit Love Struck (see what I did there?!)