We Caught Up With Shane From Desmond and The Tutus

LISTEN UP! Our friends Desmond and the Tutus – arguably the founding fathers of indie nonsense in South Africa – are in the Mother City this Friday! We’ve got a copy of their latest album, Enjoy Yourself to give away and you can stand a chance to win tickets to Friday’s show.

We spoke to Shane ahead of the show:

What do you really not miss about CT?

Well once we went somewhere for breakfast and I asked for a cappuccino and the waitress said ‘okay that’s one flat white, and something to eat?’ I said can I have the french toast but can I add bacon? she said ‘um we don’t have bacon but we can add prosciutto’. So that in a nutshell is kind of what I don’t miss about Cape Town. But it’s a great place for gigs.

What’s the worst part of life in Jozi?

Probably all the jobs and money and the bacon and cappuccinos.

Are Desmond and the Tutus still relevant?

Well we are being interviewed by theee Cape Town youth street pop fashion culture blog right now, so you tell me? I guess the real question is – is W-A-A still relevant?

What’s the one thing you don’t want your kid ever finding out about you being in a band?

That I was ever in one.

If you could be in any other SA band, who’d it be?

Well I’ve started wearing a top knot from time to time, so I’ve been toying with the idea of starting a Jeremy Loops style thing called Jeffrey Loops. Stay tuned.

Weirdest place you’ve jacked it off?

While answering interview questions on a Tuesday morning in a cafe in Braamfontein.

Worst place you’ve had to jack up your vehicle?

At Oppikoppi last year. We got off stage around midnight and were finally getting ready to soak up the koppi vibe for some post show boozing. And then I we realised we had a flat, so we spent the next hour changing the tire in the dark. Talk about a vibe killer.

Is it time to call it quits yet or do you enjoy that veteran industry status?

<<<<>>>>>> I think the general local band philosophy is – fade into obscurity over the course of 15 years. So that’s what we’ll do.

What’s your karaoke song?

I have two. First one is one of my ultimate favourite songs – ‘Little Red Corvette’ by Prince and the other one is just great for shouting into a microphone with 30 other dudes – ‘All The Small Things’ by Blink 182.

Best track off TLOP?

Whats a tlop? Jokes it’s obviously ‘Ultralight Beam’.



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