What we've been up to..
With their filthy funk, diabolical disco, sweaty synth and righteous rock ‘n roll, The La Els are a sonic storm of cataclysmic proportions brewing in the trembling heavens. The colossal buzz they have generated with the online release of a handful of singles means only one thing: The La Els taking are form as a combined tsunami, cyclone, earthquake, volcano, tornado, flood, wildfire, meteor shower, asteroid strike and simultaneous solar and lunar eclipses. From what we’ve heard we have an the merest inkling of what to expect. And what we expect is the unleashing of an unprecedented force of nature which fills us with rhapsody and revelation. In short, as the band keeps reminding us, we are Diep Indie Kak.
Authorities are at a loss as to how to react to the imminent arrival of The La Els since they been sowing widespread panic, terror, elation and ecstacy in equal measure. Our collective gaze is focused upon the swirling horizon and our ears tuned into the potent premonitions contained in their incendiary songs Dirty Disco, I’m Not Trying, Romancer, Love Slave, Soulkiller and Fire. With those few tantalizing hints we can only begin to wonder at the true magnitude of the impending grandeur about to befall us. The tension is unbearable and the apprehension palpable. Are those dangerously infectious beats we hear the footfalls of the army marching ahead of The Second Coming? Or are they the hooves of The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse?
Well, to cut a long story short, it’s both. The songs are so sick they could have only been fired in the devil’s own forge. Yet they are just so damn good that they offer nothing but total salvation. When The La Els let rip with their iconoclastic psych-synth-elektro-disco-death-rock-funk frenzy, no man, woman or child can escape the rapture.
It’s almost impossible to call what The La Els make music since their sonic revelations seem altogether more mythical. Picture a deep-fried boogie-monster getting hold of The Lyre of Orpheus and The Trumpets of Jericho and smashed them together in a supercolliding synthesizer. Picture James Brown turning Death From Above 1979 into an army of elektro-funk zombies and going on tour of the parallel post-industrial disko dimension. Picture Kool & The Gang bodysnatching Slayer to create the most unholy union between ravenous rock ‘n roll and seductive synth-pop the world has ever witnessed. Picture The Dead Weather being briefly reflected in an Electric Six mirrorball before it explodes to become the supermassive star at the centre of a brand-new galaxy.
The La Els released their self titled EP in 2011 and toured South Africa in support of it, playing various shows which included oppikoppi, Splashy Fen and opening for Sum 41 in Durban. 'Soulkiller', has been playlisted numerous radio stations, including high rotation on 5FM and went to including going to number one on the Tuks and Red cap Radio chart. The Video for Soulkiller is also receiving high rotation on MK 89, South Africa's premier music video channel. 'Dirty Disco' is also playlisted on many stations, and went number one on the Red Cap Radio Chart. They are currently in studio writing new material for their forth coming EP...
The La Els also won the Global Moguls Nationwide band competition in late 2010, pitched up against 70 other South African bands. They won best band, best video, best album cover design and best photo.