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my/epic/vice is a Alt/Rock outfit , It comprises Jeff Strodl behind the mic, bassist Matthys Cronje, guitars JP Sing , Ruan Graaff on Lead guitar and on the drums Leroux Meyer. The band have been writing a lot of new material this year and hopes to have something new for you before mid year, the new album will be broken up into 3 parts. This way my/epic/vice can get new music out to you sooner, and they have never done anything like this before. (jeff) We had a lot of fun with the pop rock sound of our album A life worth livin' in the VIP, but I think it's time now to get our guns out and MElt Some FAces !! , my/epic/vice starts gigging this March if you would like to be informed on future shows join www.facebook.com/myepicvice for all updates, news and info
It's been six years since the release of the band's debut full-length album, The Love Industry, on Murdercall Records, under their original name Myepic. It was produced by Hanu de Jong of The Narrow. Two years later a seven-track EP, Happiness Hurts, on Sheer Sound, followed. It was produced by SAMA-winner Neal Snyman, who has worked with dozens of rock legends, including the Springbok Nude Girls. Lyrically this material was darker, encapsulating various challenges and temptations faced by some of the band members and their chosen rock 'n roll lifestyle. Then, whilst registering on iTunes, the lads discovered an Amercian outfit named My Epic had beat them to it, forcing them to alter their name in order to differentiate themselves.
This, their latest offering, A life worth livin' in the VIP, sees both an updated name, plus a new sound and direction for the band. 'Stop trying to be cool and just have fun' is their present day motto. Produced in-house by Grant Bez, this is the first album the band feels is really their own, with no influence from record labels and industry pressure to fit in a certain mould. It will also be the last album released to music stores, as they believe the way forward is singles and digital.
Some of the highlights of the band's career thus far include touring Germany in 2006, opening for Seether at the Standard Bank Arena in 2008, all the live studio experiences at MK's Studio 1, and touring with SA stalwarts The Parlotones (and realising it takes a lot of hard work to get to where they are). Kahn Morbee provides additional vocals on the track Don't you love dancing. Make up your mind was written by Jay Bones from Fuzigish, with Strodl, who wanted to experiment with different styles of song writing and learn something new from his peers.
If you haven't yet caught these guys live, you're missing out; the unbridled energy of their show is quite something to behold. Dirty rock 'n rollers on the outside, genuinely nice guys within. Bad boys you could still take home to mom.
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