Interview by Bronwen Kerry
Gunshot Blue formed in 2014 by frontman Frans Borman and guitarist Pepi
It is quite a stretch from the release of your last EP to this new album, why has it taken so long to record and release this new music?
“The album has been ready for a while. We decided to release it at the beginning of
You guys have
Frans: “I’m not a
How do you translate the live act into a studio album?
Frans: “We’ve got the blues, the resonator set and the electric set which is a little more rock and roll and louder, so we are in a transitional phase where one or two of the songs on this album have more of an electric feel. Like ‘Neon Love’ has more of a live electric sound now. We didn’t set out to capture the live sound when recording, we just want good quality. It must just fit. When I listen to an album it is more of an introspective thing, a reflective thing. An opportunity to get into the
Which is your favourite song?
Frans: “There are a couple. I would say my one favourite is ‘The Cave’. The way it was written was strange. I was inspired when still staying in Observatory, next to Yeoville. Things happen when you stay in a certain area. Some dark things happened to me during that time. One weekend I went to Swaziland and it was beautiful almost spiritual, the total opposite of living in Yeoville. The words came to me in Swaziland and then after that this weird dark period happened in Yeoville. It was like two worlds meeting.”
“I also like ‘Hit Me Up’, as it’s quite a mysterious, intriguing song. Then I like ‘She’ – I wanted to write a song for my sister. She was going through a challenging time and she has struggled with her health, so I wanted to write something to encourage her and send good vibes to her. Then the song went into a different direction; the second verse became about a guy working hard. Then the song became about a love story as the third verse is about a couple staying together despite everyone judging them. So it is strange how when you create something, you have your idea, and then it gets a life of its own. ‘She’ is also about how we hurt the world. There are so many meanings.”
If someone had to ask you to play one song of yours, to really understand who Gunshot Blue is, which song would it be and why?
Frans: ‘Woods’ it’s a slow paced song but its energy is intense and Woods has a great resonator; it is dark, ominous and
Is there a moment is
Frans: “When we tour the Cape, we always try to drive there so that on the way we can play one or two shows in small towns, where we never get to go to. I have always loved the Karoo. So in the small towns, you play to stay, because there are so few people. One Sunday evening, there’s a guy who owns the bookshop in Richmond, and so we played in one of his rooms, in an old house, with candles and wooden floors, it felt like we were playing in a museum. We only played for about 4 people, but that for me felt like we were in church at someone’s house. It was so basic and raw, but that for me was so
“Another moment in Mozambique at FORR Fest, it was loose and raw and I started taking my clothes off and two women came and put money in my pants. It was fun and really rock and roll.”
“In Hermanus at the Gecko
Trapped on a desert island and you could only take one album with you, what would it be and why?
Frans: “I’m a big Van Morrison fan – The Best of Van Morrison Vol 2 would be it. Somehow I feel safe when I listen to it, I never get tired of it.”
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