Cape Town-based, South African post-punk/garage rock band, The Medicine Dolls, are one of those groups that only come around once in a blue moon and totally capture the zeitgeist. With their glammed-out Crampesque love for excess eyeliner and the high-camp of The B52’s, The Medicine Dolls are currently on heavy rotation here in the Punktuation office.
Their new single and video, Danger! Danger! Disco! is taken from the band’s debut full-length album Filth And Wisdom, which is scheduled to hit all streaming services on October 2 via South Africa’s leading independent label Just Music.
Formed in September 2016 by Greg Allan (guitar & vocals) and Bex Nicholas (bass) and later joined by drummer Daniel Paulse, they took their influences from the sounds of the 1960s and ’70s underground music scenes. If you mixed the DNA of The Velvet Underground, New York Dolls, TheB52’s, The Cramps and The Doors in a petri dish, add a dollop of ’80s post-punk and more than a few splashes of surf rock you will create a band very similar to The Medicine Dolls.
In the four years that they have been assaulting South African lug ‘oles, they have released five EP’s and embarked on several extensive South African tours – which is pretty impressive! When this weird ‘Covid19-inspired-alternative-reality’ is over and we’re back to some form of normality, we would love to see them on a bigger tour – the world needs to hear The Medicine Dolls!
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