Thursday, March 24, 2011

There is nothing on earth that can get me started like a tambourine and some good acoustics. Cue Oliver Tambourine by Wrestlerish and the world becomes something that would fit in my pocket. In short, this band, with its strong indie-pop influences literally inks its melodic songs into the music industry's veins. May they course through it for a long time.

Wrestlerish lead singer and ginga-ninja Werner Olckers (bless this guy) gave me some time for a chat. Man, this guy has a voice that would make any girl swoon! However, when I asked him if he has recently had a 'good news' girl, Werner said that he has horrible luck with women and that he also has a horrible schedule that would not allow him to date. "Unless she doesn't have a job and travels with us all the time. Hopefully soon I'll have a good news girl," he added.

The band started after Werner quit a previous band. "I was looking for a new sound. It actually started as an accident." After meeting with some other cool guys, known as Jacques, Gavin and Dave which were and still are able to play instruments, the guys made an EP in a day. "We kinda decided on the name Wrestlerish because of my size, ya know. Because I look like a wrestler."

About band life Werner says that they are the most boring band in the world. "We usually just go home after a gig and read comics." He adds that he literally lives on Jacques couch, with them being business partners when not touring and gigging. "We tour so much but we still try to balance things. I have a semi-day job, writing corporate jingles for ads, such as Handy Andy and FNB. Music is pretty much everything I am." Besides being very good at reading comic books and maybe being good at Xbox.

"There was this one time when we gigged with Ashtray Electric in Bloemfontein and only had one bottle of Jagermeister left, after starting with eight. Eventually the two brothers from Ashtray went to sleep in the back of the touring van. Leaving the bar, the van was gone and we phoned the guys to find out where they went. 'We're in the van,' they said. And we were like 'But where is the f#cking van?' Turns out some prankster got into the van and parked it about two blocks away." This, says Werner, is probably the craziest things that has ever happened to the band.

Crazy guy, sjo! Considering that the band has been making awesome music for a year now, one expects Werner to have great music taste. "My music guilty pleasure is Demi Lovato, she has an amazing voice and I am a huge Bon Jovi fan, they have been making music forever and are still here." Guess not huh. But in Werner's defense, he has seen some great international bands live. "My top ten are Death Cab for Cutie, The Dillinger Escape plan, Elbow, Envy, Biffy Clyro, Fall of Troy, Coldplay, Jay Z, Every Time I Die." I only count nine, but all is forgiven, as long as the band continues to produce marvelous music and equally awesome music videos.

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