South Africa’s finest alternative prog rock export Deity’s Muse are heading to UK shores! Hailing from Johannesburg in South Africa, the group have been honing their craft for 17 years now, proving to be an absolute juggernaut live. Having shared the stage in their home country opening for revered international acts such as Dead Letter Circus, Rise Against, Bring Me The Horizon, Blind Guardian, Unearth, Protest The Hero, Knorkator, Affiance, Monuments, 36 Crazyfists, Karnivool, TesseracT and Blindside, the band were invited to play the prestigious Euroblast Festival last year. Continuing on their mission for world domination, Deity’s Muse are now heading to UK shores for a run of dates with London based prog rock outfit, Sümer – as well as joining the line-up for this year’s Bloodstock Festival.
“First off, traveling and seeing the UK is an experience on it’s own. This will be the first time we get to see so much of the UK. I’m particularly excited to see all the different venues that England has to offer”, explains bassist Alvin. “Secondly, I’ve been watching Sumer live at Bloodstock Open Air 2015 on YouTube. The atmosphere they create with their music is hypnotic, specifically their track “Chisel” (such a great song). Not only do I look forward to sharing the stage with such a prodigious band but I’m equally excited to create wonderful memories with them.”
Rounding off their UK tour with a performance on the Sophie Lancaster Stage on what is now being dubbed ‘Priest Day’ at Bloodstock Festival, the band’s UK jaunt racks up as follows:
4 Aug | Cobblestones, Bridgwater – BUY TICKETS
5 Aug | The Boiler Room, Guildford – BUY TICKETS
6 Aug | The Black Heart, London – BUY TICKETS
7 Aug | Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes – TICKETS ON SALE SOON
8 Aug | Satan’s Hollow, Manchester – TICKETS ON SALE SOON
9 Aug | Bloodstock Festival, Derbyshire – BUY TICKETS
Guitarist and vocalist Wayne adds: “Being included in this year’s epic Bloodstock Open Air lineup is an honour which feels almost unattainable for a little-known band from the tip of Africa. We’re frothing at the opportunity of sharing the stage with such an epic bill. I mean the festival is headlined by Judas Priest, Gojira and Nightwish! I’m still shaking my head in disbelief.”
About Deity’s Muse:
In October 2012 Deity’s Muse took part in their first ever international tour where they performed at world famous venues such as The Viper Room in Hollywood and The 100 Club in London. In April 2013 the band shared the RAMfest main stage with international heavyweights, Rise Against and Bring Me The Horizon. In September 2013 Deity’s Muse played two shows with Australian rock legends, Dead Letter Circus at The Assembly in Cape Town and Krank’d Up music festival in Johannesburg respectively.
In August 2014 the band made their first ever Oppikoppi Festival appearance. In September of the same year they performed on the main stage at Krank’d Up 2014 with Unearth and Protest The Hero. In November 2014 Deity’s Muse embarked on a South African tour with Australian heavyweights, Dead Letter Circus.
Deity’s Muse supported Australian prog-rock giants, Karnivool at the Johannesburg leg of their South African tour at the end of April 2016. 2016 also saw the guys tour South Africa extensively in support of their latest release. The band supported UK prog pioneers, TesseracT on the Johannesburg leg of their South African tour in April 2017. In July 2017 the band was featured on Metal Injection’s “10 Great South African Bands You Have To Check Out” list. Following this, Deity’s Muse made their first European music festival appearance, performing at the 2017 edition of the annual Euroblast festival at Essigfabrik in Cologne, Germany in October which was headlined by Twelve Foot Ninja, Textures and Devin Townsend Project.
Convergence is the title of the band’s latest album and was produced by Dead Letter Circus guitarist, Clint Vincent. After a lengthy pre-production phase seeing demos being sent via the internet between South Africa and Vincent’s studio in Australia, the album was recorded in three different locations at the tail-end of 2015. Drums and vocals were recorded in the small town of Klerksdorp in the North West province of South Africa, whilst guitars and bass were recorded at former Deity’s Muse guitarist, Yokim Pillay’s home. Additional guitars and programming were recorded and performed by Clint Vincent at Vin James Music in Brisbane, Australia.
Convergence is a dynamic and anthemic exercise in modern alternative rock boasting superb musical interplay and strong, melodic vocals. The diverse material effortlessly breathes and pulsates between catchy and progressive, high energy groove-rock to atmospheric and textured realms. In July 2017 Deity’s Muse received the ‘Album of the Year’ award for Convergence at the annual South African Metal Music Awards ceremony.
Deity’s Muse is:
Wayne Boucher | Vocals & Guitar
Sashan Pillay | Drums
Alvin Boucher | Bass & Backing Vocals
Kyle Engelsman | Guitar & Backing Vocals