South African sludge ‘n’ roll riff merchants RUFF MAJIK have announced details for their Hullabaloo Urban Sessions live stream performance taking place on October 31st at 6:00pm CET/12:00pm EST/9:00am PST. The show will follow the official unveiling of the band’s new full-length, The Devil’s Cattle, set for release October 30th via Mongrel Records.
Comments vocalist/guitarist Johni Holiday, “This is a weird year to bring out a new album, and an absolutely nerve wrecking time for artists. Yet, we refuse to go down without a fight. So, on the 31st of October we’re bringing you a live stream of our new album, The Devil’s Cattle, a collection of dystopian hymns.”
Tickets are available at THIS LOCATION. Find the event page HERE.
The Devil’s Cattle marks RUFF MAJIK’s first offering to feature long-time producer and new recruit Evert Snyman and founding member Holiday front and centre on vocal duties. It’s also the first time the band has experimented with piano driven rock ‘n’ roll.
Find The Devil’s Cattle preorders at THIS LOCATION.
RUFF MAJIK was originally formed in 2012 when the band moved from Lydenburg to the realm of Pretoria. They entered the city as a three piece (Holiday with bassist/guitarist Jimmy Glass and drummer Benni Manchino) with no real experience in the scene, but a certain drive and ambition that only gods could counter. After three years of adjusting and playing a handful of shows, the band finally released some music in the form of 2015’s The Bear.
Roughly inspired by the DIY ethos of black metal recording techniques, the EP was recorded with two mics in a garage which ultimately explains its grit and distortion. The following year RUFF MAJIK released The Fox which ultimately led to more shows, a spot within the then newly established South African doom/stoner scene, and a few small touring opportunities. 2016 was also the year of the track “Wax Wizard,” a crowd pleasure to this day.
The Swan stuck its neck out in 2017 followed by Seasons, the record that earned the band international recognition. Freak Valley Festival reached out to the band which led to a German/Austrian tour with The Devil And The Almighty Blues in early 2018. Later that year, RUFF MAJIK played Sonic Blast Moledo in Portugal. The band composed Tǻrn shortly after their return. Recorded in October of 2018 and released through Lay Bare Recordings (Netherlands), the album was followed by a lengthy European tour which included appearances at such illustrious festivals as Smoke Over Warsaw (Poland), Rock In Bourlon (France), Bevrijdings and Sonic Whip (Netherlands), Desertfest (Belgium), and Keep It Low (Germany), as well as shared stages with the likes of Black Pyramid, Sleep, EyeHateGod, All Them Witches, and many others.
“Ever imagined what Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats might sound like after inhaling a load of Wolfmother records, then downing a large pot of really strong coffee?” — Classic Rock
“I’m beginning to pick up on a distinctive sound and style belonging to RUFF MAJIK and them alone.” — Doomed & Stoned
“There’s an authenticity to RUFF MAJIK that is just as valuable as the other metallic exports from their homeland even though no amount of gold can buy it.” — Invisible Oranges
Johni Holiday – guitar, vocals
Cowboy Van – guitar, bass, backing vocals, keys, harmonica
Jimmy Glass – bass, guitar
Evert Snyman – guitar, vocals, keys, percussion
Benni Manchino – drums, percussion