Listen to the first four tracks off of Fokofpolisiekar’s latest album, Selfmedikasie
In 2003, an alternative band from Bellville became the first group to have an Afrikaans song playlisted on national radio station 5FM with ‘Hemel op die Platteland’.
Francois Badenhost, Hunter Kennedy, Johnny de Ridder, Wynand Myburgh and Jaco Venter went on to enrage and infuriate god-fearing people throughout our fine land, jumping off stages, out of moving vehicles and straight into the hearts of young South Africans.
Proving that they’re as relevant today as they were back then, Fokofpolisiekar recently crowdfunded a million bucks to produce their new album, Selfmedikasie.
The album is a snapshot of where the band find themselves now, with lyrics that are profound, introspective and questioning of their personal and socio-political landscape.
Fokof have allowed The Way of Us to share the first four tracks off the album, and for a description of each track, a breakdown of the music that inspired them, and a beautiful video by longitme Fokof collaborators Ruan Vermeulen and Marchand, just keep on scrolling.
'Dis in my bloed, Baby'
This is a portrayal, maybe exaggerated, of our political anxiety. The tremendous idea of decolonization (an idea I like very much) is told in a mini-story similar to that of Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers. The story is depicted in the accompanied artwork in the CD booklet. It is packaged in a Thrash-punk throwback, á la Propagandhi.
Musical influences: Propagandhi, Motorhead, System of a Down, NOFX.
'Parkiebank, Herfs 2017'
This is a call to action, even though it might be ironic. We never do what we say we’re going to, hey? (lyrics: “Ons doen nooit wat ons sê ons gaan nie, né?”) We are still in the present here. So there is political commentary that is not as subtle as Bob Dylan. It is, however, internalized and worth mentioning that I don’t think South Africa’s macro politics are unique, thus the commentary is applicable on an international level. It has just as much to do with JP Morgan or Donald Trump as it has with Jacob Zuma.
Musical influences: Talking Heads, Church Speech (O God, Kleurlinge), Refused, Chance the Rapper, Jimmy Eat World, Lou Reed.
At the Southern tip of Africa we grew up isolated from the rest of the world, away from all the European and American influences as a result of our history. Now, in the Western Cape, we are isolated from the rest of the country due to our politics. Here faith is lost in humanity, but peace is found in family, the horizon, ignorance and an open mind until the bubble bursts to the tune of fast rock ‘n roll.
Musical influences: Alkaline Trio, QOTSA, Fokofpolisiekar’s 'Lugsteuring'.
'Ek glo in die son'
Instead of complaining or portraying things we don’t agree with, we thought it would be cool to write down what we actually do believe in. In our rejection of religious methodology, we fostered spiritual awe in naturalism. In the podcast, S-Town, the main character has an obsession with horology. “Vervelig en kort, ure is wonde, die laaste een dodelik, dis later as wat jy dink” (lyrics translated: “Tedious and short, hours are wounds, the last one deadly, it’s later than you think.”) are examples of sundial inscriptions.
Musical influences: Driving through the Karoo, Classic Rock, Arcade Fire, Smashing Pumpkins, Jeff Buckley.