ARTIST: THE BANGOVER
SINGLE NAME: Cigarettes and Self-Destruction
RELEASE DATE: 24 July 2020
COUNTRY: South Africa
I have a feeling that I am going to turn into a Bangover fan girl.
The duo’s new single—Cigarettes and Self Destruction—speaks of how addiction plagues society, bringing to light the devastation that often goes unseen. Considering the state of South Africa, and how the prohibitions have shown that anyone can be vulnerable to a vice or two, this is an important message that couldn’t have come at a better time. I’m all for music speaking to people, and the Bangover seem to have a promising knack for exactly that.
But that’s not my favourite thing about these two. The reason why I now have urges to flash my goods at Sarel and Herman, is that they’re refreshing. There’s a distinct Devil-may-care quality to their sound—and Cigarettes and Self Destruction in particular—that isn’t often experienced in South Africa’s alternative scene.
This track may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s certainly mine. It’s rebellious, meaningful, and different. Just the way I like it.
Reviewed by: Kelly Damon
About the band
The Bangover was founded at the end of 2018 by lifelong friends and
partners in metaphorical crime, Sarel Reynolds and Herman Vermeulen. They
have long had a loving history with creating and consuming music on the
heavier side of the spectrum.
Sarel studied at The Campus of Performing Arts, after which he refined his craft at Berklee College. He is most prominently known for playing bass in The Anti Retro Vinyls as well as Parts and Fiction.
Sarel is currently undergoing an apprenticeship as a luthier at
The project was formed in the pursuit of making metal by awarding
themselves full creative freedom in the writing and recording process. In
December of 2018 the duo went about writing and recording demos with
the goal of the album being to create the music that they wanted to make on
their terms, free from feeling pressured to meet the expectation of others.
The debut album is titled “Snakes in Suits” which consists of lyrical themes
from whether extraterrestrial life exists, to their musing of life and death.