WONDERboom was formed in 1996 and consists of Cito (main vocals/guitar), Martin Schofield (guitar/vocals) and Wade Williams (bass), founding members who have been writing songs and performing together for over 22 years, and Jonathan Bell (drums), who joined them after the death of their friend and drummer, Garth McLeod, in 2013. The band took their name from a road sign pointing to a small town outside Kroonstad. “We liked the idea that it means different things to different people and can be pronounced in different ways,” explains Cito.
WONDERboom just released their brand new music video for their single, Praying Mantis:
“The concept for this crazy, fantasy tale about being heartbroken was initiated by Roger Williams, our resident artistic genius,” explains Martin Schofield. “We wanted to do something dark but light-hearted, to show that you should never take yourself too seriously, even in dark times.”
To commemorate their remarkable journey to date, WONDERboom will be touring South Africa from August. Explaining the reason behind their The Best Side Story Tour, the band says: “Our usual performances are balls-to-the-wall rock production shows, where we make sure the crowd is exhilarated and stomping. This, however, is an unplugged, storytelling type of show that will let our fans in on our most intimate experiences. Sometimes the stories behind certain songs are not what people expect and to have the opportunity to share these stories is rare. With The Best Side Story Tour we hope that audiences will get to know us better; individually and as a band.” In addition, they add: “Touring is a fantastic way to go around the country and play to audiences and in venues that don’t usually get to see us perform.”
WONDERboom will perform their two act, unplugged show around South Africa on the following dates:
· 31 Aug – Rustique Boutique, Middelburg
· 06 Sept – Barnyard Silverstar, Krugersdorp
· 15 Sept – Casalinga, Muldersdrift
· 21 Sept – Barnyard Plett
· 22 Sept – Vinyl, Cape Town
· 23 Sept – Café Roux Noordhoek, Kaapstad
· 27 Sept – Barnyard Emperors, East Rand
· 28 Sept – Barnyard Rivonia, Johannesburg
· 13 Okt – Barnyard Casterbridge, Witrivier
· 25 Okt – Musiekskuur (Rockwood Theatre), Pretoria
· 26 Okt – Caversham Mill, KwaZulu-Natal
· 03 Nov – Die Ou Pastorie, Brits
· 10 Nov – Radium Beer Hall
WONDERboom is undeniably one of South Africa’s greatest musical success stories, and their latest offerings – from Praying Mantis to The Best Side Story Tour – is set to continue to cement their place as local rock legends.
Information Courtesy of MS Publicity.
Images by Anton Van Straaten.