Satanic Dagga Orgy SA Tour: The Prawn Awakens EP

Given that it’s 420, it makes sense that we talk to and about Satanic Dagga Orgy…the Speedo’d up boys having fun with music to bring light to sometimes serious issues but mostly just poking humour in places you wouldn’t expect. If you haven’t heard of them, you’re hearing of them now. If you haven’t heard them, you’re in luck. They’re off on a national tour and with new material.

They’ve just released a freely downloadable EP titled The Prawn Awakens and are hitting the road all over South Africa on their first ever tour. Having jammed two Oppis, Park Acoustics and even the SA Comedy Choice Awards, these okes know how to put on a show and while fans might predict some things that will happen, there’s tons in their arsenal to keep you surprised.

For example, their mantra not to be kak…

We know that they play in the sexiest dotty Speedos available. We know that at some point drumcussionist Storm’s hat will fall off in all the excitement. We know that guitarist Zam will run into the crowd armed with a tambourine hyping everybody up. We know that lead Pete will put the beer in beard. What Loopy and Shaun tend to do…you’ll have to check for yourself. I absolutely love a good Satanic Dagga Orgy show and am so stoked that the rest of the country will be able to see why within the next 2 weeks.

I caught up with frontman and self titled “Hoof Satanis”, Peter Blackbeard and asked him a couple of things ahead of their tour kicking off tomorrow:

Richard Chemaly (RC): I’m busy organising a Satanic Dagga Orgy at my home. I’m expected about 7 people. Are twenty betamax players enough and what brand of tires do you recommend? Have I missed anything?

Peter Blackbeard (PB): Is that seven plus you or seven including you? A minimum of eight is recommended for a Satanic Dagga Orgy. Betamax has fallen out of favour and now we’d suggest DVD players, not blu-ray though. Tires are surprisingly not essential but the greasy smoke from a tire fire does add an excellent and classy ambiance to the whole proceeding. Do you have a medium sized watermelon and a small goat? If so, you’re good to go.

RC: My first glimpse of you lot was Oppi 2015. When I arrived to Oppi 2016, the okes setting up camp next to us were blasting your music as if it was their theme music…You’ve played the Comedy Choice Awards…now you’re hitting Park Acoustics. What’s the secret to growing faster than a Shaun confronted with a second X chromosome?

PB: Honestly we don’t know. We guess that it’s because we are authentic, we are the same people on stage as we are off stage. Well it’s that or the speedos.

RC: We know you like to play in Speedos. What do you like to work in though? Moreover, what do you like to swim in?

PB: Work clothes should suit the job you’re doing, so we are flexible like that. Although two members of Satanic Dagga Orgy had to buy a suit for my wedding so that should explain a bit. We swim in full length canvas sheets so as to prevent temptation and uncontrollable sexual urges amongst the general public.

 

RC: Particularly enjoyable about your sets is when you cover John Butler’s Hand of The Almighty…well that and Hank William 3’s Straight to Hell. Both of those songs seem to have a crack inducing effect on your excitable guitarist, Zam. Besides that, he’s the guitaring equivalent to Top Gear’s Stig and thus only taken out of his box on special occasions. how do you subdue him before packing him away again?

PB: For the first few years a good solid blow to the head would be enough to fit him back in to his packing crate. We would just blame the headache on drinking. Now he’s stopped drinking so we stone him. In other words, we get him so stoned, he willingly gets back in the crate.

RC: We’ve been listening to the new EP where you sing about Satanic Dagga Orgy being the only gang for you…but Zam also plays for the Slashdogs. Did you know this or did I expose Judus?

PB: We’re in the process of negotiating a prisoner exchange with the Slashdogs because of this. They get our only female fans and we get some of their sweaty guy fans and that allows Zam to still play both sides of the fence.

RC: Your original music seems to have gained traction. There’s that song about your application to ISIS being rejected. Have they reviewed their decision or afforded you reasons yet? We feel that they at least owe you that?

PB: We’re still waiting for an official response but our sources indicate that we’re not a culture fit for their organisation. They recommend we try El-Shabab or the Muslim Brotherhood.

RC: On the serious side, your music pokes questions at evangelical pastors stealing money, blind dates that don’t turn out lekker but then do, legalization, the State Executive, living in Johannesburg and being a poes…to name a few. Have you decided whether there’s any subject matter you won’t sing about?

PB: There are probably certain topics that just aren’t funny. If we can’t make ourselves laugh then it’s highly unlikely anyone else will. So, if we wrote a song about the refugee crisis for example, it had better be fucking funny or it’s getting left on the band room floor.

RC: The only 2 lyrics in the bonus track, more zol, are pretty telling. How are you celebrating 420?

PB: Mainly getting ready for our national tour which kicks off tomorrow at TeXas Saloon in Potch with Scarlotte Will! This evening may be spent on less productive activities though.

RC: With a limited wardrobe, what has been the worst wardobe malfunction you’ve had?

PB: Probably when the LED lights on Storms hat stopped working, although Loopy has slipped a nut a few times in his duck costume.

RC: Has Storm’s hat ever stayed put for an entire set?

PB: No one actually knows. Probably not.

RC: As for the national tour, we believe your first, is there any place you’re particularly excited about and how long before you go international…where to?

PB: Most of the places we are going are brand new to us as a band so we are amped in general but for me, I’m most excited about Grahamstown, Hogsback and Bloem. But again, just really excited and happy that we’ve managed to pull all the strings together to be able to actually go on tour! 

The gents will be touring all over country so if you find yourself near a gig, be sure to check them out. It promises to make your April doubly entertaining…there’s inevitably going to be something you can relate to..especially if you’re a hipster who’s too fat for skinny jeans.

21 April – Potch