(copied from Facebook event created by Alan Day)
Floydian Slips is back!
SA’s favourite Pink Floyd tribute band bigger and better than ever!
Popular Pink Floyd tribute band Floydian Slips is back with a new run at the Kalk Bay Theatre, featuring brand new material and two new members! The band will be performing the classic Dark Side of the Moon album, along with music spanning Pink Floyd’s entire career, including their hit albums Ummagumma, Wish you were Here, The Wall and The Division Bell, from 10 – 20 February.
Floydian Slips’ tribute shows originally consisted of a two-man act, but now it has filled out to include a full band. Both founding members, Alan Day (guitar, synths and vocals) and Sven Golden (piano, synths and vocals) are back in action, and they are joined by Paul Tizzard (drums and percussion) and Jeanne van der Merwe (bass guitar, synths and vocals).
Floydian Slips made its début at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in 2002, and played to good reviews at, among other venues, the Barnyard Theatre in Plettenberg Bay, The Dorp Street Theatre in Stellenbosch and the Independent Armchair Theatre in Observatory. The show started as an intimate, acoustic act and gradually came to include more and more electronic effects and synthesizers in an attempt to stay true to the original music.
Says Alan: “As a two-piece band, we had always enjoyed an intimate connection with our audience and more than on person had said that the stuff we didn’t play they could hear in their heads. However, after 8 years I felt that it was time to try something new and more exciting. Being able to do material that was inaccessible as a duo was our first goal. Being able to improve the sound of our existing repertoire was the second.
“We knew from a very early experience with trying to do Floyd as a full band that the most important requirement for personnel was a love of Pink Floyd’s music rather than the usual ‘how much will I get paid?’ attitude. So that’s what we looked for. After phoning around a bit we were lucky enough to find Paul and Jeanne.
“We don’t want to be too big right now, as we love the report that comes with a smaller audience; people actually chat with us and ask questions during the show. The music, well, people want more than ‘Brick in the Wall’; they want that original Floyd magic and we aim to give it to them.”
Praise for Floydian Slips:
“It’s quite a challenge to pull off a tribute to one of the epic bands of the last century as a two man outfit, but Floydian Slips goes some way to reincarnate these heroes. The best aspect to this show is most definitely Alan Day and Sven Golden’s
reproduction of the vocal harmonies that once made Pink Floyd so memorable.”
Cape Times, 2006
About the artists:
Guitarist Alan Day has a background in electronics, sound engineering and video. Before Floydian Slips he vaguely recalls playing in the band “Falling Mirror” and “Graham Weir’s Elastic Band” both of which were somewhat theatrical. Alan sometimes builds guitars and has the audacity to use them in the shows.
Composer Sven Golden is a popular solo jazz pianist and has played in various Mike McCullagh tribute shows, as well as Theatresports and with Graham Weir’s Elastic Band. He is the only member of Floydian Slips to have seen Pink Floyd perform live in the USA while he was studying music at Cal Arts in 1988.
Paul Tizzard has drummed professionally since 1992 and has played with the acclaimed guitarist John Mair in Crosstown Traffic, The Usual, Flat Stanley and is currently a member of Dave Ferguson’s The Lonesharks. He has been linked to several piano tuning episodes.
Bass player Jeanne van der Merwe has performed with Cape Town cover bands Seven and Sudan and more recently, the original rock band “The Cliffhangers”. Jeanne has the unenviable challenge of having to play like Guy Pratt while sounding like Roger Waters!
Note to editors:
“Floydian Slips” is a Cape Town based band and should not be confused with an American Pink Floyd Tribute band called “The Floydian Slips” or the UK Pink Floyd Tribute band Floydian Slip.