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Cape Town Unwired Showcase: Boyes Drive

Updated: Jul 18, 2019

If you haven't heard about Cape Town Unwired then you have undoubtedly been living under a rock. The musical contest is currently underway at Nomad Bistro and Bar every week from Thursday to Saturday and showcases some of the Mother City's obscure but highly talented singers, DJs and bands. In the next few weeks, Cape Town Experiences Magazine will be profiling the amazing talent that has stepped onto the Unwired stage so far, and first on that list is Boyes Drive.


The five-member rock band is on a meteoric rise to fame. Formed in April of 2018 and did their debut performance in August 2018, the band has been working tirelessly to perfect their craft. They have toured numerous venues around the country and got their festival debut at Up The Creek, an annual outdoor music celebration and one of the biggest festivals in Southern Africa.


Their music is rock and roll infused with various musical genres, and their live set is a spectacle to behold - A wide dynamic range that boasts both the band's individual and collective musical instincts and abilities. Their set consists of both original tracks as well as covers and usually starts off with mellow songs that set a sombre tone and eventually segue into songs with harder instrumentals that get people moving on the dance floor. After months of gigging they decided to turn their attention to recording in February and released their first single on the 15th of March 2019, and are planning to release their debut album by the end the year.


The lead singer of the band is Liam McDermott who is blessed with smooth yet husky vocals. He is no stranger to the stage as he has a rich theatre background dating back to when he was 16 years old. Fronting Boyes Drive and still lead guitarist for Fractals, Liam is a self-confessed music addict and draws inspiration from musical legends like The Doors, Rodriguez and various old school rock stars.


Jono Simons is Boyes Drive's bass guitarist and also contributes backing vocals. When he's not playing for this particular band he is the lead singer of Fractals, a band that he formed. He is also behind the musical pon for both bands. He is also one of the founding members of Mountain Side Sessions.


On drums is Ray Morgan, a graduate of the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor 's Degree in Jazz Performance specializing in Drum Kit with two distinctions. Ray is also part of Fractals, Androgenius and Money for Bali.


Playing the keyboard is Brad Searle who, at the young age of 17 was cast in first professional production, Janice Honeyman's Peter Pan The Pantomime. Since then he has performed all over the world in productions such as Footloose the Musical, Dirty Dancing the Musical, The Big Boys Trilogy and The Cape Town Jive Funny Festival, sharing the stage with big names in the South African entertainment industry like Marc Lottering and Alan Committie. Bradly is self taught in the art playing the piano and keyboard. The music industry brought him and Liam together and there was no doubt that he would fit perfectly as a member of Boyes Drive.


The final member of the gang is Gareth Christie who hails from Pretoria and plays lead guitar. He started playing when he got his first guitar at the age of 14. He has performed far and wide on stages that include, but are not limited to Oppikoppi, Ramfest, Mieliepop and Lasitoldand.


Remember Cape Town: Unwired is currently underway at Nomad Bistro & Bar, you can find out more about it right here.



Image courtesy of Boyes Drive.