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Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Prime Circle will launch their fifth album, Evidence, to local audiences at The Barnyard Theatre at Gateway on December 17.

Since they first burst out of the sleepy mining town of Witbank some 11 years ago, South African rock sensation Prime Circle has been unstoppable. They stormed out of the gates with their record-breaking debut album in 2003, and have followed it up with a string of massive studio albums that have secured their place as the most successful rock act in South African history.

Very few rock groups hang around long enough to record a fifth album, but that’s ironically how long it often takes for a band to hit its straps and mature into its sound. Nowhere is this more the case than with SA Music Award winners Prime Circle who, not content with being South Africa’s top rock act, are now determined to set the quality bar even higher with the release of their hotly-anticipated new 12-track album, Evidence.

The band consists of Ross Learmonth on vocals and rhythm guitar, , Dirk Bisschoff lead guitar, Neil Breytenbach on keyboards, Marco Gomes on bass guitar and Dale Schnettler on drums and backing vocals.

This new release undoubtedly sees the band confirming their staying power in a fickle industry. But more than that, it marks a progression of their sound, and a collision of several strands of dynamic tension and creativity into a cohesive, often exhilarating whole.

Explains singer and principle songwriter Ross Learmonth, “This time we went into Theo [Crous]’s studio with a different approach – there had to be a unanimous vote. We all come from very different backgrounds and listen to different – and also similar – types of music. I always want to move on to the next thing, Marco holds on to things for longer and can appreciate them over time, Dale’s this crazy dude who just loves playing, Neil likes the colours of the music and the way it moves. And for Dirk, as an axeman, it’s all about tone for him. Everyone looks at the music differently, so it’s always been hard to get a unanimous vote.”

But with Evidence, their consensual approach meant Learmonth’s songwriting was painted with every band member’s complementary textures, tones and arrangements.

Tickets R160 per person, and seating will be as for normal shows, with no standing room. For bookings and enquiries, phone The Barnyard Theatre on 031 566 3045 or visit  For further information e-mail or visit

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