Frederic Egersdorfer

Frederic Egersdorfer

Frederic Egersdorfer is the founder and owner of UNDERGROUND PRESS. He has taken on the role of senior Captain & Chief taking on the responsibilities of making sure that UNDERGROUND PRESS is a well-oiled machine. You can follow him on Twitter @F_Egersdorfer and at Instagram @f_egersdorfer

Reports for Megadeth's bassist, David Ellefson, has revealed that Dave Mustaine has completed treatments for his throat cancer and is in full recovery. While there are no definitive release plans for their next studio album, which is still in progress, Ellefson, remains hopeful that it will still come out sometime in 2020.

“With Dave’s throat cancer treatments that he has now completed, and he’s just going through the recovery now, we’re hopeful and optimistic about a full recovery for him with that,” Ellefson said in an interview with Pomelo Rocker. “Once he’s through that process, we’re gonna just let that take as much time as it needs, and then we’ll resume with the album. I’d like to hope maybe 2020 we’ll be able to get a new album out.”

Fans of Megadeth are relieved to hear of Mustain's recovery, while, Ellefson remains hopeful that Mustaine will be ready for the band’s upcoming European tour with Five Finger Death Punch starting on January 20th — a trek that seemed like a tall order when Mustaine was diagnosed earlier this year.

Today sees the release for the official music video for 'Nicotine' by Meg Lawrenson. 'Nicotine' is taken off her EP, 'Swallow' which was released on July 2019.

'Nicotine' is taken from her EP, 'Swallow' and is the debut release by BFS Records

Watch 'Nicotine' below!

Meg Lawrenson is a pop-country singer-songwriter based in Brighton and signed to BFS Records. Filled with raw talent, she has created her own unique sound which intertwines Country-pop melodies with intimate, heartfelt and fearless lyrics; complemented with a sweet, soul-stirring vocal line.

Her songwriting has been described as,

“An exciting new pop-country artist to look out for!” Meghann Loney from Wildwood Kin.

“Meg Lawrenson is a natural storyteller, and her heartfelt, energetic songs – which glimmer with a sparkling country-pop sheen - are perfect for singing along to at the top of your lungs.” BBC Introducing In Oxford (Dave Gilyeat)

"Infectious and hard-hitting” LoxFest 2019

"Lawrenson’s voice flows with ease while she recounts a relationship that was once beautiful before falling apart..." - Daniel Luckhoff-wessels

More about Meg Lawrenson:

With stores such as H&M, Costa Coffee, Pure Gym and Topman playing her EP, Meg Lawrenson creates anthemic songs, with catchy melodies and a bold, powerful band behind her. As a natural storyteller, Meg, full of wit, empathy and sometimes humorous anecdotes, creates songs that will definitely get stuck in your head. Her energetic performance from herself and her band have led them to support some great artists, such as ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’s Toploader, Kyle Falconer (from The View) and was recently featured on BBC Introducing in Oxford and BBC Radio Kent.

Follow MEG LAWRENSON: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Three-piece alternative electronic-rock renegades Swandy have released the video for their single Anchor, taken from their debut EP The Second Shift which released on the 5th October 2019.

The main writing force in the band is Louise Eksteen who features on vocals and synths comments on the idea behind the band, “Swandy is my mermaid lovechild and inner child.” She adds, “The song itself is about being weighed down by the pressure we put on ourselves to perform well in life.”

Rounding off the line-up is Michele Nortje from ex-local punk band Running with Scissors on bass and Evert Snyman on drums. Both Evert and Louise also play in alt-rock band, Pollinator.

The video was conceptualized and shot by Louise and Evert, with filming taking place in an empty pink pool at a friend’s house in Northcliff in Johannesburg during a house party. Additional footage shot by Emilia Bug.

Watch the video for 'Anchor'

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Friday, 11 October 2019 07:14

FORSAKING FATE Release Self-titled Debut EP

Today Sees the release of Forsaking Fate's self-titled debut EP. The 5 track EP is set to launch tonight at, Rumours Rock City (Westgate), with support from Deadline, Riddlebreak and Ponyride (the Cutting Jade Metal Project).

Hailing from East London (South Africa) Forsaking Fate are a two-piece death metal band that started in 2016 through persistence and several formations. (one of these having netted a South African Metal Music Award). 

This old-school crew have managed to round up a few amazing tracks for their fans. Watch the lyric video to 'End of Existence' below

Read our review here!


  1. 1. Prologue
    2. Illusions
    3 The End of Existence
    4 Retribution
    5 Souls of Demolition 
"Forsaking Fate is a call that will hopefully resonate within all who have been dealt the shit and unfair hand in life and refuse to just accept that! We are encouraging them to forsake that fate, whatever it may be. Rise up against it and forge their own path so to speak." Forsaking Fate! [sic]

Announced on Anna Lunoe’s show on Beats 1 radio this past week, Prince Kaybee will make his debut on One Mix with an exclusive playlist on-air and available on-demand from Saturday 12th October 2019 at 06:00 CAT.  Acclaimed producer and DJ Anna Lunoe, hosts dance chart countdowns every week featuring guest appearances from the biggest names in music on Beats 1 Radio.

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The new music video for the single 'Come Undone', by Cape Town-based ambient indie-folk artist Jeri Silverman, depicts a shadowy dance through the unspoken appetites of the inner self. Silverman is followed going about a daily routine, but each frame plays a trick on the eye with something slightly off-kilter. It’s a quirky beauty muddled with a dark moody aesthetic to present the idea of things not being exactly as they seem. 'Come Undone' is Silverman’s latest single which was released August 23rd.

Watch the Music Video for 'Come Undone' below!

Based in New York for a few years and returning home to Cape Town, Silverman had to regroup. Directed by photographer Gavin Goodman, and shot by Thomas Roos, the video plays with how we imagine ourselves to be. The video features a male counterpart dancing alongside Silverman, whose hands ‘brush her teeth’ and ‘wash her hair’. Is he her lover or just another aspect of her fragmented self? The two perform multiple choreographed dance routines in the dimly lit room, the moody aesthetic further alluding to the hidden thoughts that lurk within. While Silverman’s selves ‘come together’ to find this new rhythm, it is both a hint towards a deeper longing to truly come undone as much as it is a dance to be with these deeper parts.

Get the new single at the Apple store now!

With just a peek of golden light shining through each dusky room, Silverman conspires with her innermost desires to reject the ordinary. Walking with stillness and serenity, the delusions build within. Silverman calmly jumps into a pool wearing a glistening evening gown, floating peacefully on the surface, her black dress and dark hair billowing around her. The uninhibited essence of the song roams freely across the viewer’s mind, as Silverman is left to sit with her stories

Between each passionate chorus, slowing down to a more discrete, mellow stream, expressing the shifts of internal exploration Silverman encountered upon her return home. The dichotomy of holding emotions and desires deep inside, yet not feeling supported to express them is directly mirrored in the musical composition of 'Come Undone', as each sporadic element lingers in the twilight before finding their chance to burst free. 

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Jeri Silverman’s brand new single 'Come Undone' is out now.

Praise for Jeri Silverman

“Few releases in the singer/songwriter genre will capture people’s attention like this EP from South African born Jeri Silverman” - Cyrus Rhodes, No Depression

“This is a performer with songs that won’t waste your time. The talent here burns so bright that missing it would be a shame” - Joshua Stryde, Music Existence

“a unique voice rising out of the indie scene” - William Elgin, Indiemunity

“Jeri Silverman isn’t a cliché and her EP Leaflike is a work of musical art” -Shannon Cowden, Indie Music Review

“She’s a technically gifted singer with the rare ability to utilize technique in a way that enhances emotiveness” - Gilbert Mullis, Gashouse Radio [sic]

“Silverman brings exquisite emotional range to bear in her vocal and it helps embody the quiet, but desperate, longing lurking within the song’s speaker” - Lance Wright, All What’s Rock [sic]

“there’s no question listening to these songs that Silverman is a formidable talent destined to deepen and transform the scene. Her cover of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Dreams’ is far from a throwaway stab at mainstream attention” - Bradley Johnson, Indie Artists Alliance

Follow Jeri Silverman online: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | SoundCloud | YouTube


Friday, 27 September 2019 07:58

Win Tickets To See The Parlotones in Ballito

The Parlotones will be gracing the Ballito Beats stage this October and Underground Press is excited to be giving away 2 tickets to anyone who wants to see them live at Sugar Rush Park.

Marriot Ballito Beats has brought amazing SA talent to the Ballito Beats stage, making it both a day to remember for everyone. This Family Friendly Event started in 2017 and is well into its third year.

The Ballito Beats team hosts 4 shows per year and continue to bring only the best entertainment to everyone in KZN.

Ballito Beats have played host to Mango Groove, Freshlyground, The Parlotones, Ard & Arno co-lab, Jeremy Loops, Gangs of Ballet, Matthew Mole and Watershed.

How to enter:

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Copenhagen-based 5-piece instrumental band, The Shaking Sensations have returned with their second epic video, titled, 'In Dead Silence, Hang Your Ghosts', leading up to their anticipated new album, ‘How are We to Fight the Blight’ due for release on the 4th October 2019.

‘In Dead Silence, Hang Your Ghosts’ follows just months after their first single in 6-years, titled, Tremendous Efforts and is the 3rd track to be revealed off their upcoming album, ‘How are We to Fight the Blight’. After a 6-year hiatus, The Shaking Sensations, return with a more mature sound, leaving behind their innocence, a second drummer, expanding their classic post-rock trend, giving them a unique edge to their rhythm style.

Watch ‘In Dead Silence, Hang Your Ghosts’ below!

The 3rd track to be revealed from Copenhagen instrumental rockers The Shaking Sensations’ upcoming album ‘How Are We To Fight The Blight?’, is a mind-crushing, 8-minute long, mastodon of a track that both showcases the bands heavier sides, as well as classic post-rock crescendos.”

'In Dead Silence, Hang Your Ghosts’ slowly unfolds around a simple guitar figure being repeated, while gloomy drones of tremolo, over-driven bass and synthesizers are gradually introduced. When the drums kick in after a few minutes, the vessel in which the listener will travel through the rest of the song has finally emerged. An ever-present sense of a band constantly hovering around an ominously close climax takes over - a climax that is postponed to the very last second. With ‘In Dead Silence, Hang Your Ghosts’, The Shaking Sensations both emphasize their obvious inspiration from the heavier and darker post-metal scene with acts such as Cult of Luna and Isis, but still maintain those sparkling and vibrant textures of modern and classic post-rock, ie. Explosions In The Sky, Mono and This Will Destroy You.”
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You may pre-order the full album in a Physical or Digital platform.

Follow The Shaking Sensations: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Tuesday, 03 September 2019 16:55

INTERVIEW with Riaan Smit of Crimson House

We recently had the chance to catch up with Riaan Smit of Crimson House, to discuss their latest offering, 'Bounceology' just on time before they hit the road to do their album launch tour. 

Listen to 'Bounceology' below!

  1. So, 8  members in the band. How did you all meet?

It’s a long story with many timelines, you’re talking 6 core members and uncountable collaborations that make up the circus that is Crimson House. Our core members such as Drummer Christoph and myself met when we were 12, our second time hanging out we were in a band together, a punk band at first. Our guitarist Arno was a mutual friend of ours from the metal scene. Our original bassist before Andre who we met via Ann Jangle was Jacques who I met over a decade ago when he filled in for a show for my Metal band at the time. We met our horn boys Nick and Gareth in the circus when I was a ringmaster, Nick brought Tim in when he decided to put the horn down, and Tebogo I met a lifetime ago through a mutual Korean friend. And then there’s Nhoza who I met a lifetime ago through my sister, she’s like a sister to me.

  1. ‘Unicorns’ seems like a fun song. What inspired it?

Realizing that people put very little thought into what other people are doing, we’re all too concerned with our own lives. It’s a lovely sobering thought actually, because you can a unicorn, stand out of the crowd, and if people want to talk, give them something to talk about. I identify as a Unicorn, if you identify as a toaster then that’s your business, I won’t judge you.

  1. How did the ZZ-top influence come about into ‘On The Prowl’

I’ve been baptized in the blues since I took my first breath, my father was an avid blues and rock listener, waking me up at 2 am to listen to a riff or a lyric. Thing is for me it’s not Zztop that influenced that song, it’s John lee hooker, and he influenced ZZTop. I’ve always jammed that kind of riff at a million shows, after all this time I decided it was time to solidify that jam.

  1. Each song has its own uniqueness. Was this the plan from the beginning?

Very much so, besides the fact that we have an identity crisis, we also have so many tricks our sleeve it’s boring for to stick to one genre, we don’t really like to filter ourselves if it feels good to play, then that’s what matters.

  1. It’s nice to hear a mixture of brass instruments again. The sound is fun and catching. There aren’t many bands in South Africa that do this. Who were your influences?

SA bands are masters of the brass, our influences locally were definitely Nomadic Orchestra, Bomb shelter Beast, Grassy Spark, the Rudimentals, Hog Hoggity Hog,  Fuzigish, too many to say! But we have killer horn players in this country, some of the best I have heard

  1. How often do you jam together?

In the beginning, every day, as time goes on we definitely gig more than we rehearse, and jam, well we jam every show, we have our set planned, but there is always an element of improvisation in every show. When we write it’s hours of jamming to come to solid ideas.

  1. What is the best venue you’ve played at?

Impossible to say, so many amazing venues, I’d say Kirstenbosch gardens is up there in the top.

  1. What can everyone expect on your upcoming Tour?

A lot of bouncing for one. It’s a cardio work out for the crowd and us. We give our all at every show, and for anyone coming through to one of our shows, we guarantee a smile and a good time. We would love to guarantee that everyone will get laid but that all depends on your game, we’ll definitely set the ambience to get you going in the right direction.

Things are heating up in the lead-up to the AMP Events rock spectacular, Francois van Coke & Vriende, which takes place at Sun Arena, Times Square in Pretoria on 18th October. This prime event also serves as the official launch of Francois’ third solo full-length album, Dagdrome in Suburbia (Daydreaming in Suburbia).

To get everyone excited, Francois releases the first single with the same name as the upcoming album – Dagdrome in Suburbia featuring Spoegwolf on 30th August. This Afrikaans dream collaboration is about growing up in the suburbs.

Francois tells more about this collaboration: “Spoegwolf has become a big voice in the Afrikaans music industry over the last few years. I really wanted to do something with them, so I reached out to Danie. According to him Spoegwolf are all Fokofpolisiekar fans, so they were amped for the collaboration. We made a deal that if they feature on one of my songs, I will feature on one of their songs on their next album. So, we all win all the time!”

Watch the music video for 'Dagdrome in Suburbia' featuring Spoegwolf below!

Fokofpolisiekar bandmate, Jaco Snakehead Venter, filmed the music video at Liefde by die Dam, which was held at Emmarentia Dam early August.

Buy Dagdrome in Suburbia featuring Spoegwolf.

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Stream Dagdrome in Suburbia featuring Spoegwolf.

For the first week of release, the single will be exclusively available on iTunes and Apple Music.
Thereafter it will be available on all other digital platforms.

Francois van Coke & Vriende – Standing tickets are sold-out and seats are running out fast!


Francois van Coke & Vriende in Pretoria promises to be the premier arena concert of 2019 with new additions Riky Rick, Spoegwolf, The Voice SA 2019 winner Tasché and Riana Nel joining the already stellar line-up. Riky, Spoegwolf and Tasché also collaborates on Francois’ upcoming album.

This show is 80% sold-out!  There are no more standing tickets left, but luckily there are no bad seats in the house. AMP Event’s mind-blowing world-class production will leave no seat untouched.

ALL the Friends for Francois van Coke & Vriende PRETORIA 2019 are: Die Heuwels Fantasties, Riky Rick, Jack Parow, Early B, Fokofpolisiekar, Riana Nel, Danie du Toit (Spoegwolf), Laudo Liebenberg (aKING), Van Coke Kartel, Arno Carstens, Coenie de Villiers and Tasché.

Venue: Sun Arena, Time Square Casino, Menlyn, Pretoria 
Date: 18 October 2019
Cost: R295 | Tickets: Computicket ONLY - Computicket
Facebook event: Facebook Event

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