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Interview with Olly Steele of Monuments

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British Progressive-metallers, MONUMENTS are set to return to South Africa in August, performing at, Mercury Live in Cape Town and Platteland in Centurian.

By Frederic Egersdörfer

Published Thursday, 18 July 2019 11:17

Following their massive return with their latest album to date 'Phronesis', and the announcement of their return to South Africa, UNDERGROUND PRESS had a chance to question Olly Steele on their return visit to the country.

Hi, Olly. We're super excited to see you are returning to South Africa and thank you for taking the time to answer our questions.

What has been the biggest highlight of your UK tour thus far?

Every show had great energy, but the Brighton and Techfest shows were my favourite! So sick.

What has been the most well-received single off ‘Phronesis’?

The numbers say 'Leviathan', but I think more people sing along to 'Mirror Image'? Who knows. Go buy the album and decide for yourself kidz ;)

When you were last in South Africa, did you have any time for sightseeing and if so, where did you go?

We did, we went to a couple of Safaris and they were pretty nuts. I didn’t see much else cos I was sick. It was great. 

Will you have time to do more sightseeing this time around and what are your few chosen spots?

Hopefully, obviously, we don’t know the area well so we’re open to suggestions!

What are you looking forward to being back in S.A?

The weather, the people, the show, and the unknown. 

Quote your favourite musician!

"Get in the car. And don’t touch nothing STAY in the car". 

Name 3 of Your favourite influential bands and their songs?

John Parr - 'St Elmos Fire', Randy Houser - 'Runnin outa Moonlight' and The Deadlians - 'I don’t wanna ride your aul one anymore'. 

Q: How would you describe your music to Trump?

If you don't like it then leave.

MONUMENTS Phronesis South Africa 2019 Tour dates

  • Friday, 9 August - Mercury Live, Cape Town. With support from Deity’s Muse and Thread of Omen. *no under 18s  BUY TICKETS
  • Saturday, 10 August - Platteland, Centurion. With support from Deity’s Muse and Red Helen. *no under 18s BUY TICKETS

Early Bird tickets are on sale now at R250 each until 29th May through, as well as at Computicket outlets and Checkers stores. Full price tickets at R330 will be available from 30 May onwards. 

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About Monuments

Monuments are a British progressive metal band formed by former Fellsilent guitarist, John Browne, and former Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza guitarist, Josh Travis. The band has released four full-length albums via Century Media Records, Gnosis, The Amanuensis, Phronesis and In Stasis in 2012, 2014, 2018 and 2022 respectively.


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About Phronesis

Phronesis is the third studio album by British metal band Monuments. It was released through Century Media Records on 5 October 2018. Phronesis is derived from the ancient Greek word for "wisdom".