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. Their 2003 debut, “Hello Crazy World”, rocketed to gold status in South Africa, with “Live This Life” (the 2005 follow-up following suit) – fairly groundbreaking stuff for the fresh-faced newbies to the local rock scene. Singles such as “Hello”, “Live This Life” and “My Inspiration” earned heavy rotation on South African radio, and it wasn’t long before crowds at PRIME CIRCLE shows were roaring their songs back to them word for word, building a fanbase that would stick with them for over a decade and more. 2008 saw PRIME CIRCLE’s signing to EMI, as well as the release of an album that would signal them as a seminal South African act. “All or Nothing” demonstrated the difference between a good band and a great one. “All or Nothing” marked a turn in PRIME CIRCLE’s musical direction, moving further from their original post grunge, alternative sound to produce more anthemic, stadium rock records. Recorded at Bellville Studios in Cape Town, “Jekyll & Hyde”, unleashed in 2010, had a lot to live up to – but PRIME CIRCLE have never been a band to shy away from a challenge. The album was mixed in Los Angeles by Kevin Shirley (Aerosmith, Iron Maiden, Silverchair, Journey). New York-based Sterling Sound mastering engineer George Marino (Guns ‘n’ Roses, Ozzy Osbourne) laid the final touches on “Jekyll & Hyde”. Over a decade after they first arrived on the scene, changing the landscape of South African rock forever, the band announced the release of their fifth album, “Evidence”.
The first single, “Time Kills Us All”, debuted on regional and national radio in South Africa in late September 2012 to widespread acclaim. 11 years down the line, PRIME CIRCLE have kept their brand of rasping, layered, melodic rock on mainstream airwaves, bringing the heavier stuff to listeners who might not have found it without their help.
Line-up: Ross Learmoth (vx, gtr), Dirk Bisschoff (gtr), Neil Breytenbach (kys), Marco Gomes (bs), Dale Schnettler (dr)
PRIME CIRCLE online: www.primecircleband.com