July 2012 sees the release of the new LARK album, GONG IS STRUCK with the diva-of-dark, Inge Beckmann back with her cohorts, Simon ‘Fuzzy’ Ratcliffe, Paul Ressel and Sean Ou Tim. The glam-electronica foursome is back with a harder, vicious, intense sound that strips the mercantile-skin right off of the masses! The sound is progressive, edgy and to the point. Recorded in Cape Town at the Sound and Motion Studio, LARK has gone for a mature sound that will leave listeners disarmed and enthralled.
LARK’s music has been described as glitch opera, a powerful union of live instrumentation, soaring vocals and dirty electronic beats. An iron fist in a velvet glove, lead singer Inge Beckmann provides the velvet with her unparalleled ability to stun audiences with her voice and presence. The iron fist is the dark, glitchy production and sound design work of producer and instrumentalist Paul Rez.
Together, Paul and Inge formed LARK in 2003, later expanding the line-up to include the exceptional talents of bassist and studio engineer Simon Fuzzy Ratcliffe and renowned drummer Sean Ou Tim aka Mr. Sakitumi. LARK’s first studio album, Razbliuto, released in 2007, was met with critical acclaim earning the band a SAMA (South African Music Award) for Best Alternative Album. 2007 also saw the band realising their vision of taking live performance further with the release of Dagger and a Feather, a live performance DVD recorded and filmed at Cape Town’s BMW Pavilion featuring a string section and a number of guest artists.
In 2007 and 2008 the band toured extensively, released music videos for their tracks Moonlight and Heroin Mary and were widely regarded by the music press as ‘one of the most competitive acts to come out of South Africa’. They completed their 2nd studio album Mouth of Me containing new and reworked material from their debut EP of the same name.
In late 2008, after being signed as a producer to UK agency Z Management, Paul made the decision to move to London. LARK took a temporary sabbatical returning in 2009 and again 2010 to headline South Africa’s biggest alternative music festival RAMFEST. Also in 2010, LARK released V, including the single Brave.
2011 saw LARK beginning a new chapter. Inge, in Cape Town, and Paul, in London, spent almost a year writing and recording their new studio album using skype. In August 2011 Inge and Paul briefly appeared as LARK (Electro) at Oppi Koppi Music Festival and Grand West Arena, showcasing material from the new album, followed with a national tour in March 2012 and were met with an overwhelming response from their fans.
“Writing an album long distance, especially a ‘come back’ album, can be very challenging but we are extremely proud of our product. It has taken us almost 2 years to craft this album and we feel that the world is finally ready to hear and experience ‘GONG IS STRUCK’. This 3rd album is darker and more tribal than the previous releases yet comes with more hooks, is more structured, more confident and ultimately more decisive. GONG IS STRUCK truck contains a cover version of the legendary ‘We Are Growing’. It was a huge honor to record and reinterpret this epic theme song. Listeners are in for a massive treat.” says vocalist Inge Beckmann.
27 July / Trinity / Cape Town / 21h00 / R50
28 July / Arcade Empire / Pretoria / 20h00 / R50
3 August / Klein Libertas / Stellenbosch / 20h00 / R50
4 August / Live – The Venue / Durban / 21h00 / R50