Another one bites the dust…

As King Freddie once infamously told us:

And another one gone
And another one gone
Another one bites the dust

A Facebook post yesterday announced the untimely end of Zebra & Giraffe.

Z&G 2008-2016

It’s with sadness in our hearts that we announce the end of Zebra & Giraffe. Kirstenbosch Gardens (20th March 2016) will be our last show for the foreseeable future.
We’d like to thank each and every one of our fans over the years – your support and love for our music has made this amazing journey possible.
Over the past 8 years we’ve achieved so many things that we’re proud of; we’ve poured our hearts and souls into every recording and every show, but the time has come for each of us to move onto different things.

Why is it that all the good ones go so soon? I’d only just got over Dry The River splitting up, and I’d only just got over a-ha going their separate ways before that. Now, I’ve got virtually no time to get over the demise of Zebra & Giraffe before I have to try and get over a-ha again.

And yet the Parlotones are still a thing. There is no God.

Of course, I used to appreciate the Parlotones, but then they took (for me) a disappointing direction musically and commercially, and I went off them, quickly. Apparently though, according to The Tall Accountant, I should be checking them out again though. We were even going to go and see them next month. I’m nothing if not a glutton for punishment open-minded.

But I digress…

Zebra & Giraffe were different. They didn’t release enough, but what they did release was properly good stuff – just the right mix of pop, electronica and rock. I saw them numerous times from the My Cokefest at Lourensford performance in 2009 when they joined the rest of the audience after their set, supporting the Killers at Val de Vie, and – probably most memorably – with the Dirty Skirts at Wynberg School at a concert that only 12 people turned up to watch. Greg called it “intimate”.


Happy days. But it would be wrong not to finish off with some music here. I’ve already shared a lot of Z&G stuff on here, including my favourite In My Eyes, but here’s a fresh one, albeit from the beginning, right back in 2008 – this is Arm Yourself.
[dj mode off]

As a goodbye gift from the boys, you can download their last single, Redefine, free of charge on Soundcloud here. Ridiculously rocky. A fitting farewell.

I’m properly sad.
Good luck, Greg et al. Thanks for the memories.

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