A solo project by George van der Spuy
Born from creative juices of George van der Spuy who is Taxi Violence’s front man; we hereby introduce to you Crawling King Snake. Taxi Violence caught me at “Untie Yourself”, a song from their debut album of the same name. I fell in love with their sound: That retro rock with a touch of garage-rock style was everything.
Some of you might have heard the name ‘Crawling King Snake’ before, possibly from a song by The Doors, which also happens to be a Big Joe Williams’ cover in the 1940s. Joe Williams was a Blues artists with a Blues Hall of Fame induction to his name, significantly known for the distinctive sound of his nine-string guitar.
Why am I telling you this? Well, Crawling King Snake (George’s project) is inspired by the old school Blues. George has always had a thing for the blues, he even runs a rehearsal and recording studio named ‘Kill City Blues’ (This man has got the Blues).
The project is less edgy and grungy than Taxi Violence, but still has the authentic rock ‘n roll style that we’ve been exposed to with an infusion of ‘Swamp Blues’ and some gospel elements, you know, for the soul.
Crawling King Snake have released two songs thus far ‘Land of the Blind’ and ‘Sidelines’ which are on an upcoming EP The Gospel according to George. Watch the music video for ‘Sidelines’ below and check him out on Soundcloud.
Written by Thabiso Molatlhwa