The release of “Tidal Wave” proved to be a turning point for Johannesburg’s Climate Control, as it carved out a new path for the boys from the south. No longer were they seen as just another post-hardcore group, but as a serious rock band that drew the attention of fans from around the globe – including YouTube sensation Jarrod Alonge. Now with the arrival of “Ghosts” and “Little Mess”, the group’s melodic evolution promises to reach another level.

“In this industry, you either evolve or you die,” says Nic Gonzalez, Climate Control vocalist and guitarist. “We’ve harped on about how melody is extremely important to us for years now. So this time, we decided to go all in and put more emphasis on it than ever before.”

Produced by Clinton Watts (Bury Tomorrow, Truth & Its Burden) and mastered by Kris Crummett (Sleeping with Sirens, Issues), “Ghosts” and “Little Mess” chart new waters for Climate Control. Bigger, bolder and anthemic, the tracks possess a common theme that binds them together: introspection.

We also had a chat with the guys:

1. Thanks for taking the time to have a quick chat with us! Before we get into the serious stuff. How did you come up with the name, Climate Control? And what does it exactly mean?

Thanks for having us!

We get asked this a lot, and honestly, there’s not a huge meaning behind the name. At the time we just thought it sounded cool. We initially came up with a shortlist of name ideas & passed them around our high school class to get people’s votes on which they preferred, and this one won.

2. What has been your biggest challenge as a band in South Africa?

Probably the size of the rock scene here, and I guess the location itself, being a bit isolated from usual touring circuits and the countries where our genre of music is most prevalent. It’s difficult here, where rock and other heavier styles of music don’t have massive amounts of support. Another challenge has been breaking away from the perception that we’re a metal band, which isn’t the case. We definitely have heavier elements in our music, but it wouldn’t be classified as metal, at least not our sound over the last 2-3 years.

3. What has been your favorite show that you guys played so far, and why?

RAMfest 2014 was great for us. It was one of the biggest stages we’d performed on, and we shot the music video for “Tidal Wave” during the performance, which was madly exciting! That one definitely sticks out. We’ve had tons of great club shows too, too many to even point out individually. Our album launch shows at Sundowners & Rumours Lounge were also really great.

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4. Any crazy rituals you guys have before coming on stage?

We all usually have a shot of Jägermeister before hitting the stage. Other than that, nothing crazy. You’ll just find me making stupid sounds while warming up my vocals, and some of us jumping around and stretching.

5. What other artists do you listen to for inspiration and did they have any influence on your latest releases?

All of us have very different tastes in music, but also a number of genres & artists that we all love equally. When it comes to international artists, some of the biggest influencers would be Deftones, Hands Like Houses, Bring Me The Horizon – it goes on & on. We definitely drew some external influences for the new tracks, but for the most part it was really organic and easy to write, the songs came together fairly effortlessly.

6. You said that you either evolve in this music industry or you die, how did you evolve from how you started to now. And how did that process begin?

Our sound has changed quite a bit over the years we’ve been going. If you listen to our album ‘Preludes’, it’s far heavier and more aggressive, but the melodic element is still very much there. We’ve focused a lot more on the melodic element now, and I’d like to think we’ve matured in our sound and song-writing skills. The change wasn’t a conscious decision, but just something that evolved naturally with us finding ourselves as individual musicians, and as a group making music together. It’s not an easy process, doing this as a unit made up of different opinions, tastes, and thoughts, but the outcome is always something we’re proud of.

7. What kind of music genre do you believe is making a comeback in South Africa at the moment? And which one should die a fast death?

Damn, that’s a difficult one. I’m not sure I’ve noticed any particular genre making a comeback, but if I could hope that one does in particular, it would obviously be rock. Many rock bands here do have a widespread appeal, further than just within the rock scenes themselves, so if those could get a little more recognition or radio airtime, for example, I think the impact would be noticeable. As for which one should die a fast death… Personally, that would be anything that sounds like it was slapped together in 30 minutes, with re-hashed chord progressions, cliched lyrics, and repetitive song structures. There is really good music in every genre, but the shit music in those genres shouldn’t be praised.

8. Where will people be able to get hold of your music?

Our music is available online, pretty much everywhere. We still have some physical copies of ‘Preludes’ left, which can be ordered by dropping us a mail at climatecontrol@rocketmail.com, but other than that, all of our music is readily available on iTunes, Spotify, Deezer, BandCamp, AmazonMP3, YouTube, etc.

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9. Which upcoming shows are you excited about, and why should people come and check Climate Control out?

We’ve got some really cool stuff in the works, some of which we can’t really talk about yet, but we’ll be performing at Woodstock SA, and Youth Fest which is taking place on Youth Day.

I’d say you should come check us out because we put on a really energetic live performance, and like to have a lot of fun with people. It’s a good vibe! We also always have merch available, so it’d be the most direct way to get your hands on any of that stuff.

10. Any last words?

We hope you love what we’ve created, and that it resonates with you in a unique way. Support the local artists you love, and do your part to grow the scene! It’s an exciting time for local music, and supporting the artists you love by going to shows, picking up merch, streaming or purchasing their music, requesting their tracks on local radio stations, etc. really has a big impact.