Krank’d Up is a one day annual music festival which takes place on the last Saturday of September in the south of Johannesburg, South Africa. Geared towards the discerning music fan of alternative tastes and a desire for an unforgettable time, the festival boasts an astounding array of international and local rock and metal talent. Krank’d Up has seen a continuous rise in popularity among festival-goers throughout South Africa and neighbouring countries alike. Here is the insane running order for this year’s Krank’d Up! Monster Energy Main Stage: 10pm – Miss May I 8:30pm – SikTh 7:30pm – Deity’s Muse 6:45pm – Facing The Gallows 6pm – Southern Wild 5:15pm – Truth and its Burden 4:30pm – Only Forever 3:45pm – Riddlebreak 3pm – Ruff Majik 2:15pm – KOI 1:30pm – Slippery When Wet Hunter’s Dry Stage: 7pm – LA Cobra 6:15pm – Bleeding Spawn 5:30pm – All We’ve Known 4:45pm – Dirty Moonshine 4pm – Penny Vagrant 3:15pm – Treehouse Burning 2:30pm – Zephyr Heirs 1:45pm – Last One Alive 1pm – Nerve Zero 12:15pm – Defy Theory With that said, I had a chat with Dylan and Dave from Southern Wild before Krank’d Up 2018! Southern Wild was started in 2014, which may come as a shock to a couple of people. And while you were making steady waves in the Cape Town music scene for the last couple of years, the breakthrough came with the release of your debut album, Lead Role In A Classic Horror. Has the massive reception the album received been a surreal experience? Dylan: We are so very proud with how the album came out and the work done by Raiven at Popsicle Studios. It really captured our raw live performances. One thing that has set it apart I think, is the fact that there are such varied sounds. From folk, to soul, to a bit of blues, with some prog in there too with Dirt Horse. We all love so many different kinds of music, it is fantastic to have people comment on how broad the net was cast with regards to our “sound”, and the differences in sounds of all the tracks. Dave: Well, we played our first show at Up the Creek in 2015 as a three-piece, so it only truly began when Alex (our bassist) joined the band. The reception to our debut record has been surreal, with over 1 million streams on the Deezer platform alone, so far. It all started with our Popsicle session for ‘Time Eraser’. Dave and Dylan are from varying musical backgrounds, with Dave being an Idols winner and Dylan playing in one of South Africa’s biggest rock bands, Van Coke Kartel, as well as nu- metal legends Pestroy, before joining each other in Free The Animals. How did you guys end up playing together in the first place? Dylan: Funnily enough, Dave is married to my youngest sister! So we are actually brothers! So I have known Dave since he was about 17 years old when he started dating Jess. Before Idols he was actually in an amazing metal band called Freedom for your Life, and trust me, they were amazing! After Dave won Idols he asked me to join Free the Animals, the rest is history from there. We have been jamming together since. Dave: Yeah, Dylonian pretty much sums it up! It was destiny. So thankful we found each other! All thanks to my wife Jess who actually used to wear one of Dyl’s dreads as a bracelet when I met her. The lineup has been stable over the duration of the band, with the only change being MJ coming in to replace outgoing guitarist Julian. Did this lineup change affect the flow of the band or was it a smooth transition? Dylan: Julian decided to explore other avenues a little after we released the record. It was amicable and we wish him all the best. Thank fuck we found MJ. He had such a seamless transition into the band that it almost feels like he has been there the entire time. Great guy and amazing “feel” player. A welcome addition to the fold. Dave: We love you Mj! Dope player, beautiful guy! Feeding off of the energy from the crowd obviously plays a massive role in Southern Wild’s live performances. This is usually reserved for smaller, more intimate venues where the crowd are right up against the stage. Does it complicate matters having to play larger, festival-sized stages where the crowd is separated by barriers? Dylan: We do feed off the crowds energy a hell of a lot, especially Dave being up front. You need to try to find that energy on any stage you play on. Yes, the barriers can separate us from the crowd, but it has never really deterred us from giving it our all. I do think the crowd pick up on the passion and energy with which we play, no matter what stage we are on. If Dave can’t be close to the crowd, he tends to find something to climb:) Dave: To be honest, Dyl has played monster crowds for quite some time now, but for the rest of us, playing our own music in front of crowds like the Incubus shows and Koppi is something new. That Incubus show in Pretoria was the scariest day of my life. As Dyl says though, we do give everything, every time we perform. One day we hope to be playing crowds like that ever other night. Having played at every major festival in the country thus far, and even opening up for Incubus, what is the next step for Southern Wild? Dylan: We are looking to start recording our second album already. We have so much music we want to share with everybody, we feel like bursting. We are also turning our eyes overseas to explore other territories. There are a few things we are working on, so you are going to have to “watch this space”. Speaking of Incubus, you guys opened for them on both of their shows in South Africa. This would be a massive deal for any band, but considering you’re fans of Incubus as well made it so much more special, as was evident in Dave’s speech on the night of the Pretoria show I attended. What did it mean to you, as a band, to share a stage with one of the biggest rock bands of the last two decades? Dylan: It was absolutely surreal and overwhelming. Especially being the only band that got to play both shows. Incubus definitely influenced us all as musicians, so it was a really special experience for us. Even more so when we met the Incubus guys at the Cape Town show and they commented on our set as they had caught a few tracks, and that they had downloaded the album too. Mind = blown. Dave: It was fucking ridiculous. I speak for myself here, but it was something I dreamed about as a young boy. To have it materialise, as you can imagine, was overwhelming and extremely emotional. Best couple of nights ever, and gone in a flash! Lead Role in A Classic Horror was released in 2017, but you have already incorporated a new song, We Don’t Get Out Alive in your sets. Does this mean there is already new music in the works or is it just a song that didn’t make the cut of the album? Dylan: There will always be a ton of new music from Southern Wild. As I mentioned before, we are already looking at recording our new record. Looking at a full-length album too. With Dylan’s previous band Pestroy frequently playing at Sundowners, where Krank’d Up is held, and Dave originally coming from Krugersdorp, will Krank’d Up be like a homecoming gig of sorts? Dylan: Dave and I have a massive amount of friends and family in Jozi. Every time we visit Joburg, it is always a bit of a “homecoming”. Hey, and I’m from Krugersdorp/Krugersfornia too!! Haha. Dave: Yeah, as Dyl mentioned, I was in a band called Freedom For Your Life and we used to play Sunnies all the time! Love the place, and love what Spence has done with it! It’s a venue that holds a lot of memories for everyone who grew up in the Gauteng metal scene over the last 15 years or so. We’ll be attending the festival with a lot of mates for sure! Having performed at OppiKoppi, you surprised the crowd with a couple of new songs in the set. Can the Krank’d Up fans expect more surprises? Dylan: We just want to fuck shit up. That’s it. We only have a 30 minute set, so we will be laying it all out there. Dave: It’s going to be a high-octane, duck-wriggling, savage critter of a set for damn sure. Krank’d Up has brought down some of the biggest names in the prog, metalcore and post-hardcore scene in the past years, such as Monuments, Memphis May Fire and 36 Crazy Fists to name a few. How does it feel performing on the same stage as bands of this caliber? Dylan: It is always an honor to share the stage with any “big name” bands. I last played Krank’d Up with VCK when Monuments and 36Crazyfists played. What a fucken jol. Turning Tricks are definitely putting SA on the map with regards to international acts. We cannot wait to get on stage. Dave: It’s an honour and a privilege, but we’ve also worked our asses off for it, so we’re going to give it everything and relish the opportunity. We certainly aim to be up there with those cats one day – that’s the goal.