They say change can happen so gradually that most of us won’t even see it coming, but for the other times when it does happen in a blink of an eye, it can rattle some bones! But for The Black Cat Bones the transfusion from drummer Jason Hinch to Jason Oosthuizen brings on a new vigor, more determination to succeed, and a chiseled new sound.

Jason Oosthuizen certainly needs no introduction. After his departure from Van Coke Kartel in 2013 Jason ventured abroad to pursue a drumming career in the USA, only to return in March 2015 as a result of visa restrictions, and the game was afoot. Over and above all of his obvious skills, Oosthuizen also brings something far more important than technical abilities, image, or business savvy to the band: camaraderie and spirit. Some may even call it ‘mojo’; and as the band gears up to enter the pre-production phase of their 4th studio album; this could not have come at a better time. “Now we’re a Gang again” says Andre Kriel. Scheduled to launch within the next couple of months and paired with the new-found dynamic element in the band the album promise to pleasantly surprise and excite fans from all walks of life.

Claudine Photography

Claudine Photography

Another aspect to look forward to is the return of the ‘Deboned’ configuration where fans can expect to see members of the band do selective acoustic collaboration performances with some of the most well respected musicians in the country. This is in no means a substitute for the band’s original unplugged performances, but instead a channel showcasing their individual diversity and interests outside of the Black Cat Bones’ ‘live band’ capacity.

Since the launch of their SAMA nominated 3rd album ‘Beatipiller’ in 2013 the Bones have been hard at work shaping their future and edging their names into the Rock & Roll history books. They are proud to announce their growing affiliation with South Africa’s leading Indie label NEXT Music, as well as long-time endorsement associates Jagermeister South Africa. Various other partnerships will be announced in the near future.

Good news for fans is that the first single off the new album will be available as a free download for a limited period from the date of launch. (to be announced soon right here).

The end of April sees the Bones once again taking to the road where they will be performing three very different but still very ‘Bone-afide’ sets at some of Cape Town’s more popular venues followed by a series of festivals in and around Gauteng, and wrapping up on the beautiful shores of Mozambique.

Here are a few dates to mark down:

Fri 24 April (20h00) – Andre Kriel and Kobus de Kock from Black Cat Bones in Deboned feat Len Miskin (percussion) Sgt Pepper , Long str, Cape Town

Sat 25 April (20h00) – The Black Cat Bones at Berties Moorings (Harbour Island, Gordon’s Bay) No Charge.

Sun 26 April (19h00 – Doors open 12h00) – The Big Blues meets Rock festival (Hillcrest Quarry – Durbanville)

Fri 01 May: Dirty Rotten Tequila Festival (Carfax, Johannesburg) / Wolmer Fest (Wolmer events arena, Pretoria)

Sat 16 May: Rock of the Bushveld (Nelspruit)

Sat 23 May: Unplugged at Stanley Beer Yard (Melville, Johannesburg)

Sat 30 May: STRAB (Mozambique)