By Marley

Bad Peter sounds like a metal band name, or a band you expect to play some bluegrass. But in fact, Bad Peter is completely the opposite of these ideas. What you find is two guys, dressed pretty normal with addictive energy that makes you want more. They are from humble backgrounds and yet on stage, they take you on a trip in your mind.

On Sunday 22 July 2018, Bad Peter visited Bohemian Groove Café in Kaapsehoop to make Sunday lunch, not just roast lamb and potatoes. Alwyn and PG have been playing together since 2014 and they have won fans everywhere they go. The same goes for their fans in the Lowveld especially the Nelspruit region. Fresh off the Innibos small stages, the Pretoria boys came to Bohemian with one aim, to have fun with their fans. Both established and new fans.

Kaapsehoop’s weather can be very unpredictable but Sunday was, in fact, a beautiful one. The cold front has moved on for a bit since July started and people were ready to warm up. Instead of setting up the stage on the corner of the porch where the bands are usually are, the band set up in the garden. Since it was a full house of people coming to enjoy the famous Sunday buffet and the music of course. I liked it because you could almost see the band from all angles and make the sound better. The sun was shining brightly in a light blue cloudless sky. Even the wild horses walked past to see what the music was about.

Bad Peter - photo by Small Town Music
Bad Peter

“The Month of May” which is playlisted on RSG (Radio Sonder Grense) is one of my favourite songs from Bad Peter. Their first EP has been played to death in my office already and every time I hear something new. With their latest album “Need to hear” now available I sat and enjoyed the band I’ve come to know and love over the course of just a year. These boys have toured more than most bands, have played at more venues than an Afrikaans sokkie album and everywhere they go, they still wear their smiles and boots. It’s not easy because they both have their families. But when you do what you love then you never work a day in your life.

So as the afternoon went on, the lunch was eaten and the Sunday chill vibes settled over the Kaapsehoop rocks, Bad Peter greeted us. With smiles and love for their fans, the fans that have become friends and the mountain. Their music still lingers in my soul, they are really “a pick-me-up” kind of notes that follows through the guitars. Next time they are playing near you, check them out. Grab your best friends and some drinks to enjoy the acoustic folk vibes that are Bad Peter.

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Marley is the founder and owner of Small Town Music. Born and bred in Nelspruit aka Nelsparta. Marley loves music (rock being a firm favourite), tattoos, festivals, animals and South Africa. Self-taught photographer and writer.