By Marley

Let’s face it, this time of lockdown sucks pretty much for everyone. BUT it’s time to productive at home and musicians haven’t stood this still since well – ever. But as it so happens, the Centurion band – Held On Till May – soon to be released album “Wayward” found it’s way into in my inbox. Way better to have new music to listen to in lockdown than nothing.

Punk rock and punk pop is the genre on their music description. If you remember Tweak, The Finkelsteins, Ef-El, The Narrow and loved them then HOTM is just for you. These days competing with every desktop disk jockey, you find it harder and harder to find true music. Good music. Music that you can scream, fuck, dance, sing along, drink and smoke to. This is what makes me proud of being a fan of South African music. Held On Till May is a punk band in my head. They tick the boxes on the new album “Wayward”.

Held On Till May band - photo have been provided by the band
Held On Till May
(Photo are supplied)

In 2016 they released their debut EP “Same Four Walls” resulting in numerous number one spots on campus radio stations all over SA as well as a very successful coastal tour. If you were at Memphis May Fire, Our Last Night and Interval concerts in South Africa then you might have seen HOTM. They have also shared the stage with Fokofpolisiekar, Arno Carstens, Crash Car Burn, Glaskas and more.

“Hate I Am” and “Get Out” are good tunes to turn up on a Saturday night. “Round Round” is an almost reminder of Blink 182 days with the guitar play. Expect on the new album a few guest artists, guitar solos and drums getting the shit beaten out of them. Which is the only way to play the drum kit!

What you can expect of “Wayward” is a good punk rock album from 3 guys in Centurion, South Africa. This was my first listen to them and I truly enjoyed it. “Wayward” is being released on the 20th of May 2020. Follow Held On Till May on their Facebook page and Instagram.

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.