Picture this – you’re on a beach and you hear a cowbell ring. Behind you is an old cantina and inside there’s a band warming up. The sun is going down, and the show is about to begin. It’s a feeling that Velvet Palomino, Cape Town’s psychedelic surfers, want to vividly recreate with their music.
You might know them better as the band The Dinosaurs (they played Endless Daze in 2018) and with all the same faces their name change simply marks a renewed sound.
“Snake Eyes” is the first single and video to come from the new name – and gives a strong sense of what’s to come from these guys. Teeming with blues rock energy, rodeo guitar licks and all-over Black Keys grunge, this song dips deep into an acidy western sound.
The music video, filmed by Ali Mohammed, centres around a shootout between a villain and a leading lady, tied almost exclusively to the countryside of the Karoo, SA’s own Wild West, if you will. It captures the band’s new found aesthetic perfectly, and with a hefty sound to match. It seems that Velvet Palomino aren’t the surfer musos they once were, but full blown cowboys riding into that old beach cantina to steal the main show.