OUR ENDORSEES

Shortstraw

TOMS endorsees Shortstraw is an indie rock band from Johannesburg. With their simple melodies and catchy rhythms, Shortstraw has taken the greatest of pleasure in rocking live music venues and clubs in South Africa, and is well known for getting the crowd dancing. View their website here.

The Band Members

Alastair Thomas

Guitar

Jake Rubinstein

Drums

Tom Revington

Lead Guitar

Gad De Combes

Keyboard

Russell Grant

Bass Guitar

Alastair Thomas

Guitar

Jake Rubinstein

Drums

Tom Revington

Lead Guitar

Gad De Combes

Keyboard

Russell Grant

Bass Guitar

Couch Potato

by Shortstraw | The Shortstraw Compilation

ShutUp! Its Sunday

DUBRock – that’s the name of the game for TOMS endorsees Shutup! It’s Sunday. Big guitar sounds, solid vocals with the bass and drums filling the rest of the empty air and the Nova Keyboard taking it to another level. It’s straight and simple. With its main tributary formed in March 2006, the band has proven to be a South African rock sensation of note. Their songs are about everyday life – what they know and how they feel. View their website here.

The Band Members

Ben Greyling

Drums

Stefan Oosthuizen

Guitar

Réno Crouse

Guitar

Nico du Plessis

Bass Guitar

Danica Bezuidenhout

Vocals

Stephan Grobler

Keyboard / Synthesizer

Nick Explicit

TOMS endorsee Nick Explicit has been featured on 5fm’s Fresh Drive from 2008-2014 with the weekly rap-up, where he would rap about the weeks’ news. He currently does 947’s Spur birthday song. Nick Explicit broke into the mainstream scene in 2003, where he would regularly appear on then “Y-FM’s Rap Activity Jam”, where rap battles took place twice a week. Following his success, he released his first EP in 2006, which featured on Hype Magazine’s “Unsigned Top 5”. After completing his studies, Nick decided to focus more on radio and now works at 947, where he hosts on weekends and does various campaigns and radio adverts.

Facing the Gallows

TOMS endorsees Facing the Gallows started out in the beginning months of 2007, and played their first show in the middle of that year. Since then FTG have built a loyal following and have played some incredible shows from small bars, big clubs and the biggest festival platforms in the country. As a band that started as a bunch of friends coming together to write the music they love, they have solidified their presence in the African Metal scene. With bigger international acts coming to SA, Facing the Gallows are excited and ready to show the world what South Africa is made of. View their website here.

The Band Members

Bryan Binneman

Vocals

James Irving

Guitar & Vocals

Victor Monginho

Lead Guitar

Ray Abraham

Bass & Vocals

Chase Beynon

Guitar

Bad Peter

TOMS endorsees Bad Peter released their highly anticipated debut single Month of May in April 2015 and within 24 hours secured themselves a Top 30 single on the iTunes Chart in South Africa. Their 5 track EP, Let Go, was written over the course of 2014 and 2015, and released in November 2015. The duo found inspiration for their debut offering in day-to-day struggles and experiences. Influences of Country, Folk and Blues are evident in tracks like Month of May and On This River. Other tracks, like Brother, explore African guitar sound combined with melodic rapping and a theme of uniting through diversity in South Africa.

The Band Members

PG Badenhorst

Guitar & Vocals

Alwyn Bekker

Guitar & Vocals

Daniel Baron

Daniel Baron is a South African award-winning, chart-topping singer/songwriter/producer with an astounding fifteen radio chart hits and 5 no. 1’s to his name. His latest smash hit Children Of The Sun broke records and debuted on the 5FM Top 30 chart at the no. 1 position. It was also the top selling South African dance song on iTunes for over 3 weeks in a row. Baron’s voice and sound carries a distinctive flair and he is known for crossing over genreswith an array of electro-infused pop-dance tunes, inspiring stadium-sized anthems and emotional piano ballads that have all taken the world by storm. Visit his website here.

Mama Told Me

by Nick Explicit | Can't Change EP

Nic Rush

TOMS endorsee Nic Rush is one of South Africa’s most highly regarded Rock guitarists. From 2003 – 2011 he served as lead guitarist for Watershed, earning himself 3 Gold and 2 Platinum Record awards, playing on every major festival stage in South Africa. From 2011 – 2013 Nic played guitar in Brent Harris and Thee Jam, and still occasionally performs with Brent. In 2013 Nic was offered a position at The Barnyard Theatre Company as a Musical Director, Lead Guitarist and Vocalist, a position he still maintains. In the past 2 years he has been an invited guest onstage with Prime Circle and The Parlotones, two of SA’s biggest Rock bands.

Mama Told Me

by Nick Explicit | Can't Change EP

Brendan Peyper

Brendan Peyper is an Afrikaans singer, and is endorsed by TOMS Bloemfontein. He release his debut album, Stop Wag Bly Nog ‘n Bietjie in 2015. He was raised in Bloemfontein, and began his professional singing career at the age of 14. With his classic looks and catchy sound, Brendan is quickly becoming one of South Africa’s biggest Afrikaans singers. Visit his website here.

Mama Told Me

by Nick Explicit | Can't Change EP

Go Barefoot

TOMS Endorsees Go Barefoot bring their own style and personality into their music by creating an eclectic, interesting and uniquely South African mix of Folk, Urban-African, Alt-Rock and Jazz. They are fans of get-up-and-move dance beats, as well as strong, groovy hooks that take on a new sonic attitude.

The Band Members

Jonathan Smith

Lead Vocals/Guitar

Noah Bamberger

Keyboard

Clive Vickers

Bass

Michael Dawson

Guitar

Saul Nossel

Drums

Axe Lourens

TOMS Endorsee Axe Lourens is a professional vocalist/guitarist from Cape Town, best known for his unique vocal range and blistering guitar skills. He’s played at every event, gig or function – from weddings, birthday parties, beer festivals, music festivals, biker rallies to normal pub gigs. He’s played and opened for many of South Africa’s top bands (including Die Heuwels Fantasties & Van Coke Kartel) and won Fastest Guitarist in the Western Cape 3 years in a row.

Rock Back in Our Soul

by Axe Lourens | Rock Back In Your Soul