Where are they from? What’s the connection to Grassy Park? When did they get together? Sometimes you attempt to start the braai and it takes more than a minute to get the fire going, but Grassy Spark isn’t like that at all; they’re the musical equivalent of a firelighter.
Less spark and more flame, Grassy Spark has left a blazing trail in the South African music scene with its blend of ska, rock, reggae and funk, so if you haven’t heard of them yet they’re about to ignite more fire in your heart than a Cape Town summer. The 5-piece cocktail of Meisters comprised of Yanick Bathfield and Josh Riley on guitar and vocals, Simon Ackermann on keys and sax, Kevin Kok on bass guitar and Lawrence Jaeger (whose last name we love) beating the drums. They’ve played every major festival in the country including Oppikoppi and Rocking The Daisies and even shared a stage with Meisters like The Cat Empire, Milky Chance and The Kooks at In The City in 2015. They’re brilliantly energetic and every gig feels unique as they play off the energy of the show.
Their self-recorded album “Portal” is exactly that; a gateway that transports you along an explorative journey across the facets and emotions of the human Experience. Grassy Spark is known for jumping a crowd out of its shoes, and reminding them that they are more than basic sacks of flesh; that their skin encases a soul, and that soul has got to groove.