Claire Martens

Claire Martens

Writer (Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa)
- Since that mixtape she was gifted in 1997, Claire’s journey with rock music has been all encompassing. After finding herself swimming in the deep end of music management through the university society, Live Music Society, and realising she has something to contribute, she delved into music journalism on the side. Local music is and always will be her most impassioned distraction. She has written for SA blog, MusicReview, local in-flight magazine, Khuluma, and briefly for Metal4Africa.
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Ukrainian progressive metal band Jinjer, along with SÜMER and openers Zombies Ate My Girlfriend, delivered as close to a perfect show as possible at Mercury Live in Cape Town last week.
on May 10, 2019
A show not to be missed, Ukraine’s metalcore giants, Jinjer, and United Kingdom’s prog rock up-and-comers, SÜMER, will be gracing South Africa’s shores for two dates in May thanks to Turning Tricks Entertainment.
on Apr 26, 2019
Having been around in the ‘90s, South African rockers, Lithium, have reemerged with a few battle scars. PureGrainAudio got talking with David Beretta Owens about the band, their history, and the future.
on Dec 24, 2018
South Africa’s Zombies Ate My Girlfriend and their production crew, reveal the sweat and tears behind the making of their latest music video, “The Worst Is Yet To Come,” which also gave us a chance to talk about the concept of humanity being fucked.
on Dec 21, 2018
American post-hardcore band, Our Last Night, hit Cape Town for a show at Mercury Live, along with support from Atlantic South, OneDaySky, You, Me and Harmony, and Last One Alive.
on Nov 23, 2018
With international headliners SikTh and Miss May I in tow, 2018’s edition of Krank’d Up Festival hit Sundowners in Johannesburg, SA and left the crowd buzzing.
on Oct 10, 2018
On the eve of Only Forever’s final show, the band spoke about the South Africa scene, the challenges faced and shared memories of twelve years of being a band family.
on Sep 25, 2018
Johannesburg’s Knave left the scene five years ago but will be returning for a one-off show organized by Brochella. PGA caught up with the band to talk about the past, present, and future.
on Sep 18, 2018
South Africa’s Women’s Day in Johannesburg saw Brochella bring one of the best lineups together, performing the old and the new. The evening featured Riddlebreak, Only Forever, Red Helen and more local favourites!
on Aug 23, 2018
You’ll soon be going wild for South African death-thrash metal band Chaos Doctrine. We sat down with the guys to discuss their self-titled debut release only to find ourselves enmeshed in the human condition.
on Aug 13, 2018
Ahead of Cape Town prog band, Ohgod, playing at Johannesburg’s Brochella, we look back on a year of debut albums and European touring.
on Aug 09, 2018
With the pending release of their debut album, Bottom of the Barrel, we spoke with Johannesburg rock 'n roll four-piece, Dirty Moonshine, about how they got this far and the local scene in South Africa.
on Jul 23, 2018
Doom band, Ruff Majik are the first South African band to receive Wacken Foundation funding. Frontman, Johni Holiday speaks to us about touring and paying your dues.
on Jul 13, 2018
We spoke with Skinflint vocalist and guitarist, Giuseppe Sbrana, about their latest self-titled album, touring with Tarja, and what it is exactly that makes metal “African”.
on Jul 04, 2018


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