Today we chatted to Jono Tait from the Cape Town band, Hatchetman. He also spoke to us about as upcoming live music events at Alma Cafe in Rosebank.
Hatchetman’s soaring harmonies and searing dynamism in the musical accompaniment has brought many a person to tears. The honesty, and a willingness to explore the darker and more tender sides of the human condition, as well as a very personal and human presentation of the same, sets the band apart from many of their
contemporaries. Lyrical topics range from heartbreak to a rumination of the multifaceted nature of Cape Town, while musically, the band meets somewhere between folk, rock, funk and acoustically inclined sounds, all delicately underpinned by the poignant, powerful and beautiful blend of three voices.
The band consist of 4 members:
Jono Tait, guitarist and singer, is the son of Richard and Retha Tait, owners of the Alma Café, one of Cape Town’s premier live music venues. A spirited character, and the main songwriter for the band is very candid in his lyrics as well as his onstage interaction with the crowd.
Brothers Nick and Matt Catto complete the original trio of Hatchetman. They bring an incredible blend of harmony and musical abilities on bass and cajon respectively. This talent was inevitable considering the strong musical family background of the Blundell Family, a prodigious musical family from Cape Town whose roots stretch right back to
the origin of the South African folk music scene in the 60’s.
Stephane Corneloup completes the picture. A classically trained concert pianist, Steph abandoned his studies in favour of the electric guitar. His subtle approach and French flair has been the catalyst for the band’s elemental members to reach hitherto undiscovered heights.