The two lead singers of the popular bands Wonderboom and Sugardrive, Cito and Paul E. Flynn, have joined forces on an elaborate musical journey. They call the outfit Absinthè; a name that perfectly embodies the spirit of the project.

The concept is simple. No originals, just covers.

With Absinthè, they have taken a supper club approach to some of their favourite songs from the last century. Absinthè is a laid-back meeting of two unique voices and acoustic guitars. Intended to charm those in an unplugged environment, Absinthè has entertained music lovers around Johannesburg with an awesome show of great alternative classics to contemporary favourites.

Through jamming together, Paul andAbsinthe Duo show at Kalk Bay Theatre Cito found that they had similar taste in music. Reminiscing about the alternative clubbing days at Le Club, The White Horse Inn, The Doors and Alcatraz, brought back the memories of the dance floor, heartbreak and escape. Cito and Flynn thought it’d be a unique concept to keep them busy and having fun interpreting mutually admired songs by their great legendary influences such as, Joy Division, the Verve, Pixies, Placebo, House of Love, Coldplay, Depeche Mode, Johnny Cash, The Mission and many others.

Absinthè is a more mature entertainment option for the discerning audience. Cito and Paul have chosen this format to pay tribute to a way of life, and some great music, with their own unique signature.

With a powerhouse set-up from the two lead singers of the popularbands Wonderboom and Sugardrive, Cito and Paul E. Flynn have been teasing South African audiences with very select shows from their group, Absinthè, over the past 2 years. June 2012 sees the group releasing their long-awaited Music Video for the Joy Division hit, “Love Will Tear Us Apart”, as well as announcing some intimate live performance dates in the Cape for July.

The beautifully crafted music video for “Love Will Tear Us Apart” tells a love-tragedy story through the use of shadow puppetry images and a melancholic aural interpretation of the classic song. The single is taken from Absinthè’s Double CD release “A Rendezvous at Nirvana”, which includes stunning acoustic renditions of other great songs from the likes of  the Pixies, Kings Of Leon, Leonard Cohen, Placebo and Depeche Mode to name a few.

Cito explains the creation and ideas behind the “Love Will Tear Us Apart” music video: “The love, passion and talent that Bradley Devine has put into this video is undoubtedly manifested through the expression of shadow-puppetry in a fable-like love tragedy. Our audio recording of Love Will Tear Us Apart  needed the visuals that complimented the melancholic yet endearing performance that we gave and this video completes the experience. The powerful video-making partnership between Rowan Cloete (online editor) and Bradley Devine (director, designer and editor) is wonderfully depicted in our first music video. We are thrilled that Bradley chose an Absinthe music video for his director debut, and are so pleased with the outcome.”

Watch the video for “Love Will Tear Us Apart”, which has already entered the MK video chart, here:

Fans in Cape Town will be delighted as Absinthè head to the Mother City for some shows from the 12th to 15th of July.

“Finally, Paul and I get to bring Absinthè to the beautiful Cape! It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while and have always believed that the Cape audiences would embrace our vibe. I’ve seen some great unplugged, intimate performances in the smallest and quaintest of venues in Cape Town and it will be an honour to contribute to that! We seem to have fans in the Mother City that have been hounding us to come. So, voila!!! Here we come!” exclaims Cito excitedly.

Catch Absinthè live at the following 4 performance dates in the Cape:

12 July – Lovell Gallery in Woodstock, CT

Venue Address: 139 Albert Road, Woodstock

Entrance Fee: R150 per person, including 1 bottle of wine per couple. Light meals will be available at additional cost (optional) on the night

Performance Time: Doors open 18h00, Show at 19h00

Advanced bookings essentional :

13 July – Kalk Bay Theatre

Venue Address: Corner Main Road and Rouxville Road, Kalk Bay

Entrance Fee: R85 – advanced bookings essential

Performance Time: Doors open at 6.30pm, show starts at 8pm

*Optional Extra – Dinner available from 7pm – Beer, Burger and Chips for an additional R50.

Bookings only done online:

14 July – Cape Angel Guesthouse

Venue Address: 3 Fig Street, Fernwood, Newlands, Cape Town
Entrance Fee:  R300 including a 2-course meal (Main Course and Dessert) – guests advised to mention any dietary restrictions when booking.

Performance Time: Arrival 7pm. (Main Course served at 7:30pm, the performance begins at 8:45pm, then Dessert is served afterwards)

Telephone – 021 683 5058

Sun, 15 July 2012 – Berties Mooring

Venue Address: The Boardwalk, Harbour Island

Entrance Fee: Free – no advanced bookings necessary although guests are encouraged to arrive early to avoid being turned away when venue is full.

Performance Time: 6 – 8pm. 2 performance sets within that time frame

Telephone – 021 856 3343