||From humble beginnings playing at house parties around Durban (South Africa), Sheep Down has evolved into one of the citys top acts. 2006 saw the release of their first e.p. entitled Sheep Downs ABCs. It was their first release to the fans and it served the purpose of showing the world exactly what Sheep Down were all about. With the songs in the ears of the people, Sheep Down continued to gig and tour South Africa, to such places as Grahamstown, East London, Jo’ burg, Pretoria, Cape Town and their home town, Durban to establish themselves in the underground music scene. People started to take notice as they made it onto the bill for several major festivals such as Splashy Fen (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2010), Uprising (2006, 2007 & 2008), Witchfest (2008), Canefest (2009), Parkfest (2009) and Woodstock (2007 & 2008).
With enough tunes under their belt Sheep Down launched their debut full length album entitled Beyond the Confines in early 2008. The album achieved the status of Album of the Week on Barney Simons SA Music show on Radio 2000, and was played on campus stations around the country such as UCT Radio, UJFM and Maties FM. The Album was also featured as the sound track for the Oakley junior surf comp 2009 on DSTV.
The band released a video for the title song of the album, Beyond the Confines, and this is currently on rotation on South Africas MK89 television station.
The founding members of the band include Marcel, whose resonant trumpet lines and commanding vocals will get you thinking while you sing along in the shower. Pauls experience in jazz drumming and punk roots will have you bouncing to the groove. Roach, with his hardcore riffs, skanky upstrokes, and crunchy yet sweet vocals, is the crowd antagoniser. Nothing makes him happier than a bunch of sweaty folk running around in circles. Duncan, with his love of the heavier things in life will be sending some love your way on the bass guitar, and he adds the edge with his screams.
Brass players have come and gone over the years, but they now sport permanent trombonist Q as part of their musical arsenal, who was born to play live shows with that big trombone of his.
Sheep Down has also shared the stage with international acts such as Red Five Point Star (Slovenia), Evicted (Zimbabwe) and award winners, The Ataris (USA) in 2009.