Ashtray Electric – National Tour

Ashtray Electric`s is touring South Africa this month to promote their new CD Measured in Falls. Ashtray Electric will be performing in Bloemfontein, Pretoria, Potchefstroom, Durban, Stellenbosch, Grahamstown, PE and East London. Winner of MK`s Best Newcomer Award 2009 and voted to have the potential to be SA`s next musical export, Ashtray Electric have been leaving their gutsy footprints at venues and festivals nationwide. Their music is laced with engaging melodies and packed with galloping riffs and attitude. Add to that their signature sleazy-slow motion sexiness and you`ll find this unique package of four musicians that have skillfully made their mark. Ashtray Electric first unapologetically gallivanted onto the SA Music Scene three years ago. Their debut album “Bonjour” received rave reviews from fans and media alike. Music journalist Atiyyah Khan commented: “Ashtray Electric is in fashion. They most certainly ignite something electric on stage.”
Measured in Falls introduces Ashtray Electric`s new musical progression. It is not merely a collection of songs; it is an album in the full sense of the word. The new tracks are warm, luscious, and extraordinary. The album contains 11 brand new tracks, as well as their popular single “Release” (with Gazelle) as a bonus track. “Release” enjoyed high rotation on 5fm and national campus radio stations and the video reached no 1 on MK. The album cover shot features actual DNA strands of the bandmembers. Each band member had the inside of their cheeks swabbed with an ear bud. The epithelial (skin cell) tissue extracted from each member was lysed (breaking down of the cell wall) to expose the entire genetic genome into the lysed material. The DNA was then purified from all other cellular bodies and amplified using PCR technology. Each sample of DNA was then cut using a cocktail of enzymes and run in separate lanes on a Electrophoresis Gell giving rise to the 4 smears witnessed on the image. The broken bands in the 5th lane is a simple molecular weight marker.

Ashtray Electric will introduce the new album on a nationwide tour in July: 

Date: Sat 11 June 2011
Venue: The Assembly
Address: 61 Harrington Street, District 6, Cape Town
Cover Charge: Limited edition presale R40 tickets available at
R50.00 at door. Time: 22h00

Date: Fri 15 July 2011
Venue: MK Sessions 2011 @ Vry Fees (Volksblad Fees)
Address: Blêrkas (beer garden on festival grounds), Bloemfontein
Cover Charge: R60 at Computicket
Time: 20h00
Other acts: Frank Freeman and Jack Parow

Date: Sat 16 July 2011
Venue: Arcade Empire, Hans Strijdom Drive, Pretoria.
Bands start: 21h00
Other acts: Wrestlerish
Cover Charge: R30 before 10pm, R40 after 10pm
Time: 21h00

Date: Thu 21 July 2011
Venue: Memphis Rock
Address: 12 Esselen Street, Die Bult, Potchefstroom
Cover Charge: R25
Time: 19h00

Date: Fri 22 July 2011
Venue: Town Hall
Address: 66 Carr Street, Newtown, Johannesburg
Cover Charge: R40
Time: 21h00
Other acts: Wrestlerish

Date: Sat 23 July 2011
Venue: Unit 11
Address: 191 Matthews Meyiwa, Durban
Cover Charge: R40
Time: 21h00
Other acts: The Stellas, Scarlet Hill

Date: Wed 27 July 2011
Venue: Klein Libertas Teater
Address: Bergzicht Plein, Du Toit Street, Stellenbosch
Cover Charge: R40 before 10pm, R50 after 10pm
Time: 21h30

Date: Thu 28 July 2011
Venue: The Union 
Address: Steve Biko Building, Prince Alfred Street, Grahamstown
Cover Charge: R20 before 10pm, R30 after 10pm
Time: 20h30

Date: Fri 29 July 2011
Venue: Raggies Bar
Address: Shop 22/23, Sporgs Centre, Beacon Bay, East London
Cover Charge: R30.00          
Time: 21h30

Date: Sat 30 July 2011
Venue: Pool City
Address: Times Square Building, c/o Heugh & 5th Avenue, Port Elizabeth
Cover Charge: R30.00
Time: 21h30