When Angels Came

When Angels Came is the auditory brainchild of Jacques van der Merwe, started during the pandemic to stay productive and sound. It quickly evolved into a creative hub for new songs, as well as an opportunity to revisit old demo tracks. The inspiration duly ignited, and Jacques was able to work on fresh ideas and vocal melodies. The band was subsequently officially formed in 2021. Soon after Jacques reached out to good friend and South African Music Veteran, Mark Beling to record the first tracks at his studio. Mark was part of the legendary Rock Band Mean Mr Mustard, and now has a bustling career as a solo artist and producer. The first of these called ‘Color In Blind’ was released on 29 December 2021, and well received with global radio play, as well as chart positions on the MIX FM SA TOP 40, Banks Radio Australia, Oasis Radio and Radio Indie Alliance. The second called ‘About You’ is now set for release on 30 September 2022. Jacques recently relocated to the Netherlands and continue to work with South African artists. His music style is very focused on melody, stating that “if I cannot sing to the melody of the guitars and vocals, then I struggle to enjoy a song. I focus mostly on creating hard hitting riffs with a melodic chorus which people can enjoy and talks to the heart of the song. Lyrics wise it’s all based on life experiences, or a story that I’m dying to tell the audience. Every song has a meaning. Influence wise I try to find new music every day, I find my inspiration from various bands and genres. Starting with Metallica and Breaking Benjamin back in the day, to new bands like Kensington, Architects and Spiritbox.”

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