The Jonah Tour (Dec 2007)
|Members||Hanu de Jong
Emile de Jong
Lias De Lange
Critically acclaimed hard rock band from South Africa sporting SAMA (South African Music Award) nominations for Best Rock album for all 3 their full length albums.
The Narrow began in 2002, an idea spawned by Emile (Guitars), Jow (Bass Guitar), Sid (Guitars) and Lias (Drummer). Lacking a vocalist at this stage it made sense to bring in Hanu. Hanu and Emile de Jong, were lead vocalist and lead guitarist respectively for South African rock band “Not My Dog” and it was an obvious choice to continue this collaboration in South Africa. Since forming The Narrow, the band very quickly developed their own sound and identity whilst retaining elements of their roots.
The band received wide support for their debut Self Conscious, which spawned 4 singles in South Africa. The album was voted best rock album and was nominated for a SAMA (South African Music Award). Reviews, articles and interviews in the SA Media have echoed this sentiment. Due to the popularity of ‘Self Conscious’,The Narrow decided to give the album a face lift in September 2005, it made sense to include tracks that were initially left off the first release. The re-release has now been re-mastered with new artwork, two extra bonus tracks and two music videos of their songs The Banded and Push Up The Level.
In June 2003 whilst ‘Self Conscious’ was at its peak, slowly bringing the band out of cult status and into the rock arena, guitarist ‘Sid’ had to leave the band for personal reasons and was replaced by Deon Kruger who was already known in South Africa as an experienced session guitarist. Deon’s influence can be felt with the next album Travellers giving his own feel to this established Pretoria band.
The release of the album Travellers exceeded all expectations earning them a second SAMA nomination for best Rock album in 2005. The biggest single off this album was Lonely-lonely charting on every campus radio station in the country and making the Narrow a house hold name. Due to the extra tracks that were released on an EP called Split and the success of the single The Living Daylights, the band decided to release a special edition of the album with a total of 20 tracks including the new single Crash Through.
Live performances such as at the TUKS Rag festival were always coupled with vigorous energy and heavy - rock and roll. Various negotiations were taking place to secure the best international deal. One of their songs "Lonely lonely" was voted the best song ever on campus radio and is still very popular amongst the Afrikaner community.
Having gained a reputation as a live band with serious energy and professionalism – headlining almost every major festival, the band went off to Europe in August 2005 to play alongside the likes of Korn and Marilyn Manson at the Pukkelpop festival in Belgium. On the local South African scene The Narrow became a favorite at festivals headlining Oppikoppi, Seasons Wither, Ramfest and opening for acts like The Used, Violent Femmes, Inflames, Underoath etc.
After a short stint in the states the band pulled out of an international record deal and took a short break in 2007 only to start writing new material again in 2008.
In 2010 they released their 3rd full length album You dont get to quit and was again nominated for a SAMA for Best rock album.
In 2012 the band released an acoustic album called Understated featuring acoustic versions of previously released tracks.
- 2003 Self Conscious
- 2004 Travellers
- 2004 Split
- 2005 Travellers Special edition
- 2006 Sharing The Turbulence
- 2010 Definitively Recycled
- 2010 You Don't Get to Quit
- 2012 Understated (acoustic collection)