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The official release day for WONDERboom’s first studio album in seven years is here. Rising Sun is out today across all digital platforms

WONDERboom are ready to celebrate the release of Rising Sun in true Rock & Roll style at The Good Luck Bar in Joburg tomorrow night (Saturday, 4 November). The rest of South Africa can see the band on tour in November and December as they hit the road for the Rising Sun Album Tour. All info here –

Southern Light, the brand new single from Rising Sun, received its first plays across SA radio this week and with previous singles Great Escape and Ooh La La already fan favourites, these three singles are just a taste of what Rising Sun holds.

Rising Sun is a triumphant release from WONDERboom and is packed with 11 powerful songs. Album opener Humans launches the album with that distorted guitar-riff driven, kick drum stomping, dirty Rock & Roll sounding, fist-pumping anthem WONDERboom delivers so well. The rest of the album is just pure magic listening to singles such as Hell, Praying Mantis, In Place Of Something, and Shark Bite.

WONDERboom are so excited for fans to hear this album! “For the first time EVER, we took our time and were extremely meticulous with the whole production process. Sometimes we’d re-record, other times we’d just scrap, but every song on Rising Sun is meant to be there and pretty much the cream of the crop. First album with Jono on drums. I think fans will get a sense of ‘Damn, you worked hard on this record!’ The attention to detail, the energy, the musicality, the soul… It’s all in there. We had a motto for the album and that was ‘GO THERE!’ No half-arsed attempts at any song. It’s heavy, it’s beautiful, it’s epic,” comments Cito.

WONDERboom have cemented their legendary status. 21 Years in the industry, 8 albums released, headlined many major SA festivals, been nominated for 5 SAMA’s (South African Music Awards), and won a Kanna Award & People Crystal Award in 2003 for South Africa’s hottest band. They also won the South African leg of the 2004 Global Battle of the Bands & came SECOND WORLDWIDE! There can be few South African music fans that aren’t familiar with their hits, like Never Ever, Jafta Rebel, Something Wrong, Green Fever, Africa, Shadows, Charlie, It’s Great to be Alive, Best Side, On The Radio, and Karaoke Bar.

Rising Sun adds to this impressive list as we salute SA’s favourite Rock band, WONDERboom.

If you think you know WONDERboom and you have your favourite song from watching one of SA’s most iconic Rock bands grow from strength to strength over the past 21 years, but you haven’t heard Rising Sun, you’re in for an amazing surprise. Your favourite song is on this album.

[Rising Sun – album cover]

Track listing for ‘Rising Sun’:

  1. Humans

  2. Southern Light

  3. Northern Light

  4. Great Escape

  5. Hell

  6. In Place of Something

  7. Rising Sun

  8. Ooh La La

  9. Praying Mantis

  10. Digital Dan (Instrumental)

  11. Shark Bite

Rising Sun is released on CD on Monday, November 6th, but get it first at the WONDERboom album launch at The Good Luck Bar on Saturday.

Rising Sun album launch info:

Facebook Event Link:

Saturday, 4 November 2017

WONDERboom Rising Sun Album Launch

Venue: The Good Luck Bar, 1 Fox Street, Ferreirastown, Johannesburg

Time: 8pm

Entrance Fee: R50 entrance OR buy the album at R125 and free entrance

Pre-sale Tickets on sale from

Catch WONDERboom live on the ‘Rising Sun’ album tour:

4 November – Official Album Launch at The Good Luck Bar

18 November – Radium Beer Hall, Johannesburg

25 November – Beards, Bourbon and Bands Festival, Magaliesburg

1 – 3 December – Ningbo Cultural Festival – Ningbo, China

9 December – Jock, Nelspruit

22 December – Cheers Pub, Kimberley

23 December – The C Club, East London (with Prime Circle)

24 December – Knysna Yacht Club, Knysna (unplugged)

25 December – Music Kitchen, Port Elizabeth (unplugged)

26 December – Vinyl On Main, Knysna

27 December – Gecko Bar, Hermanus

28 December – Brass Bell, Cape Town

29 December – Quay Four, Cape Town

30 December – Bertie’s Mooring, Gordon’s Bay

31 December – Rumours Rock City, Johannesburg

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