Sam Bushell, Lionel Cawood, Mpho Ramathe, Mike Pierce and Richard Hobson - these
were the people to form the bond that was to become Aimed at You. The band
considered adding a second guitarist. After a few impromptu jam-sessions at the
band’s rehearsal room, Aimed at You completed the sextet with guitarist Micah Myles.
An eventful 2015 saw the band hitting the stage for the first time at venues such as
Rumours and Iron Tusk. Unfortunately, with our last amazing gig held for the year at
Wolmer bush Lounge, we were forced to say our farewells to Richard. Michael Hawtrey
has enthusiastically stepped up to the role, giving us a solid foundation to build
ourselves through 2016.
Although there are some core influences (including the likes of Tool, Pantera, Rage
Against The Machine and Devin Townsend) running through the members of Aimed at You, the
individuals still have strong personal influences ranging from light melodic rock, funk
and blues to underground hip-hop, alternative, progressive and heavy metal. As a
result of such diverse influences being incorporated and encouraged in the creative
process, it is difficult to categorise their sound into a particular genre and is probably
best described by the band themselves as “Soul Metal” or “Sock-vanquishing Rock”.
Aimed at you is humbled to have a few gigs under our belt already, including a part
played in the ever-growing Emalyth Arts Expo. The band is driven to make a name for
itself in the South African music scene.
With their unique sound and blend of myriad vocal styles, this talented and
motivated group of individuals are eager to bring 2016 to its knees! The self-belief,
confidence and enjoyment in what Aimed at You are creating is inspiring the band to
continue their quest to new horizons.