The Buckfever Underground is a South African spoken-word band that plays free-form improvised jazz-rock / post-rock. We perform poetry in English and Afrikaans with experimental music.

We tour yearly - throughout the Western Cape and sometimes across the country. We enjoy playing at bars, homes and arts festivals.

City soiree at Gerhard's house. Photo: Sam Reinders.
City soiree at Gerhard's house. Photo: Sam Reinders.
Alexander Bar show during the 2018 tour. Photo: Dirk Hugo.
Alexander Bar show during the 2018 tour. Photo: Dirk Hugo.

Current members

2018 shoot in Woodstock. From the left: Michael, Toast and Stephen.
2018 shoot in Woodstock. From the left: Michael, Toast and Stephen.

Toast Coetzer

Toast Coetzer writes and performs poetry in both English and Afrikaans.

He is a travel writer at Go / Weg travel magazines. He’s also one of the co-editors of the oldest (and most erratic) Afrikaans zine in the world, Ons Klyntji. He co-hosts The Unhappy Hour on Bush Radio 89.5 fm every Sunday from 6-8 pm in Cape Town.

Read more on toastcoetzer.com or on his Afrikaans Wikipedia page.

Toast at Riebeek-Kasteel. Photo by Rudolph Willemse.
Toast at Riebeek-Kasteel. Photo by Rudolph Willemse.

Stephen Timm

Stephen plays the drums, sometimes keys and has occasional brings out the percussion set of bells and shakers.

Stephen at Riebeek-Kasteel. Photo by Rudolph Willemse.
Stephen at Riebeek-Kasteel. Photo by Rudolph Willemse.

Stephen released a book he wrote in Feb 2021, titled At Any Cost.

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The book is available to order on Amazon (ebook available). Or read more about the book on LitNet on on Stephen’s LinkedIn post.

Michael Currin

Michael plays electric guitar and sometimes acoustic guitar. He takes inspiration for his experimental ambient soundscapes from bands like the Doors, Pink Floyd, Explosions in the Sky and Tool.

History

The Buckfever Underground has been around since 1998 when then students Toast Coetzer (vocals, lyrics) and Gilad Hockman (bass) started the band in Grahamstown. Jon Savage (keyboard) soon joined with Stephen Timm (drums) and Righard Kapp (guitar) joining after the band had relocated to Cape Town in the early 2000s.

October 2011. Photo: Sam Reinders.
October 2011. Photo: Sam Reinders.

The picture above is from just after we finished recording our Verkeerdevlei album at Teatime Studios out in Brackenfell. Pictured from the left are: Gilad Hockman (bass, ideas, The Plan), Jon Savage (keyboards, big tunes), Toast Coetzer (vocals, lyrics), Stephen Timm (drums, electronics, keyboards) and Righard Kapp (guitar magic).

2018 shoot in Woodstock. From the left: Michael, Toast and Stephen.
2018 shoot in Woodstock. From the left: Michael, Toast and Stephen.

The latest member is the guitarist, Michael Currin, who joined in 2017.

Read more about us on The Buckfever Underground page on Wikipedia.