Urban Creep

Durban-based group who formed in 1994: Chris Letcher (guitar, keyboard, vocals), Brendan Jury (viola, keyboard, vocals), Simon Pontin (bass) and Ian Jefferys (drums). This line-up released the cassette-only album Live at Jam&Sons (1994).

In 1995 Didier Nobilla replaced Pontin on bass and Ross Campbell replaced Jefferys on drums. The new line up released the albums Sea Level (1995) and Tightroper (1996).

Their most popular song was their first single, “Sea Level” (1995).

They broke up in 1998.


Van der Want/Letcher

A duo formed in Johannesburg in 1997. Matthew van der Want and Chris Letcher were both part of the ’90s Shifty Records stable: Van der Want as a solo artist and Letcher as a member of Urban Creep. Van der Want was an occasional support act for the Urban Creep and the latter appeared on van der Want’s debut album.

After Urban Creep broke up Van der Want/Letcher released the EP EP Tombi in 1997, followed by three albums: Low Riding (1998), Bignity (2002) and Casual Killing (2005). Van der Want/Letcher is a side project with both members of the duo also releasing solo work, and mostly coming together for live performances.