Ross Learmonth (singer and rhythm guitar: front) Behind him clasping his hands: Dale Schnettler (drums and backing vocals) Back from left: Neil Breytenbach (keyboards), Dirk bisschoff (lead guitar) and Marco Gomes (bass) Picture: Handout/Supplied

Staff Reporter

It’s one of the most highly anticipated events of the musical year – the country’s most successful rock band are about to release their fifth album.

Nobody outside Prime Circle has heard the new album, whose title remains a closely guarded secret. Now, four Star readers can meet the band in person and watch them play tracks off it in a private studio session reserved for the country’s music journalists – who haven’t heard the album yet either.

The band are hosting two studio sessions at the SABC’s M2 studios in Auckland Park on Tuesday – one at noon and the other at 2pm.

You’ll see the band as they perform their new material and then sit in on an exclusive press conference with some of South Africa’s top print and broadcast music journalists.

And you’ll each be in line for a limited-edition CD, autographed by Ross Learmonth, Dirk Bisschoff, Neil Breytenbach, Marco Gomes and Dale Schnettler, when the brand new album is finally released to the public, as well as a hamper of exclusive Prime Circle merchandise.

The album is to be released later this month.

The post-grunge rockers are South Africa’s most successful export, with each of their preceding four albums going platinum. They’ve played alongside Seether, Metallica, Good Charlotte and, most recently, Alter Bridge and 3 Doors Down in Germany.

They’ve won numerous awards – and now they’re about to release their fifth album.

Lead singer Learmonth told The Star yesterday: “This album’s for the fans… it was an emotional roller- coaster.

“It was scary at times, but we did it the way we wanted to do it. We had to relook at ourselves, dig in and reinvent ourselves musically, instead of staying stuck in a rut.

“We’re excited about what we’ve done. It’s time to get back on the road and give back to the fans.”

If you’d like to stand a chance of sitting in on one of these listening sessions, e-mail [email protected] and tell them why you should be there.

This competition closes at midnight on Sunday.