Defy Theory is a rock band from Johannesburg, South Africa.

The band was formed in 2013 and consists of 5 members: Gareth Cairncross, Daniel Bronkhorst, Chris Palmer, Renier Lillie and Justin Visagie.

We have performed at many live music venues such as Sundowners, Hard Rock Café, The Goodluck Bar, Aandklas Hatfield and Sinkshack to name a few and have appeared on the bill for big festivals like Kranked Up and Alberton Day.

We recently (July 2019) toured the UK and performed with International Acts such as The Hunna and Sulpher (ex-members of Marilyn Manson and The Prodigy)

In May 2018 we opened for Fokofpolisiekar at the Annual Alberton Day Music Festival, whom we shared a stage with at Hillcrest Quarry in Cape Town in 2017.

We also shared the stage with local rock band Prime Circle.

In August 2018 we opened for Gangs of Ballet in what would be one of the bands final shows.
We followed this up by being announced as part of the Krank'd Up Fest 2018 line-up where, alongside major local bands, will also be sharing the line-up with international heavy weights Miss May I and Sikth.

We have played several cover gigs in and around the Gauteng area over the last 4 years and have frequented at venues such as Baileys, Rusty Hook, Hi- Flyers Aviation Bar and Sinkshack.
These gigs would range anywhere from 2-3 hours where Defy Theory play a host of covers peppered with their original music.

We recorded our debut album: Impossible/Plausible/Sensible with Clinton Watts of Watts Productions, whom we also previously worked with on our single “Sugar”. 

We have since released another two singles, “Whispers” and “Black & Blue”.

Our bands sound experiments with a mix of alternative and rock with elements of rap, although it isn’t limited to those genres as we draw influence from multiple types of music.

Namely artists / bands such as Muse, Gangs of Ballet, Linkin Park and Alter Bridge among others.