Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Observatory Remix Album Launch This Friday

Two years after the release of The Observatory's "Catacombs" comes the Singapore band's first remix album.

Titled after a key lyric from "Catacombs", "Behind These Eyes" sees 11 visionaries steering the trajectories of the original album in different directions, resulting in a sprawling double LP that is by turns more violent, calming, morose, euphoric, abstract, and elegiac. "Behind These Eyes" is jointly released by The Observatory and Ujikaji.

The release party is happening on Friday 25 April at Artistry with performances and DJ set from Kiat, Xhin, George Chua and Evan Tan.

For more information on the album launch:!/events/1440750666166395/

Today is your last chance to order your copy of "Behind These Eyes" at the pre-launch price of $35 at From 25 April (release day), the RRP of $40 applies.

Date: 25 April 2014
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Artistry
Entry: Free

Monday, April 21, 2014

Beerfest Asia Returns in June

Beerfest Asia returns from 12 to 15 June 2014 at the Marina Promenade (F1 tracks behind Singapore Flyer). Currently in its sixth edition, Beerfest Asia is Singapore's premier beer festival, targeting both industry players and consumers.

Visitors to Beerfest Asia 2014 can also experience rock concerts featuring renowned tribute bands from Australia. This year will see the return of popular acts such as Queen tribute band “Killer Queen”, a perennial favourite at all Beerfest Asia events. Back by popular demand, it will enthrall with its full costume and instrument presentation to reproduce the original band’s trademark sounds and stage presence.

Making its first time appearance at Beerfest Asia 2014 is Australian-based Chick Flick (pic above), an all-girl rock band who will perform a mixed bag of influential rock anthems from Guns & Roses, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Bon Jovi and Pink.

Local musicians will feature their distinctive brand of musical styles at Beerfest Asia 2014. FungkiMunkees is a 9-piece band made up of musicians from the US, Europe, South America and South East Asia and will play some of the funkiest and grooviest hits. JS Funk (Japan-Singapore Funk) brings together prominent Japanese and Singapore talents and offers an upbeat funk, soul, drum & bass jazz infused musical showcase.

Dates & Times:
Thursday, 12 June - 6pm to 1am
Friday, 13 June - 6pm to 2am
Saturday, 14 June - 6pm to 2am
Sunday, 15 June - 12 noon to 10pm

Venue: Marina Promenade (F1 tracks behind Singapore Flyer)


Tickets: From $20 to $180 from SISTIC

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Gabriel Lynch 'Live' at Hood Bar

Australian singer-songwriter Gabriel Lynch brings a band to Singapore for the very first time. Catch the special one-night only show at Hood on Thursday 24 April 2014.

Gabriel is touring Southeast Asia in preparation to record and release his new album, "All of Us", which is partly crowd-funded. Joined by his Australian bandmates, Owen Downie (bass/vocals), Christopher Oldman (drums/percussion) and Craig Kickbush (bass/vocals/synths), the show will be a chance for his followers to preview songs from his forthcoming release, and to hear songs from Passerby Chorale (2011) and Dependent State (2013) performed live with a full ensemble for the first time in the region.

Date: 24 April 2014
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Hood Bar and Cafe (Bugis+, 201 Victoria St, #05-07)
Entry: $15 entry (includes one drink)

Gabriel Lynch - "Another Apology"

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Not Quite Sunday Folke with Kestrels and Kites

The Diarists are proud to present Hong Kong band Kestrels and Kites. KK as they like to be known will be playing an acoustic set of their infectious melodies to the intimate confines of the IARC.

KK will be supported by Nick Chim and The Middle of Nowhere.

Date: 19th April 2014
Venue: Independent Archive and Resource Center, 67 Aliwal Street
Time: 8pm
Entry: By $20 Donation (Includes Kestrels and Kites 6 track EP and Nick Chim single download. Free if you're strapped for cash!) / Email: to book your tickets

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Postiljonen Performing In Singapore

Swedish dream-pop darlings Postiljonen will be bringing their heart-pumping electronic tunes to Singapore this May.

Formed in 2011, the band has made huge strides in three years, with tours through their native Europe and as far as China, and shows alongside Beach House, James Blake and fellow countrymen The Knife at Gothenburg’s Way Out West Festival in 2013.

Recently, the trio has made waves with the release of their debut LP Skyer, which features the undeniably catchy "Supreme" and the eighties-influenced electro-anthem "Atlantis".

Date: Fri, 16 May 2014
Time: doors open at 8pm
Venue: Pink Noize (744 North Bridge Road)
Entry: $35 (standard), $45 (at the door) available at:

DEON Announces Always Take The Scenic Route Tour

Singaporean singer-songwriter DEON will be embarking on his second tour titled Always Take the Scenic Route. This tour sees DEON and his four-piece band take on Singapore, Toronto, London and Liverpool in the span of four weeks. They will be delivering sets of DEON’s music at two international festivals – Canadian Music Week 2014 and International Pop Overthrow 2014.

Always Take the Scenic Route is inspired by consequential decisions DEON faces at the crossroads of his life. It is also a timely reminder for the songsmith to pursue his passions and make decisions in line with his love for music - a tour couldn’t be more apt.

Accompanied by Lim Jie [Guitars], Mindy Kon [Keys], Stasha Wong [Bass], and Jovin Lim [Drums], this band of close friends look to be further inspired by their travels, and elevate DEON’s compositions.

Aside from performing in the same festival as artistes such as Ellie Goulding, City and Color, and The 1975; DEON is looking forward to joining his friends Caracal (SG), Fairchild (AUS), and Kevin Lester (SG) at Canadian Music Week. He is also looking forward to perform at the world famous Cavern Club, which hosted The Beatles in the 1960s – a band that heavily influences his songwriting.

DEON will also take this chance to promote his debut album, "Antiphobic", set to be released in June 2014. A culmination of his past two years as a solo artist in the Singapore scene, Antiphobic is the cathartic release of stories that have surrounded the people closest to him. Be it an ode to love, an exposition on the stubborn permanence of blood ties, or a rousing call for self-worth - the album is a pill. It is an antidote of positivity against the fears that have at one point or another unaffirmed the belief in love, its power to heal, uplift, and conquer all.

To find out more about DEON and Always Take the Scenic Route, please visit:

You can also sample his music here:


13th April 2014, Singapore, Hard Rock Cafe, 8:30pm
20th April 2014, Singapore, Beer Market, 8:30pm
27th April 2014, Singapore, Hood Bar and Cafe, 9:00pm
6th May 2014, Toronto, Central, 2:00am
7th May 2014, Toronto, Marriott Hotel, 10:30pm
13th May 2014, London, Zebrano (SOHO), 9:30pm
14th May 2014, Liverpool, Cavern Club Liverpool, 10:00pm
14th May 2014, Liverpool, Cavern Pub, 11:45pm

The Cave Launching EP Timbre @ The Substation

The Cave are launching their "Light Years" EP at Timbre @ The Substation on 16 April, 7:30pm. No cover charge.

The Cave - "Light Years"

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Kevin Mathews: 20 Originals at Big Bear

Singer-songwriter Kevin Mathews has launched 20 Originals, a residency at Big Bear Bistro & Bar that focuses purely on original songs. A unique proposition in Singapore, the concept is simple enough. Mathews plays two sets of 10 original songs each exclusively. No covers! It is no exaggeration to state that this arrangement does not happen anywhere else in Singapore. As Mathews himself exclaims “Come and make Singapore music history with us!”

The next two sessions of 20 Originals will be conducted on Friday 4 April and 18 April from 8pm onwards. More dates in May, June and beyond to be announced.

Big Bear Bistro & Bar is located at 2 Tan Quee Lan Street, #01-03 Primero Place, Singapore 188091. Its Facebook page is at:

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Observatory's First Remix Album

Two years after the release of The Observatory’s "Catacombs" comes the Singapore band’s first remix album. Widely regarded as The Observatory’s darkest and angriest release, "Catacombs" is a texturally complex and viscerally emotional album, a study in delusion, insanity and obsession. Now, 11 respected artists from Singapore, China, Norway, Thailand/Japan, and the US, have been invited to enter the vortex of The Observatory and rebuild their own sonic worlds from the detritus of that landmark album.

Titled after a key lyric from "Catacombs", "Behind These Eyes" features The Analog Girl, elintseeker, Evan Tan, George Chua, James Plotkin, Kiat, Koichi Shimizu, Lasse Marhaug, X'ho, Xhin and VAVABOND.

The 11 visionaries steer the trajectories of the original album in different directions, resulting in a sprawling double LP that is by turns more violent, calming, morose, euphoric, abstract, and elegiac.

Vivian Wang explained how the remix album came about, "It was a neat idea originally mooted by Dan Koh, then working at POSKOD. The 11 tracks are not really standard dance/electronic type remixes, but that's just how we like it, a bit odd, a bit leftfield, a bit blue, a bit noisy, a bit emotional, all that would make a good cinematic sit-down mull-over coffee or tea listening or a copious amount of booze kind of session."

There will be an informal album release party on Friday 25 April at Artistry with performances and DJ set from Kiat, Xhin, George Chua and Evan Tan. Watch this space!

First press limited to 200 units.
LP1: Black
LP2: Silver-grey
Jacket sleeve art printed on reverseboard
Black poly innersleeves

DOUBLE LP + download (Preorder prices 28 March - 25 April only)
Singapore S$ 35.00 | Asia S$ 42.00 | World S$ 45.00

Release date: Available 25 April on Bandcamp, more details soon.

Rock Out On The Waterfront This Weekend

Paint the Sky Red
This weekend's free performances at the Esplanade outdoor theatre is titled Rock Out - The Baybeats Edition. Each band is playing a 30-minute set so please take note of the schedule, which is different from the regular timings.

4 Apr, Fri
8pm – 8.30pm Vessel
9pm – 9.30pm Paint the Sky Red
10pm - 10:30pm Purple Tiger

5 Apr, Sat
8pm – 8.30pm arson
9pm – 9.30pm Ellipsis
10pm - 10:30pm Plate

6 Apr, Sun
8pm – 8.30pm I Left a Monarchy
9pm – 9.30pm SparkleDrivenFairytale