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: http://postiljonen.peatix.com

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:

www.deontheband.com
www.facebook.com/deontheband

You can also sample his music here: http://noisetrade.com/deon

TOUR DATES:

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: https://www.facebook.com/BIGBEARBISTROBAR.SG

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!

BEHIND THESE EYES: THE CATACOMBS REMIXES
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

DIGITAL
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


Thursday, March 27, 2014

MONSTER CAT Album Launch Show On 11 April

Photo by Samantha Eve

Rock band MONSTER CAT will be performing in a special album launch show following the release of their latest album "The Violet Hour"

The band's debut full-length album has been scaling impressive new heights for the Singaporean music scene since its launch earlier this month. The album's first single "Take Me To Love" flew to the top of Singapore's iTunes's charts just one day after its release and the second single "Tower" was crowned Single of the Week on iTunes - the first time a song by a Singaporean band has been given the prestigious title.

Most recently, the band has opened for double-platinum award winning Australian electronic duo Empire of the Sun in Singapore and Brit rock band Foals in Kuala Lumpur. The band has also just completed a China touch which included two performances at the notable JUE Music + Art Festival.

The upcoming Singapore launch show on 11 April will feature all 13 tracks in the new album as well as exciting collaborations with some of Singapore's top musicians and visual artists.

Date: 11 April 2014
Venue: Aliwal Arts Centre, 28 Aliwal Street
Doors open: 8pm
Tickets: $30 (at the door) / Early-bird tickets: $25
Available online (smarturl.it/theviolethourtickets) and in stores at Fred Perry Laurel Wreath Collection Shop, Mandarin Gallery

MONSTER CAT - "Take Me To Love"

Dirty Beaches To Play Pink Noize In April

Canadian lo-fi musician Dirty Beaches will be bringing his genre-hopping noise to Singapore on Wednesday, 16 April 2014.

Singaporean experimental noise act Awk Wah will be opening for the Dirty Beaches show at Pink Noize.

Date: Wednesday, 16 April 2014
Time: 8pm
Venue: Pink Noize (744 North Bridge Road)
Tickets: $45 (at the door) or $35 (advance) available at http://dirtybeaches.peatix.com

Dru Chen Drops New Music Video


After spending 2013 touring Australia and South East Asia, the Melbourne-based pop/funk singer releases a music video for "Turnaround".

The Sin City-inspired neo noir clip features a female rogue agent on a mission to deliver a package. She is faced with snap decisions that affect her fate. A split-screen represents her two alternate endings - life or death.

“‘Turnaround’ is about letting people make their own decisions” says Chen. “Take love, for example. If you truly love somebody, you must be prepared to let them go. If it’s meant to be, they’ll turn around and come back into your life.”

Director Edwin Tejoz covers multiple roles as editor, special effects, CGI, props and set designer. “With little more than a green screen, a treadmill, and a sub-$1000 budget, we managed to come up with something genuine and captivating” says Tejoz.

“Turnaround” is available on Bandcamp and iTunes with a remix by glitch hop/electro producer Crazy Daylight.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

New Releases By Singapore Indie Artists

We're coming to the end of the first quarter of 2014 and it's been an exciting year so far with new releases by the likes of MONSTER CAT, The Pinholes, Kevin Mathews, The Ukulele Girls and sub:shamen. Pleasantry, Ellipsis and ANECHOIS are also releasing EPs this Friday. Look out for those too!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

King Kong Jane To Showcase New Songs At Mosaic Music Festival

Indie rock band King Kong Jane is performing on the last day of this year's Mosaic Music Festival.

The festival is in it's 10th and final year, and King Kong Jane will play on 16th March (Sunday), 10pm, at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre.

The band first performed at Mosaic Music Festival in 2011, when they played an acoustic set to launch their debut album Waiting For Friday.

"We're very honoured to be in the lineup for the final Mosaic Music Festival, and plan to deliver a high-energy set featuring new songs we've written in the last few months," says vocalist Colin Lim.

The new songs include soaring ballad 'Wanderlust', and 'You Don't Have To Know', structurally the most complex song that the band has written so far.

"The new songs mark a shift in musical direction for us. We're still big on melodies, but the new material is more intense and layered, which is quite a departure from the pop rock sound that defined our debut album," explains Colin.

Colin adds, "Mosaic will always have a special place in our hearts. We're sad to see the festival go, but definitely determined to give a great show as our way of saying goodbye."

For more information about King Kong Jane, visit: www.facebook.com/KingKongJane and www.kingkongjane.bandcamp.com

For more information about Mosaic Music Festival, visit: mosaicmusicfestival.com/2014

King Kong Jane - "Wanderlust"

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

MONSTER CAT Releases Debut Album

MONSTER CAT released their debut album "The Violet Hour" yesterday on all platforms including iTunes, Spotify and Deezer. Head over to MONSTERCAT.NET to pre-order their new record on CD or Vinyl formats.

Grizzle Grind Crew's First Anniversary Party

Grizzle Grind Crew is throwing its first anniversary party on 29 March 2014 at JStage.

Singapore’s youngest hip-hop collective turns one this month. To celebrate this occasion, the Crew will be performing songs from the upcoming Grizzle Grind CrewC debut mixtape "Leaders Of The New Skool", which will be exclusively streamed via Spotify from Monday 31 March. The album will be released as a free download in the 2nd week of April. Crew members will be performing their previous hits and tunes from their upcoming individual albums.

As with their debut show in 2013, they are inviting our friends: veteran rapper Sheikh Heikel, Singapore’s premier B-Boy crew Radikal Forze and indie folk-pop act The Sam Willows to join in the show. Expect many music guests popping in to do impromptu spots. Last March 2013 saw the Crew entertaining more than 3,000 guests at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre.

The Grizzle Grind Crew anniversary show is supported by Gushcloud, JCube, Flesh Imp, PUMA and Red Bull Europe.

Date: 29 March 2014
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: JStage, JCube Level 5, 2 Jurong East Central 1, Singapore 609731
Entry: Free

ShiGGa Shay - "LimPeh" featuring Tosh Rock