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  • ANECHOIS: The Name That Will Haunt You
    quintet primarily from their entry in the MSA Reeperbahn Festival contest and knew we had to catch them if we could Our chance came at the annual Baybeats Festival of course where they secured a spot through a mindblowing audition Local post prog brings to mind familiar names like I Am David Sparkle IADS and In Each Hand A Cutlass IEHAC both of which appeared to have an influence in shaping ANECHOIS unique sound Photo by Joshua Tan MOSHIN 2012 All Rights Reserved The band was much a slightly less heavy version of IADS mixed with really ethereal vocals that added a floaty edge to their songs Most of the time you didn t really catch everything that was being sung but the words created a haunting effect that lingered well in your mind beyond their performance Each section of each song flowed so smoothly into the next as if that was the only way to do it the way it was absolutely meant to be And just as the vocals fade away into repetition the tempo picks up and you re dragged deeper into the song s progression Then it ends and your ears understandably want more Photo by Joshua Tan MOSHIN 2012 All Rights Reserved Most notable were their tracks The Moon and the Sun Written on the Walls and Your Absence Is Permanent all from their debut EP A Shadow of a Sound which they did plug at some points during their set Beyond their technical prowess was an uncanny ability to perform as one despite only firming up their band members barely a year ago The lineup of Muhammad Haziq on vocals and guitar Justin Koh on guitar Dale Roswald on vocals and bass Firdhauz Asyraft on vocals and keys and Muhammad Fadli on drums was

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  • The Great Spy Experiment Analysis
    up and ready to go in mere minutes The Lights is a fast paced number that prominently featured the keyboards a break from the guitar riffs the crowd had been getting from the acts before Photo by Han Qi Guang MOSHIN 2012 All Rights Reserved They then proceeded on to newer numbers like Nameless that met the cheers and support of crowd despite the relative unfamiliarity compared to their earlier songs By now it was apparent that singer Saiful was a force to be reckoned with Late Night Request slowed down the set essentially subduing the crowd well a little This number had the crowd focus on their lyrics for a change as fewer cameras were up this time with people choosing to listen instead of taking visual records Photo by Han Qi Guang MOSHIN 2012 All Rights Reserved The band once again upped the tempo with Siti In The City This upbeat rock number which is pretty punny if you say it out loud featured the bass that made the song ten times sexier The chords of this song were hypnotic and most definitely appealing to the masses We are the most chill old people in the world Saiful joked pointing out the fact that they were older than most of the other local acts Playing through Astoria a thunderous cheer happened just seconds after the opening notes of the next song were played the band The crowd s favourite Class A Love Affair released in 2007 remains till now one of their most famous and popular tunes as fans new and old partook in the ingenuity that is Class A Love Affair That song however meant the end of the set for the band but not the crowd as they continuously chanted encore and we want more to

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  • Funking With The Munkees On The Bay
    gig of the year the band played a soulful cover of Bob Marley s I Shot The Sheriff before transiting into a funk filled rendition of Stevie Wonder s Superstition Talented guitarist Fraser Porteous was a major hit with the crowd as he tirelessly unleashed a series of bluesy guitar licks and solos which involved constant movement of his fingers across his fretboard Following this the quirky septet rocked the stage with an original Latin inspired tune of their own The sweet sharp thrills of the cowbells immediately resonated and stood out in the intro as drummer Arvin Paul kickstarted the song with brilliant grooves on the drums This striking sound was accompanied by tight bass lines which forged the rhythmic structure of the entire song Its catchy tune got the crowd hyped up as the song formed a perfect model for the Cha Cha to be danced to However what appeared to be an initially perky song slowly regressed into a slow blues jam as skilled bassist and co founder Muhd Sultan reveled under the limelight with a passionate bass solo which evoked the swelling emotions of the audience The Fungkimunkees then moved onto their nostalgic set list and transported us further back into the past with progressive and psychedellic tunes from Ideas Of March and Jeffery Osbourne before ending the set with a bang with another original hit High Over which showcased an invigorating trombone solo garnering a rousing ovation from the audience Video by MusicCameraActionSG Throughout the set it was obvious that the musicians were enjoying themselves prancing and dancing on the stage to the funky music that they were making with their musical instruments Of course it wasn t just them who felt compelled to move and experience funk at its best The band s immense

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  • MSA+Reeperbahn Festival Contest
    and so when we were approached to help the artistes get publicity about the competition we jumped at it Voting closes on 30 Jun so you have 2 weeks to go onto the site and vote for your favourite Singapore musician But before you do that the lovely contestants found some time in their busy schedules to pitch to you why they should be the ones representing our fine nation Check out their individual pages and hear from them direct before you vote We encourage you to vote for acts you like not necessarily the ones you know and as a sign of solidarity and support each of our MOSHIN team will vote as well Contestants ANECHOIS Barricade Cashew Chemists Catalogue V The Cave Charlie Lim Dropbeat Heartbeat Dyeth Eli T Godzilla Jessica Irawan Kevin Lester MONSTER CAT Nicholas Chim Pleasantry The Sam Willows Shelves SEYRA Shimona Kee Silhouette Tzire aka TheSingaporenRapper Unholy Coronation Comments comments Powered by Facebook Comments Tags ANECHOIS Barricade Cashew Chemists Catalogue V Charlie Lim contests Dropbeat Heartbeat Dyeth Eli T Godzilla Jessica Irawan Kevin Lester MONSTER CAT MSA Nicholas Chim Pleasantry Reeperbahn Festival SEYRA Shelves Shimona Kee Silhouette The Cave The Sam Willows Tzire aka TheSingaporeRapper Unholy Coronation 7 comments on MSA Reeperbahn Festival Contest MusicSAsia on June 15 2012 at 12 36 pm said Great guide to bands in our Reeperbahn Fest contest http t co H3tdggM2 via MOSHIN Mag show them some love for highlighting SG music Reply ANECHOIS on June 15 2012 at 1 02 pm said moshinmag rounds up the bands in MusicSAsia s Reeperbahn contest http t co lUJodDvd Vote for us here http t co 86cZxqoZ Reply MusicSAsia on June 15 2012 at 1 03 pm said Great guide to bands in our Reeperbahn Fest contest http t co

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  • ShiLi And Adi: Mad About Medleys
    keyboard the audience were promptly met with ShiLi s rich soaring vocals before being accompanied with her partner s harmonious baritone voice The end result was unique signature covers of the greatest rock songs of years past made possible only by powerful vocals and uplifting keyboard tones from the two Right from the start the audience themselves were throughly hooked in Despite being reeled in by the accomplished artistes for more with the deft transitions in between each song we were more than obliged to be part of their performance We wanted to do a gig that not only appealed to youths but to the older generations as well explained ShiLi and it truly was music for everyone as the duo then performed an outstanding medley of famous musical songs Labeling their set as a journey the pair intended for the audience to be exposed to the uncommon Broadway classics which Singaporeans may not have had the opportunity to catch Even though many among the crowd were faced with unfamiliar titles and songs we were nevertheless attracted to the soulful and passionate delivery of the myriad of songs our appreciation evident in the rapturous applause for the pair as the soft trailing vocals gradually resided and came to a standstill after every song Ripples of laughter also surfaced from the crowd when Adi jammed the intro of the oh so familiar dialogue between Barbie and Kent in Barbie Girl before transiting into Westlife s I Want It That Way followed by Britney Spears Oops I did It Again and finally the upbeat quirky sound of Spice Girls Tell Me What You Want It was truly an enjoyable set fraught with immense fun and laughter As the night wore on finally ShiLi announced that we have reached the twentieth century Promising

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  • Mara Carlyle: Memorabilia
    Song Carlyle s musical style was an interesting mix of both classical jazz and folk With every gentle strum on her prized ukelele she cooed the audience with her slender visceral voice showcasing her tremendous gift to embark on high sustaining notes in a staggering staccato fashion And like all brilliant artistes Carlyle had something up her sleeve to create an absolute unforgettable experience one that can will forcibly sink her audience into Announcing the title of the song I Blame You Not a mean looking musical saw was brought out unleashing a flurry of confused looks and wandering whispers from the audience However as an odd silence soon enveloped the evening our eyes were transfixed upon the magic unfolding before our very eyes As the violin bow connected with the bended and stretched edges of the musical saw a mystical chilling sound resounded which pierced the stale solitude with absolute awe and amazement As she sang Carlyle s facial expressions seemed to speak lyrically to the audience revealing fragments of life s fragilities so poignant so palpable in her life Carlyle s eyes seemed to wander about often stoning at a particular spot as though pausing to reminiscent in her life experiences The image of her onstage was akin to a loss lass trying to maneuver her way out of the world s complexities and paradoxes Her only outlet it seemed to establish her presence is through her haunting lyrics and music Seemingly sweet and elegant on first notice yet a cold darker voice can be heard on a closer listen which told tales of courage love and loss This song Pianni was featured in an IKEA advert revealed Carlyle sharing part of her success story to her crowd It was really helpful as it allowed for my first

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  • I Am David Sparkle: Sparkling Stars
    masses Fronted by guitarist Amran Khamis the band of four consisting of Djohan Johari guitar Farizan Fajari bass and Zahir Sanosi drums rocked the main stage of the annual Singapore Arts Festival 2012 Tonight we re just a noisy band trying to play out softer songs revealed Amran as he prepared the crowd for the heart stirring journey that they were about to embark on Following this the band dived into Fear Of Heights a featured song in the band s album released in 2010 Marked by loud crashes heavily distorted guitar riffs and tight bass lines the gig was swiftly launched into an explosive start before regressing into a slow dreamy rhythm which had our hearts enthralled right from the beginning On a closer listen one could tell that the dynamics of a song was brilliantly constructed by the band The gentle regressive rhythm was accompanied by sweet melodic lead notes which was akin to the soft but increasingly harsh pounding of a frightened heart as one can possibly envision himself slowly rising higher and higher before exploding into an extremely intensive soundscape mirroring the rise and fall from an impressive height Claiming that everyone needs a love song in their lives Amran then announced that the band will be playing a slightly slower song next Titled Everybody Loves Somebody the song began with a gentle soothing intro which sent a chilling aura amidst the crowd causing our hearts to flutter with every strum every pluck of the guitar It was simply astounding the musical aptitude with which the band poured out displayed an uncanny ability to encapsulate emotions such as love fear and anxiety with instrumentals alone There was no need for any words just raw music which counselled its audience and calmed their distraught spirits Love was never a stranger the moment IADS came on we were clearly in love with the band and the sounds that they produced that evening Following this the band delved into Wild Horses a short song in which powerhouse drummer Zahir forged an authoritative rhythm Despite his burly size he still possessed the tremendous ability to drum swiftly as evident in the wild flailing of arms in numerous directions Tirelessly and mercilessly attacking the drums for a harsh rhythm his crazed intensive beats paid tribute to the heavy edge of the band s hardcore genre Soon after beats from the electronic drum kit boomed over the acoustics while the guitars joined in with subtle guitar licks These went on for minutes before Zahir kicked in with drum teasers on the hi hats and then altogether as though perfectly timed the band blasted into an intense invigorating song titled Dance of Death Interestingly there were a group of fans who evidently appreciative of the music gathered into a corner and started throwing their bodies in cohesion with the rhythm of the music played The scene was a bewilderment initially However more and more people desired to experience IADS physically and thus joined

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  • Anything But Robotic
    the Blues Machine Yet in the spirit of the blues he stepped out in front of the speakers and belted out emotion filled lyrics to an eager crowd And what a spirit it was From the get go it was a passionate and deeply bluesy way to kick off an amazing night at the Esplanade bayfront and as people streamed in they couldn t help but be captured by the magic that was happening in front of their eyes Acting as the set s emcee Dave entertained the crowd with his charismatic personality and big vocals managing to capture both loyal blues fans and those new to the genre Not that much talk was really needed because every note oozed a passion and desire to get the genre out to a wider audience and brought across the band s enjoyment and appreciation of the Deep South brand of tunes The crowd particularly went crazy for a funky rendition of the Beatles famous tune Get Back which might not immediately strike you as a blues number but perfectly encapsulated the energy on the stage that night Finishing the set with a boogie song Las Vegas native Dave cheekily put in a plug for the band s resident bar thought perhaps nobody would ve minded another encounter with this kind of music experience And why would they For 45 minutes they had been greeted by the finest blues the Crazy Elephant Bar s resident band could muster fiery nuances quick fingered solos and oh so good signature raspy vocals all superbly intact For surely nobody could forget the delicious solo jams by both Dave and local music veteran John Chee nor would they let the memory of Dave belting lyrics and emotions at front stage disappear from their consciousness Love peace and

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