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  • Articles: Page 13
    October 2012 7 September 2012 20 August 2012 7 July 2012 16 June 2012 36 May 2012 13 June 2011 1 May 2011 2 Home Articles That Female Touch May 17 2011 by Joshua Tan Articles Gigs Indie They say that behind every successful man is a strong woman though in this case they d be wrong because the men were nowhere to be Read Article They Were Meant To Rock May 4 2011 by Joel Lee Articles Gigs Rock Screaming into Jon Foreman s microphone wasn t exactly on my mind when I decided to attend this concert yet somehow I had found myself doing exactly Read Article Lucky Again April 13 2011 by Joshua Tan Articles Gigs Rock It was a relatively quiet night unsurprising for a Tuesday even though the musician making his TAB debut had been involved in some great things Read Article Greater Things Over The Horizon April 13 2011 by Joshua Tan Articles Gigs Indie As he had done for about 2 months singer songwriter Charles J Tan took to the stage at TAB on yet another Tuesday poised to strum Read Article Bluesy By The Bay April 11 2011 by Joshua Tan Articles

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  • MICappella: Making Instruments Obsolete
    onto the stage my previously conjured images of churches and choir groups were blown away Before my mind could register their any of their colourful attires the motley crew jumped right into their first song of the night Describing themselves as Chinglish Prock that s a genre according to them this vocal sextet no pun intended comprises of Ein Ein in the soprano section Calin with the alto Juni dominating the tenor Eugene as the baritone Wei Jin as the bass and last but not least Peter as the vocal percussionist which he refers to as the dong dong cheng Starting off the night with a mandarin song Ai Ai Ai which directly translates to love love love MiCappella also garnered some love of their own as much to my bemusement several tittering fangirls started fawning over Eugene s sultry voice As the song ended to appreciative applause beat boxer Peter dropped the beat so to speak as the MICappella ensemble introduced themselves to an approving response from the audience Ever so eager to show us what they got MiCappella really showcased their hours of hard work and practice through songs such as Oh Yeah and Jason Mraz s hit single I m Yours it was amazing how well the members gelled together It became apparent that Peter and Wei Jin really stood out from the crew as responsible for gelling the song and giving it a rhythmic pulse Of their roles in the group Peter and Wei Jin explains In our group the bass and the percussionist are really tight rather than a decorative element they actually create the groove behind the entire song Whilst the groove crew works their chops over at the tenor side Juni was killing the crowd both with his vocals and with his overtly extroverted personality His effervescent character was a mainstay through the night with the audience bursting into fits of laugher over his humourous segues in between songs Even Oh Yeah in which he sings lead was quirky as he and the rest of the group did this really cheesy peace sign every time they came to the title MICappella also definitely engaged the audience with humourous banter in between songs Highlights included but were not limited to Peter s outfit Wei Jin s musings on how he was only given one lead line in the entire set and Juni s erhu impersonation A running tradition of theirs was how the lead singer would always take the center spot As each song came out a different member would come out to take the stage on fire Particularly Calin left an impression upon me as her voice filled the set and made the little hairs on the back of my neck stand Don t get me wrong though in one way or another every member had the voice to show off and I loved how their voices reflected their individual personalities Gee kateer was their mash up of the night which of course

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  • The Stripped Down Kitty Set
    by this quartet and their ability to grab you by the lapels It is of course with much anticipation then did I attend their humble and cosy set at the ChillOut stage at Baybeats 2012 Launching into their set with one of their fan favourites Mannequins MONSTER CAT immediately garnered rousing applause as the enthralled crowd sang along to the familiar lyrics Whilst an enthusiastic slightly too enthusiastic I must say fan beside me professed their everlasting love for the quartet I sat back and let wave after wave of emotion conjured from lead vocalist Hentai Cat wash over me as the opening notes of These Hands emanated from Copy Cat Monster Cat immediately strikes a chord within with a combination of emotive riffs and top notch harmonising which results in a haunting almost reflective atmosphere The dual vocals between Hentai Cat and Copy Cat created a seesaw of vocal harmony creating a choir like sound Photo by Joshua Tan MOSHIN 2012 All Rights Reserved As the melancholy These Hands drew to a close the crowd waited excitedly for the inevitable to come They were then pleasantly treated to the opening segment of Underwater The popular single with its warm delay on the guitar made the simple melody of Underwater echo with pure emotion I was pleasantly surprised when Copy Cat started singing in the verse to Salem as Hentai Cat took a more laid back and supplementary role The song showcased Monster Cat s vocal versatility from Copy Cat s silky voice to Hentai Cat s emotive one Monster Cat ended the set on a high with The Courier which again featured shared duties in the vocals department adding to the richness of the verses Photo by Joshua Tan MOSHIN 2012 All Rights Reserved Part of why I loved the set so much was because of how much storytelling MONSTER CAT put into their songs Each single conjured tales of fear and uncertainty as audiences are transported to yesteryears of hope and longing It is of no surprise that their debut EP Mannequins has a whole story to tell by itself The main theme behind the Mannequins EP is that of identity very much inspired by Italian surrealist writer Alberto Savinio s description of the Mannequin in one of his works as a person without voice without eyes and without face made of pain of passion and joy said Hentai Cat It was a statement that resonated as an appropriate metaphor for the people around us and ourselves as well individuals in search of whom they are and what to do with their lives This struggle is central to the album whether it is in a highly personal and romantic way or in a larger societal perspective Despite their exploding success the Cats are still working their feline butts off for the fans It is no surprise that these mood rockers have been gaining much attention locally being named as Juice magazine s Top Local Releases of 2011 and

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  • Joyful Times with Joie Mitchell Tan
    attention of the audience from the get go with this random yet pleasing number I was surprised with her ability to make the songs quintessentially Joie yet capturing the essence of both Adam Levine and Justin Bieber Singing through Fix You by Coldplay she performed a song that had garnered over 19 000 views on her Youtube channel A Thousand Years by Christina Perri This cover amplified her innate ability to channel emotions through her voice hypnotizing the audience with the raw emotions that one could feel just by listening What surprised me at this point of the performance was Joie s apology My voice isn t really good right now I just came back from three camps so please forgive me if I go out of tune Her cover of If I Ain t Got You by Alicia Keys wowed the audience once again this time stopping even the older generation of passers by as she impressed those present with her vocal prowess and ability to cover a song that requires extreme vocal control and lungpower Following the mood of the set she covered Jason Mraz s I Won t Give Up I have to admit this sounded a lot better than her cover that was uploaded on Youtube Free from the pitch problems that could be heard on her video this rendition of Mraz s song further proved her ability to cover songs of all genres and difficulty By now I ve all but fallen in love with her voice which had a somewhat husky sound to it Completely changing the mood of the set she covered Toxic by Britney Spears What really struck me at this point in time was how much her voice reminded me of Sierra Kusterbeck from VersaEmerge This upbeat acoustic arrangement had the

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  • Remembering 27
    Adrian Yuen who s been playing with the singer for about seven years To us that s all the back up you really need and much to the delight of the crowd who decided to stay past 11pm an acoustic guitar was more than sufficient In the end it was the music that spoke for itself as familiar tunes from Jim Morrison Amy Winehouse and Kurt Cobain came flowing through the speakers Kicking off with Light My Fire by The Doors it was then inevitable that the sound of leftie guitar legend Jimi Hendrix eventually filled the air with Foxy Lady And after getting the crowd grooving with Amy Winehouse s Rehab the duo took it down a notch with a super mellow version of Nirvana s Come As You Are For an hour long set there admittedly weren t that many songs played 8 in all but we at least were captured by the rich history behind each of the music legends whose classics graced our ears that night The pair even let loose California by Joni Mitchell who Fernandez admitted didn t die at 27 but they practiced the song anyway so they just wanted to play it It was a fitting song however for the singer who was set to return to Los Angeles the following week Closing the night was Jeff Buckley s Last Goodbye which guitarist Adrian introduced to Fernandez in his car years ago And as the song s intro played melodically over the airwaves we felt a slight pang of sadness in memory of those we lost at such a young age Nonetheless in the spirit of the Arts Fest theme Our Lost Poems we pressed on in appreciation and rabid applause in support of those who once and still do fill our

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  • Acoustic sessions with Kim + Sarah
    in between serenading songs with the occasional friendly banter and side comments on the humidity of Singapore s weather The highlight of the set was definitely during their interpretation of Eminem s hit single Love The Way You Lie Sarah s melodious vocals were just perfect for the chorus and the eager listeners waited in anticipation as the verse arrived Then Kim proclaimed to the expectant audience I don t rap Awkward silence Enthusiastic cheers quickly replaced the confusion in the crowd as Kim burst into a flurry of lyrics with as much swagger as someone playing an acoustic guitar could muster Kim s rapper persona garnered fervent applause by the end of the cover Time flew by as the dynamic duo ended the night on a high thanking the appreciative crowd for their zeal with their cover of Don t Stop Believing by Journey to an appreciative ovation Kim Sarah definitely paid homage to classics from bands like Journey and U2 with their performance of Don t Stop Believing and With or Without You While most artists would be accused of butchering up these masterpieces Kim Sarah cover s did justice to the originals retaining much of the song s unique vibe while adding their own distinctive flavour The perennial tunes brought a sentimental smile as I was transported to the golden ages of rock and roll As the content crowd slowly dissipated I mustered up enough courage to approach them I was immediately sold by how down to earth they were as Kim warmly addressed my burning questions about future plans and band history Whilst being in numerous different bands they started collaborating together musically in the six piece band Sixology which was formed in 2008 Sixology experienced minor success when they went on to be crowned champions

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  • The Professionals Indeed
    its public debut of Revolution The Professionals got the crowd up and dancing or an adaptation of that in the sardine can of people Revolution featured extremely catchy synths Lead singer triple platinum international award winning producer songwriter singer John Klass built up the crowd s hype with ease And despite its pop rock roots this song was incredibly easy to head bang to judging by the amount of people with their eyes closed and their heads constantly bobbing The next song is something we wanted to do to slow things down so we wrote a slow song couldn t decide what to call it so we called it ballad Klass joked before launching into song Photo by Han Qi Guang MOSHIN 2012 All Rights Reserved Comprised of John Klass on lead vocals bassist and backing vocalist Dave Teague guitarist and backing vocals Luke Buirski and drummer Ritz the band brought together a team with over 20 years of experience in the music industry Buirski and Ritz particularly though deceptively young worked their instruments and in Buirski s case the stage as well like a pro The band s debut single Funk It Up added extremely interesting twist in this set with the band mashing their single with LMFAO s 2011 hit Party Rock Anthem Aside from the lyrics everything else was unlike the all too familiar hit Following a long guitar rift to which the tension in the crowd was palpable Klass sang the all famous line everyday I m shufflin and the band aside from the drummer of course proceeded to be extremely adorable stage monkeys Photo by Joshua Tan MOSHIN 2012 All Rights Reserved The band wasted little time for banter as their strong stage presence and good music kept the crowd staying despite their extremely short

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  • The Pinholes: A Break From Normalcy
    quirky identity from the get go Featuring Famie Suliman on guitar and lead vocals Hailrul DD Hanafiah on guitar and vocals Wanderboy on bass and vocals and Oush RocknRoll on the drums they started their short set with Bring Back The Vibe Bring Back The Vibe was a good pick for a first song in my opinion It featured an extremely catchy introduction that demanded the attention of everyone on the field that day That said to a first time listener i e me the vocals that finally accompanied these chords was a tad disappointing Famie s vocals lacked the strength to support such a powerful beginning Nevertheless the crowd took it all in Photo by Joshua Tan MOSHIN 2012 All Rights Reserved It started raining in the middle of Preferably and most of the crowd scurried towards the scarce shelters around the open air field Many however remained and braved the rain in support of this act Preferably featured DD on lead vocals his voice had an almost electronic sound to it which I liked Shake And Bake was adorable for the lack of a better word Famie thoroughly entertained the crowd with his impromptu crash course on how to shake your hips The Pinholes style Shake And Bake felt like an east meets west mash up with traces of traditional Malay songs on electric guitars Photo by Liza Ruedas MOSHIN 2012 All Rights Reserved Playing through Long Live Rock N Roll All Out was a refreshing change from their previous songs The Pinholes did an excellent job at coming up with a song that made old school music sound contemporary It however sounded oddly reminiscent of the smash hit 1996 That Thing You Do by The Wonders Twilight slowly turned to dusk with Ali Malarkey by now I

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