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Sunday, September 09, 2007

B.Y.O.M.

Yesterday marked the final Open Stage @ scape this year and I got to the Youth Centre at about 2.45pm and as usual Edward was there to greet me and once again, I felt so much at home. Also present were Mr & Mrs Soft (i.e. James and Lesley) on video camera duty and the stage was set for some new local music.
Four bands were being showcased (I only caught three for reasons elaborated further) and before the bands came on, I had a good chance of chatting with Jack and Rai and as usual, we traded choice jokes. One in particular I'm still giggling about. If you want details you just have to ask Jack and Rai the next time you see them! Sorry...
First up was Jess Chen and Jess played three songs. I like Jess, he has an interesting Jon Bon Jovi-Kurt Cobain hybrid vibe going on and it's always refreshing to hear original acoustic pop-rock tunes, although I am concerned about the distinct lack of hooks in his songs.
Next was a young quartet called Silouette who managed a longish set of originals and covers. What the band lacked in finesse and competence, they attempted to compensate with sheer enthusiasm and confidence. Still, the songs all seemed to sound the same and the singer tended to shout and strain his vocals. That said, the guitarist did a good job in providing the tone and colour of the songs.
Now, HYR is a busy busy guy (more than usual!) and with the 881 soundtrack taking off (both in Singapore and Malaysia), the man is really in demand. Still, he managed to spend about an hour or so, sharing the kids about music making in Singapore. What HYR does well is making himself relatable to the kids and despite his tendencies to just 'talk cock', the audience can really sense his passion and his generous heart. If nothing else, the kids will be inspired to consider opportunities in music, even so-called unconventional ones.
Just before I ran off to Raffles Place to catch the Great Spy Experiment, Blackstar came on to play what I can only describe as cock-rock. Unlike Bad Obssession, Blackstar sure don't look the part of cock-rockers, more like indie rockers and of the Cheena variety! Ironcially enough, I liked their GNR, Black Crowes, Aerosmith schtick. Quite authentic I thought. Two songs and I was off!

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

i was there when silhouette play..they were amazing..i know silhouette since the day they start..they have been through alot as a young band..the vocalist is not always like that..for your info he went to singapore idol and he is the top 100 singers in singapore..too me their songs are all catchy..they have that baybeats feel in their performance..and also havnt you heard..HYR says they are the best for the day when the talk cock session begins HYR call them for a short interview..and also HYR wants their song..silhouette is a very young band...i hope you really check them out at their myspace and all..they are damn passionate all their school money go to their music and thier original..