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Sunday, September 09, 2007

ROCKIN' THE CBD!

It was a bit strange to hop onto the MRT at Somerset and head towards Raffles Place on a Saturday evening. You see, I work at Raffles Place and thus, it was weird attending a gig in the heart of the Central Business District. But go I did... and it was cool to see the Great Spy folk twice in two days! All looking casual, it was fun to just chat. Best part - my own signed copy of Flower Show Riots (In stores now - you know the drill... go get it!) finally delivered into my grubby hands.
By the time the band went on, it was 6.30pm and as they launched into a seven song set, the sound was just awful as the guitars went AWOL and the bass was simply overwhelming. Seriously the quality of sound technicians we have in Singapore has got to be raised somehow if the local music scene is going to improve and grow.
Thankfully, the kinks were sorted out just in time for my fave GSE song viz. Late Night Request. No Great Decay or Captain Funkycurls but it was good that the band could fit in the quieter moments on the album, like the medley of The Sunset Theme and Miss Kensington. And when Siti in the City arrived to close the set, the CBD was truly rockin' (though the crowd was erm sittin' in the city!) with the drumming duel of Fandy and Saiful a visual and sonic treat!

I hung around with the band - together with Des and Amanda (Electrico) - for a bit while taking in Analog Girl, MUON and Moods - just realized how cute Amanda is (well, so is Des but well y'know)...

*Whew*

Now that's what I call a good day of music...

... and there's more ...

4 comments:

freakyfir said...

mmhmm. she sure is cute. hahahaha.

i think we sat/stood at almost the same spot, judging from the pictures.

i'm sure we'll bump into each other at the next gse gig.

Kevin Mathews said...

Sure, say 'hi' the next time...

Jon said...

Interesting to read your review. I'm on a week's holiday from the UK, and read a great review of the GSE album in a local paper last Friday, so went out and bought it. And it's been playing non-stop in my hotel room ever since - an absolutely superb album. I hope they manage to get some international exposure, too.

I also popped along to their performance on Saturday, and agree about the sound quality. The quality of the band as performers was underlined by the fact they played such a good set despite such a dreadful sound system.

Kevin Mathews said...

Hi Jon
I'm sure the band will be chuffed to read your comments... glad you're enjoying the album.