Call it serendipity... call divine orchestration... whatever, but when I heard Jonathan announce that Elsa Faith was in the house, my heart leapt! You see, I had been corresponding with Elsa on myspace.com regarding getting hold of the new CD of her US-based band, Soul Distraction. Well, she had mentioned that she would be in Singapore in September and there she was in Singapore Art Cafe tonight. So I went home with the new Soul Distraction CD in my possession. Amazing.
It was good night of live acoustic music at SAC although in the first hour, the place was really quiet. I did three fairly new songs viz. Keep the Faith (off the Be with Me soundtrack), Inside (intended for the Popland EP that has not been finished) and It's Heaven (hopefully to be included in my first solo album) and it was fun to give these songs a run-through, unrehearsed...
I was rather impressed with Shyam, who delivered a powerful rendition of Caroline, an original. Also with Cashvin (Face Off guitarist) who proved that he was much more than a mere pop-punk rocker with a pleasing original of his own.
With Aaron playing guitar, Inch was in her element and belted out Closure and Ladeda with the confidence and ease, you usually get from an Allura performance. Watching Aaron play acoustic guitar, I realized that he is a much better guitarist than often given credit. You rock, man!
Aries closed the evening with a charming version of a Simple Plan song and that was that!
A honorable mention to Dom and Elias who sang a couple of modern rock covers competently and passionately. Any originals to throw our way, boys?
Till next week...
Friday, September 21, 2007
It was a rather full Thursday for me yesterday. After a day's work, I took the train to Aljunied and met up with Benita and Adam for dinner (Indian food - mutton murtabak!) Once satisfied, we proceeded to the jam studio and knocked out the songs we'd be playing next Saturday at Earshot, Arts House. (Yes, my roundabout way of announcing this gig!)
By the time we finished at 9pm, I was quite knackered but I guess it was a good warm up for Re-discovering Pink Floyd.
Got to Home Club at 9.30pm and met Razi and Bang, then Fandy and FreakyFir. Apparently, it was still too early for the gig and so we had some drinks and watched a DVD of the Floyd live at Earls Court in 1994.
Then surprise, as Josh, Jonathan, Iain (of the Fire Fight) turned up with Jon Chan (Plain Sunset) and it was really encouraging to see them.
Deputy Siren went on first and I must say that I enjoyed their short set. Good tunes, they're a fairly popular band and you can see why. A month or so ago, I wrote that I was not too impressed with their Baybeats performance and was especially with singer May's vocals. Well, last night, I'm pleased to report that the one month has made all the difference. Although pitchy in places, overall May did very well and I believe that with more time together, Deputy Siren with their melodic songs and dynamic image should win over quite a few people in Singapore. Keep up the good work!
Bang was up next and he played one Pink Floyd song - Hey You - nervously but provided humor when he screwed up. A confident performer! Bang has some good songs as well, including one McCartneyesque number called Letters and Poems, which I really liked. He's quite handy with the acoustic guitar as well, not something you'd expect from the drummer of Ronin, but there you go...
It was past 11pm when I went to play. Without a music stand, I struggled somewhat with the three Pink Floyd covers and was so relieved when I could finally play my own stuff. The songs went down well, which again is pretty amazing for me - Benita leading the backing vocals for Beatles and everyone joining in at the end for Gum. Really fun and it left me with a buzzy feeling when I finished. Nothing quite matches that...
Anyways, setlist was -
See Emily Play
Never Liked the Beatles
I Love Singapore
Thanks to everyone who turned up... till the next one.
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Pix by Benita.
Monday, September 17, 2007
So I will be performing for this Pink Floyd tribute show at Home Club this Thursday, 20th September 2007. Not sure when I come on actually but will fill you in on the details when I get them. I will probably play three Floyd covers (any suggestions?) and 3 originals, rather like the Lennon tribute I did recently. Also at Home. Hope to see some of you there...
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Latest - Documentary starts at 8pm followed by performances by Deputy Siren, Bang (Ronin) and yours truly...