Saturday, December 22, 2007


The first major gig in the local rock scene in 2008 comes courtesy of the NUS Original Music Society with Stasis 10: Curtain Call. As its name suggests, this will be the final Stasis event and the NUS OMS has assembled a stellar line up of established and up and coming acts.

Stay tuned to S-ROCK as I hope to bring you some thoughts from the participating bands in the two week lead up to this not-to-be-missed gig.

...still there's more...

Thursday, December 20, 2007


Emo pop meets math rock in Marchtwelve's strident perspective on modern "indie" rock. Between Dewi Marie Vincoy's sweet yet sinewy vocals and Joseph Cinco's versatile guitar work, there is enough space to explore the possibilities beyond the obvious reference points of this Singapore-based band.
Dear You is the standout track in this 4-song EP, as it weaves through incongruant chord changes with surprisingly delightful results. The synth lines assist to meld the transitions well and as usual, Dewi Marie's dreamy voice carries the listener on a joyous journey.

The rest of Not Just A Date is worth investigation - the emo-psychedelia of Sequence: Repeat, the driving heat-seeking Night Before the Bonfire and the military drilling The Last Letter.
All told, a mature accomplishment from one of the more interesting groups in South East Asia.
More info here.

Sunday, December 16, 2007


A week of firsts came to an end last night at the Stage @ Powerhouse, as the Groovy People and I performed for the first time at the Esplanade.
According to schedule, we were to sound check at 5pm but due to the heavy downpour, everything was delayed and we only managed to have a soundcheck almost just before our actual first set!
Alright then.
So by the time I took the stage to sing my three songs solo, there were many empty seats - blame the weather - and that fact may have affected our performance a tad.

Set List
Keep the Faith
Feel the Same Way
Silent Night
Calypso Carol
Have yourself a Groovy little Christmas
Never Liked the Beatles
We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Once we cracked into Groovy little Christmas, I believe we hit our stride although Beatles was a bit too punk.

The second set was an entirely different proposition. Slightly more bums on seats and a more relaxed stage atmosphere conributed to a tighter performance - go figure!

Set List
To Love Somebody
Orchard Road
The High Cost of Living
Silent Night
Calypso Carol
Have Yourself a Groovy little Christmas
I Love Singapore
My One & Only
We Wish You A Merry Christmas

The crowd response to Gum was phenomenal and James' guitar solo was positively blistering. Adam did something different with My One & Only which really clicked - very impressive!

Overall though, I did feel that the sound lacked a textural quality that perhaps the keyboards and a bass would provide. Hmmm.

So, t'was a groovy night indeed. Thanks to Adam, James, Pat, Flint, Lu, Keith and the excellent Esplanade staff for making it all happen. Also, thanks to Angela, Jade, Barnabas and all of James' friends for kind support.

Oh yeah, earlier in the day, I made a cameo appearance in Eric Khoo's next movie. Not going to say much but what I witnessed was pretty amazing. A film to look out for in 2008.

...and there's more...