Tuesday, August 17, 2010

ALBUMFlower Show Riots
ARTISTThe Great Spy Experiment
LABELRiot!/Distributed by Universal Music
You could say that I know most of these songs inside out, having heard GSE (viz. Fandy Razak, Khairyl Hashim, Magdalene Han, Saiful Idris and Song) perform on a number of occasions but hearing these polished recordings is something else altogether.The crisp production and mastering (by Howie Weinberg no less) enhance the bright sheen of the songs, in terms of the ability to move your feet, touch your heart and feed your soul. I mean, Flower Show Riots sounds really good and stands up easily to any modern rock LP you may care to point out on the Billboard Album Charts. Not a claim one can honestly make in normal circumstances with reference to a Singapore band but I believe that there’s no exaggeration to declare Flower Show Riots a minor tour de force.
With a keen sense of what modern rock is groovin’ to in 2007 (with the obvious lookback to British post-punk) and a nod to the still-vibrant classic rock influences, the sharp, kinetic andambitious guitar rock on display here is commercially accessible and artistically engaging to any rock fan anywhere in the whole wide world.
KEY TRACKSA Kind of Love, Late Night Request, Class ‘A’ Love Affair 2007, Flower Show Riots, The Great Decay, Flow, Siti in the City, Miss Kensington
SOUNDS LIKEFranz Ferdinand, The Killers, House of Love, the Knack, Oasis, Echo & the Bunnymen
FREE DOWNLOADFirst single Class ‘A’ Love Affair/Captain Funkycurls is available at

(From 2007)

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