Keep them coming! More acts announced for Music Matters

Last week we got our first taste of who to expect at this year’s instalment of Music Matters Live with HP. Now we can confirm the second batch of artists to be added to the already globe-spanning line-up.

Singapore locals wyd:syd and sub:shaman will be joining the line-up, as well as UK alt-rockers The Boxer Rebellion. They will be joined by a whole bunch of other bands from Singapore, Japan, Korea, Canada, Australia and many more.


Also announced, is the return of the festival’s country specific showcases including:
Korea’s K-Pop Night Out, Canadian Blast, The Aussie BBQ, JAPAN NIGHT, Bravo Taiwan and Singapore’s very own Made In Singapore featuring at six of the city’s finest. Sounds Australia will also be debuting Sound Gallery for the first time in Asia at Music Matters Live with HP, following success in SXSW (USA) and Canadian Music Week (Canada).

Check out the extended line-up and venue details below:

Music Matters Live with HP 2014:

Afgan (ID)
Art of Fresh (CA)*
Ash Grunwald (AUS)
Asian Chairshot (KR)*
Bamboo Star (HK)*
Bec Laughton (AUS)*
Buffalo Sunn (IR)
Bunkface (MY)
Cream (JP)*
Daybreak (KR)*
Dualist Inquiry (IN)
Dune Rats (AUS)
Empra (AUS)
Endah N Rhesa (ID)
Gareth Fernandez (SG)*
Gentle Bones (SG)
Hogan (IR)*
Jaurim (KR)*
Jeremy Neale (AUS)
Juveniles (FR)
Kyoto Protocol (MY)
Lim Kim (KR)*
Love X Stereo (KR)*
Lyon Apprentice (AUS)
Mad August (MY)
Mark Bonafide (SG)*
MC HotDog (TW)
Ming Bridges (SG)
Naoto Inti Rayami (JP)*
Oral Cigarettes (JP)*
Quarterback (TW)
Quest (PH)
Sezairi (SG)
Shining Bird (AUS)*
Sidney York (CA)*
Slapshock (PH)
Sophie Koh (AUS)*
Stars and Rabbit (ID)
sub:shaman (SG)*
Sultan of the Disco (KR)*
Take Two (SG)*
The 13 Band (TW)
The Boxer Rebellion (UK)*
The Family Cheese (IN)*
The Love Junkies (AUS)*
The Pinholes (SG)*
The StoneWolf Band (PT)
Tired Lion (AUS)*
Trick (SG)
Tully on Tully (AUS)
wyd:syd (SG)*
Ying Hao (SG)*

(* indicates new addition)

Music Matters Live with HP festival,
Wednesday to Saturday, 21-24 May 2014 Venues:

  • Aquanova, Beer Market, China One, Crazy Elephant, Fern & Kiwi, Kuro, Paulaner, Shuffle, Fountain Stage @Clarke Quay, 3 River Valley Road, S179024
  • Switch, 73 Bras Basah Rd, NTUC Trade Union House #01-01, S 189556
  • Barber Shop, 1 Old Parliament Lane #01-03, Singapore, S 179429
  • Timbré @ Substation, 45 Armenian Street, S 179936


By Ale Launech

Music Matters Live with HP announce globe-spanning line-up

Music Matters Live with HP have announced their line-up for this year’s festival, which features a roster of artists from around the world.

The festival will run from 21-24 May and will feature a heap of showcases over the four days. In its fourth year, Music Matters Live with HP has become one of the highlights of Singapore’s music calendar, as one of the largest music festivals in the region.

With the addition of an extra night, we can see the festival slowly but surely expanding.

The promoters have stated that this year’s festival takes “a giant step upwards”. With the announcement of more bands and venues, they’ll be flying their “super-music-discovery flag even higher”.

Festival-goers will be able to catch the acts more than once over the four nights at different outdoor and indoor venues.

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The bands playing include Other Sounds favourites Dune Rats, French synth-pop band Juveniles, Australian lo-fi musician Jeremy Neale, Melbourne indie-pop darlings Tully on Tully, and Singapore local chart-topper Gentle Bones, plus many more.

Check out the full list of artists below:

Music Matters Live with HP 2014:

Afgan (ID)
Ash Grunwald (AUS)
Buffalo Sunn (IR)
Bunkface (MY)
Dualist Inquiry (IN)
Dune Rats (AUS)
Empra (AUS)
Endah N Rhesa (ID)
Gentle Bones (SG)
Jeremy Neale (AUS)
Juveniles (FR)
Kyoto Protocol (MY)
Lyon Apprentice (AUS)
Mad August (MY)
MC HotDog (TW)
Ming Bridges (SG)
Quarterback (TW)
Quest (PH)
Sezairi (SG)
Slapshock (PH)
Stars and Rabbit (ID)
The 13 Band (TW)
The StoneWolf Band (PT)
Trick (SG)
Tully on Tully (AUS)

Music Matters Live with HP 2014
21-24 May 2014
Clarke Quay (various venues TBA)

By Ale Launech

The Caulfield Cult to play THE FEST in Florida

Locally grown rockers The Caulfield Cult have been added to the line-up of THE FEST, a massive punk/emo festival in Florida, featuring the likes of legendary names in the punk scene such as The Descendants, and Strike Anywhere.

The band will also be sharing the stage with acts such as The Flatliners, The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, Old Gray and Candy Hearts.

The announcement comes as a well-timed surprise following the commencement of their Japan tour with Melbourne punks Up And Atom, and their upcoming European tour in the summer, which will span a total of fourteen countries over a period of five weeks.

“Haha yea, I’m ORDing in style, flying to Europe the day I get my IC,” frontman Nick Prasat Kumar said about the start of the tour, which coincides with the end of his stint in Singapore’s mandatory army training programme.

The Caulfield Cult are currently touring Japan. They will begin their European tour on 23 May in London, and will play THE FEST in Gainesville, Florida, on 31 October, 1 and 2 November later this year.

By Louis Foo

Euro-tour and new music from The Caulfield Cult

Less than a month after the announcement of their tour of Japan, local boys The Caulfielf Cult have announced that they will now be gracing Europe with their presence as they run through their month long tour with UK band Godard.


This news is also accompanied by the announcement of a new split EP with their fellow tour mates. The new split will be available on 7″ vinyl and will be released in late may. It will feature a new track from both bands. The Caulfield Cult’s new one, “Seagulls Over Me” is both hard-hitting and mellow throughout and goes through these changes in just under two minutes. Check it out below.

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Having released a split EP with Australian band Up and Atom only a month ago, things are moving along nicely for the Singaporean four-piece.

The Caulfield Cult/Godard 2014 European Summer Tour

23/5 London, UK – Urban Bar
24/5 Cheltenham, UK – Secret Show
25/5 Leeds, UK – The Fenton
26/5 Glasgow, UK – 13th Note
27/5 Aberdeen, UK – Cellar 35
28/5 Dundee, UK – Kage
29/5 Bristol, UK – The Hatchet
30/5 Newport, UK – Le Pub
31/5 Portsmouth, UK – Edge of the Wedge
1/6 Cornwall, UK*
2/6 Brighton, UK*
3/6 Lille, France – Monk’s
5/6 Hengelo, Netherlands – Innocent
6/6 Hanover, Germany – Ujz Korn
7/6 Copenhagen, Denmark – Underwerket
8/6 Stockholm, Sweden*
9/6 Oslo, Norway – Club 37
10/6 Gothenburg, Sweden – Skriket
12/6 Berlin, Germany – Scherer8
13/6 Leipzig, Germany – The Atari
14/6 Wurzberg, Germany – Die Kellerperle (Shivery Fest)
15/6 Prague, Czech Republic – Na Pul Cesty
16/6 Vienna, Austria – Venster99
17/6 Venice, Italy*
18/6 Freiberg, Germany – KTS
19/6 Schaffhausen, Switzerland, 52 Neustadt
20/6 Milan, Italy*
21/6 Lyon, France*
22/6 Bordeaux, France – L’Oukaze
23/6 Angers, France*
24/6 TBA, Belgium*

*venues to be announced, (updates via The Caulfield Cult Facebook page)

By Ale Launech

MONSTER CAT are on top of their ‘Tower’

After announcing the release of their debut full-length titled The Violet Hour, MONSTER CAT have been making impressive strides. They have opened for international acts Empire Of The Sun and Foals within one week of each other, and their lead single ‘Take Me To Love’ topped the Singapore iTunes charts in a matter of hours.

Now, the band’s latest single ‘Tower‘ has just been announced as Single of the Week on iTunes, making it the first Singaporean song to receive the prestigious title.

Their debut single ‘Take Me To Love‘ soared to #1 on the Singapore iTunes charts just one day after its release, and its accompanying music video can only be described as a psychedelic freak fest: bursts of colour and mirrored images perfectly match the apocalyptic dance party feel that the track gives off and, rather rnsurprisingly, cats are heavily featured.

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[spacer height=”10px”]The boys are now preparing for their upcoming shows at China’s JUE Music + Art Festival before returning home in April for their album launch, where all 13 tracks from The Violet Hour will be played.

By Ale Launech

‘Tower’ is available for purchase now via the iTunes store. Physical copies of The Violet Hour are available for pre-order via Bandcamp.

The Caulfield Cult announce tour and split EP with Up And Atom

Singapore’s own The Caulfield Cult are hitting the road next month, having just announced a tour of Japan with Australian punk-pop quintet Up And Atom.

Alongside this comes the announcement that the two have paired up for a split EP, to be released under Romantic Nobita Records (Japan) and Soup Base Records (Australia).

The Caulfield Cult announce tour and split EP with Up And Atom

The Caulfield Cult have been hitting stages since 2011, when they released their debut album Leaving Cemetary Junction. They have since travelled around the world, touring both South East Asia and Europe.

The band’s second album Things Can Only Get Worse From Here was launched at Blu Jaz Café in mid-2013, to much praise from the local audience.

Up And Atom have similarly been kicking it since 2011, releasing EPs in both 2012 and 2013. They clearly have a thing for Southeast Asia, having visited and toured twice prior to this year.

Both bands have posted the first of their two tracks from the EP online already — check out The Caulfield Cult’s track ‘Achilles Heel’ here.

Japon Tour dates:

3 April – Shibuya Gateway
4 April – Shinjuku Nishiguchi Ongakukan
5 April – Sendai Park Square
6 April – Kohriyama Peak Action

By Eleanor Turnbull

Atlas release new single and announce new album titled ‘Here Be Dragons’

Singapore band Atlas has just announced details of their debut album Here Be Dragons, led by the release of their first single, ‘Tread Softly in the Half-light‘.

The album was produced by Leonard Soosay and has been “years in the making” following the release of their debut EP Land Over The Sea in 2012.

Atlas release new single and announce new album titled 'Here Be Dragons'

A culmination of the stories of all six members of the band, the album has been distilled into 50 minutes and chronicles the evolution of their music since forming in 2011. There is an underlying spirituality to the album; a central theme that unveils of the intimacies of the band and the musical context it was was borne in over the last three years.

Atlas have played stages before hundreds as part of the Mosaic Music Festival (2013), as well as several smaller cafe and studio shows since forming.

And while they like to mix things up live with improvisations and transitions, guitarist Taufiq Rashid tells us, “We hope to break ground with this new album… Here Be Dragons represents a refreshing take on the songs that we have written and performed throughout the years.”

Listen to ‘Tread Softly in the Half-light’ here:

The band will launch Here Be Dragons at Beep City studios on Saturday, 15 March. 

Here Be Dragons full track-list:

1. 42/24
2. Seven
3. Genius (Life in Transit)
4. Land Over the Sea
5. East Oriental Club
6. In (Im)Polite Company
7. Obsoletion
8. Attractor Dynamics
9. Tread Softly in the Half-light
10. We Edge Closer to the Start

[spacer height=”6px”]Here Be Dragons album launch
with Sphaeras and Paint The Sky Red
Beep City studios (370 Telok Blangah Road, #02-A)
Saturday, 15 March 2014

Ticketing details TBA.

By Melissa Yong

Baybeats Auditions finalists announced

Baybeats Auditions has just announced the eight finalists that will be playing at this year’s Baybeats Festival.

Following two rounds of auditions, the final eight bands make up an eclectic line-up of some of Singapore’s most promising alternative acts to feature at the festival alongside other alternative local, regional, and international acts.

Baybeats announces finalists for 2014 auditions

The bands, which include Other Sounds favourites Lost WeekendStopgap, and wyd:syd, will now take part in a four-month mentorship with judges Bani Hidir (53AB-Quartet), Daniel Sassoon (In Each Hand A Cutlass), and producer Leonard Soosay.

These eight finalists are the first acts to be announced on the Baybeats line-up, with the announcement expected to be released in the next month.

Check out our gallery of snaps taken from last year’s festival!

Baybeats 2014 finalists:

Attention! The New Portsdown
False Plaintiff
Lost Weekend
The Livid Sun

[spacer height=”10px”]Baybeats Festival 2014
27-29 June 2014
Esplanade, Theatres By the Bay

By Ale Launech

Villes’ new single ‘City of Gold’ climbs to #1 on iTunes Rock chart

Local post-hardcore band Villes has just released their highly anticipated single ‘City of Gold’ accompanied by a video that features the band tearing it up in a field somewhere for a solid 4:35 minutes.

The new single has managed to climb to the #1 spot on the Singapore iTunes Rock chart within a mere eighteen hours.

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Produced, mixed and mastered by Roland Lim and Marlon Ingle of Sync Studios, the single comes on the back of the band’s previous chart-topping acoustic hit ‘The Levy‘ which has to date, amassed over 30,000+ views.

Lead singer Dominic Tan’s screams against the clean, more melodic vocals of Bryan Ulric showcase the band’s unique, pop-infused brand of post-hardcore on ‘City of Gold’, which has rapidly earned Villes a strong following.

Lyrically, they explain, ‘City of Gold’ is a metaphorical expression of what it means to lose one’s sense of individuality in the face of society’s expectations; at the same time, it empowers listeners to go forth, discover, and achieve without inhibition.

Villes’ debut EP, I’ve Seen The World, is available here.

By Ale Launech

Monster Cat release new single titled ‘Take Me To Love’

Local art-rock band and Pirate Bay heroes MONSTER CAT have just released the first single from their forthcoming studio album, The Violet Hour.

Titled ‘Take Me To Love‘, the single is a spasmodic noise party, driven by a groovy beat and peppered with a stuttering of guitars and playful synthesizers.

The album itself is a lushly layered melange of sounds. Drawing from a host of genres and heavily featuring their trademark vocal harmonies, the band have created an intense compilation of melodic rock songs that at once, make for an exciting and emotional sonic trip that aims to give listeners new perspectives on the rock paradigm.

The 13-track debut album was produced by award-winning producer Tim Carr (Jay-Z, Flea (Red Hot Chilli Peppers), Julia Stone) and was fully recorded in Sydney’s top-notch Studios 301 and then mastered by London’s Dick Beetham.

Monster Cat release new single titled 'Take Me To Love'

In their recent Facebook post, the band has said that the album was “something we’ve been working on for the past two years” and thanked fans for the ongoing support of their Indiegogo campaign, which saw them exceed their $10,000 goal with the support of 271 funders.

The Violet Hour is due for release on 3 March 2014 and is now available for pre-order, which includes a bonus download of the band’s debut EP Mannequins as well as an advance download of ‘Take Me To Love’.

In the meantime, stream ‘Take Me To Love’ now on Deezer.

By Evan Woon