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

BIGSOUND Day 2: Michael Chugg said “fuck”… only once this year

“Morning everyone, I’m so hungover! Hello Billy Bragg, good to hang out at Black Bear Lodge last night. How did you go getting home? Don’t you have a keynote speech tomorrow?”

These are just some of the conversations you might be having whilst out on the town in Fortitude Valley.

The day starts with nervousness about my panel at 3.30pm, and also Billy Bragg as the first official keynote to begin the madness that is BIGSOUND. And what a keynote it was!

“Billy, good work on the panel mate.” — Me.

“Go away Will, we only said hi once last night.” — Billy Bragg

For a renowned activist/singer/song-writer with a career spanning over a few decades, Mr. Bragg, did not just brag about his amazing career, but provided everyone insights and opinions on modern day politics, his approach to writing… and some other important things. As I said, I was hungover…

The audience then experienced a great follow-up panel, with the likes of Michael Chugg (Chugg Entertainment), Millie Millgate (Sounds Australia), Nick Findlay (Triple J), Andy Kent (You Am I/Love Police), Kathy McCabe (News Corp Australia) and Paul Barclay (ABC Radio National) speaking at ‘The Future Of Australian Music‘.

The topic of discussion was focused mainly on the current state of the Australian music industry, and where it is headed, with a few key quotes made by Chuggie in relation to the success and awareness that the current music from Australia has had internationally. All in all, I am very hopeful that the Australian music industry is growing rapidly and Australian music is being noticed around the world much more than it ever has before.

ABC were able to record the panel. Listen here.

It was that time again when all attendees would head to the cafeteria (a rock venue) for lunch, and whilst eating the gourmet food that included tandoori chicken, rice paper rolls, and noodle boxes, we sat and enjoyed listening to The Audreys and Tkay Maidza. Dancing with your lunch in hand is fun!

It was getting closer and closer towards the time that I was to sit in front of all my friends on a panel with highly experienced industry professionals. I was slowly getting more confident over the few hours leading up to it and once I officially met all of them, I quietly thought, I might be the loudest and maybe most relatable person on the panel?

Joining me were Hazel (Pandora Radio), Steve (, Jacki (Digirascal), Danny (Foxtel), and Anthony (YouTube). We spoke a lot about our experiences and ‘wow factors’ whilst working in the industry, mine coming from Josh Pyke’s Live Chat with Fans, where I stayed in the office till 9pm watching Josh answer questions from his most hardcore fans and then finally seeing him play a unreleased song on guitar for everyone — that was huge for me!

Overall, I highly enjoyed being on a panel with so many experienced minds in music. I was level-headed and only spoke out of turn twice… three times. It also became apparent that my favourite band to mention is Dune Rats — they may have been mentioned by me about ten times throughout our panel?

After a long day, it was time to drink, listen to awesome live music, and meet some cool new people. Starting with the NZ Showcase that included acts such as Eden Mulholland and Clap Clap Riot, we then moved on to see King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, who were (I AM GOING TO SAY IT) the best band I’ve seen in twenty three years (keeping in mind I am currently twenty three years of age). They were NUTS!

It was time to leave the rock bars, get my hearing back, and reassess the day and again: WHAT A DAY!

By Will Barton
Guest writer

Dune Rats @ Night & Day Bar (31.05.13)

If ever there was a band that never ran out of energy, we’re pretty sure it’d be Dune Rats. We experienced it firsthand ourselves, their raucousness and frenzy during their show at Night & Day Bar last week, as the band echoed the intense warmth of their fans by giving us the most boisterous time to welcome the start of June.

It was a great choice having Night & Day Bar as the venue for the show. Essentially a small and dingy hangout with chaotic scribblings all over the walls and even down to stairway, the bar promised a night of crazy antics before the show had even started — really, the only place we could have imagined the band playing in. And just as the crowd got comfortable, opening band The Pinholes, appeared with their usual getup of matching blue dress shirts. The promising local band kicked things off with their brand of 60s-inspired rock n’ roll, including covers of Nirvana’s ‘Lithium’ and Cashew Chemists’ ‘What’s The Matter’.

Both bands hit it off remarkably well, with Dune Rats cheering The Pinholes on and the latter making cheeky banter about the former’s name — all night referring to them as “The Dun Rats”. The Australian trio even lent their guitar to our local lads halfway through their set, the clearest indication that this was going to be a such an intimate and fun night with the nicest lot of people!

After a good dose of charisma from The Pinholes, it was time to change the scene to Dune Rats’ bright surf-rock. The shaggy-haired group took their time to set up their instruments though; they even snuck out for a pre-gig smoke, while the crowd slowly became restless.

Finally, it started. And if anyone had been expecting the same hazy sounds from their studio releases, they would be sorely mistaken, Dune Rats serving up one rowdy rendition of their songs after another, flailing their heads to match. Lead singer Danny Beusa yelled into the microphone as his other two band mates thrashed around, and it almost felt like we were watching a mosh pit performing? Of course, the crowd reciprocated by dancing enthusiastically along, a massive feat considering the suffocating shyness of Singaporean gig-goers.

When it came to the Dune Rats’ bigger hits like ‘Red Light, Green Light’ and ‘Fuck It’, the response was — if at all possible — even more spirited, with lyrics being shouted back at the band with as much energy as they were given. But the peak of the whole performance would have to have been when bassist Brett Jansh decided to get right into all of the action by jumping onto a table in the middle of the crowd. Chitchat in-between was mainly left to drummer BC Michaels, who spoke about their surprise at the affection they had received here in Singapore.

And yet even with an encore, the show ended far too soon, perhaps due to the limited songs Dune Rats had to perform. With the band retreating outside of the venue for smokes and a chat fans, the atmosphere of Night & Day Bar quickly diminished to a regular chill-out area, a quite shock shift from the ear-splitting scene just a few minutes ago. It was a great end to a Friday night and we hope the band enjoyed Singapore as much as we enjoyed their time here.

by Tryne Ong

Other Sounds would like to thank our sponsors Pure Blonde, Ebenex, and Lomography for their support in putting on this show, for without whose help it would not have been possible.

The Slink Rat Gossip Column with… Dune Rats

Xiao Zhong: What’s the most amount of money you’ve been paid to do a show/job? What show/job was it?
Danny: A Jordanian prince paid us £30,000 to play at his daughter’s birthday party. He flew us there and everything, they were all really nice people.

What’s the deal with that person you really hate? What happened?
He blew in my girlfriend.

When did you first have sex? How often do you have sex now?
Fucken heaps, eh….

Who is the one that got away?
None. Bong it out, bro it down.

What do you wish you were asked more often in interviews?
How much we get paid per show.

What were you thinking when you did that thing that was really fucking stupid?
“This will look really fucking cool in front of my mates and that chick I really wanna fuck.” And then it didn’t.

What is one thing you would change about yourself if you could?
The fact that I can’t breath underwater.

What are some of your proudest achievements so far?
Finding the music, marijuana and mad bitches.

By Xiao Zhong
Guest writer, Slink Rat

Catch Dune Rats live in Singapore on Friday, 31 May. Details here.

Other Sounds presents Dune Rats live in Singapore!

Other Sounds, with Pure Blonde and Ebenex, are proud to present Australian garage rockers Dune Rats, live in Singapore for the very first time.

We are thrilled to announce that the Brisbane duo will be bringing their raucous and energetic live show to Singapore at Night & Day Bar, alongside local garage pop favourites The Pinholes.

The long-haired skater punks are known for their bratty, reckless and surprisingly melodic surf-rock sound, and you can expect that their live shows give ten times the energy. The boys are out for a good time, and they’re intent on giving one as well.

This is Other Sounds’ second show in 2013 in what we hope will continue as a long-term series of gigs that allow Singaporean music fans an opportunity to see some of their favourite international acts at accessible prices and in more intimate settings – in the hopes of seeing more participation in live music within the wider community.

Check out the video for their latest single, ‘Red Light, Green Light’:
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And… the aftermath:
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Dune Rats
with The Pinholes
Night & Day Bar
Friday, 31 May
$15 at the door (includes one drink)

Proudly supported by Pure Blonde, Ebenex, and Lomography.

For the latest updates, please visit our Facebook event page.

By Melissa Yong

Finding ‘Detroit Rock City’

The year was 2003. I saw The Black Keys live for the first time at Camden, Barfly, a tiny venue located at the second floor of the legendary rock club. I parked myself right in front of drummer Patrick Carney after the two opening acts, Gin Palace and The A-Lines, and seriously got ready to battle the forthcoming garage rock assault.

But what came didn’t quite impress me. Dan Auerbach and Patrick sounded way too much like white men playing watered down blues music — I just couldn’t grasp their grit and dirt like I could with The White Stripes. I retreated to the back of the room. Ordered a beer. Got showered with beer. People got shoved around. It felt like there was more happening at the back than the front, where the music was. And the rest of the night I can’t quite remember.

Fast forward to today. The Black Keys have become one of my all-time favorite bands since their Brothers LP, and my frequent jaunts to UK have drastically decreased for many reasons. A friend gives me a call one fine afternoon as I am standing in a big empty space at Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur, where 30,000 people have congregated for one of the biggest trance events in the world the next day: “Lennat, do you know of any dive bars in Singapore for a garage rock show?”

If my life was a comedy, it was the longest silence with imaginary crickets chirping in the background.

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Back in Singapore, I sat in the office when the video for The Black Keys’ single ‘Little Black Submarines’ came on. It was shot at Springwater Supper Club — a Nashville dive bar all full of grime, grease and sweat that would make the guts of pedestrian tourists curl — and I thought long and hard about Melissa’s question about dive bars in Singapore.

While I couldn’t think of any that would rival the charm and vibe of Camden, Barfly or Springwater Supper Club, there was of course, Home Club, the undisputed live institution for all local indie bands in Singapore. If I had to recreate the scene from The Runaways where Kristen Stewart’s Joan Jett approaches Michael Shannon’s Kim Fowley to form an all-girl band, the riverside outside Home Club would probably be it. No one is more supportive of local music than owners Roy and Kelvin; and the boys of the Rockstar Collective who organize the Identite series, Razi and Amir.

“The tiny voice in me told me the same. But as per everything in life: if you never ask, you will never know.”

But with all good intentions, I have always wished that the stage at Home Club was bigger, that the structural pillar in the middle of the room would magically disappear, and that the live sound was a little better. There are also our other usual venues, like Blu Jaz, Prince of Wales, Timbre, Hood Bar and Cafe, and so much more that local bands rock n’ roll in… but I don’t know. Maybe I am romantizing like I always do. People always tell me my life ain’t a movie — but where’s my Detroit Rock City? Are there really no other seedy little venues in which to hold a garage rock show that roars like thunder, with sweat and beer that pour like rain?

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With that in mind, I decided to head out for an adventure with Melissa on a Saturday night, on the hunt for the perfect venue in the seedy bars and pubs that fulfilled the following criteria:

a) A big enough stage or performance area to fit a band
b) A bar
c) Ghetto rock vibes!

I texted my Obedient Wives Club band mates and manager to see what they thought of it all. The general consensus? That there’s no ‘Detroit’ in Singapore. And that even if there was a venue that fit the criteria, they probably wouldn’t understand what we were trying to achieve. The tiny voice in me told me the same. But as per everything in life: if you never ask, you will never know.

“If my life was a comedy, it was the longest silence with imaginary crickets chirping in the background.”

Our strategy was to start with the stretch of bars located along Duxton Road. We’d been ditched by a fellow male companion at the last minute, so it was down to just us, two girls prowling and kicking down doors for live music.

“So, what’s our game plan?” asked Melissa, all fired up and ready to go.

“Well, I don’t know. I guess we’ll walk in, get the vibe and do a quick suss out. If it’s bad, we turn the other way. If it seems promising, we order a drink and talk to the owner,” I said while calculating how drunk the night was going to make us.

The first venue we went into was a nondescript looking pub next to the coffee shop. I pushed the door open to find a dimly lit pub with no punters but a lot of girls hanging around the tables along the wall. They looked right at us and I, of course, avoided eye contact, instead walking straight to the back of the room where the tiny stage was. The bouncer ran in after us, asking what our business was. And while Melissa tried to give the 411 to a person whose answers were mostly “I don’t know” or “No”, I had a look around and saw a woman with a hiked up skirt passed out in the room behind the bar. You want seedy? The Velvet Underground would have been proud.

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There was one other really great pub that particularly caught our attention in Duxton, a pub where one of our most famous rock ‘n’ roll cover bands, Heritage, has a residency. But the owner had supposedly gone “cycling”, and according to the barhand, was not interested in changing up his nights for other bands.

By this time, I was semi-drunk and pretty bummed by the lack of results from our efforts. Desperate to catch him breezing past on his bicycle, we shouted to no one in the streets, “Clifford! Clifford, where are you?”

The rest of the pubs in the area had more or less the same story of decadence and possible sexual deviancy. Pushing the doors open revealed the same scene of rubbish loud music and women draping themselves over sleazy drunkards. Vacating Duxton, we headed for the stretch of pubs near Circular Road.

We asked the bouncers along the whole road about live music: “No.”

And so we continued with some drive-by scouting along Rowell Road and Keong Saik Street, hitting it on foot at Ann Siang Hill and Selegie Road.

By 3am, we were both deadbeat and our hearts a little colder. There were so many venues with such great potential, but what a shame that they weren’t set up with live music in mind.

My obligatory Facebook status update when I got home read: “Went combing for seedy dive bars and came home with broken dreams.”

I wasn’t joking — my heart did die a little that night.

“By 3am, we were both deadbeat and our hearts a little colder. There were so many venues with such great potential, but what a shame that they weren’t set up with live music in mind.”

But here’s the thing. Even with all this heartbreak, my heart also grew even fonder for all the venue owners that I’ve worked with, the ones who support local music by providing a regular performance space within their means. Even walking past the now-defunct Pigeonhole felt a bit melancholic.

I guess we should never take anything, or anyone for granted. Maybe we needn’t look any further? Perhaps Home Club is already our very own CBGB? Or maybe some day, some loaded kids will finally open up a great venue that will book bands who play shows that go down in history, just like the White Stripes did at the 100 Club, or the Beatles at the Cavern Club. You’ll never know.

And with that being said, a rock show will be a rock show anywhere. It’d be super cool to have secret pop-up shows in unlikely places — we’ll have to see how that goes.

By Lennat Mak
Guest writer