Japanese post-rock band tricot to perform in Singapore

Singapore-based record label/concert promoter KittyWu has announced that Japanese alternative rock band tricot will be performing at Home Club on 14 March.

The band consists of its 3 female founding members, Ikkyu Nakajima (vocals/guitar), Motoko “Motifour” Kida (guitar/backing vocals), and Hiromi “hirohiro” Sagane (bass/backing vocals); soon after its formation, the current drummer and only male band member Kazutaka Komaki joined in May 2011.

Known for championing post-rock in Singapore and following the recent announcement of an And So I Watch You From Afar show, KittyWu has presented bands such as Envy, Toe, Mono, Mogwai, Explosions in the Sky, as well as I Am David Sparkle and Amateur Takes Control, who are both are part of the label’s artist management roster.

tricot’s experimental music fits perfectly within the label’s specialized roster, consisting of melodic post-rock-inspired sounds and complex rhythm reminiscent of math rock with perfectly mixed elements of pure, fragile, but strong vocals and unpredictable song transitions.

And yep, you can be guaranteed their live show is just as intense as their description:

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[spacer height=”10px”]tricot (local support TBA)
Home Club
Friday, 14 March 2014
$20 at the door

Limited advance tickets may also be purchased online here.

By Cindy Tan

Camp Symmetry @ The Meadow, Gardens By the Bay (2.11.13)

It was the most cock-tease weather to hold a music festival in. Stickily hot, humid and muddy, while a most portentous dark cloud loomed directly above threatening to unleash full terror.

Yet the day rolled by without a single raindrop falling. Camp Symmetry, likewise, went above and beyond expectations as it unfolded.

Despite kicking off somewhat ambiguously with a shaky performance by Veronica Falls to a relatively sparse crowd around noon, we saw the early birds warm up by the second act, with fangirls screaming their adulations at Last Dinosaurs on stage. It could almost have been a One Direction concert, except that the music was so good — their mashup of ‘Lady’ and ‘Why Does It Feel So Good’ was particularly electrifying.

Every pluck and strum of the band’s catchy riffs was executed with as much precision on stage as it was on the record, and it was at this moment in appreciating the clarity of the performance that we realized the elaborate set-up of the stage — an organized maze of lighting rigs and a refreshing quality of sound that we couldn’t fully appreciate in the fuzziness of Veronica Falls’ set. The crowd quite surprisingly sang along to a lot of Last Dinosaurs’ songs, and even got a taste of some new material, “aquatic” new songs that were making their live debuts in Singapore.

Photo by Shaun Tan

The same fangirls had a treat when Tumblr favourites San Cisco came on immediately after and played their über catchy ditties. By the time ‘Awkward’ came on, the usually stoic Singaporean audience were up on their feet and dancing to happy hopes that Jordi, Josh, Nick and Scarlett would stalk them too. “Stalking is something everybody does anyway,” quips Scarlett Stevens later, backstage. “It’s the normal thing to do, and social media makes it all the easier.”

Jack Tatum of Wild Nothing had his take on the democratising phenomenon of social media as well. “It’s affected the indie scene a lot”, he pondered. “I think indie rock is moving towards the mainstream. It’s almost becoming a microcosm of pop culture, what with all the gossip and everything.”

We’re not complaining. Despite the shortfalls of indie commidification, it’s a phenomenon that has undoubtedly made it easier for these bands to perform in Singapore, and drew the massive and diverse crowds at Camp Symmetry.

And it hasn’t seemed to affect the quality of the performances. Moving past the hiccup of a malfunctioning keyboard onstage that visibly frustrated Jack and the band, Wild Nothing delivered an inspiring set, perhaps one of the most anticipated of the day, with a more expansive and pristine sound than his early lo-fi bedroom recordings (a characteristic he says was an inevitability of “limited resources”), courtesy of his new full band.

It seemed natural that Wild Nothing’s energy was succeeded by the contemplative William Fitzsimmons. If the preceding bands’ sets didn’t feel long enough, this performance felt just right — the acoustic set was a good break for some quiet and pensive time before Ra Ra Riot got the crowd grooving again to their riotous 80s-inspired hits.

The evolution and maturity seen in Wild Nothing was later also evident in Best Coast, who tapered off their familiar  lo-fi 60s aesthetic and opted for a cleaner sound at the festival. Performing a mix of old and new songs from the Crazy For You and The Only Place albums, Beth Cosentino allowed her vocals to break through the filters she normally ensconced her voice with.

This, she says, is party because she was listening to “a lot more 90s music like Nirvana, some Taylor Swift, rather than 60s music” while writing, and also partly because she had a newfound sense of confidence. The singer readily admits the heavy effects used to be a comfortable way of masking her self-consciousness, which has waned with time — undoubtedly helped by accolades from Billie Joe Armstrong who named her “the best singer of her generation.” It was almost uncannily apt, then, when the crowd began to sing a birthday song to celebrate her turning 27 today.

If the turnout for the festival seemed lukewarm so far, as sundown arrived the audience from the slopes began streaming downwards to join the mosh. The Cribs absolutely blew everybody away with their high-octane, post-Johnny Marr brit rock; but it was only when old-timers Mew took the stage that the crowd multiplied threefold. Under the star-less Singapore night sky, the strobe lights matched their soaring, astral tunes, occasionally punctuated by screams from a starstruck crowd. There was definitely some nostalgia for the noughties going on as the indie superstars pulled out older songs like ‘Snow Brigade’ and songs from the cult-status album, Frengers.

There was no better way to end the night than Explosions In The Sky, an appropriate comedown after the high of Mew. The crowd fell silent in awe, exhaustion, or both, as the instrumental post-rock enveloped everyone in vocal-less magic. It was a sublime moment. And as we lay on the grass in silence absorbing the music, we admired the backdrop of Marina Bay Sands, the Singapore Flyer, and the skyline in all its orgiastic beauty, and for once felt a sense of genuine hope for the music scene in the country.

No wonder Best Coast’s Bethany gushed that Singapore was, without a doubt, the “tightest” country she’s been to in Asia. Camp Symmetry’s logistics were run marvellously like clockwork — seamless, bang on schedule to the millisecond, and as tight as the skinny jeans on stage at Last Dinosaurs. Not bad at all for a nascent project. Even the food was fantastic. Forget the soggy hotdogs you normally associate with music festivals — there were fried mantous with pulled pork and crackling, nasi briyani, chicken tenders, and micro-brewed beer from our homegrown Brewerkz. On top of that, you’ve got a bouncy castle and a pingpong table on the flanks to entertain yourself with, in case your bottoms got sore from sitting on the grass.

What else can you ask for?

By Zixin Lin

Laneway Festival announces massive line-up for 2014

Fresh from delivering a hugely successful debut event in Detroit just last week, the St Jerome’s Laneway Festival is already presenting its 2014 line-up, an impressive list of artists which is set to ensure another successful outing, when the festival returns to Singapore for the fourth time next year.

Over its eleven year history, the eight-­city boutique event has carved out a niche for itself in the competitive festival market, gaining international respect as “the festival for discerning music fans.

Programming director and co-­founder Danny Rogers says of the line-up, “We’re exceptionally proud… [a]s usual, the artists have been chosen on the strength of their music and their ability to deliver an insanely great live show.”

Many acts from the inaugural US festival feature on the 2014 line-up, including LA band Warpaint, Scottish indie rockers Frightened Rabbit and CHVRCHES, who confirmed their involvement via Facebook yesterday.

Also joining this year’s line-up are cool-guy rappers Danny Brown and Earl Sweatshirt, god among men Kurt Vilebreakout star of 2013 Lorde, indie pop practitioners The Jezabels, and dream popper Youth Lagoon.

Of course, the announcement today have driven the Singaporean Twittersphere into a frenzy, with speculation once again rearing fans up about the stunning line-up of acts headed their way in January.

Soulful dubstep singer-songwriter James Blake has been announced to play Laneway NZ but, oddly, will not be performing on the Australian leg of the tour: with this unusual itinerary, Singaporean fans will be hoping that Blake makes it to their shores.

There is no uncertainty about CHVRCHES’ visit though, the band gave it all away during a Facebook Q&A with fans, and NZ phenomenon Lorde had it in the bag way back in August.

Laneway Festival announces massive line-up for 2014

Last year’s Singapore festival saw Gotye and Kimbra perform their colossal hit ‘Somebody that I Used to Know’ — maybe we will hear Flume and Chet Faker throw down their flawless collaboration, ‘Left Alone’?

Laneway Festival (Australia) 2014 full line-up:

Autre Ne Veut
Cashmere Cat
Cass McCombs
Chet Faker
Cloud Control**
Danny Brown
Dick Diver
Earl Sweatshirt
Four Tet
Frightened Rabbit
Jagwar Ma
Jamie XX
King Krule
Kirin J Callinan
Kurt Vile
Mount Kimbie
MT Warning
Parquet Courts
Run The Jewels (EL-P & Killer Mike)­
The Growl
The Jezabels**
Unknown Mortal Orchestra**
Vance Joy
Youth Lagoon

**Exclusive to Laneway: no sideshows.

Read our guide to surviving a festival.

Ticketing information:
Laneway Festival fans with Visa credit, debit or prepaid cards can get tickets first through Visa Entertainment.
Visa presale: 12pm, Monday 30 September – 12pm, Tuesday 1 October
General Public on sale: Thursday 3 October, 9am

By Katherine Pollock

Camp Symmetry full line-up and details announced

After months of teasing, speculation, and the confirmation of three bands on the bill, Symmetry Entertainment has finally announced the full line-up of its inaugural indie music festival, Camp Symmetry, much to the anticipation of indie music fans in the country.

Joining Explosions in the Sky, Best Coast, and San Cisco on stage are Danish rock band, Mew, who – as expected! – will be co-headlining the festival; English indie rockers, The Cribs; and Aussie indie pop band, Last Dinosaurs, amongst others.

Tim Kek, Managing Director of Symmetry Entertainment, said, “It was really just a personal dream to do this festival — I mean, who doesn’t want to hold their own festival? And after months and months of preparation, we’re so proud to finally announce the full line-up.”

“We really want the festival to be about more than just the music; we want it to be a fun and all-encompassing creative experience. There will be beer pong, Fred Perry will be hosting table tennis areas… bouncy castles too! It’ll just be a crazy day. We have a huge space, so there is a lot of room for us to do fringe activities and include other forms of arts.”

And on the choice of acts for the inaugural festival, he says, “We do eventually want to include local and regional bands. Each act was picked really specially; they are all relatively niche acts picked for their own reasons — a lot of them have specific appeals and cult followings, and hopefully we’ll bring something for everyone.”

“Explosions were the first band we actually emailed,” Kek adds. On William Fitzsimmons, Kek says he hopes it will add a “folksy dimension to the show.”

Alongside festival co-founder Jean Ng, he adds, “We grew up listening to William Fitzsimmons, it was the soundtrack to our teenage years.”

Commenting on the addition of Ra Ra Riot to the line-up, Kek says, “It’s very raw and edgy and gritty, and should bring a lot to the festival.”

And of course, on the festival’s second headliner that will certainly appease Singapore prog rock fans: “Mew has a huge cult following in Singapore and they’re actually a lot of the reason we started doing what we do,” referencing the band’s song ‘Symmetry‘, the concert promoter’s namesake.

Promising an array of exciting acts from around the globe, Camp Symmetry will be held on 2 of November 2013 at the sprawling festival site, Gardens By The Bay.

Camp Symmetry 2013 full line-up:

Explosions In The Sky
Best Coast
Wild Nothing
The Cribs
Ra Ra Riot
San Cisco
Last Dinosaurs
Veronica Falls
William Fitzsimmons

Camp Symmetry
Gardens By the Bay
Saturday, 2 November 2013
$125 (early bird), $145 (standard), $350 (VIP)*

*All purchases of four or more standard/VIP tickets will be discounted at 10% (price exclues $3 booking fee)

Ticket sales will commence on Camp Symmetry’s official website on the 21 of August 2013 at 1pm and will also be available for purchase at the Fred Perry Laurel Wreath Collection Shop.

By Cindy Tan & Melissa Yong

Third act confirmed for the inaugural Camp Symmetry festival

Australian young’ens San Cisco have just been announced as the third act to play at Camp Symmetry this November, alongside the previously announced Explosions In The Sky and Best Coast.

The band join a crop of solid indie/pop bands to have emerged from Australia in recent years, quickly shooting to fame in 2011 when the music video for their first single, ‘Awkward‘, went viral.

Its playful back-and-forth verses between lead singer Jordi Davieson and drummer/singer Scarlett Stevens, and simple guitar hooks and melodies, were irresistible, and the band have since gone on to tour worldwide.

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Despite the band’s average age of 19, all the members of San Cisco have been playing music for years — Stevens even finding success in tween trio The Flairz, when their 2007 single ‘Bullseye‘ saw considerable airtime on both radio and music television.

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Camp Symmetry
with Explosions In The Sky, Best Coast, San Cisco (and more TBA)
The Meadow
Saturday, 2 November 2013

Ticketing details TBA.

By Melissa Yong

Camp Symmetry confirms second headline act… to absolutely no one’s surprise

After their inadvertent outing by Urbanscapes yesterday, Camp Symmetry has today confirmed the second act of its highly anticipated lineup for the event to be held this Novemer at The Meadow, Gardens By the Bay.

Ending weeks of speculation as a result of some not-so-subtle hints on Symmetry Entertainment’s Twitter account, it has been announced that Texan post-rockers Explosions in the Sky will be one of the festival’s headlining acts.

The band joins garage pop duo Best Coast on the bill, while an appearance by Danish band Mew still remains unconfirmed.

With information trickling through on Camp Symmetry’s debut since its confirmation almost two weeks ago, we are certainly being kept on our toes. Several more bands will be join the lineup in the coming weeks, with ticket details to be released in the (undisclosed) future.

For now, you’ll just have to wait up, frantically monitoring Camp Symmetry’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

In the meantime, have a listen to Explosions in the Sky’s new track ‘Join Me On My Avalanche’, composed with David Wingo for upcoming comedy flick Prince Avalanche.

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By Eleanor Turnbull

Urbanscapes satellite show inadvertently reveals Camp Symmetry headliners

Urbanscapes have finally announced details of their newly revealed “satellite shows“, the first of which will feature Explosions In The Sky and Mew together for a “double-bill to end all double-bills.”

And surprise, surprise, the announcement has inadvertently outed both bands as headliners for Singapore’s own Camp Symmetry festival, leaving punters satisfied enough to move on to speculating the rest of the line-up.

The double-billed satellite show, to be held on 31 October in KL, comes two short days before Camp Symmetry on 2 November, and almost one whole month before Urbanscapes on 23-24 November.

With that fact, Symmetry’s constant teasers on social media, Mew’s show in Jakarta on 26 October, and Singaporeans’ unexplainably overwhelming affinity to post-rock; we’re both confident and hopeful that both bands will be appear as headliners at Camp Symmetry… for perhaps a festival to end all festivals.

Urbanscapes Satellite Show #1
with Explosions In The Sky and Mew
KL Live
Thursday, 31 October 2013

Tickets available now at Ticketpro.

By Melissa Yong

Symmetry Entertainment announces Singapore’s newest festival: ‘Camp Symmetry’

With rumours running rife for weeks now, we can confirm today that Symmetry Entertainment is indeed bringing to our shores Singapore’s very own indie music festival.

Announced this morning, Camp Symmetry will make its debut this November at The Meadow, Gardens by The Bay.

Bringing together bands from all over the world inclusive of genres spanning post-rock to indie pop, the festival promises to be a day of “festivities and outdoor fun”.

Symmetry will be releasing more information over the coming weeks, including line-up teasers and competitions, with the first band to be announced next week.

Camp Symmetry
The Meadow, Gardens by The Bay
Saturday, 2 November 2013

Ticketing information will be announced shortly.

By Eleanor Turnbull

Symmetry Festival 2013: The rumours and the facts

Rumours that Singapore will play host to another music festival later this year have been confirmed, with a comment from Symmetry Entertainment today that they will indeed be announcing more details of an indie music festival to be held in Singapore this November.

Fans have engaged enthusiastically in the thrilling speculative discussion online as far back as May, with the promoters — who have brought in acts including Starslinger, Carl Barat, and most recently, The Drums — baiting fans on Facebook with vague but nonetheless suggestive updates like, “KEEP NOV 2 FREE”, followed by a post about a week later revealing, “we have so many exciting acts for nov 2nd we’re EXPLODING with joy”.

Symmetry Festival 2013: The rumours and the facts

Symmetry Entertainment founder Tim Kek revealed exclusively to Other Sounds, “We definitely have exciting acts who will be making their first trip to Singapore, bands who I believe many Singaporeans have been waiting a long time to see.”

The festival’s early November date coincides — very conveniently — with Australia’s annual Harvest Festival, which has seen The Flaming Lips, Beck, Sigur Ros, and The National headline its first and second editions; and have so far confirmed lo-fi folk band Neutral Milk Hotel for this year’s line-up.

And, according to organizer AJ Maddah’s well-known and frequently updated Twitter feedShe & Him and Bon Iver are also strong contenders for the bill.

Based on Symmetry’s consistent output of Facebook posts consisting of music videos and updates — sometimes as simple as just “☮” — and their not-so-subtle hints like their “EXPLODING” joy (as seen in their Facebook update above), another two other contenders for the festival are post-rock instrumentalists Explosions In The Sky, and English indie rock band Peace.

The bands’ appearances would be Singapore firsts, consistent with Kek’s comment that we have waited “a long time to see [them]”; with the latter being especially anticipated for the many post-rock-hungry fans of Singapore. 

More details will emerge in the coming weeks, and Kek assures, “Be patient, all will be revealed soon.”

By Melissa Yong