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.

[youtube width=”457″ height=”343″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-rvgbY5he4[/youtube]

[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.

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
8pm
$20 at the door

Limited advance tickets may also be purchased online here.

By Cindy Tan

And So I Watch You From Afar make Southeast Asian debut in Singapore

Irish band And So I Watch You From Afar (ASIWYFA) has just announced their debut show in Southeast Asia, to be held in Singapore on 28 February.

The four-piece from Belfast is one of Ireland’s most beloved alternative musical outfits, receiving overwhelming critical acclaim and accolades for their dynamic post-rock and trademark guitar riffs.

Forming in 2005, they have released three EPs and three albums to date, also touring at an unparalleled pace for over five years building a legion of fans around the world from Belarus to China, and most recently, India.

In the band’s latest record, All Hail Bright Futures, there is a new colour scheme in place: new textures, emotions, sounds and voices — a positive uplift that more closely matches the euphoria the Northern Ireland quartet has been instilling in audiences through their music in a live setting.

All Hail Bright Futures is ASIWYFA’s first recording done as a three-piece following the departure of Tony Wright. They will head back out on the road as a four-piece with their new, full-time member Niall Kennedy on guitar and perform songs from the new album — their boldest statement yet — that states a renewed case for a magnetizing band at their best.

And So I Watch You From Afar
with sub:shaman
Zouk
Friday, 28 February 2014
$45 (early-bird), $55 (regular)

Tickets are available now.

By Melissa Yong

MONSTER CAT launch crowdfunding campaign for new record

MONSTER CAT, along with KittyWu Records, are inviting fans (…or anyone) to be a part of their new record.

Launching a fundraising campaign via Indiegogo, the band are looking to raise $10,000 to go towards the making of their new album, to be recorded with ARIA award-winning producer Tim Carr (Matt Corby, Ernest Ellis) in Sydney’s Studios 301.

In return for their hard-earned cash, contributors will be awarded with digital, CD or limited edition vinyl copies of the new release. Also available are MONSTER CAT tees (made by Sifr), access to secret demos, and official Lomography cameras which have been exclusively pimped up by the boys themselves.

KittyWu Records says, “It’s been a long time coming. And they’ve worked really hard on this… We want this new record to sound the best it can, because that’s the least you guys deserve.”

To learn more about the campaign, head to MONSTER CAT’s Indiegogo fundraising page, or check out the video below, which features a sneak peek of MONSTER CAT performing four previously unreleased songs from the upcoming record.

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By Eleanor Turnbull

Bored Spies announce limited edition release of single on Record Store Day

Bored Spies will be releasing their debut single ‘Summer 720‘ as a limited edition 7″ record as part of Record Store Day 2013, leading the slew of exclusive releases that will be available in Singapore this year.

The single, which was released in January this year, is now available for pre-order online via KittyWu Records and will be sold through all good record and vinyl stores from 20 April 2013 onwards.

‘Summer 720’ was recorded at Seagrass Studios (Los Angeles) and Snakeweed Studios (Singapore) during the summer of 2012 and was produced by Brad Wood (Liz Phair, Sunny Day Real Estate, Pete Yorn, Smashing Pumpkins, Placebo).

The single is pressed on gorgeous sea foam green vinyl, backed with the b-side 沙鼠E’ (shāshǔ E). 

The limited release  is in an edition of 100 with KittyWu in Singapore/Asia, Deer Island (edn. of 150) in N. America, and Damnably (edn. 250) in Europe. All 7″ singles will be accompanied with a digital download coupon.

The band have started work on a full-length album due later this year and will be making their first international appearance in Barcelona at Primavera Sound 2013 this May, followed by a string of European dates.

Track listing:
A. Summer 720
B. 沙鼠E

Pre-order ‘Summer 720’ here with pre-order discount code ‘SUMMER’ on checkout.

By Izzan Haziq