Lomography x Mac DeMarco x Bee Eyes x carb on carb

Photos taken by Mac DeMarco (and Pierce McGarry, Peter Sagar, and Joe McMurray), Bee Eyes (Diego Abad, Jullius Valledor, Idris Vicuña, and Miguel Hernandez), and carb on carb (Nicole Gaffney and James Stuteley).

3 December 2013 — 9 December 201

Cameras used: Pop 9, Fisheye, La Sardina.

The most special thank you to our wonderful partners Lomography for sponsoring the cameras and film!

By Melissa Yong

Blue Hour Sessions: The unknown force of Tiramisu

OS: You guys have been around for more than a decade and it’s clear that you’ve left a mark on the current indie scene in Singapore. How do you think it’s changed over the past decade or so? 
Rizman: It has definitely changed tremendously — from the mindset, to the venues, and to the audience. With the Internet, music is so easily accessible, compared to the days where we had to find various ways of discovering music and bands we were interested in. Mixtapes were one of those options which allowed us to learn about new music, as well as reading fanzines about local bands, as there weren’t many gigs back then. In those days, we had The Substation, the World Trade Centre amphitheatre, and of course the polytechnic gig circuits. We tended to meet the same people at every gig — I guess that was when the community was tighter.

Perhaps now, the scene is more progressive and there are more venues to play at. The arrival of social media makes it so convenient that it is becoming a challenge to attract people to attend gigs. Nevertheless, the scene is blooming and the fact that you can see more young people forming new bands is very heartening. In our hearts, we know that the future of local music is not bleak, but full of excitement and surprises.

You’re one helluva showman on stage. Are there any particular performers who have inspired this in you?
I grew up listening to a lot of music, but I am truly inspired by Hafiz of Stomping Ground; when I first saw him on stage, I was totally blown away by his stage presence, it was a life-changing experience for me. I realised how the stage can be a space of catharsis for the performer.

Apart from that, I was also into Michael Jackson, Iggy Pop, King Diamond, Ronny James Dio, Mike Patton, David Bowie, Sudirman Hj Arshad, David Byrne, and many other eccentric singers along the way. I am an amalgamation of all these influences, and I am combining all of them to become a brand new animal on stage.

Well, some would even go as far as to say that rather than performing straight up ‘music music’, Tiramisu are instead, performance artists who incorporate music into their shows. How true is this, and how thin is the line between showmanship and performance art?
We have been doing this for years, as it is our comfort zone, and in our world it is the norm. We are just a group of happy musicians who love dressing up on stage and appearing ‘out of this world’ when presenting our music. Perhaps, at the same time, we are blurring the boundary between musicality and showmanship. We embrace idiocy in our outlook, not as clowns but as agents in the modification of lives. We love the notion of the audience laughing with or laughing at us, as it makes the world a less cruel place to live in.

You don’t play live too often, and it seems that every show you announce becomes a pretty highly anticipated one. Is there a reason you choose to gig so sparsely?
We have been really selective in playing live partly due to our working schedules, most of us are tied up with our jobs. The effort it takes to get people together is the most difficult part of it all, but we consciously try to make every live show we play as memorable as possible.

What do you hope for people to take away from your live shows?
Every Tiramisu show is experiential, and we make it a point for the audience to get a ‘WTF’ feeling when they leave the space. Confused yet fulfilled and entertained in the strangest way possible. Like being touched by an unknown force and acknowledging the sensation at the same time.

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By Melissa Yong

Lomography Blue Hour Sessions
with Tiramisu, .gif, and 7nightsatsea
Lomography Gallery Store
Saturday, 23 November
7pm
FREE

Blue Hour Sessions: .gif – From synth-pop to trip-hop?

OS: You’ve described that .gif was meant to be an outlet for “freedom and respite” from your other musical endeavours – did you ever think it would receive as much attention as it has?
.gif: To be honest, we haven’t really been keeping track. Earmilk was a really nice surprise, though, and so was Lomography’s interest in us for Blue Hour Sessions! If not for them, this EP wouldn’t even have happened ’cause we have too short an attention span to conceptualise anything beyond random singles.

Listening to your music, it’s hard to believe that it’s really just the two of you, Din and Weish. Which music power couple do you guys admire?
If you’re talking romantic couples, Matt & Kim. We really admire their DIY style. Otherwise, it’s a tie between Crystal Castles, Daft Punk, and Tegan & Sara.

Where did the name “.gif” come from? If you could steal any band name, what would it be? 
Well, we play a lot with loops and imagery in our songs, and gifs are essentially image loops, so we thought it was kinda apt. As for band names, we’d say Peter Bjorn and John, so that people would come to our show expecting a Swedish trio but instead see a Chinese girl and a Malay guy. But mainly because we really like the sound of the word “Bjorn”. It’s very calming.

Name one band that .gif would love to collaborate with… and what you imagine it would sound like.
Sleep Easy aka Isa Ong from Amateur Takes Control and Pleasantry. Well, okay, that’s kind of cheating ’cause we’ve actually talked about forming a trip-hop band before. So, we imagine it’d sound like trip-hop. But otherwise, we’ve always admired The Analog Girl‘s work and we imagine it’d sound pretty crazy if we worked with her – darker, and trippier…

Lastly, it’s been a pretty incredible year of music so far. Album of the year for you both?
We couldn’t agree, so here’s two: Heartthrob by Tegan and Sara (Din’s), and Enter 4 by Hjaltalin (Weish’s). We initially both went “Alt-J!” simultaneously, but realised later it was released in 2012…

Blue Hour Sessions: .gif – From synth-pop to trip-hop?

Blue Hour Sessions: .gif – From synth-pop to trip-hop?

Blue Hour Sessions: .gif – From synth-pop to trip-hop?

Blue Hour Sessions: .gif – From synth-pop to trip-hop?

Blue Hour Sessions: .gif – From synth-pop to trip-hop?

Blue Hour Sessions: .gif – From synth-pop to trip-hop?
By Nigel Lopez

Lomography Blue Hour Sessions
with Tiramisu, .gif, and 7nightsatsea
Lomography Gallery Store
Saturday, 23 November
7pm
FREE

Lomography’s Blue Hour Sessions to put spotlight on Singapore music and art scene

Lomography Singapore has just announced the Blue Hour Sessions, a 6-part series featuring collaborations with local bands and graphic artists with an aim to document ground-breaking work in the local music scene.

Drawn from the French expression l’heure bleue, ‘The Blue Hour’ refers to the time before nightfall when the sun slips from sight and the sky falls into a deep blue – traditionally, this hour of day is seen to hold special significance because of the possibilities for unexpected collisions, liaisons and delirium.

From 13 November to 14 April, the Blue Hour Sessions will take place on the last Saturday of the month, with each session turning the spotlight on collaborative efforts between some of the most exciting bands and graphic artists of our generation.

Expect live sets with visual and audio installations, as well as the launch of special edition EPs (limited to a first-run of 36 copies) featuring rough cuts, unreleased demos, analogue prints, and zine artwork by the bands and graphic artists themselves.

Other Sounds is proud to be official online media partner of the the Blue Hour Sessions as it aims to put the spotlight back on local bands and graphic artists.

Blue Hour Sessions schedule

23 November
Tiramisu x fFurious
.gif x M-D-R-N
7nightsatsea x Heider of SSYSTM x Allison Marie Low

21 December
MUON x William Chan of TMRRW
Bani Haykal x Kristal Melson x SUSEJ

18 January
HEIZENBERG x Brandon Tay of Syndicate
Dream State Vision x StudioKALEIDO

22 February
sub:shaman x Marc Gabriel Loh
Space Days x Afiq Omar of Syndicate

29 March
Pleasantry x FROMPAMM
ANECHOIS x Izyanti Asa’ari x Wu Jun Han
Ellipsis x Ban-Fam

3 May
Astreal x MAKE
MONSTER CAT x DO NOT DESIGN x Afiq Omar of Syndicate
Chöd x Philipp Aldrup
Zirconia (feat. X’ho + Yeow of Zircon Lounge) x WHITELABEL x Lasse Marhaug

Update (17/12/13):

The Blue Hour Sessions exhibition and live showcases will now be held at Home Club:

27 December
MUON x William Chan of TMRRW
Dream State Vision x StudioKALEIDO

17 January
HEIZENBERG x Brandon Tay of Syndicate
Bani Haykal x  Kristal Melson

21 February
sub:shaman x Marc Gabriel Loh
Space Days x Afiq Omar of Syndicate

28 March
Pleasantry x FROMPAMM
ANECHOIS x Izyanti Asa’ari x Wu Jun Han
Ellipsis x Ban-Fam

2 May
Astreal x MAKE
MONSTER CAT x DO NOT DESIGN x Afiq Omar of Syndicate
Chöd x Philipp Aldrup

*Dates and line-ups are subject to change

By Katherine Pollock

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