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EP Review: What A Drag // Beach Weather

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24th September 2015

At the end of August this year, upcoming band Beach Weather released their EP ‘What A Drag’. Beach Weather consists of 4 members, Lead Singer and Guitarist Nick Santino, Drummer Austin Scates, Guitarist Ian Holubiak and Reeve Powers. The band is currently now on tour with The Maine on their ‘Free For All Tour’ around the US.

‘What A Drag’ consists of 5 tracks: Wolf, New Skin, Bad Seed, Swoon and Rebel Sun. I have to say, this EP has been on repeat for the past week for me. Each song has their own unique personality to it.

This EP is perfect for every single playlist you could ever create. With upbeat tracks like ‘Bad Seed’ and ‘Rebel Sun’ to ‘New Skin’ and ‘Swoon’ which are great for whatever situation you’re in, whether you’re relaxing or going for a run, this whole EP is perfect.

Do check them out! You can get ‘Wolf’ here : http://beachweathermusic.bandcamp.com/releases or simply head over to iTunes to purchase ‘What A Drag’ .

Article by Cristal Faith Lim

 

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Concert Review: The Maine Live in Singapore // ‘American Candy Tour’

News

11th September 2015

Last week I attended The Maine’s concert in Singapore. It was the last stop of the American Candy Tour before the band heads out to their Free For All tour all around the U.S. Now, if you do not know who The Maine are, here’s some basic information:  The Maine have been around since 2007 with 5 album released as of date. The latest album ‘American Candy’ was released in late March this year. The band consists of 5 members, John O’ Callaghan (vocals, guitar) , Kennedy Brock (Guitar) , Jared Monaco (Guitar) , Pat Kirch (Drums) and Garrett Nickelsen (Bass Guitar) .

Photo Credit : Upsurge Productions

Photo Credit : Upsurge Productions

Front row for The Maine. Now this was one great experience.

The band started the concert with a track off  ‘American Candy’ called ‘Miles Away’ – the crowd immediately sang along and cheered as loud as they could for the band, considering this was their second time in Singapore, the fans including myself were really excited.

After ‘Miles Away’ , they performed ‘Run’ and ‘Growing Up’. During ‘Growing Up’ , John had us all put our phones and cameras down to enjoy the music instead of focusing on getting a shot of them. Although there were some fans who were quite cheeky and still had their phones and cameras up, the band and fans pointed them out and we all had a good laugh before everyone finally had their cameras kept away and they continued with the song.

‘Inside Of You’ was up next followed by ‘Misery’ and ‘My Hair’ which were all amazing live. Watching the band rock out with their instruments, and still interacting with the fans while performing was really nice to see.

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After which, they performed ‘My Heroine’, a song off their album ‘Pioneer’. This song made many fans really excited because they did not play this song when they were here the last time, and you could hear everyone singing along to every word. They then moved on to ‘Same Suit, Different Tie’ , ‘Like We Did (Windows Down)’ and ‘English Girls’.

The band slowed things down by performing ‘Jenny’ where they dedicated the song to one of their close friends in the crowd. ‘Into Your Arms’ was up next and they left the stage leaving John alone to perform the song. This part of the concert made many fans really emotionally and tear up as, before the start of this song, John talked to the crowd about how we should wake up everyday being grateful, and that our dreams and aspirations no matter how big or small can be achievable , “This is your life, you only have one chance at living okay?” he then brought the crowd back into the song and we all sang along to the chorus of ‘Into Your Arms’ which was a magical moment.

Photo Credit : Upsurge Productions

Photo Credit : Upsurge Productions

Everyone then came back on stage to perform ‘Identity’ and the crowd became louder than before. The band did a cover of The Rolling Stone’s ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ where John jumped into the crowd and we all had a blast as everyone was jumping around and of course, because John jumped into the crowd to perform the song, everyone swarmed to where he was to get photos and videos of him. Although he had a hard time coming back out to the stage, he still made it out eventually, and performed the next song ‘Love and Drugs’, followed by ‘American Candy’.

Photo Credit : Upsurge Productions

Photo Credit : Upsurge Productions

The band ended off the set with ‘Let’s Eat Grandma’ which is definitely a song you would need to experience live yourself, as well as ‘Right Girl’ .

Overall this concert was one hell of a ride and I’ll definitely attend it again.

Most of the fans had the opportunity to interact with them before the concert as there was a signing organized. They were all so humble and lovely and took their time which each fan, talking to them and asking how they were. It was really sweet of them.

Photo Credit : Upsurge Productions

Photo Credit : Upsurge Productions

If you love in the U.S. be sure to check out their upcoming tour which is free – anyone and everyone can attend it. Check out their website : http://wearethemaine.net to find out the dates and information about the tour. I would definitely recommend you attending it if you can!

Article by Cristal Faith Lim

 

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Album Review: Every Open Eye // CHVRCHES

News

11th August 2015

Last month, CHVRCHES released ‘Leave A Trace’ which is the first single from their brand new album, Every Open Eye.

Their previous album ‘The Bones Of What You Believe In’ was a huge success together with the song ‘The Mother We Share’ which was featured on the album.

Leave A Trace’ has been on repeat for the past week for me. It has an electrifying beat with Lauren Mayberry’s (Lead Vocals) amazing voice. The harmonies in the line ‘And I’ll Admit I Got It Wrong’ sounds amazing accompanying the beat of the song. After hearing this track, I already know that the upcoming album is going to be as good as the first.

Overall, ‘Leave A Trace’ is another great single by CHVRCHES and it’s definitely one to be added into your playlists if you have not done so yet. Pre-Order ‘Every Open Eye‘ album on iTunes now and be the first to hear the songs from the upcoming album when they’re being released.

Article by Cristal Faith Lim

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Concert Review: Twenty One Pilots Live in Singapore // ‘Blurryface Tour 2015′

Editors Choice, Pop, R&B/Hip-Hop, Rock

21st July 2015

I recently attended a Twenty One Pilots concert here in Singapore and below is my review.

But first, if you do not know who Twenty One Pilots are, here’s some background information. The band was formed in 2009 consisting of 2 members, Tyler Joseph and Joshua Dun. Before getting signed with Fueled By Ramen, they released 2 albums called ‘Twenty One Pilots’ and ‘Regional at Best’ in 2011. They then released their signed debut album ‘Vessel’ and most recently this year, ‘BlurryFace’. You can check out our review of ‘Blurryface’ here : ‘Blurryface’ Album review

A short while ago, Twenty One Pilots had their first show in Singapore and it was mind blowing. It consists of amazing lighting in conjunction with Tyler’s strong vocals and Josh drumming with all his might. Considering the fact that Tyler recently had a throat infection which caused them to cancel their show in Taiwan, they put on an amazing performance in Singapore.

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They started off the show with ‘Heavy Dirty Soul’ during which both Tyler and Josh were wearing masks. Once Tyler started rapping and Josh started drumming, the crowd went wild singing along to every word. They then moved on to ‘Stressed out’ followed by ‘Gun For Hands’ , ‘Migraine’ and ‘House Of Gold’.

Tyler came out in his trademark Kimono, Sunglasses, and his ukulele, and did a cover of ‘Bugatti’ by Ace Hood  and ‘All I Do Is Win’ by DJ Khaled before transitioning to ‘We don’t believe what’s on TV ‘, bringing us to the chorus of the song where Josh took out his trumpet accompanying Tyler with the lines ‘I don’t care what’s in your hair/ I just want to know what’s on your mind/I used to say, I want to die before I’m old / But because of you I might think twice.’  before returning back to his drums.

They moved on to ‘ The Judge’ and ‘Lane Boy’. I felt that ‘Lane Boy’ was one of the highlights of the show as, they had us all bend down before having us jump to the crazy lightings and fast beat of the music. It is a song that you would have to experience live yourself to understand. It was one of the craziest moments in the show where you could feel the ground shake.

Photo source : https://twitter.com/twentyonepilots

Photo source : https://twitter.com/twentyonepilots

Following after was ‘Fairly Local’ and ‘ Holding On To You’, which consists of Tyler climbing into the crowd singing the first part of the song. However, due to dangerous circumstances, Tyler went back onto the stage early as someone got hurt. But, even though all that happened, Tyler and Josh did a great job.

This brings us to the next song which made many fans in the crowd scream louder. ‘Fall Away’ is one of the songs from their very first album, ‘ Twenty One Pilots’. Many did not know the lyrics but they still brought energy and sang along to the parts where Tyler would go ‘ I don’t wanna fall, fall away / I don’t wanna fall, fall away / I’ll keep the lights on in this place / Cause I don’t wanna fall, fall away ‘ .

Tyler and Josh started on the next song which was a cover of Bob Marley’s ‘ No Woman, No Cry’ and transitioned to ‘Ride’ before continuing on with ‘ The Run And Go’, which were by the way, all amazing live. They then brought a fan up on stage to do their signature handshake, with her hands and neck painted in black ink, decked out with a red beanie and black from her neck down, she was dressed exactly how Tyler was in their ‘Tear In My Heart’ video. It was amazing to see such dedicated fans at their first ever show in Singapore.

They ended the set with ‘Tear in My Heart’ and ‘Car Radio’ before coming back on stage for an Encore, ending the concert with a bang, performing ‘Trees’. The song ‘Trees’ was absolutely spectacular live. Even though they were meant to play the drums on the crowd, Yes, on the crowd, they did not due to what happened during the song ‘Holding On To You’ earlier in the set. Instead, they placed both drums onto the piano and both Tyler and Josh got up to the piano to hit the drums.

Photo Source : https://twitter.com/twentyonepilots

Photo Source : https://twitter.com/twentyonepilots

Overall, the show was hands down one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to. If you’re ever lucky enough to have Twenty One Pilots heading over to your country for a show, do not miss it. If I had another chance, I would for sure do it all over again.

Check out the tour dates here : BlurryFace Tour 

Article By : Cristal Faith Lim

 

 

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A five piece post punk band you should know: Bill Mountain

Emerging Artists, News

8th July 2015

What happens when you add “Fela Kuti horns and percussion, spazzed-out Contortions-y sax, wild Ian Svenonious vocal delivery to a rolling thunder post-punk burner”? You get Bill Mountain – this is how the publication “Noisey” from Vice.com describe the group, and we agree. They’re a five piece band from Houma,LA (60 miles southwest of New Orleans) whose latest track ‘Bodies’ was released around 6 months ago on Soundcloud. The song now has close to two thousand listens but deserves a lot more.

The track ‘Bodies’ features strong beats and has a very unique sound to it. One of their more popular songs is ‘Let’s Get It Started’ which consists a lot of  strong and fast drumming. ‘Unfit Parts’ and ‘Mountain’ are for sure my favorite tracks amongst their songs, while ‘Unfit Parts’ and ‘Mountain’ are the type of tracks that you could imagine playing while going on a hike or having a road trip with friends, surrounded by nature.

Their collection of tracks so far consist of tribal drums and loud screaming vocals. This may sound out of place on a road trip but somehow they make the combination work well together.

If you are around the New Orleans, Louisiana area, do check them out this Saturday, July 11th at the Saturn Bar. For more information visit their Facebook and Soundcloud pages.

Article by Cristal Faith Lim

 

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The Paper Kites Return With ‘Electric Indigo’ to Announce Sophomore Album

Editors Choice, Folk, News, Pop, Videos

27th June 2015

Australian indie-folk rockers The Paper Kites are revving up for their sophomore album ‘Twelvefour’ with the release of their sizzling single ‘Electric Indigo’.

The band’s debut album ‘States’ was released back in 2013 and was a success with the band selling out multiple shows on their 17-date headline tour of the US and Canada. This marked their first international headline tour.

A photo I took of the band last summer performing at Ottawa Bluesfest. (I was front row and they were incredible live!)

‘Electric Indigo’ leans slightly away from the band’s ethereal indie-folk aesthetic, and infuses psychedelic rock melodies. It branches off in a slightly different direction of older songs like ‘Bloom’ and ‘A Maker of My Time‘, while toeing the line between retro synth-pop and a blend of rock/folk. Frontman Sam Bentley and keyboardist Christina Lacy re-evoke their signature harmonies with ease, making for a serene listen.

The single is available for a free download, with the pre-order of ‘Twelvefour’, and the upcoming music video will star Laura Brent and Charles Grounds.

‘Twelvefour’ is a concept album,“based around a theory that an artist’s creative peak is between the hours of midnight and 4am,” Bentley has explained. 

The band worked with Grammy-nominated producer Phil Ek (who’s credits include artists such as Father John Misty, Manchester Orchestra, Fleet Foxes, and The Shins) to record the album, which is due for release in August. 

To accompany ‘Twelvefour’, a documentary directed by filmmaker Matthew J. Cox follows the band as they create the album. It will showcase a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the reality of putting together a record.

Watch the trailer below!

Article by Natalie Harmsen

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The Front Bottoms Sign With Record Label Fueled By Ramen

Business, Editors Choice, Emerging Artists, Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Videos

26th June 2015

The Front Bottoms hit it big early this week after signing with the record label Fueled By Ramen. The little New Jersey band has been making music since the early 2000’s but has finally come to join the leagues of Fueled By Ramen’s long list of awesome artists.

The label has signed a number popular artists over the years including the likes of; Panic! At the Disco, Fall Out Boy, Jimmy Eat World, Paramore, and so many other beloved bands but now it’s the Front Bottoms turn to play with the big boys.

Signing a major deal wasn’t the only thing the band was up to either; the same day that they signed their deal they also released their new single ‘Cough It Out’ along with its music video. The song speaks volumes about falling in love and the difficulty that comes along with it. The video itself is in true Front Bottoms style, it is simple but gives us a little adventure to admire.

If you’re not familiar with this band already I suggest you build your repertoire, starting with my personal favourites ‘Peach’ and ‘Twin Size Mattress’. This band has some serious lyrical talent, and both of these songs show it to the fullest. Each of their songs beyond these two are little stories, poems or pissed off odes to getting lost, and before long everyone and their mother will be talking about them. Fueled By Ramen has had a serious hand in helping so many bands make a name for themselves and I have no reason to believe they won’t help The Front Bottoms knock peoples socks off soon.

The bands new single is now available for purchase on iTunes, GooglePlay, Amazon and for streaming on Spotify along with their previous albums. Go fall in love with the Front Bottoms; they are more than worth it.

Article by Emily D’Orazio

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Ones To Watch: COIN

Editors Choice, Emerging Artists, Ones to Watch, Pop, Videos

21st June 2015

When four students from Belmont University decided to join forces to make music, Nashville alternative indie pop band COIN was born. Joe Memmel, Zach Dyke, Ryan Winnen, Chase Lawrence are making a name for themselves with catchy songs about “actual human emotions: falling in (and out of) love, worrying about the future, and missing the past.” 

COIN is all about summery vibes and good times, with songs laden in synths and dripping in rhythmic guitar.

 

The band draws its influences from new wave music from the ‘80s and ‘90s, including Talking Heads and The Cure, just to name a few. Chase Lawrence has said that “modern bands like the Killers inspire us to keep becoming better songwriters and a better band.”

Their self-titled debut album is out now. It was produced with the expertise of Grammy Producer of the Year nominee Jay Joyce, who also has worked with Grammy nominated band, Cage The Elephant.

The record boasts 10 tracks, with standouts like ‘Atlas’, ‘Fingers Crossed’ and ‘Speaking Voice’. Fans of bands similar to Two Door Cinema Club and Vampire Weekend will find comfort in the upbeat and catchy songs.

Presently, the band is on tour with Betty Who, and will be opening for Neon Trees later this summer.

Article by Natalie Harmsen

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