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Having been an avid fan of The 1975 since I was 17, it goes without saying that I believe no one can ever perform their songs live as great as they do. 

Though Creeper didn’t necessarily exceed fans’ expectations, the Southampton band was able to transform The 1975's A Change Of Heart into a tender rendition despite being known for the punk aesthetic.

I have yet to hear a cover of this song that would blow me away, but Creeper did a decent job with just vocals and a piano. Though it would have sounded better with a few harmonies in the second verse, it was still a good attempt nonetheless.

Watch the cover here:

 

Photo Credit: Upset Magazine

There really is no stopping British quartet Glass Animals from constantly bringing us gooey melodies, eh?

Recently gracing the local Laneway stage, there’s no denying that Glass Animals are spectacular live. With this, the lads have stopped by Triple J in the land down under to film a cover of Gnarls Barkley's Crazy.

The cover starts off with a few mellow harmonies before spurring into the band's pleasantly jaunty style – Glass Animals, after all, is known for their bouncy yet chill music.

Nothing could really go wrong with covering a "safe song" like Crazy, but Glass Animals definitely made it their own.

Watch the cover here:

 

Photo Credit: Phil Smithies / Dork

Remember when Ariana Grande had huge curly blonde hair? Me neither.

But a talented artist called Tronicbox on YouTube was able to make our curiosity come to life with photoshopped images of current popstars as 80s singers. Though that’s not the most exciting thing. Tronicbox remixes pop hits and turns them into 80s style anthems!

A few oldies junkies would usually complain how it was so much “better in the 80s,” as if they were already alive in that era. We really can’t blame them as there were a lot of timeless dance-pop anthems in that decade that we still can still hear on the radio today. But Tronicbox was able to merge these two decades into eargasmic tunes that you're going to feel sorry for snubbing current popstars!

If you’re a fan of the synth-based disco era and some glorious riffs, give these remixes a listen and thank us later!

 

 
 

Photo Credit: TRONICBOX, Kevin Winter/Getty Images

After being signed to The Vamps’ record label, Steady Records, rising boy band New Hope Club is making waves amongst teenage fangirls – much like their other boy band counterpart The Tide – with their debut music video, Perfume.

Keeping their YouTube page updated with vlogs and covers (like this one), definitely adds up to the exposure. Moreover, every member sings and plays the guitar! Though it might not really come as a surprise since we’ve got former X-Factor contestant Reece Bibby, Paul McCartney’s doppelgänger Blake Richardson, and the charming George Smith.

While the only reason I’ve discovered the band is because of my sister’s contagious obsession, I must say that I’d probably fall in love with them too if I was a couple of years younger. *cue secondary school memories*

With a few hooks here and there, some simple lyrics, and a catchy melody, New Hope Club definitely understands the formula to get younger fans enthralled through Perfume. The music video, though simple, is “not bad” for a debut. Packed with mostly singing parts with slow motions scenes, it surely brings out the teenage kick we’re all guilty of obsessing over a few years ago.

A band to watch out for, New Hope Club proves that honest-to-goodness content is not yet dead. While they might be seen as following The Vamps’ footsteps, it’ll come as no surprise to see New Hope Club on the charts if they only try to mimic no one but themselves and create a unique sound that will further charm our hearts.

Watch the music video here:

 

Photo credit: Thomas Hole

Sunday, 29 January 2017 09:56

New Music Mondays: January 2017 Wrap Up

Time flies when you have a bunch of new music to listen to, eh?

With January 2017 coming to an end, we’re beyond thrilled to share with you five of our top picks for last week’s New Music Friday from Spotify.

Be sure to add these songs to your playlist!

 

 

1000 Nights – FRENSHIP

Mostly known for their well-received single, Capsize, electro-pop duo FRENSHIP is back with a bolder track, 1000 Nights. Merging the celestial vibe of HONNE and the feel-good melodies of OneRepublic, the track definitely deserves a listen.

 

 

Solid Gold – Sam Rui

Debuting this track on her Laneway set, Sam Rui turns intimate club experience into a wave of soulful tunes in Solid Gold - a local talent to watch out for (if you haven't already!)

 

Common Things – Little Comets

Dubbed as the British Vampire Weekend, Little Comets return with the a light narrative about appreciating life's simple pleasures in this radiant track.

 

Valentine – Train

The band behind our secondary school jams is finally back with a brand new song off their new album, a girl a bottle a boat! Just in time for February 14th, Valentine delights listeners to Train’s usual sweet, soft-rock melodies.

 

Another Way – Ten Fé

Reviving the synth-based songs of the 80s, Ten Fé kicks off 2017 with a heart-warming track, Another Way. This is prior to the release of their debut album, Hit The Light, that i'm sure will surprise us with more mellow beats.

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Tuesday, 24 January 2017 15:49

The Vamps January 2017 Covers RANKED

The Vamps might be taking separate vacations at the moment, but there's no stopping the British lads from producing content for their fans. Of course, this is through posting covers on YouTube, much like when they were just starting out. 

Treating us with four new covers in January, it's apparent that The Vamps are keeping up with the latest music releases too! Their two Ed Sheeran covers just show how much they adore their fellow British crooner as well, and unsurprisingly they did not disappoint.

Here are the four covers RANKED:

 

4: Sexual  NEIKED (Connor Ball)

There's no denying how much of an all-rounder Connor is. I mean, who needs a band when you can play the drums, bass and lead guitar, and on top of these, sing? Though the cover didn't give much of an impact compared to the others, it still deserves a listen!

 

3: Castle On The Hill – Ed Sheeran (James Mcvey)

For James, less is more, and this is evident in his effortless cover of Ed Sheeran's Castle On The Hill

 

2: Rockabye – Clean Bandit

Need I say more? Connor's deep alluring basslines and Brad's raspy vocals just make this cover!

 
 

1: Shape Of You – Ed Sheeran (Brad Simpson)

You've probably guesssed it, our favorite cover out of all the others is Brad's rendition of Shape Of You! Though the background and the sound of waves splashing onto the shore are definitely contributing factors, Brad's version gave the song a fresher and breezier vibe!

Photo Credit: Dean Sheerwood

Initially seen as a step backwards from last year’s exciting line up, St Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2017 surprisingly proved that not even a heavy downpour could stop the grandeur the festival continues to execute annually.

Attracting a crowd of thousands were four stages shared by a range of both local and international acts, promised to bring music discovery to a whole new level. Catching a certain band might be every fan’s initial motive to attend the festival, but it’s definitely inevitable not to leave without being captivated by a band’s live music for the first time.

Delighting the slightly small crowd in the early afternoon was Australian artist Tash Sultana performing at the Bay Stage. Though it’s a shame that not even half of the grounds were filled to watch her play the ever so captivating chord progressions in Jungle and effortlessly alternate between a windpipe and an electric guitar.

Switching the mood to a fierier ambience were punk rockers Luca Brasi’s thundering set that attracted a number of hardcore fans, mostly in their teens, who belted out an incomparable energy as they moshed in front of the Garden Stage. All these happened as the rest of the laneway-goers, still transfixed to their seats (aka the ground), watched from afar. For a moment, they were entertained not by the act onstage, but the aforementioned teenage boys’ aggressive yet entertaining moves.

It wasn’t until in the middle of Sam Rui’s set that it started drizzling. But the local act maintained her charm onstage with her atmospheric vocals as she debuted a new single, Solid Gold, played a cover of Jojo’s Too Little Too Late, and endeared her fans with her most popular song, Better. Having been lucky enough to catch KOM_I of Wednesday Campanella after Sam Rui’s set, I was welcomed with the sight of the bubbly Japanese performer being thrown over the crowd while inside an enormous inflatable balloon. Some of her other notable antics at Laneway were giving away free matcha to the crowd and singing on top of a ladder. I must say that this is the level of dedication every artist should have.

Moving on to another local act was shoegaze band Astreal. Considered to be music veterans in the local scene having formed in 1992 as Breed, Astreal didn’t seem to be much of a crowd pleaser as evident from their unexpected shy demeanor.

Enduring what turned out to be heavy rainfall, crowds started gathering in front of the Bay Stage yet again for AURORA’s set. The Norwegian singer-songwriter bewildered us throughout her mystical set, performing songs like Running With The Wolves and Conqueror. Aside from her mesmerizing stage presence and undoubtedly alluring vocals that could just transport you to places, the 20-year-old musical wonder is beyond her age when it comes to communicating with fans. I had the pleasure to meet AURORA and was left almost speechless with her endearing gaze that just translates her genuine appreciation towards her supporters.

Gang of Youths frontman David Le'aupepe was fascinating to watch as he slayed song after song with his quirky dance moves. He was also quick to respond to members of the crowd by reciprocating their greetings with winks and shout outs. The band captivated the crowd with catchy anthems such as Vital Signs and Magnolia and their it was a pity that their outstanding set was limited to only 50 minutes.

On another note, if Tame Impala went metal, it would sound like King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. It’s spellbinding in a way that just wakes one up, which prepared us for Whitney’s mellow set that happened afterwards. Braving the rain despite being already drenched, I waited right behind the barrier for Whitney like a true dedicated fan and sang along to a few of my favorites, Polly and Golden Days. The band also treated us with a cover of Bob Dylan’s Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You that triggered a male fan to confess his love for the band through deafening screams – though this received giggles from the crowd, it was amusing to see Julien Ehrlich responding with a shrug. For some reason, I was enthralled by Whitney’s “low key” aesthetic and seeing them live just escalated my fondness.

Making up Poptart were Singapore DJs weelikeme and KiDG that brought the party to those who sought for shelter from the rain in the White Room. Catering to the hipster crowd that evening, the duo played songs by Two Door Cinema Club and Grimes, and ended their set with Stereophonic's Dakota.

Returning to Singapore with electrogaze instrumentals were Tycho, who brought out ethereal vibrations through their soft melodies some of which were Awake and A Walk. But what seemed to be the highlight of the festival was Glass Animals’ infectious zest that radiated throughout the crowd as the band hooked everyone with their brilliantly crafted visuals. Bringing all of their album covers to life, every song played was accompanied by enchanting lighting the color of their specific album – blue and purple for Zaba and yellow and orange for How To Be a Human Being. Though let’s not forget the star of the evening, a lone pineapple that was later held up high by Dave Bayley as he performed Pork Soda, and of course, along with a giant inflatable pineapple being passed over the crowd.

Ending the final set on the Bay Stage was Nick Murphy, previously known as Chet Faker, who astonished the exhausted audience with his downtempo music. Though I only got to catch Gold and Fear Less, it’s safe to say that the Australian artist was one of the most anticipated acts of the day, still drawing a large crowd at 11pm with his hazy synths.

Thanks to the unexpected downpour, the enigmatic air of what everyone else would assume taste like the pretentious air or “festival-goers” and their undying obsession with flower crowns, Laneway turned out to be a dynamic gratification that was enjoyable for everyone regardless of age.

 

Text: Teejay Vergara and Ling Donwei

Photo Credit: Spin or Bin Music

Ed Sheeran is all about keeping the spotlight to himself this 2017 as he shares with Billboard the real deal about delaying the release of his latest album, ÷ "The plan was to come in September and then the album was meant to come in November, but the week the album was coming out was the week the presidential elections."

Sheeran thought it was a good idea to capture people's full attention without having to share the spotlight with other celebrities who were also making headlines at that time.

A brilliant marketing strategy turned out to be a win-win situation for all parties involved as everyone got their own “time to shine.” Though we’re not obviously ecstatic about Trump, we got some solid records released prior to ÷.

Who and what exactly got in the way of Ed Sheeran’s much-anticipated album release?

 

1.     Donald Trump Got Elected As U.S. President

 

 

2.     Bruno Mars came out of his cave with the smashing “24K Magic”

 
 
 

3.     The Weeknd’s “Starboy” saw the light of day

Will ÷ be worth the wait? I guess we'll just have to see on March 3!

 

Photo Credit: Getty Images, Giphy

Paving their way to what turned out to be another killer show in our tiny island, Two Door Cinema Club proved that indie rock is still alive and better than ever – an undeniable respite from our weeknight routine.

The moment the lights went out, seats were immediately forgotten as fans ran to the front to form their own mosh pit. Why a seated venue was booked, we’ll never know. But we’re thankful for the air-conditioned room that made raving less unbearable.

Crowd pleasing in every angle, the Irish lads played an endearing show mostly consisting of songs from their first two records, despite promising a tour for their latest album, Gameshow. Though we’re not going to complain, as every song played was a raging dance anthem synonymous to frontman Alex Trimble’s magnetic energy on stage.

Opening the night with sheer excitement was Cigarettes In The Theatre. The band then showed off their frolicking riffs in Undercover Martyn that invited fans to sing back, “She spoke words that would melt in your hands,” in unison.

Hitting me with that spark of momentary bliss was the moment they played Changing of the Seasons that followed a relentless wave of energy from the crowd as we were presented with Bad Decisions, Lavender, and Next Year.

It’s not everyday that you get to feel that sudden rush of adrenaline through your veins that was made even more spellbinding by captivating visuals and blinding lights. They did well on this one.

It was a dream-like hallucination executed in the best possible way as TDCC undoubtedly blurred the lines between reality and a psychedelic realm. Bassist Kevin Baird’s trance-like gaze as he effortlessly played contributed to this whole essence. How someone could be so "lit" and "chill" at the same time remained a mystery to us.

Reminding us of the pursuit for consumerist ideals, TDCC delved into Are We Ready?, inviting everyone to sing along to the bridge, “I saw the world today, it comes in green and gray” - portraying the colors of a dollar bill, seemingly a metaphor for money quickly enveloping our society.

Still roaring with pumping enthusiasm, we were presented with the feel-good tunes of Eat That Up, It’s Good For You that sounded almost surreal live.

Ending the night with the much-awaited What You Know, yet still elevated with cheers, the band manifested a nourishing euphoria that kept our spirits rejuvenated even for a brief period of time. 

For most of us, TDCC kicked off a great first gig for 2017 and it truly was a memorable one.

 

Setlist

Cigarettes In The Theatre
Undercover Martyn
Do You Want It All?
Changing of the Seasons
Bad Decisions
Lavender
Next Year
Come Back Home
Ordinary
Something Good
Are We Ready?
Je Viens De La
Sleep Alone
I Can Talk
Eat That Up, It’s Good For You
Sun

Encore:
Someday
What You Know

Photo Credit: Secret Sounds Asia, Dominic Phua, @iamkennethlee via twitter, @leenosaurus, @elynazulkifli, & @qisfis via instagram

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 09:07

5 Unmissable Music Acts At Laneway 2017!

The highly anticipated music festival of the year has received a few disappointing feedback regarding 2017's line-up. Though mostly thought of as an "Indie-electronic Paradise,” Laneway 2017 still carries must-see acts for potential mainstream-to-indie converts.

If you count yourself a fan of San Cisco, Mild High Club, The Lumineers, The Walters, and the likes, we might just share similar music taste and you can’t go wrong watching these 5 music acts live at Laneway!

Here are a sneak peek of what you’ll see on the 21st of January!

 

Aurora

Laneway 2017 wouldn’t have been thought of as underwhelming with the presence of the mystical creature that is Aurora. The 20-year-old synthpop goddess has been making waves with her exquisite melodies that could just transport you.

 

Sam Rui

Representing Singapore for this year’s line-up is our very own Sam Rui. Seeing her perform for the first time as an opening act for The Sam Willows was mind-blowing enough not to catch her other gigs. So after missing what was supposed to be my second time seeing her live, it’s definitely exciting to have her perform at this year’s Laneway.

 

Glass Animals

Need I say more? Their latest album, How To Be Human Being, is beyond enthralling and is enough reason for you to want to hear songs from that record live.

 

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard

The last minute addition of Australian psychedelic rock band King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard to the line-up made the annual event more tantalizing. If you’re into a slightly more fun take of Tame Impala’s trippy music, then King Gizzard is a must-see act!

 

Whitney

There’s something about Whitney’s music that I would associate with that of The Walters’ - chill and atmospheric, but not too much that it comes off as pretentious. We certainly can’t wait to see Julien Ehrlich and his mad multi-tasking skills and the live version of my personal favorite, Polly!

Photo Credit: St Jerome’s Laneway Festival