Having fetched in stadium-fillers such as Muse in 2010 and Stone Temple Pilots in 2011, Big Night Out has an impeccable record of bringing the best for us. Absent last year, Big Night Out Asia was definitely working at a even more spectacular lineup. Big Night Out makes its comeback this year with a triple bill for indie fans in Singapore and around the region. Featuring Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Vampire Weekend and Band of Horses, there is absolute purity in the putting together of this lineup.
It doesn’t feel right if we don’t capslock YEAH YEAH YEAHS. An out-and-out powerhouse complemented by her outrageous antics on stage, Karen O is the perfect frontwoman of this New York City rock band.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs are vocalist and pianist Karen O, guitarist and keyboardist Nick Zinner and drummer Brian Chase. The band stepped onto their first big stage at South by Southwest (SXSW) in 2002, which is also their first step into international limelight 2 years after formation. Fast-forward, Yeah Yeah Yeahs now have 3 critically acclaimed studio albums and are already working on their fourth. Karen O’s exotic vocals allow the band to experiment with art punk, garage rock, electronic and even new wave.
Described as "an art-rock trio who made an edgy post-punk, dancefloor-friendly racket that mixed up Blondie with Siouxsie and the Banshees,” we say they are the epitome of rock and roll! Ask anyone who attended their show here in 2009 and they will tell you that the YYY is an act you cannot miss. You gotta gear up to keep up with Karen O’s energy at Big Night Out!
"It's almost embarrassing how well-behaved I was, which is probably why I do things like spit water on myself on stage as an adult." – Karen O
Like Yeah Yeah Yeahs, hailing from the concrete jungle where dreams are made, Vampire Weekend will make their second appearance in Singapore at Big Night Out. Not sure if it still exists here in Singapore, but these lads LOVE Roti Boy.
With Ezra Koenig as the vocalist and guitarist, Rostam Batmanglij as the supporting vocalist, keyboardist and guitarist, Chris Tomson on the drums and Chris Baio on the bass, the quartet collectively produce a distinct sound that is hard to lay your finger on. A Nintendo + drums + synthesizers, maybe?
Vampire Weekend is best known for Oxford Comma, A-Punk and Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa from their self-titled debut album. Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa also made it to Rolling Stone’s 100 Best Songs of the Year in 2007 even before the album’s official release. Building on the success, their sophomore Contra in 2010 rested at the top of the Billboard Album Charts.
If the reviews from their previous show here are anything to go by, Vampire Weekend has a proven track record to deliver a spectacle – a dance-swamped set likened to a tribal dance around a campfire. It's Fort Canning Park, anyway.
Formed by former sadcore group Carissa’s Wierd’s Ben Bridwell and Mat Brooke, they carried forward this sadness and melancholy into Band of Horses. Ever since their debut Everything All The Time in 2006, the band has undergone several line-up changes. Mat Brooke left, leaving Ben Bridwell, Ryan Monroe, Tyler Ramsey, Bill Reynolds and Creighton Barrett as the five bearded horses to sustain the emotional weight from each song they produce.
Infinite Arms is the best of their releases yet, nominated for the Grammy’s in 2010. And their latest effort Mirage Rock sold a tally of 25,000 copies in the first week, equivalent to the No. 13 spot on the Billboard 200 chart.
This is the act we look forward to the most, welcome with a drizzle, perfect with a wistful downpour. They make music so achingly beautiful that it makes you want to wrap up the whole picture for safekeeping.
Band of Horses give you heavy boots but you gladly put them on. Way back home.
Each band will play a full 2-hour set, on 30th January 2013, 7pm onwards at Fort Canning Park.
Tickets are now available at Sistic!