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The Summer State is back – but this time, bigger and better.

It’s been three years since these guys have dropped any new music, but the five-man band just broke that dry spell last month with their latest single Enough – and we sure can’t get enough of it.

The track opens to an infectious chorus of “na, na, not enough for me” (which we bet will be the loudest line sung/screamed at their future concerts) before drummer-turned-frontman Bryan Sta Maria takes us away with his powerful vocals. We’re so glad Bryan got to flaunt his singing chops here – he’s a great drummer, but he’s even better as a vocalist!

If you detected Yellowcard vibes from the single, you might be right – these guys had the chance to tour with the American band, and cited that experience as the highlight of their music career (they even made an unexpected cameo in the Rest In Peace MV #RIPYellowcard). 

But for us, Enough sounded more like a Simple Plan song. You know, the same devil-may-care attitude we heard in Welcome To My Life? Yeah, that's evident here, too.

It's undeniable that more and more local bands are on their way to becoming household names – The Sam Willows, Take Two, and Riot !n Magenta; to name a few. But if there’s one thing that differentiates The Summer State from them, it’s their rocking female guitarist, Victoria Chew. The other guys are great, but how often do we get to see female guitarists just owning the stage? 

Definitely not enough.

Overall, the single is everything we expected from a The Summer State song – it’s upbeat, fun, and totally jam-worthy. Looking forward to what these guys have in store for us, and hopefully that won't take another three years!

 

Photo Credit: Gabriel Lean

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Remember the very first time you laid your eyes on the Pokemon Go trailer? 

 

1) Twenty One Pilots - Stressed Out

 

It was as though your prayers to turn back time to the good old days are finally answered as a wave of nostalgia hit you.

Then came its release. Though not in Asia, we lived through the gaming experience vicariously through video gameplays of others. 

 

2) Coldplay - Adventure Of A Lifetime

It was all so exciting!

Then came the strange stories... Expat fired from his job over the game? Dead bodies found and traffic accidents caused while searching for Pokemons? 

 

3) Jason Mraz - I Won't Give Up 

Doesn't matter. Ain't nothing is gonna get between you and the game, especially when rumours about it being finally out in Singapore in 48 hours made its round on social media...

 

4) Panic! At The Disco - Ready To Go

Boy were we ready to leave our homes to catch some Pokemon. However, 48 hours later, it turned out that the rumours were false...

 

5) Backstreet Boys - Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)

The latest news also tells us that Pokemon Go is probably going to take a lot more time than desired to arrive on our shores.

 

6) Mumford & Sons - I Will Wait

So that leaves us with no other choice but to continue our wait. Unless...

 

7) One Direction - One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks)

You're gonna get it on your phone one way or another - a quick search on google would give you results of several articles to help you get the app ASAP! 

Photo credit: Vulcan Post

Best known for her role as frontwoman for home-grown pop quartet The Sam Willows, Narelle proves that she does have the singing chops to venture solo with first single Some They Lie. Just when we think that we’ve seen (or rather, heard) everything the 22-year-old has to offer, she drops the accompanying music video on YouTube – and we are OBSESSED.

Channelling her inner Lana del Rey, Narelle croons about not being treated right by the one she loves as a couple’s quarrel turns nasty behind her. It didn’t take us long to realise that this was a re-enactment of Narelle’s own relationship (or at least, the one she was singing about). And man, did we feel for her.

As the brooding synth-pop track swells to a crescendo right before the bridge, the video throws us into a state of psychedelia, with pulsating lights and trippy visuals. It reminded us a little of Troye Sivan’s Happy Little Pill video – not really sure whether that’s what director Joel Tan (Gentle Bones) was going for, but kudos to him anyway.

If we were to sum up the Some They Lie MV with one word, it would be artsy. It’s distinctly different from anything Narelle’s ever done with The Sam Willows, which might be exactly why we're digging it.

So just keep doing what you're doing – 'cause it's definitely working. 

Photo credit: Sony Music

How can a stalker be so creepy yet cool at the same time?

Nathan Hartono recently dropped some major acting and dancing skills in his brand new Electricity music video! From the song itself to the stylings of the MV, there's just so much to talk about so let's get on with it!

Firstly, Nathan can be seen dancing near the person he fancies at his workplace. Not only does he stalk her every move in the office, but he follows her closely when she goes to the supermarket to do grocery shopping. His love interest may look familiar to most of you as she is played by none other than the beautiful and talented Kimberly Wang from 987FM.

Other than the creepy stalking that goes on in the music video, the 25-year-old singer can be seen busting out some of his very own dance moves. It's definitely cheesy, but there's just something so attractive about it that you can't help but join in the weirdness of it all. Electricity dance party anyone?

We also need to applaud his two best friends who were willing to be creepy together with him. Not only do they have to wear seemingly matching suits to follow the fair maiden, but they also had to learn the choreography to the dance as well. It was all worth it in the end as we can see the two sharing a cute moment at what seems to be like a celebratory company event.

So what do you think of this piece of art? We have to admit, Electricity has been stuck in our heads ever since its release. It's just too catchy! "Come on over here~"

 

Photo Credit: Nathan Hartono Facebook

Last year, Singapore's very own Caracal and The Steve McQueens created a milestone for the local music scene when they were invited to play at Summer Sonic Festival 2015, one of Japan's most prestigious music festivals.

This year, GigOut, a mobile app to keep up to date with the latest concerts in Asia, has been tasked to pick two acts from Southeast Asia to perform alongside Radiohead, Fergie, Weezer and many more for this year's Summer Sonic Festival.

While the two aforementioned bands are totally qualified to make it again to this year's lineup, here are five other bands that I believe have a decent shot at it too (if they are interested, of course):

 

1. Cashew Chemists

After I saw Cashew Chemists perform live at Laneway Festival 2016 in January, the rock band quickly rose to emerge as one of my all-time favourite bands. It's pretty much a no-brainer that I would be rooting for them to play at Summer Sonic!

 

2. Pleasantry

Pleasantry is probably one of the local music scene's most established veteran act and is no stranger to playing at festivals. There's no doubt that this indie pop band would make the perfect representative for Singapore's music.

 

3. Disco Hue

The future looks bright for Disco Hue, who is relatively new to performing on stage as compared to the other bands on this list. The synth pop quartet was part of this year's Baybeats Budding Bands Programme and is wasting no time to flaunt their infectious hooks to the masses. 

 

4. Take Two 

Having been selected as the opening band for the likes of Death Cab For Cutie, Walk The Moon and Travis, speaks volumes for this rock quintet. We reckon they'd make a great addition to the Summer Sonic 2016 lineup.

 

5. The Caulfield Cult

When The Caulfield Cult is not busy making their presence known amongst the local punk-rock scene, they are busy touring the world. Over the years, the band has made numerous impressive tours around America, Europe as well as Japan. I tend to believe that the possibility of them being included in the Summer Sonic Festival's lineup is pretty high if they want it.

Which other band(s) do you think would be able to make it to the lineup? Tell us!

 

Photo credit: GigOut