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Shooting to stardom since their debut in 2012, The Sam Willows is one of the most outstanding local bands in Singapore. Doing away with their usual instrumental linings, an acoustic stripped down approach was being adopted for their latest cover of Stay With Me by Sam Smith.

An invigorating approach and it was a harmonica driven pub crawl of old memories due to their arrangement of harmonies. The unison, timbre and cohesion were being felt towards the chorus, it brought about the susceptibility of the song.

A month back, The Sam Willows together with Josh Wei did a cover of Home by Dick Lee and garnered over 94,000 over views. To top it all, they received a special mention on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s Facebook page. I love the renditions which The Sam Willows embraces, it piques listeners from time to time as the arrangements of instruments and vocals are exclusive.

Hard work certainly pays off and the people behind the success of their careers include Audrey Lim (Manager), Benjamin Ong (Videographer) and Teddy Looi (Soundman). Audrey has certainly done a good job in terms of promoting The Sam Willows! Kudos to the team, they have done Singapore proud!

 

 

Photo credit: The Sam Willows


 

Emerging from Mediacorp’s reality singing competition “The Final 1” Marc Than and Hashy Yusof has grown a lot from where they left off. The duo decided to form a band in 2013: Marc X Hashy with the backing of Ao Cheng Su, Daniel Poon, Jerome Quek and Shawal Ziyad. Adopting genres such as Folk and Blue- drawing their inspirations from artists such as Ingrid Michaelson and Mike Einziger.

Their first single entitled Battles has garnered much support from local radio stations such as 987FM and Lush 99.5FM. Battles encompasses the daily struggles that many of us have to face and the jillion amount of courage one has to posses in order to overcome these obstacles. Blood runs dry and tears come falling down/ Pulling the plug then senses all gone. Many textures and layers can be unfolded from the mellow sonority song.

I love the infusion of Marc and Hashy’s voice as they derive their roots from different backgrounds. Through this song we are able to hear the amalgamation of two genres Rock and Indie-Folk. The progression of the guitar riffs heightened the climax off the song too to reflect the conflicting situations in life.

It is phenomenal to witness the growth of the local industry in Singapore and Marc X Hashy has so much potential which has yet to be discovered by many. Hashy has an idiosyncratic voice which is thin while Marc has an abrading rock voice similar to Gavin DeGraw and he plays in a band called Sparkle Driven Fairytale too. Hence the couple compliments each other in terms of vocal performance which is pre-eminent!

With future plans ahead, the band hopes to gain more exposure through events such as Baybeats and Ignite Music Festival aside from having performed at Lowercase and Hyped Magazines Launch. A second single is slated for a release next month too. 

 

Photo credit: Sheryl Joseph & Juliana

If you feel anything for AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and like, you’re going to love this double whammy of a duo. One part Jack Black, one part Kyle Gass, Tenacious D are the ultimate rockers of comedy and they are coming to Singapore!

Oh, don’t get me wrong. These folks are no joke when comes to the music. Just let exhibit A* speak for itself. Overweight with passion and talent, all they need are a few microphones, guitars and the Pick of Destiny to make rock history.

So, a word of advice: When the D’s give you a one-night show (on the little red dot, especially), you make a colossal mark on your calendar and brace yourself for one hell of a night.

 

Concert Details

Date: December 2, 2014
Venue: The Coliseum, Hard Rock Hotel, Resorts World Sentosa
Price: $88 (early bird), $98 (standard), $120 (at the door)

Tickets go on sale from September 8, 10am, on Eventclique.

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Photo credit: The Gathering/Facebook

stillsunrise On The Rise To Fame

By Nikita Aug 21, 2014

On the road to fame, stillsunrise has been much sought after. Formed in 2013, stillsunrise comprises of Glen Wee, Johnson Cheung, Winston Koh and Yuresh Balakrishnan. Familiar faces on the block will be Glen and Yuresh who were formal contestants from The Final 1.

The name behind stillsunrise is inspired by the vast perspectives of everyday life and their interest to grasp each moment. The band hopes to capture 'still images' in the form of melodies and sound through the inspirations of each individual ‘sunrise’ which they experience.

Despite being the new kids on the block in the local scene, stillsunrise has made a mark for themselves through various milestones. The band’s single Untitled has been featured in Three Peas In A Pod by Michelle Chong. They were also the 1st Runner up in Budweiser’s Made for Music Competition.

In my opinion, stillsunrise constantly leaves the audience galvanized after their performances. Being an idiosyncratic acoustic band, the harmonies of Glenn and Yuresh often match in unison, and the backing of the Violin played by Johnson elevates the sound of the band. Listeners are washed with a form of tranquility which the band is able to exude while belting out the lyrics.

A prelude to their upcoming Extended Play (EP) is a single entitled For Now. The hankering for love and affliction could be felt. I loved the overall dynamics and the intensity of the Keyboard played by Winston accelerated the climax of the song.  

I envision that this is one local band which everyone should be looking up for. They managed to clinch various achievements over a short span of time and the vocal arrangements and instrumental line ups are impeccable. 

 

Photo credit: stillsunrise

The last time Mariah Carey put her high heels on Singapore soil, she was performing at Singapore Grand Prix 2010 and had a much publicised fall during one of her performances. It's been four years and she has since given birth to a pair of adorable twins and released a back-to-basics album, Me. I am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse.

It's been a long wait for devoted Mariah Carey fans, but UnUsUaL Entertainments has just announced moments ago that Mimi is finally heading back to Singapore on October 24 to perform at the spanking new National Stadium.

With a career spanning 20 years and more than 200 million records, this headline tour is guaranteed to be an extravagant pop spectacular!

 

Concert Details

Venue  : Singapore National Stadium
Date     : October 24, 2014
Tickets: $248*, $198*, $168*, $128*, $98* (*excludes $4 booking fee)

 

OCBC card members priority booking from 30 Jul – 3 Aug. Public sales start on 4 Aug.

Tickets available at Sports Hub Tix.

 

Photo credit: Def Jam