RUN WITH THE WANTED Self-titled (Panic)

At first glance, the self-titled album released by Phoenix hardcore quintet Run With The Wanted (yes, Bukowski reference there) seems like your run-of-the-mill genre record.

Dig a little deeper than the cursory listen, though, and there is much to credit the band with on this debut full length album.

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RADIOHEAD King of Limbs (Self-released)

This is part review, part commentary. Finally liberated from record label deals, Radiohead released it’s premier self-released album, In Rainbows (2007) to great critical and commercial success. The LP itself was viewed by many as a return to the rock-ist sentiments of The Bends and OK Computer after the experimental veneer of subsequent releases.

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Just passing along the message from Mr Adrian Jones…

Join BIML for a Friday evening of cello, geetar & drums with brushes for an acoustic show with an edge, on the waterfront at Singapore Boat Quay: There’s lovely innit!! We got some Neil Young , obscure Radiohead songs, and of course the entire batch of original songs – including some brand new – that make us what we are… Dying to see you there, come down & say hello!

Date: 25th Feb 11

Time: 10pm

Place: Prince Of Wales Boat Quay 51 Boay Quay Singapore



The most eagerly anticipated S-ROCK album in recent memory was finally launched last night at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre as Cheating Sons played two thrilling sets to announce the arrival of its debut LP, Masters, Wives, Daughter. The packed audience certainly enjoyed every guitar lick from Cheez, vocal growl from Renyi, change of instrument from Don and intricate drum pattern from Andy!

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I first came across Age of Sinfonia at the auditions for Baybeats Festival 2010 and was intrigued by their brand of progressive-symphonic rock – a blend of classical and metal styles, which of course has been evident in rock music since the 70s (I am a big fan of Genesis, King Crimson, Kansas, and Rush…). So, when the band applied for the Noise Apprenticeship Programme, I had pretty much decided that I wanted to mentor them. It has been a rewarding experience for me personally as I have become good friends with Savvia, Rasen, Didi, Jack, Jun and Elfie. As a band, they have always been quick to listen to whatever I had to share with them and put into practice as well. They are a diverse group of musicians, coming from different backgrounds but they gel well as friends and as a band. They are ambitious too and hope that their music can travel beyond our shores.

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I am counting on all you Power of Pop regulars to be at Timbre @ Substation in force to support this landmark event – let’s show everyone that Singapore songwriting is worth the time, effort and $$$! Not forgetting also the Noise music showcases. A good S-ROCK week, all told!

Come up and say hi – take a photo with me and I will post it here on Power of Pop!

… still there’s more …


Interview with The Wanted

I met up with The Wanted together with representatives from other media outlets for a roundtable interview, with the band very relaxed (not a trace of jetlag) and munching on Skittles, even offering some to us. We took turns to ask questions throughout the interview, which resulted in a great variety. Tom and Jay were clearly the chatty ones in the group, especially Tom. The youngest, Nathan, seemed the most shy, staying in the back most of the time.

What’s your impression of Singapore so far?

Tom: Beautiful!

Max: The people are so nice.

Tom: We came out of the restaurant this morning, and five people were saying “thank you very much” and they queued up to say “have a nice day”!

Jay: In UK you think “Where are all the trees? Where’s the sun? Where are the smiles?”

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I met up with three of the Cheating Sons (Reny, Don & Cheez) in January to talk about music and their new album, Masters, Wives, Daughter. This was the result which I turned into the feature you can read at TODAY. And yes, some alcohol was involved…

How and when did the band form?

Renyi – The band formed in 2008 and consisted originally of me, Chee San and Jeremy, our original drummer. We played music in school. We were big fans of grunge so we listened to a lot of Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Stone Temple Pilots. So that’s how we started playing as amateurs and played our first performances in school. Later on, we all went our separate ways for studies and when we came back for good in 2007, I’d started writing a bunch of songs in UK and I wanted us to work on them. We were missing a bassist and I met Don at our current workplace. I never knew him in school, we only met when we started and we realized that we have a lot of common ground in terms of music so I proposed to Don – why don’t you play with us? Don wasn’t really a bassist, he played guitar. He was playing with a friend at that time doing the gigging circuit playing old school covers. Finally he agreed and we got together. By this time, the three of us – Jem, Chee San and me – had already started working on the songs. So I asked Don to just come in and see what he could do and it just got off from there.



As a musician and writer, it is often difficult to separate the roles when making an assessment of a fellow musician in writing. In popularity terms, American singer-songwriter Rachael Yamagata scores high with young Singaporean women, having easily sold out two shows at the Esplanade Recital Studio (seating around 245). Outnumbering the men by two to one, there was little doubt that Yamagata’s appeal lay in her confessional relationship-based lyrics and her engaging live banter, rather than her musicianship.



Two hours left in this Valentine’s Day, so I’d thought I would get this just under the wire – it’s the single version of Nick Tan’s You. Check it out…

NOISE 2011

I have been involved with Noise Singapore since 2008, when my dear friend Patrick Chng invited me to be a judge in the open category. Since then I have been fortunate enough also to be a mentor to six talented apprentices, whose friendships I will always treasure! Is there a lump in your throat yet? Seriously folks, working with Noise Singapore has been a great ride for the last three years and this latest edition is no different. The kind folks at Noise Singapore have never kept still and have always looked to improve on how best they can best assist the talented youth in Singapore.

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DEATH KIT Devadesi 7 inch single (Fort Lowell)

Devadesi is Death Kit’s debut physical release following the digital release of their first single, I Can Make You Love Me, in 2010. Said to have been formed in response to “a Los Angeles indie rock scene too witheringly lazy to pursue the potential and precision of electronica”, the band clearly has a lot of confidence in what they have to offer to the scene.

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It seems like I’ve been waiting for a singer-songwriter centric event to come to pass for the longest time. Well, it’s finally here. Mark your calendars to turn up at Timbre @ Substation on Wednesday 23rd February 7.15pm to witness the first installment of the Noise-Timbre Singer Songwriter Programme.

I am also equally excited to be able to have talented singer-songwriter Ling Kai as our very first special guest star to share with us her songs and her methods/inspirations. Perhaps she will tell us about her internationally renowned song – Larkin Step – which garnered more than a million views on Check out the sheer number of cover versions and you will understand the wide appeal of Ling’s song.



Join BIML this Friday evening, as they dramatically get their cellos & acoustic guitars out to perform an unplugged version of the songs on their recent 12-track album See The Rhyme In The Dirt & Grime plus more.

A truly cultured & chilled event at the Boat Quay, Singapore!

BIML be playing at the venue’s entrance… lulling passers by and enchanting the folk at the surrounding restaurants !

Prince Of Wales Boat Quay, 51 Boat Quay.

Fun begins at 9.30pm.


THE TAXPAYERS To Risk So Much For One Damn Meal

It is both funny and fun to receive an e-mail from a member (Noah) of the band, The Taxpayers, from “inside a storage contained in Florida” (believed to have a typo) – their practice space container named “The Pauly Shore”. Even more so when, heading over to their official website ( for a quick glance, the first entry post shows a very gay (read: happy) Arnold Schwarzenegger in a 3-seconds frame, stuck in repetition.

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Press release

Join in the celebration of life, peace, and love at non-ticketed music concert Love-In. Held on 6 March 2011 at Hong Lim Park, the event will feature some of Singapore’s most talented musicians coming together in aid against domestic violence. This picnic-style concert features an impressive line-up with the likes of Basement In My Loft, Etc, For This Cycle, King Kong Jane, Sean Harrison, The Pinholes, TypeWriter, and Zahidah.

6 Mar, 5pm onwards. Hong Lim Park. Free Admission.


Press Release

Pioneer Vedic Metal band, RUDRA, from Singapore, will unleash their latest album, BRAHMAVIDYA-IMMORTAL I, the long anticipated final chapter of the Brahmavidya Trilogy through SONIC BLAST MEDIA on 3rd March 2011.

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The Strokes To Release First Single From Angles, Under Cover Of Darkness on February 9th

Song Available to Stream and Free Download for 48 Hours from

Under Cover Of Darkness Available to Purchase In The U.S. on February 15th

The Strokes are set to release their newest single, Under Cover Of Darkness, on February 9th via a stream on their website. The song will be available to download for free for 48 hours from , and will arrive at radio on the same day. Under Cover Of Darkness will be available to purchase digitally in the US via iTunes on February 15th.

The song is the band’s first released track from their highly anticipated upcoming album Angles, out on March 22nd via RCA records in the US, and March 21st via Rough Trade Records in the UK.


Never underestimate the power of nostalgia. I looked forward so much to catching Foals at the recent Laneway Festival in Singapore, partly because I wanted to close my eyes and pretend that I was listening to the Cure, Echo & the Bunnymen and Talking Heads in 1982! Imagine my disappointment when I had to bail that night before Foals took the stage. But fret not, as Greenhorn Productions will be bringing fellow British post-punk revivalists White Lies for a night at the Esplanade Concert Hall on 11th April! So my date with faux-nostalgia is still on, as White Lies channel Joy Division, Tears for Fears, Teardrop Explodes, Duran Duran and Bunnymen (again!) into one dark-edged, beautiful mess…

More details at Greenhorn’s Facebook page.