FRED PERRY SUBCULTURE AT THE LAWN @ THE FOOTHILLS
If Fred Perry is well remembered for its tennis origins, then it should also be reputed for its involvement with music on a global basis. With the international website portal dedicated in providing a platform for featuring credible and up-and-coming music and artistes alike, the Singapore subsidiary isn’t failing at doing what its parent counterpart is best at. Not even a far shade behind.
In its growing instalments, the recent Subculture events saw the event organisers venturing outdoors instead of the comfort boundaries of Zouk, and the latest was no difference – it was held at The Lawn @ The Foothills, a backlash of greeneries conveniently tucked away on the opposite side of the Japanese-patronized Liang Court.
Music was on a high with debut Fred Perry staged performances, special collaborations, a smoky stage setting and Fred Perry’s merchandise parading. Jon Chan of Plainsunset fame went a little more pop and a lot less rock and roll – not on a bad note, mind you readers; we always like a man filled with diversity – and assisted in a few songs of a pretty newcomer named Weish, who dished out quirky lyrics over synthesized beats or folk-pop roots.
Despite beginning a little rocky and with poor audience participation initially, Pleasantry picked up the momentum nicely and warmly, and created their own atmospheric space of soft rock, with the power chords of lead singer and keyboardist Samantha Teng to send some chills into the humid night.
Scenester ‘it’ boy Charlie Lim took over next, and went solo against his usual backing support of his band. Here, he stripped the songs raw as they were, lyrically bound and vulnerable, before doing a Chris Cornell-alike cover of Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean.
And what was a night of music without another round of collaboration to wrap things up, just like how things got started. It was a case of local heavyweights from Nick Chim to Aarika and Kevin Lester of Sixx, creating a musical, genre-crossing experience that was both experimental and an exclusivity for those that were present in the audience that night.
What a music earwax that was! Thank you Fred Perry Singapore, and they promised a bigger and most definitely crazier next one upcoming, so stay tuned! You had been warned otherwise.
Thanks to Cheryl Ann Lee & Hazel Tan/Amnesty Pte Ltd for making this review possible. More pix here.