The Singapore indie music scene is slowly but surely becoming more global and cosmopolitan. Last Friday (22nd June) Hong Kong-based Untitled Entertainment promoted a headlining gig at the Home Club for Aussie band, The Jezabels, to launch the band’s debut album, The Prisoner.
Slated to begin at 9pm, the organizers decided to get the band to play at 8.40pm instead (when has a gig ever started early in Singapore?) as the venue was packed to the gills with expectant Jezabels fans and admirers. And by and large they were not disappointed as the band played songs from the debut album.
Singer Hayley Mary was obviously the focal point of the evening, with her gyrations and vocal gymnastics – she was the perfect front woman – and sultry to boot! That said, there were moments when she went pitchy especially in the soaring portions of the material. Perhaps an issue with the monitors? Which brings us to the usual bugbear of Singapore gigs – the poor sound.
Do remember that most of these venues were never designed for top rock music concerts (in fact, Home Club is primarily a disco/club) and so it was always a challenge for the sound engineers on the night to present the band in the best way possible. Unless and until you have better designed venues and upgrade systems and capabilities, the sound problem will always be with us.
In the final analysis, although in my opinion, the Jezabels played a superior set at The People’s Party, the crowd were satisfied with being to be upfront and personal with the band as they delivered their music in the intimate surroundings of Home Club.
Thanks to April Lam/Untitled Entertainment for making this review possible.