As some of you might be aware, I have somewhat distanced myself from the Singapore music scene (such as it is) recently but felt the need to check out Another Indie Gig last night at LiveAMP.
The reason – I wanted to see The Intimate Friends in action again. This young band might still be raw on every level but the potential is immense.
I would daresay that the band is on a different level to any other young local rock band right now mainly because of their ability to be distinct in performance, songwriting, attitude and showmanship.
Not content to merely be part of the indie pop crowd, The Intimate Friends play a visceral rock ‘n’ roll style reminiscent of that late 60s/early 70s bunch of bands that include Iggy and the Stooges, the New York Dolls and MC5.
The music grooves but it pummels as well, blessed with a punkish attitude but infused with enough of a boogie vibe to keep things intriguing.
Frontman Issac takes his rock ‘n’ roll seriously but goofs around on stage with intent, his partners-in-crime lead guitarist Marcus and bassist John Paul balance Issac’s antics with technique and verve, whereas drummer Zhi Xin is a bit of a wildcard, something of a cross between an Ah Lian and Animal (from the Muppets)!
Once upon a time, I would have declared The Intimate Friends to be the future of S-ROCK but since I believe that S-ROCK currently has no future, it’s a moot point.
Regardless, The Intimate Friends have impressed me each time I have seen them and I look forward to more from these promising kids.
… still there’s more …