For the second day of Weekend TRIP NOISE Edition, I managed to catch Nick Tan for the first time. Having caught him on an episode of Live n Loaded on TV, it was a treat to catch him perform live. He looked more relaxed than he did on Live n Loaded.
The first thing that struck me was how matured his vocals sounded. He looked laid-back and casual, but his vocals opposed the first impression I had of him. His lyrics were well-written and he managed to inject emotions throughout the set.
I felt that his songs would have been better if he added another dimension to his songs to make them more memorable. He put up a fantastic performance, and getting Rachael to perform the last song with him was a treat I enjoyed.
Rachael Teo was next, and I hadn’t heard much about her so I wasn’t sure what to expect. She brought a friend along (Su Yin) to perform with her on the guitars and violin. Despite finding that some of her songs sounded familiar, I felt that her strong vocals and lyrics set her apart from other singer/songwriters.
She added a nice touch to her set when her friend played the violin while she sang and played the guitar for one of her songs. I felt that the violin complemented the song and added dimension to it. I enjoyed her set and I would definitely look forward to hearing more from her in future.
After dinner, I came back to catch the set by Duxton Plains, which I enjoyed. I hadn’t heard them perform before, so it was a memorable set. The lead vocalist talked about how he came to be in the band and I liked how he connected with the audience. They put a smile on my face throughout the set, despite being annoyed by the people who were inconsiderately smoking under the tent. After their set, I went off and came back just in time for Caracal’s set.
Having caught Caracal at the School Invasion Tour Finale late last year, it was a treat to watch them perform again. There’s something about Caracal I really like that I can’t quite put a finger on. Their songs are so well put together, the instruments so precise and it seems as if everything was well-thought of and intentional. Their songs are a balance of technicality, precision and punch.
Caracal got the crowds rocking out with them, especially when they performed In Regards to Myself by Underoath with guest vocals by Matt from A Vacant Affair. I felt that it was very well performed, and that Caracal outdid themselves during that song. Matt’s vocals contributed to the fact that that song left the the crowds in a heady state that didn’t end until the end of the night.
After Caracal’s high energy set, Bittersweet (KL) took to the stage and with their catchy tunes that were a hit with the rest of the audience who stayed behind to catch them. Some of the friends I was with were happily dancing along and having a great time. Their performance was a great way to end the event because they gave it their best and it was evident in how they managed to work the crowds and get people in the audience to respond to them.
Towards the end of the night, I happened to walk in while Indus Gendi was playing their last song. I liked the song they sang, and I really liked the vocalist. She sounded incredible, and the band complemented her perfectly. I look forward to hearing more from them.
Once again, kudos to the excellent sound engineers and the hardworking team at *scape and Wake Me Up Music for an excellent final day of the NOISE Edition of Weekend TRIP.