AMATEUR TAKES CONTROL: ON THE WATERFRONT

Amateur Takes Control is pretty active for a nominally dormant band with a compilation record coming out next week and an one-off reunion show this coming Friday, 15th August at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre. So if dynamic post-rock instrumentals are your thing, go check them out before ATC go on hiatus…

 

ALIVE & KICKING – AND SO I WATCH YOU FROM AFAR / SUB:SHAMAN

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Photo by Aloysius Lim

Sure, as a music lover based in Singapore, one is currently inundated with big rock concert draws like Eric Clapton & The Rolling Stones and with big rock festivals like St. Jerome’s Laneway & the Hostess Club Weekender. But seriously folks, nothing quite beats the experience of watching a cracking band up close in an intimate venue. Nothing.

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BORED SPIES 7 INCH SINGLE “SUMMER 720” [NEWS]

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Here are the details of Bored Spies‘ debut 7 inch single “Summer 720″ from KittyWu Records.

Title: Summer 720 b/w 沙鼠E
Artist: Bored Spies
Street date: 20 April 2013
Format: 7″ Single
Edition: 100
Genre: Minimalist Pop Rock
Label: KittyWu Records
Catalog No.: KWR015

TRACK LISTING
A. Summer 720
B. 沙鼠E

Recorded and produced in the summer of July – August 2012 at Seagrass Studios (Los Angeles) and Snakeweed Studios (Singapore) by Brad Wood (Liz Phair, Sunny Day Real Estate, Pete Yorn, Smashing Pumpkins, Placebo) with engineering support from Leonard Soosay (Snakeweed Studios). The recording was mastered at SAE by Roger Seibel.

‘Summer 720’ is pressed on gorgeous sea foam green vinyl, and is backed with the b-side ‘沙鼠E’ (shāshǔ E) and is a 7″ release in an edition of 100 with KittyWu in Singapore/Asia, Deer Island (edn. of 150) in N. America and Damnably (edn. 250) in Europe.

The 7” single is now available for pre-order on kittywurecords.bandcamp.com/album/summer-720-b-w-e
and will be sold through all good record and vinyl stores from 20th April 2013 onwards.

All 7″ singles comes with a digital download coupon.

We reviewed the single here.

CARACAL JAPAN TOUR

Caracal, one of Singapore’s foremost post-hardcore bands, announces Japanese tour dates beginning mid September 2012. The band will play multiple shows in Tokyo and conclude the tour with a performance at Kansai Music Conference in Osaka.

“This is our first tour in Japan and we’re looking forward to be taking our music to new markets in the short span of five years. Japan will be our second international showing this year after Spring Scream Festival in Taiwan and we’re excited to meet new fans around the country,” said Martin Kong, drummer of Caracal.

Tour Dates:

11 Sept: Moon Romantic (Aoyama, Tokyo)

12 Sept: K’s Dream (Inage, Chiba)

13 Sept: CAVE BE (Shimokitazawa, Tokyo)

14 Sept: Koenji Club Roots (Chuo-ku, Tokyo)

15 Sept: Fan-J (Shinsaibashi, Osaka)

BITCH MAGNET – LIVE IN SINGAPORE

(Press release)

KittyWu Records presents BITCH MAGNET for a one-night-only performance at HOME CLUB on Friday, 13 April 2012. Formed in the fall of 1986 by Jon Fine (guitar) and Park Sooyoung (bass and vocals) and Orestes Morfín (drums), BITCH MAGNET have been recognized as a significant influence on generations of aggressive and musically complex bands, including Mogwai, Don Caballero, Rodan, June of 44 and Battles.

BITCH MAGNET, inactive since 2004, had their entire remastered Bitch Magnet catalog, plus six previously unreleased tracks, released as a triple-CD and a limited edition triple-LP in late 2011 by Temporary Residence Limited. It was greeted by rapturous critical responses from outlets ranging from the New York Times to Total Guitar, including four-star reviews in Rolling Stone and Mojo and a five-star review in Uncut.

The post-hardcore pioneers reunited at All Tomorrow’s Parties “Nightmare Before Christmas” festival in December 2011, and the band also performed a handful of dates in the UK, Europe and Asia in late 2011. Those performances marked the first onstage appearance of the band’s original recorded lineup – Morfin, Park and Fine – since 1989.

BITCH MAGNET will be joined by Singapore band AMATEUR TAKES CONTROL.

Event Title: KittyWu presents BITCH MAGNET (US)

Event Date: Friday, 13 April 2012

Event Time: Doors open at 8pm

Venue: HOME CLUB, 20 Upper Circular Road, #B1-01/06, The Riverwalk

Tickets: SGD25 (Advance) / SGD30 (Door)

Purchase advance tickets from http://kittywurecords.wordpress.com/events/bitchmagnet/

MONSTER CAT

MONSTER CAT Mannequins (KittyWu)

The long-form explanation for MONSTER CAT’s name is a mystical affair involving Japanese folk-tales and myths, but we prefer the short-attention span answer. MONSTER CAT loves cats. Really fat ones.

Now that that’s out of the way, the vital details, then, quickly: The band members of MONSTER CAT are Hentai Cat, Psycho Cat, Black Cat, Copy Cat, Zen Cat and Paper Cat, with the band’s name always in caps (because fuck you, Google Chromebook). Having already been featured once in legendary local producer Leonard Soosay’s Snakeweed Sessions in May, the new KittyWu recruits have followed up that burst of publicity with the release of Mannequins (itself also a Soosay production).

Interestingly enough, the record proper features none of the humour hinted at by their quirky pseudonyms. Instead, Mannequins is a mellow, fragile affair, shivering with sex and soul as well as nuanced emotion. Beginning with the aptly-named opening track, Initiation, we dive head-first into a measured instrumental piece that is deliberate in its atmospheric build-up. Title track Mannequins then introduce us to the EP’s central theme; under a bed of stark, urgent folk-rock instrumentation, the band launches into a lyric inspired by Italian writer Alberto Savinio that is frightening in its desperation.

The rest of this short EP takes its cue from the first two tracks: having opted for fragile, articulated melodies over instant pop hooks, the band spends the rest of its time building up and refining the ambient atmospheres, laying claim to the texture and drama of influences like Fever Ray and Smashing Pumpkins.  Underwater is a particular masterpiece of arrangement and production. At once both intimate and claustrophobic, the track shimmers with a kind of midnight blue reminiscent of Miles Davis. In its spiritual eroticism Mannequins presents us a refreshingly intimate and private perspective not often heard from local shores; The Courier, for example, is a love supreme unto itself, a moment stolen from the bed of two lovers soulful and hot.

By the time the EP closes on the quiet and intense number, These Hands, you ought to have realised that this is one of the best warning shots ever fired by a local band. One would do well to keep an eye on the strange and brilliant animal that is MONSTER CAT.

(Samuel C Wee)

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LYMBYC SYSTYM | CAROLINE – LIVE IN SINGAPORE

(Press release)

KittyWu Records presents LYMBYC SYSTYM and CAROLINE for a one night only performance at HOME CLUB on Thursday, 28 July 2011. LYMBYC SYSTYM returns to Singapore for a second time on their 2011 Asia Summer tour, the Bell brothers bringing with them their brand of percussion driven, highly emotive, instrumental rock. Okinawan-American songtress, CAROLINE, also returns to Singapore with her angelic, minimalist, electronic pop balladry. This is her second time in Singapore since her last performance here in 2007 at the Esplanade Recital Studio. CAROLINE will be joined on stage with her sister, Olivia Lufkin –  famed for singing for the popular anime series Nana.

An amazing evening of soundscapes and angelic voices. A magical night for brothers and sisters.

Date: Thursday, 28 July 2011

Time: Doors open at 8pm

Venue: HOME CLUB, 20 Upper Circular Road, #B1-01/06, The Riverwalk

Advance Tickets: S$40 (On sale from 15 July Friday)

Tickets at the Door: S$50

Early Bird and Advance tickets only available online at www.kittywurecords.com.

MONO – LIVE IN SINGAPORE

(Press release)

MONO returns to Southeast Asia in May with a string of shows through the region including Beijing’s Modern Sky Festival. Bringing with them the same intense live performance they are critically acclaimed for, they will be performing at Zouk Singapore on Friday, 6 May 2011. This is a KittyWu and SQNC. presentation.

Doors open at 7pm | Advance Tickets: S$58 | Tickets sold at the door: S$70

Tickets will be available at Hell’s Labyrinth, PRAISE outlets, and online at www.getupmerch.com.