Two things to consider when assessing the relative value of Ugly in the Morning’s 3 Or More If You Can Afford It – its eclectic rock agenda and its sophisticated songwriting.
Luke Buirski – a singer, songwriter, guitarist who channels his love for classic rock into highly potent modern rock nuggets – is back with a new project, Dirty Perfect!
By Yong Shu Hoong
When Leslie Low – of revered Singapore band, The Observatory, and previously from the 1990s’ Humpback Oak – was introduced by an ArtScience Museum staff as “the most important singer-songwriter that Singapore has given the world,” he seemed almost embarrassed. But, for the many fans gathered at the museum’s Expression Gallery, such high praise was no fluff.
The quality of a good song is evident in (almost) every musical context. Now, the Great Spy Experiment has wonderful songs and the challenge for the band at this Mosaic Music Festival event at the Esplanade Concourse tonight was to present them in an acoustic format. And the band delivered with aplomb!
New Singapore music releases from the underground that might just pique your interest. Discover the true Singapore music alternative right here, right now!
Melodic rock. Edgy tunes. Fuck care attitude.
Made in Singapore. Basically, SINGAPORE ROCK or S-ROCK? Does this fantastical beast still exist on our shores or is the Singapore Music scene all about smooth jazz-soul-pop vibes?
Bailing out Betsy are a 5 piece alternative rock band heavily influenced by the music powerhouses of the 1990s – from Stone Roses to Radiohead, Kula Shakers to Oasis, Red Hot Chilli Pepper to Black Crowes.
There’s a wonderful pop sensibility to Shannon Luke‘s post-punk revival agenda.
Staying power is not usually associated with Singapore bands but to the credit of The Pinholes, the quartet have been soldering on for over a decade in the unforgiving local music scene. The band celebrate this longevity with an entertaining new album – D’Antara Kita!
DEON remains one of our great pop-rock exponents in the local music scene. It’s been awhile since we featured DEON here and are thankful that Music Matters Live 2017 provides us with this opportunity as we talked to Deon Toh, the voice behind the band.
Here we go! A new EP from Obedient Wives Club finally!!
SUPERSECT is a marvellous intersection of two quite diverse cultural influences.
Amberhill recalls Singapore indie rock a decade ago.
Power of Pop have been big fans of the RetroPop connoisseurs Obedient Wives Club ever since their debut EP back in 2012. The quintet viz. YinQi (vocals), Cherie (guitar, vocals), Man (bass), Lennat (drums) and Keith (guitar) have fashioned a unique style mixing 60s girls groups with a lighter 90s shoegaze touch, that they themselves have dubbed “Spectorgaze”.
The key word here is “rocks”. Like in the rest of the music world, rock music seems to have lost its “hipness” in Singapore, with electro-jazz-soul being the preferred choice of the younger set nowadays.
Singaporean alternative band sub:shaman will launch their debut full-length album Apnea, at Esplanade Annexe Studio on May 13th 2017.
Here’s an intriguing gig featuring four young S-ROCK bands.
Do you feel the need for something completely different in the Singapore music scene? Well, look no further than The MadHatter Project!
So this Singapore pop band called AVANEER followed our Instagram account and when we checked out the only song on its Soundcloud account, we were blown away!
Melodic rock bands with an alternative edge seem hard to come by in the Singapore music scene at the moment. So while other media outlets will be promoting artists specialising in urban music and electronic soul, S-ROCK lovers can trust in Power of Pop to help you discover new rock bands out there.
Thus, we welcome you to the S-ROCK UNDERGROUND (yes yet another hashtag!) where we hope you will find heavier and edgier sounds – that do not compromise on melody or grooves – in our own backyard.
Rock quartet Gilded Edge has been getting attention viz. as prizewinners after less than a year together at the Singapore finals of Global Battle of The Bands 2015, making it into the Noise Music Mentorship for 2016 and releasing their debut single “Lone Wolf” recently. We got together with the guys – Alan Francis (Guitar/Vocals), Melvin Lim (Guitar), Afiq Yusof (Bass) & Julian Stewart (Drums) – to find out more about Gilded Edge: past present and future.
Singapore musicians would be familiar with Mike Spinks, as Spinks has in recent years been instrumental in organising several open mics across the island, most significantly at the Hard Rock Cafe. Now, Spinks has taken the logical step of harnessing the online local music community to initiate the City65 Music Festival to be held on Saturday 15 April 2017 from 2pm. With City65 coming up very soon, we got Spinks to share with us his thoughts about the local music scene, his involvement and of course, the festival itself.
Music Matters – “Asia Pacific’s entertainment industry gateway” – returns in September 2017 and this also means its showcase festival is back as well!
MAAD Sounds at the Red Dot Design Museum – curated by Andy Yang – has been an essential showcase for original music in Singapore for quite a while now. Tonight’s edition marks the last instalment of the vital local music resource at the current venue.
As we have frequently observed, it’s difficult to find proper melodic rock bands in the current Singapore music scene. But if you know where to look, you will discover that a S-ROCK underground exists, where bands like Gilded Edge do what they do best – make authentic rock ‘n’ roll.