POWER OF POP INTERVIEW | S-ROCK UNDERGROUND : GILDED EDGE

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.

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LIVE NEWS : CITY65 MUSIC FESTIVAL 2017 – AN INTERVIEW WITH MIKE SPINKS

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.

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SINGAPORE MUSIC SPOTLIGHT: MARICELLE & FORBIDDEN PLANET

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MARICELLE – LUCKY ONES

2nd single release ahead of her EP launch in January, Maricelle’s “Lucky Ones” is a wondrously constructed track with a melody that will twist and turn right into your heart.

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FORBIDDEN PLANET – CAN I BORROW YOUR BASS

Animated video of “Can I Borrow Your Bass” from Forbidden Planet’s debut album, From the Bedroom to Oblivion: Two Decades of Obscurity (2015).

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LIVE NEWS: Gallery Light to Night Festival – Come celebrate the Gallery’s first anniversary, Gallery Light to Night 2016 with music programming by Getai Group!

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Getai Group is back yet again with local music and art programming during these two weekends at the Padang Atrium and outdoors of National Gallery Singapore as part of their first anniversary!

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POWER OF POP INTERVIEW: NELSON TAN DARES TO BELIEVE WITH NEW ALBUM

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When it comes to sharing his opinion about the local music scene, singer-songwriter Nelson Tan does not mince his words.

“The local media, be it TV, radio or print, needs to get out there and feature more local content and talent, instead of the same old few over and over and over again,” Tan declared, “we have many many good songs and great bands made in Singapore that deserve airplay and I feel that we have to give ourselves a chance to appreciate what we have here, not just the familiar names.”

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EP REVIEW: ANISE – INWARD

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It’s amazing to consider that a mere decade ago, bands dominated the local indie music landscape. Now, singer-songwriters release music with a frequency that suggests some kind of epoch is upon us. This is a natural development of a maturing music scene. After all, singer-songwriters can express themselves to an audience without a band and thus, in practical terms it’s easier for singer-songwriters to find performance opportunities.

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PoPTV: JAWN – CHASE AWAY THE DARK

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A heartbreaking music video for JAWN’s “Chase Away the Dark”. The story is rooted in the fantastical & the real, simultaneously. Seriously, this is a powerful short film in its own right.

JAWN’s debut EP is available on streaming on both Spotify and Apple Music, and if you want to support him, it’s also available for purchase on iTunes for $6.98.

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