It’s always encouraging to witness the sheer range of popular music we have in our S-ROCK scene. Last night (13th August) at Home Club, local music punters got a first hand glimpse of this very fact. That Friday the 13th Show functioned as a pre-launch (somehow I can’t beat to use the word “soft” in relation to Lunarin) for its excellent sophomore album, Duae.
Together with supporting band, In Each Hand A Cutlass, Lunarin sit a little in-between the metal and indie music scenes. Sometimes this can be a bit of a problem as indie fans may consider you too metal and metal fans may assume you’re not hard enough. Take it from me, if you’re either an indie or metal fan (or both), Lunarin and IEHAC are definitely the real deal. These bands pour heart and soul into their music and never compromise for the sake of accessibility.
Earlier in the evening, Zero Sequencer Simon Yong (with the aid of some of his band mates) played a solo set leaving none in any doubt of his guitar prowess. Though not particularly my cup of tea, Simon strung together myriad influences to create a rather eclectic collection of guitar instrumentals. Think: Steve Vai + Allan Holdsworth histrionics. Simon’s Myspace.
IEHAC, I must confess, I have never seen play live till last night and I was duly impressed. All the right notes were played – musicianship, tight co-ordination and ballsy attitude – but the key to its success, a creative restlessness that never settles for the mundane or the norm. So an illusory term like “post-rock” does no justice whatsoever to IEHAC’s genre-bending sonic exercises. Jazz, metal, ambient, shoegaze, whatever, it was fair game for IEHAC and the inclusion of keyboardist Amanda Ling to the lineup of Daniel Sassoon (guitar), Kenny Png (bass), Roland Lim (guitar) and Jordan Cheng (drums) is a masterstroke. Hopefully, IEHAC gets in a recording studio to commit these magnificent songs to the ages. And soon… IEHAC’s Myspace.
Lunarin were the stars of the evening. Despite the muddy sound system (my major consistent gripe with Home Club), Linda Ong (bass), Eng Teck (drums) and Kah Wye (guitar) melded and meshed superbly to produce a tightly woven metallic attack that got everyone in the house suitably thrilled. It’s obvious that they’ve clocked in the rehearsal hours as new songs like Midas, Zero Point Red, Serpentine, Coralline and Red were all dispatched with precision. I must confess that in the previous times I’ve seen Lunarin, whilst I’ve always been impressed by their musicianship, this was the first time I truly felt them in my gut, if you know what I mean. There is an uncompromising conviction about Lunarin that is rather infectious and hard to shake. It’s not a question of popular acclaim or acceptance but knowing in your heart and soul that playing this music is what they want (and need) to be doing. Lunarin’s Official Site.
Catch Lunarin at Baybeats 2010: 21st August, 7.30pm at the Powerhouse.
Picture by Thomas Tan.