Has the Great Spy Experiment arrived? How is one to judge anyway? Is it the fact that they’ve played at the SXSW festival? Or maybe by releasing a critically acclaimed debut album? Or perhaps even headlining their own gig at the Esplanade Recital Studio last Friday?

Well, it’s partly all these things but really it’s about how the music makes you feel. Yeah, that’s it, boys and girls. I stood almost at the back of the hall soaking in the atmosphere witnessing the crowd swaying, jumping, dancing, screaming, shouting, fist-pumping, arms saluting, head bopping to the sound and fury that GSE dispense from the stage. The audience reaction was something to savour.

The band was in fine form – visually and sonically. The guys were all resplendent in their suits and Mag looked sizzling – literally. Hot! Whilst the sound was poor at the beginning, that hiccup didn’t last (thankfully) and as the band cranked out the hits, the fans simply lapped it all up. The highlight for me was the new song – Litmus – which came across to me as all the best bits about Flower Show Riots album condensed in one really incandescent moment.

I must confess that I could barely contain my joy at watching Song, Saiful, Mag, Khai and Fandy revel in the spotlight – Song was grinning like a Cheshire cat and Saiful kept shaking his head in disbelief at the awesome reception the band was getting. At the very end with Class ‘A’ Love Affair, the Great Decay and Flow, the Recital Studio was rocking and the sheer energy was tangible and palpable. Magic!

Two moments summed it up for me. Thomas (Perplexed) Tan at the very front, putting his camera aside and simply moving to the music and Fir singing at the top of his lungs behind me in happy abandon.

That’s what its all about!!!

Those who were fortunate enough to get tickets will understand what I’m talking about. It’s a gig that will live long in the memory but I believe that GSE will surpass even this achievement before too long…

… still there’s more …


Took me awhile to get to this but better late than never, I guess.

Electrico, one of the prominent Singaporean bands, has gone the free MP3 download route with its new single, Everybody’s Here. The track is available here.

Personally, I think it’s a marvelous idea and is the way of the future. The song itself lacks the punch of a hot single, though and whilst it’s wrapped with the cool modern new wave-dance production that Electrico has become rather adept at, I’m still searching for a catchy melody that will leave listeners humming.

Still check out the interesting link though, to find out more.

Kudos to Electrico for moving into a brave new world!


Accolade is a quintet hailing from Bradford, UK, and were kind enough to share with me this 3-track demo, which I guess is the prime medium by which the band is currently promoting itself with. Accolade try their best to cover all the bases so with influences that range from the Beatles to Audioslave, I guess you could say they have a good chance of appealing to rock fans, young and old.

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Next Friday, 25th April, the Great Spy Experiment plays its first-ever headlining gig at the Esplanade Recital Studio. As far as I understand it, tickets are disappearing fast (as I had earlier accurately predicted), so… if you haven’t booked your place, head on down to SISTIC now, online or offline, your choice.

In the meantime, the band found time from its busy schedule to answer a couple of queries from yours truly.

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THE VIRGINIA CITY REVIVAL A Bandin’ The Herd (Dawn of the White Light)

To be honest, I thought that the Virginia City Revival was a country-rock band. Truth be told, VCR is more a sleazy garage rock band than anything else. With metal riffs, careening rhythms and gothic vocals – not to mention, unsavory subject matters squeezed into songs with titles like King of Weed, Addicted, Robert E Lee of Love, Slaveship Parade. Bit too relentless for my taste. Next…



Like the Queen Rock Montreal DVD which featured Freddie & co at the height of their powers, this “in concert” disc captures Earth, Wind & Fire at their absolute peak. For rock scholars, it is interesting as it provides a glimpse of the groovy R&B-soul-pop that dominated the airwaves in the late 70s/early 80s, long before the dreaded hip-hop genre entered the frame and subverted the entire R&B music scene.

Recorded in 1981, this video finds EWF in prime condition, delivering their wonderful hits, of which the likes of In The Stone, Fantasy, Reasons, Shining Star, That’s the Way of the World and Let’s Groove are obvious highlights. Strange though are the omissions of two of the EWF’s most popular songs viz. September and After the Love is Gone.

One for the fans, certainly.