(by Nikita Wong)
A throbbing mass of fans, pulsating with the energy that was carried with a throng of people at the front of the stage. Snaking queues were formed from 6.30pm as fervent fans of Alex Goot and Against The Current rushed to get the best spot to catch a glimpse of their idols. Held on the 21st of August 2014, from 7.30pm – 11pm at Scape The Ground Theatre, Gentle Bones and The Summer State graced the stage as the opening acts for the night.
Adopting a mellow approach, Gentle Bones (aka Joel Tan) together with Josh Wei on the violin played various songs from Gentle Bone’s latest Extended Play. Elusive and Until We Die were the two songs which left the crowd spellbound. The acoustic stripped down set which Gentle Bones adopted was well received, Joel boasts an ideal tone balance which is free from tension hence exuding a placid feeling within the listeners as he warbled away.
After which, a loud Rock song thundered as The Summer State made their appearance. Throbbing beats filled the air, as frontman Bryan Santa Maria engaged the crowd throughout the entire performance. The audience launched their hands in the air as they crooned along with the band to I Do I Don’t and Trying Was My Only Regret. The Summer State bears similar semblance to Fall Out Boys, with occasional jumps while strumming vigorously on the guitar and frequent head bangs.
Being a standing concert, it didn’t take long for the audience to settle on the floor and when the time inched closer the crowd roared as Against The Current took the stage. Lead vocalist Chrissy Costanza captivated the hearts of many. Clad in all black and showing off her slender figure with her cropped blouse that exposed her midriff and dipped dyed Reddish Pink hair often resembling Pop Punk Princess Avril Lavigne.
Her petite frame did not prevent her from galvanizing the crowd with her husky voice. Stage spaced was being fully utilized as she bounced in various directions to connect with her fans. Taking on currents hits such as Chocolate by 1975, she won the hearts of the audience as they hummed along with her. Electronic devices lit the room as fans were busy video tapping and capturing the heart felt moment of Against The Current. Besides taking on covers, the band belted out to Original Compositions such as “Infinity” and “Comeback Kid”. “Comeback Kid” was certainly a hit with the audience due to its catchy tune that included a huge use of “Wooah ooh ohh”. A smart choice of song as the entire room was singing along with the band! It was a standing ovation performance as no element was missing and they left smiles on the audience faces.
Ending the night was the multi-talented Alex Goot, occasionally hearing a school of girls screaming his name before he even made his appearance. The setup was rather intimate as Alex pounded the keyboards together with Against The Current who provided the band support for him. He pulled his set off with integrity while sounding earnest. Girls were frenzied as “Good Time” by Owl City and “How to Save a Life” by The Fray was being played. Lackadaisical performance is something which we would not associate with Alex. Despite playing the keyboards which is known to be a stodgy instrument to some, Alex managed to deliver an outstanding performance accompanied with a gamut of hype.
As the night drew to an end, it was a concert worth attending as fans were treated with a phenomenal performance by the various bands!
Thanks to Snowbird Productions for making this review possible.