Empire of the Sun‘s frontman Luke Steele promised an exciting adventure for his band’s performance for the opening concert in The Gathering series. And from a purely visual perspective, EOTS did not let down the sizable audience on Friday, 21st February gathered outdoor at the Fort Canning Park. An amazing light show and colourfully attired dancing girls guaranteed a feast for the eyes during their hour plus set.
Before that, local champions MONSTER CAT thrilled the early birds with a showcase of songs from new album – The Violet Hour – notably first single “Take Me to Love”. The band was somewhat squeezed to the side of the stage (due to EOTS elaborate setup) and thus, the band seemed a little awkward but that didn’t stop the boys from giving their all and doing their ambitious new numbers justice.
But of course, the main event got the audience onto their feet and jumping about to the electro-dance songs on display. Popular favourites “Lux”, “DNA”, “We Are the People” & “Concert Pitch” were all trotted out by the band, with the help of backing tapes, and massive amounts of reverb on Steele’s vocals. Amusingly enough, Steele’s posture throughout the gig was a Prince-like rock star demeanour culminating in a guitar-breaking denouement (ala Pete Townshend!). The crowd lapped it all up, of course, and by the time the encore song “Alive” was delivered, the entire venue was rocking! Certainly, a splendid time was had by all.
This review was made possible by Forefront Asia. Pictures by Dominic Phua.