POWER OF POP MUSIC,PERSONAL THE FAST COLORS : KEVIN MATHEWS – MY ONE AND ONLY

THE FAST COLORS : KEVIN MATHEWS – MY ONE AND ONLY

The Fast Colors began as an idea discussed between Chris Toh and myself over a meal – forming a classic rock tribute band. We roped Patrick Chng into the band as well and before you know it we were playing gigs, together with Chee Wah Yong and Tan Boon Gee on bass and drums respectively.

Initially, we covered classic rock songs that we personally dug like The Beatles, Bowie, Tom Petty, Pink Floyd etc but we evolved into playing our own versions of classic Singapore rock songs.

Which invariably included some of own material viz. Pat’s with The Oddfellows, Chris’ with AWOL and mine with Watchmen etc. Which gave us a relevant context that The Fast Colors became more than a cover band to us but also a keeper of the Singapore classic rock flame, whatever that meant.

It certainly good to have different options when approaching gigs and our first gig in a year – during a global pandemic no less – took place at the Festive Arts Theatre at Our Tampines Hub – a spanking 400 pax venue that deserved to be packed to the max but of course, could not be.

Beggars can’t be choosers and all that – we were just happy to be playing together again. One of the songs we performed was “My One and Only” – nothing unusual in itself save that we executed the original arrangement of the song that appeared on the Democracy album in 1993. Which was nostalgic for me and loads of fun. Check out the video below.

The full concert may be viewed here.

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