POWER OF POP MUSIC LIVE REVIEW: THERE IS ONLY ONE JAWN!

LIVE REVIEW: THERE IS ONLY ONE JAWN!

JAWN001

Polymath – “a person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas”.

I am certainly not suggesting that JAWN (aka Jon Chan) is Leonardo Da Vinci but at a superficial level, I found the above definition to be representative of my experience of JAWN.

JAWN Wood

This young man has proven so far to be an excellent leader, marshalling people around him to produce a first-rate music video (“Fade to Black”) & a well-produced launch show at a warehouse space in Lorong Ampas. Then, there’s the design skills that have developed a killer website, not to mention the fabulous EP itself, housed in a wooden box with a specially crafted thumb drive!

JAWN002

And to top it all off, JAWN has put together a strong debut EP which – on the evidence of tonight – he has no problem delivering live in performance with a crack band: Sano Shimano on guitar, Tim D’Cotta on bass, Lisa Haryono on keys/vocals & Jia Rong on drums. 

JAWN003

With a setlist that included both originals and choice covers performed in a distinctive country-folk-blues style reminiscent of John Mayer and Damien Rice, there was no lack of soulful vibes in the venue, with the crowd feeding off on JAWN’s awkward self-deprecating albeit highly relatable stage manner. With tracks like “Gold” and “Fugue” and a boisterous cover of Rice’s “Volcano” being the highlights. All told, it was clear that everyone in attendance had a splendid time.

A mention to the supporting acts, both singer-songwriters. Jean Tan sounds like she has been performing for a zillion years, so comfortable on stage and with her instrument, she impressed with  pleasing jazz-folk numbers. Shak was a totally different proposition – credit to him for attempting an ambitious rap-folk hybrid and an improvisational approach. Not sure if it worked but appreciated the risk taking. Keep an eye out for both Jean Tan and Shak.

More info – www.jawn.com

Thanks to Leonard Soosay for the concert pictures.

Tags: , , , , , ,

Leave a Reply