Monthly Archives: January 2016

Circa Waves

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I’ll be perfectly honest, I’m not entirely a fan of Circa Waves but they were part of Dr. Martens Stand For Something Tour and it was free, so why not? And I needed to de-stress from the essays I had to write.

Their debut album isn’t half bad, it’s fresh, youthful and easy to listen to. It is kind of the epitome of Indie rock, comparable to The Kooks and The Libertines (hey, I said kind of). There are some earworms once you listen to it long enough, and that’s what I did, I mean you can’t go to a concert and not know any songs right? ‘Young Chasers’ and ‘Stuck In My Teeth’ are my personal favourites the former having this build-up that’s accompanied with this snappy whistle and the latter being this upbeat and cheery tune. The whole album is basically straightforward Indie rock full of easy breezy songs for the summer.

Whoever was a massive fan of the band at this gig definitely got their money’s worth (even though it was free) because you got to stand right in front of the stage without any barriers or whatsoever and actually be within an arms reach of Kieran, the lead singer. Too bad I wasn’t one of these fans, I was content with being in the middle (even though I was sandwiched in between two couples who were stiff as stone, IT’S A CONCERT FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE. DO SOMETHING WITH YOUR ARMS AND LEGS).

I did a good worth of jumping and dancing at this gig, I mean, their songs are mostly this infectious fast-paced songs that are sure to get you on your youthful feet (I realize that I’ve said youthful twice, but at least I managed to avoid saying upbeat again).  Kieran was an engaging frontman and it was exhilarating to be within a short distance of the band. And when I heard the first few chords of ‘T-Shirt Weather’, there was some sort of animal instinct in me to push a few people just to get nearer to the stage (sorry I was an asshole for a moment there). But I had a great time jamming out at the front.

Circa Waves, you did a fine job of entertaining your fans and I do look forward to a second album and I’ll always remember T-Shirt Weather cause in Singapore, it’s always T-Shirt weather.

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The Vaccines

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Lonely, bored and bad thank god I’m handsome

That line had been ringing in my head for at least a month, just anticipating The Vaccines’ presence. I was hooked the moment I listened to their debut album and knowing that they were performing here in Singapore for a second time, there was absolutely no hesitation to buy a ticket.

Sure, no one that I knew listened to them but I wasn’t going to let my crippling fear of being unaccompanied stop me (when in reality I was actually starting to regret buying the ticket heh heh). But for Justin Young, Arni Arnason, Freddie Cowan and the drummer (just kidding, Pete Robertson) I overcame my fear, by bringing a book and looking down at  my phone the whole time I was waiting cause what is socialising?

Heck, it was worth waiting under the sun, being alone and surrounded by groups of people (yes, it was that good). The Vaccines’ music may not be revolutionary but damn is it catchy in their own unique way. Fans were already ra-ra-raing the moment they played their first song (because it was ‘Wreckin’ Bar’, am I funny yet?)

Thank god I was right at the front to soak in the goodness that is Justin Young and I swear that he glanced at me several times and even pointed at me (I could be dreaming, but I’d like to believe it’s true). He had this magnetic presence on stage that was hard to ignore, even with Freddie Cowan right next to him. I’m pretty sure he was intoxicated on stage, but that just makes for all the more interesting stage presence, even alluring the audience with occasional sweet talk.

Another reason to be thankful for being in the front is that I’d piss some people off if I was maniacally jumping in the middle of the audience, so thank the heavens I was early in the line. I could’ve also sworn that Arni wanted to throw his pick to me but these two dudes on both my right and left had some sort of long octopus arms that just managed reach out further than I could (darn my tiny arms!)

By the end of it, I was chanting “encore”, unaware that everyone else was chanting “Norgaard” instead. We want an encore people, not just one song. But I did thoroughly enjoy Arni’s weirdly captivating solo, with him singing in this spooky deep alto (GO ARNI!)

Remember how I said Justin was probably drunk on stage? Well, while I was yelling A-M-A-N-D-A NORGAARD, Justin was busy tackling the sound guy to the ground and presumably holding him oh so fondly (I don’t mean anything dirty btw).

Despite being weird and alone at a concert, I have no regrets whatsoever, except maybe not catching that guitar pick from Arni.

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