Live Reviews — May 27, 2015 at 6:55 pm

5 Of The best: The most impressive performers from Music Matters 2015

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Music Matters 2015

Music Weekly’s very own Luke James took to Singapore last week for the 10th edition of music conference Music Matters. The event featured 70 bands from 12 countries performing across a number of venues throughout the city. The result was that Singapore came to life. Music Matters is intended as a showcase for emerging bands which meant that the city was awash with talented musicians keen to prove their worth on an international platform. We count down bands and acts that impressed us the most.

 

IDIOTAPE

Like a sonic assault, Idiotape want you to know that the dancefloor is theirs and if you want to stick around, you’d better be moving. The three piece group have got a serious resume behind them, a  testament to how good they are. Having played SXSW, Ultra Music Festival and Global Gathering Korea they’re booked to play some of the biggest festivals in the world including Glastonbury, Exit and M Valley Rock Festival so to be able to catch them in such an intimate performance space was a rare pleasure.

The frenetic pace of these guys needs to be seen to believed – Slamming 80’s synth lines reminiscent of an 8-bit video game cascade against each, building in ferocity and  tempo whilst hard hitting drums driving the whole machine along. An incredible spectacle to witness.

Twin Lakes

Elevating themselves beyond a seemingly endless slew of mediocre indie pop offerings, this five piece from Newcastle immediately inspire comparison with bands like Bon Iver, Silversun Pickups and Doves. The echoing, shimmering vocals of Eddie Garven are reminiscent of a young Robert Smith whilst the haunting guitar licks and melodies will resonate with you for days.

Kingston Rudieska

Nine piece Korean ska/reggae band? If you’re struggling to think of anything to put this into context, well you’re not alone. But the concept was intriguing so putting aside any previous expectations (none) that I may have I headed to the Fountain Stage to catch them play and boy was I glad I did.

These guys delivered. Even a power shortage half way through their set couldn’t hold these guys back. Their engaging performance had the crowd n their feet dancing and clapping before they selected most appropriate way to end their set – a spot of stage diving and a conga line (whilst still playing) through the crowd. If entertainment was measured in craziness, this would be on Nicolas Cage kind of level.

 

Jeremy Loops

Already having achieved famed in their native South Africa, this three piece took to Singapore, dazzling the crowds at Clarke Quay with their innovative beats smorgasboard. Loops took to the stage, looking like a dashing beatnik poet and begins his performance as a one man band, crunching and distorting the sounds he makes from his voice, harmonica and guitar into a layer musical treat. He soon invited two more parters in crime and the result is an infectiously danceable mix of sounds with arena rock guitars, flourishes of electronica, hip hop swagger and folksy earnestness that champions positivity and having a rollicking good time.

 

Gentle Bones

To say that Gentle Bones, aka Joel Tan, has achieved a lot in a few short years is an understatement. His first EP last year propelled him to the number one spot on iTunes and he has just become the first Singaporean artist to be signed on a ‘360 degree deal’ with Universal which includes recording and publishing rights, events, endorsements, and merchandise. These musical accomplishments are even more impressive (and enviable) when you consider that he only picked up a guitar for the first time 5 years ago.

 

Accompanied by a five piece backing bad including keyboardist, guitarist, bassist, violist and drummer Tan delivered an emotive experience, his performance oscillating between upbeat indie-pop guitar numbers, R&B numbers and a couple of his folksier numbers. It’s clear to see what all the fuss has been about with this young man.