Live Reviews — September 19, 2013 at 11:05 am

LIVE REVIEW: The SIGIT Live in Singapore



September 16, 2013
Home Club, Singapore
Reviewed by: Ili Razid 

Missed out on the riot that was The SIGIT’s gig last week in Singapore? Unforgivable. Before you start beating yourselves up, wipe those tears away and read on as we give you the lowdown of what happened before we went absolutely mental last Monday night. Or as the Indonesians would say, gokil!

Opening act The Psalms from Singapore did not disappoint in delivering yet another high-intensity, schizophrenic set that we’ve come to know and love them for. The number of heads making up their audience was perhaps dismal in relation to the crowd that was to come later that night for headliners The SIGIT, but this did little to discourage the band from leashing out their noise-punk grooves with palpable energy and reckless abandon. With heady basslines, aggressive rhythms and unexpected pauses, every single one of The Psalm’s songs seem to careen wildly like wayward meteorites. To top it all off, frontwoman Suhaili rips out impressive vocal calisthenics with so much raw conviction that we couldn’t help but strain ourselves trying to catch every single word. If you can’t get enough of them, be sure to grab a copy of their EP, Ishmael’s Wishlist. It is on a pay-as-you-wish basis – in other words, it’s a freebie but part of the proceeds will go towards the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES) of Singapore, so come on and give a little to our furry friends.

In our earlier interview with The SIGIT, vocalist/guitarist Rektivianto Yoewono expressed doubts over the potential turnout of their second-ever performance in Singapore, given that they were relatively unknown during their first appearance back in 2007. This modest apprehensiveness was clearly unfounded, judging from the tremendous turnout at Home Club, which was filled to the brim with fans of the Indonesian foursome despite it being a dreary Monday night. Performing in support of their latest album, Detourne, which was released early this year, The SIGIT (a much shorter and simpler way of saying their tongue-twisting actual band name, “The Super Insurgent Group of Intemperance Talent”) spared no time riling up the crowd with their brisk, relentless brand of straight-up garage rock.

With their long hair and too-cool attitudes, Rekti, along with guitarist Farri Icksan Wibisana, bassist Aditya Bagja Mulyana and drummer Donar Armando Ekana appeared pleased as punch with the receptive, rowdy audience. Their infectious set featured an arsenal of tracks from the latest album, with highlights including a cover of Neil Young’s “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” which inspired loud drunken sing-alongs, as well as old favourites such as the anthemic “Black Amplifier”.

Wrapping it up, what’s a rock’n’roll gig without some memorable shenanigans, right? Towards the end of the night, hair was flying, arms were flailing and Instagramming iPhones were abound as Rekti dove off the stage towards the surging crowd, raising him up as he played his guitar behind his head, almost hitting and smashing the overhead projectors in the venue. We said it earlier and we’ll say it again – gokil.