Artists / Bands, Culture, Events — May 14, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Music Services Asia’s Picks for Music Matters Live!


With over 50 acts in the span of 3 days, you may find yourself overwhelmed by the boundless amount of live music acts set to send you into sensory overdrive at Music Matters Live! Fear not, for us folks from Music Services Asia has scoured the entire line-up to present you our choice picks of acts you wouldn’t want to miss in and around Clarke Quay this 24th to 26th of May.

Hill & The Sky Heroes – Doctor, Doctor

Hill & The Sky Heroes is the self-dubbed ‘alien surf rock’-tinged solo project of Hill Kourkoutis, an award-winning Canadian songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, performer, producer and filmmaker. Interspersed with snippets of quirky old sci-fi films Warning from Space and First Spaceship on Venus, Hill & The Sky Heroes’ viral video for “Doctor, Doctor” is strangely seductive and dripping with other-worldly eeriness. Expect a sneak preview of her upcoming debut album 11:11, due out on June 12.

The Aftermiles – False Alarm

They may hail from sunny Jakarta, Indonesia but The Aftermiles possess a quintessentially British post-punk sound. Fresh from a recent line-up change, Music Matters Live will be the first show of The Aftermiles with their new vocalist, Ringgo Agus Rahman, an actor best known for his Indonesian film ‘Jomblo.’ Be sure not to miss his debut with The Aftermiles.

Monster Cat – Underwater

Monster Cat have proven themselves a force to be reckoned with, as evidenced from their recent feature on Swedish torrent website, The Pirate Bay, where they offered free downloads of their debut EP Mannequins to a global network of pirates thus inciting numerous discussions on the changing modes of distribution for music worldwide. It is therefore apt that they have been named one of the latest inclusions in the line-up of Music Matters Live. We certainly can’t wait to watch their feline fury storm the stage.

Kate-Miller Heidke – The Facebook Song (Are You F***ing Kidding Me?)

This cheeky song inspired by old lovers attempting to reconnect on social media networks makes Kate-Miller Heidke an automatic must-watch at Music Matters Live. (Warning: naughty, expletive-ridden lyrics — so don’t play this out loud in the office or within earshot of your mom!) Thankfully, this Australian songstress’ repertoire extends far beyond piano-driven rants to melancholy serenades, such as those in her latest album ‘Nightflight’.

9 Maps – 4 Walls

This Hong Kong-based threesome charmed our socks off when they played in Singapore for the first time at the UpToTheSky Festival last year so we’re definitely chuffed for another chance to fall in love with them all over again. Also featured in Music Services Asia’s SEA Absolute Indie Compilation, 9 Maps’ introspective blend of ‘harbour folk’ melodies and enchanting harmonies will be sure to light up a night by the Singapore river.

Poubelle International – The Hedonist

Comprised of 3 designers from Hong Kong, Poubelle International shines in this wonderfully-shot music video for their track ‘The Hedonist’, which features the band rocking out amidst numerous light fixtures. With their Bee Gees-esque vocal vibes, clever lyrics and boundless energy, Poubelle International promises to be an absolute riot live.

Direct Influence – Far East

Melbourne-based Direct Influence is fast gaining popularity after their song ‘Far East’ was featured in a Nike video clip featuring BMX star Harry Main. Playing a smooth mix of electro, rock and reggae that’s described as a “cross-Tasman sound” with frontmen Dylan Smith and Marcus Ross hailing from New Zealand and Australia respectively, Direct Influence’s refreshingly unique grooves are a testament to the wide variety of genres featured in Music Matters Live this year.

See you there!