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12 October 2009 @ 12:55 am
junkawards by you.

Vote for your favourite regional music heroes now!

The Junksounds Awards, South East Asia's premier regional music awards, is back!
The Junksounds Awards is the first regional music awards of its kind. Launched in 2008, the awards gives Junk readers (that's you!) an opportunity to show your appreciation to some of the most talented music makers in South East Asia that have been making a huge impact in music.
Thanks to all who voted, last year's Junksounds Awards garnered over 10,000 votes. This year, we've tweaked the nominations and made them better. Go ahead and show support for your heroes in the following categories...
Cast your votes for your favourite acts from Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines NOW! Voting closes on 30 November 2009.
You can listen to the music of some of our nominees on our Junk Compilation HERE or via our Junk Player at www.junkonline.net

 As seen on http://sites.junkonline.net/junksounds/index.html


Amongst this year's nominees are:

I Am David Sparkle
Concave Scream
Meza Virs
A Vacant Affair
Kill Bill
The Lard Brothers
Jon Chan
Inch Chua
Nicholas Chim
The Fire Fight
For Better Endings
Lunar Node
For This Cycle
The Observatory


07 October 2009 @ 12:20 am
Vinyl covers by you.

Enjoy this short & sweet sampler! Watch out for next week's feature on local bands from the 1960s - some of which were as famous as The Beatles, if not more!

06 October 2009 @ 05:16 pm

whats your favourite local band & why? (:

05 October 2009 @ 11:31 pm

After two years of hard work, The Fire Fight has released their debut full-length album “Henri”. The Fire Fight blazed onto the local music scene three years ago by earning a coveted performance slot at Baybeats 2007. Since then, they have opened for American indie-rock darlings Anberlin & Copeland, Grammy-nominated alternative rock band Switchfoot and most recently became ambassadors for Youth.SG’s national “Feed Me” campaign.

Working with local illustrator and musician Jon Chan (Plainsunset), the band has produced a visual story of Henri the bear on his journey: fourteen watercolour paintings accompany fourteen songs in a manner reminiscent of a children’s book, drawing you into the whimsical city of Elemenopee to bring you a more eclectic side of the album. The band elected to work with Jon Chan due to his ability to produce art that communicated an understated form of elegance to compliment the band’s indie outlook.

With the impassioned melodies of Joshua Tan (vocals, guitars), the modest innovative tunes of Jonathan Leong (guitars), the dynamic-compelling rhythms of Iain Tham (drums) and Jbarks (Bass), The Fire Fight combines diverse influences ranging from The Promise Ring and Maritime to Death Cab for Cutie and Jamiroquai to bring you music with a raw, early 90s indie-rock sound with a hint of modern expression.

Excerpt from http://culturepush.com/2009/06/24/the-fire-fight-henri/



We bet you're already counting down the hours till you get this very much coveted album like we are!
For more information visit http://www.thefirefight.com and http://www.myspace.com/thefirefightsg


17 September 2009 @ 10:51 pm

Concave Scream

Concave Scream is one of the oldest bands of today's local music scene, having been around since 1994. Started by Sean and Pann, who have known each other since junior college, it was their common interest in music and passion that brought them together even though they had varied musical tastes. Today, the band comprises of Sean (vocals and guitar), Pann (vocals and guitars), Dean (drums and percussion) and Wan (bass). Concave Scream is one band that prefers to keep things simple, substantial and independent. Having released 5 full length albums to date, Concave Scream has been driving the underground music scene in Singapore for quite some years now and is arguably the granddaddy of indie-metal-hardrock here. Their latest album, Soundtrack For A Book, was released earlier this year and provides an adventurous take with its first fully instrumental work.

Excerpts from an interview with Concave Scream on agingyouth.com:

Much has been said about the distinct packaging of Soundtrack For A Book. How did you guys decide on presenting the album on such a unique format?

Pann: Frankly, I am not sure how to explain the process of coming out with the idea of drilling a hole in the book and securing it with a bolt and wing nut. It’s just an idea that connected to me when I was doodling on my moleskin, the design and look of the album packaging just felt fresh and appropriate. To me, it’s more than a book or CD now; it has become a collectible object.

Sean: Pann came up with the packaging idea. We all loved it very much. Especially the idea of recycling and giving an old book a new lease of life to be cherished. It’s also nostalgically cool. Everyone wants the Enid Blytons! It has definitely helped in getting people excited about our new offering.

I love how the new website looks. You could even register the copy of the album on it as well. From the packaging to the website, the experience of owning the album is so greatly enhanced. You guys won some accolades for the website. Tell us a bit about the idea behind it.

Sean: Pann came up with our packaging idea using used books. It has a very old school analogue charm. I thought it would be interesting if we could somehow make it work in a digital environment without the need to go retro in terms of look and feel. So, I thought the best way to tie-in the concept online was to play up on feelings instead. The feeling of owning something special, to be specific. Also, because our album is titled Soundtrack For A Book, I wanted the ‘books’ to speak the music.

This is the techie bit. Whilst researching for different forms of sound visualization methods, I came across a particle engine tutorial created by Dan Gries. It was perfect for the website; the source also had custom classes in place that can be adapted for more creative exploration.

With the help of a colleague from Kinetic (an interactive agency where most of the band hold their day jobs), Jingzhong, and Dan’s approval, we added sound reaction to it, z depth control via mouse, an interface that allows users to customize the ‘look’ of their book by controlling different values such as spread, zoom, sampling etc as well as a record and playback function. With all these parameters in place, we were then able to give visitors that unique experience, both aurally and visually.

Like you’ve mentioned, most of the guys are already fathers. It was pretty cute to see your kids running around when you were playing a recent show. Do the kids approve of their dads rocking it out once in a while? Would you avoid the rock cliché by banning your daughters from picking up the bass?

Sean: My daughter has only seen us perform once. Although she generally does not like loud noises, she didn’t complain on that night, so I guess she’s ok with it. I’m not familiar with that rock cliché but she will have my support if she decides to learn music or any other hobby that makes her happy for that matter.

Pann: My kids are more than happy with me playing in a band. In fact, I always play the “ABC” song with the kids with guitar on distortion and they love head banging to it! I am also more than okay if they want to start a band, as long as there’s no drugs involved. :)

Dean: If anything, my kids always grumble about not being able to be next to my floor tom or cymbals while I’m playing. My boy frowns every time I tell him I gotta go for a jam or shows and he’s got to hold the fort and take care of the girls… but I don’t think it’s ’bout me going to “rock it out” lah… He’s just 2. I think it’s probably ’cause got no one to give him the “Superman-and-do-the-funky-chicken/ James Brown” dance for his amusement kind.

I’ll never have a problem with letting them pick up an instrument or instruments of their choice. I’d be really happy, supportive and proud, actually… Just as long as they’re having a good time doing it. So girl, boy, bass and all, I’m okay lah.

Concave Scream’s Soundtrack For A Book is available at all good music stores or Asylum @ 22 Ann Siang Road
For more information, visit http://www.concavescream.com/ and http://www.myspace.com/concavescreamband