Rebranding from Riot! Records, now known as The House of Riot, it is still Mike See at helm, together with Eugenie Yeo and Sarah Sim, and the whole crew. The team staged the triple bill of Riot's musicians who respectively returned from a long break, ended their decade-long partnership, and launched new material- iNCH, The Great Spy Experiment (GSE) and Charlie Lim. Different genres of music. Varied sounds. Old favorites, new songs, friends, acquaintances and laughter. What an awesome night. 6 June 2015, a date for Singapore music to remember indeed. It was an amazing four-hour show at The Esplanade Concert Hall, inclusive of 45 minutes intermission for set changes. The sound, was of course excellent.
iNCH has emerged from her retreat at Pulau Ubin with inspiration for an EP to be released in September titled 'Letters to Ubin', and a new album next year. In a video interview with The Straits Times, she shared how bird calls are included in new song 'Mouse Deer'. Heard it live. Love her voice and songwriting. She has changed. Still fiery, but less angsty. There's a touch of melancholic beauty in her melodies. Can't wait to listen to her new EP and full release!
THE GREAT SPY EXPERIMENT
Bittersweet. The end of a chapter. I grew up with their songs, from my twenties to my thirties, and found my identity. One of my favorite local indie-rock group The Great Spy Experiment is calling it a day, after 10 years. Thank you for the music. A pity, but the songs and rock-out vibes will always stay with us. They did the encore songs I was waiting for- 'The Lights' and 'Class A Love Affair'.
It was a good venue to hear singer-songwriter Charlie Lim's double EP 'Time/Space'. Catchy songs, good songwriting, and an arresting voice. He got my attention way back, and I've been listening to his songs here and there, but this was my first time hearing him live with a full band in support. Very tight, very pleasant. He's grown so much as a musician, finding his definitive sound and being very assured on stage. It was a beautiful launch and closing of the whole show.