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Pronounced: An-echo-is (no it's not French)
Equipment on stage: 15
River happenings: 2 Chinese junks, 3 boats, 1 huge moving platform with cannons (Yes, cannons)
Number of climaxes: Countless
Headbang-Worthy tracks: All of them
What you should do: Get their EP (we reviewed it HERE)
Number of white shirts on stage: 3 + 1 T-Shirt
Number of khaki pants on stage: 4
Sad songs: 'Heartbreak'
Fireworks: Yes, and at perfects moments too!
Jets and boats: 3 jets and there were speedboats. Darn it, is it war time already?
Fan base: Supportive, very.
Merchandise plugging: 3
Who will definitely approve: The Metal Gods
Style peg: Overgrown child dressed as superhero
Choice of accessory: Capes
Notable songs: The Seaman's Son, Crystal Ball
Lead guitar harmonies: The Metal Gods and I approve
Highlight of the night: Tuning Song
DARREN ASHLEY (MY)
Fireworks: They must have paid more than Cashew Chemists. The fireworks lasted the whole set!
Comfort level on stage: Over 9000!
Guest star cameo: Dancing with #1 Baybeats Fan, the guy with the leopard hoodie
Vocal effects: More than Crystal Castles
Number of audience members dancing: 5, including the middle-aged man in the leopard hood
Talent: Incorporating karate moves with Dubstep music.
Achievement unlocked: Get the Baybeats crowd on their feet
IN EACH HAND A CUTLASS
What is a cutlass: A type of sword
Fact: No actual cutlasses were used
More sharp facts: Musicians were as sharp as cutlasses with their very focused and multi-layered performance
In summary: Heavy-as-a-very-heavy-thing riffs coupled with pretty atmospheric soundscapes electronically conjured, what's there not to like?
LOVE ME BUTCH
Most awesome moment: The held vocal note in Barricade
Duration: 10 seconds (at least)
Mosh pit intensity: so-so
Vocalist stage prowling pattern: Middle-left-right-middle-drumset. Repeat.
Reminds you of: The good old emo/punk rock/post-hardcore days of yore.
Percentage of audience capacity to venue: 150%
Vibe: Zooey Deschanel x Dian Sastro circa Ada Apa Dengan Cinta(Indonesian actress)
Singalongs: "Do What You Want To Do"
Dance styles utilised: Cha Cha, Tango, Samba
Extra notes: Check out their documentary film, Life Keeps On Turning screening HERE
Credit: Yahoo Singapore
How many times I have seen them live: 5
Bored already? No
How many cat masks I now own: I will not dignify this with an answer
Number of cool cats spotted: 4 (no prize to guess which ones)
Number of actual cats spotted: 0 (sadface)
Cost to download album “Mannequins” legally: $0.00
STARS AND RABBIT (ID)
Number of people debating who she sounds like: A LOT
Who she sounds like: Depends. Choose from – Joanna Newsom at the beginning of her songs, Russian Red, Coco Rosie, Anthony Green, “Coco Rosie singing like Rachael Yamagata”
Moves like: Kimbra
Style peg: Lady Peter Pan (approve)
Instruments used: Vocals and an acoustic guitar
Transported to: A forest with talking animals
Number of upbeat songs: 1
The song where Elda had to battle funny throat: 'Man Upon The Hill'
Achievement unlocked: Get the audience to sing
START OF THE DAY (JP)
Happy people: It wasn't easy to make out everything the frontwoman Atsuko sang, but she seemed cheery and happy to be in Singapore
Sound judgment: Beautiful melancholic post-hardcore music bogged down by a bad sound mix
Good move: Guitarists were intense, ending the set with visceral guitar feedback noise
Did we talk to them: Yes! Read about it HERE
THE TREES AND THE WILD (ID)
Dressed like it was: 15 degrees celsius
Number of minutes before first banter with fans: 30
Sounds like: A mix of Explosions in the Sky and Sigur Ros
Duration where I was in a trance: 45:00. Basically, for their whole set.
Did I want it to end: No
Was I sad when it ended: Almost close to tears
Destination after their set: Straight to the merchandise booth
All of the awards: Best Band of the Day, Most Synchronized Band, Best Drummer of the Day, Best Sound of the Day, Best Merchandise
Side notes: It was the best experience I had since Laneway Festival. I wish them all the best for their European Tour and I hope they get the recognition they deserve.
A Plug: Chip in for their EuroTour HERE
Amount of Filipinos in the audience: Too many to count
Learn this, Singapore: The only band that could school Singapore in fan dedication
Level of dedication: Heard from a friend that there were Filipino fans who flew from their hometown just to watch them
Fact: Surprisingly no dub influence in their music
This is no Eurovision contest: No urban background dancers too (I was kinda hoping for that)
Cool socks: Blue with red stripes
Some instruments used: Paper and sighs for "Oxygen"
Level of melancholia during set: High
First attempts of crowd surfing: During the first song
Song titles I couldn't pronounce: A few
Security guards trying to stop crowd surfing: Failed
CHC-related jibes: A couple, which only roused the crowd more
Legit Rockstar moment: "Baybeats turns 10 this year. We've been around for 20."
Text: Daniel Peters, Delfina Utomo, Ilyas Sholihyn, Nigel Lopez & Olivia Griselda