No rest for the wicked! Four days right after mega festival, Laneway comes Big Night Out featuring first timers in Singapore, Band of Horses, and returning acts Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Vampire Weekend. So pack your mats for an all night triple-billed experience at Fort Canning Park. But first, homework time!
Band of Horses
Who can forget the album Cease To Begin? Garnering glowing reviews and songs getting plugged on TV shows, it was a gamechanger for the band. Plus, ‘No One’s Gonna Love You’ was a romantic clincher for most mixtapes circa 2007/08. And although it sounds nothing like their other albums, one can always look forward to what they’ll come up with next. Band of Horses are back in the saddle with their latest offering Mirage Rock and also making the effort to come to our island for the first time. Expect them to churn out favourites like ‘Is There A Ghost’ as well as tunes from their folk-rock-radio-friendly latest album.
Everybody knows Vampire Weekend are a fun lot. From frontman Ezra Koenig’s Twitter/Instagram account, multi-instrumentalist’s Rostam Batmanglij’s song mash-ups, bassist Chris Baio’s solo career (+ funny/creepy music video) and drummer Chris Tomson’s seemingly aversiveness to comply with the usually preppy band get-up, just google any Vampire Weekend interview on the interwebs and you’ll be entertained. It is like a super bonus that they actually make really good music. Trivia: Currently working on their new LP, they debuted new single ‘Unbelievers’ at Pitchfork Fest last year so we’re pretty they’ll dish out some new tracks!
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
It’s been a loooong time since ‘Maps’ but the lyrics are still as clear in our heads, no need for Songmeanings.com yo. Yeah Yeah Yeahs will always be wrapped up in hype. They’ve played with The Strokes, Bjork and The White Stripes before. The last time they played here at The Esplanade, it was a sold-out show. And that Karen O, that girl is forever cool. Their music, described as ‘art-rock, edgy post-punk, dancefloor-friendly racket’ make them worthy headliners of Big Night Out. To top it off, they recently announced that their new album will be dropping in Spring 2013. Fans, rejoice!