Half impromptu, half planned, we were really excited to be part of the Media team for Urbanscapes 2012. This meant leaving Singapore and covering our first "overseas" event ever! Also, it happened to be Urbanscapes' 10th anniversary so you know it's gonna be their most epic yet. Seeing Sigur Ros twice in two days, meeting old friends and making new ones, legendary lamb shanks, getting lost for an hour at 2 am looking for our hotel, cheap midnight suppers and A&W, here are our encounters unabridged!
Urbanscapes Day 1
Plane ride: 45 minutes
Bus ride to KL Central: longer
Accidents happen: 1, a lapse in attention x heavy camera = a blue and very swollen toe
Ominous line uttered in bus ride: “Your life is crumbling before you!”
Types of transportation we took that day: 4
Hotel: Nice, acceptable, but FAR
Reporting at the site
First thoughts: MUDFEST YEY
Time before all footwear came off: A full 10 minutes after entering grounds
Where we faltered (moneywise): Food stalls
Favourite dish: Lamb shank with polenta, RM20
Unsatisfied: Overly sweet bubble tea, RM6
Best place to chill: The Air Asia ‘lounge’ with free ‘rubs’
Bandwagon Endorsement: The fruit ice-lollies from Fru-T Pop, DA BEST
Crowd vibes: Laid back, pretension-free, people who like high-fives, children-friendly
Award: Cleanest band in Urbanscapes, no traces of mud at all
Crowd: A lot of people swaying, waxing romantic, smiling (and a couple making out at the back)
Achievement unlocked: Got people dancing right at the first song 'Pedestal'
Super surprise: Charlie doing a cover of Frank Ocean’s ‘Super Rich Kids’
Bonus Award: Having the best keyboardist ever in a band
First impressions: College friends start a band
Other things they started: An insane dance party
Loud noises: Can rival taurine-tampered drinks in terms of potent bursts of energy
Letdown: It didn't rain when they performed their new song "Raindance" (it should have!)
Rockstars Never Die: Keyboardist flipped his Korg Mini over and tore off his jacket when the soundmen cut off their audio for going beyond their set timing
Props: Stage adorned with flowers that were later thrown into the crowd
What do they sound like: Shoegazey, early 90s noise pop. They sound good.
Accident #2: Another lapse in attention x a bouquet thrown in my direction but no direct hit, great success
Best song: ‘Reservoir Boys’ - got a bit mellow at the chorus: "I love you/I love you till I die/ I want you/ I want you till I cry"
Side notes: Unfamiliar with the band’s music, we kept guessing what the band would sound like. “Very chill” came up, “Romantic pop” also, “Indiewave” whatever that means but when they started playing, we were pleasantly surprised
Love Me Butch
THAT song: 'Barricade'
Where I was when he pulled that long note in the song: In the photo pit, in front of him, staring at him, and I forgot to take a shot
Surprisingly: Most of the fans up in the front were girls
Tightness: As solid as a battle tank. That shoots kickass post-hardcore tunes.
Best tweet on Love Me Butch: (from the Urbanscapes’ account) “Haha! He's married! "@chenseyillya: Love Me Butch is #beast Lead singer call me.
Best advice: “Don’t do drugs.”
Level of irony: High, dancing to happy sad songs
Coining a new genre: ‘Melantronica’ – melancholic electronica
Vibe: The "I'm-dancing-but-that-doesn't-mean-I'm-happy" vibe
Best ending ever: Leaving the bassist on stage playing all by himself
Achievement unlocked: 90 minutes of a mesmerized crowd
Surprise cover: ‘Come As You Are’ by Nirvana
Was waiting for: Her rendition of ‘Thinkin’ ‘Bout You’ by Frank Ocean but sadly, no
Sentimental moment: Seeing someone waving a large Malaysian flag and listening to "Live Your Life" in the background
Feelings: Good (and prepared for Day 2)
Check out our photo gallery for Day One HERE.
Urbanscapes Day 2
The Impatient Sisters
Trivia fact: A professor friend told me that siblings are said to harmonize well #science
Mythbusters: Yes, this is true
Unexpected: Live cellist
Onstage costume: Red floral fabric
Props: Handed out masks modelled after each sister, eyeholes shaped like cats!
The Trees And The Wild
Attire team: Icelandic Batavia
Charita: Charita! <3
Homeboys: "We're The Trees And The Wild from Bekasi."
Wall of sound: Drowning in a sea of feathered quilts in the middle of the woods
Mystic powers: Crowd hypnotized for realsies
I’m here for: The nostalgia (growing up household music) and ‘Antara Anyer dan Jakarta’
Participation: When she did her medley of ‘classics’, we spotted WSATCC playing/singing along on the Next Stage
Six degrees: After Sheila Majid, Sigur Ros utilised the main stage
White Shoes And The Couples Company
Vibes: Extremely feel good
Sartorial notes: Late 50s, white shoes
Disappointment: Set cut short (because of Sheila Majid)
Award: Most packed Next Stage set ever
Nona minta dansa: Sari's dance moves!
Number of times seen live: Two! Watched them play Fort Canning a few days earlier.
Lie detector: "This is the first time we are playing this new song..."
Jonsi vibes: Baby polar bear
General crowd behavior: Eyes closed, arms outstretched, in a sweet, sweet trance
Happy ending: Fireworks!