Baybeats 2012 hopefuls Atlas released their debut EP Questions & Answers today. There’s some obvious Coldplay influence all around, especially with the addition of vocalist Alfy Hushairi. The band also claims to be, at least partially, “post-rock” (but you know how I feel about that). Still, there’s lots of great reverb-drenched layers of guitars and synths, though the sloppy drumming brings down tracks like Genius (Life in Transit), which really begs for a human drum machine à la Phil Selway on Weird Fishes/Arpeggi.
All in all a promising attempt and enjoyable despite the technical imperfections.
Tribal Gathering of Jaw Benders
Saturday 17 December, 2pm-2am
The Substation Theatre and Balcony
Admission: Free (Gagging Sessions, 3-6pm)
$20 / $15 concession (Main Performances, 7pm-late)
Featuring Seyra, Caracal, Akta Angkasa (MY), The Analog Girl, The Marilyns, Cesspit, The Psalms, Narisa Chan, Deon Toh, ANECHOIS and many more
Achilous - Parallel Lives (demo)
A little hidden gem that the band submitted for Noise Singapore. Achilous bring a fresh sound to the crowded alt/post-hardcore scene and are great live too, with the very energetic John Mahathir’s distinctive vocals (which you may have heard from trancecore band Ingride). Pity two of the guys have just enlisted for NS, but they’re still working on a debut EP.
Baybeats 2011 openers Arajua have put up their debut EP Flickering Lights, Atmospheric Waves, launched earlier this year, for free download over on Bandcamp. If you’ve already picked up the EP, it’s still worth checking out as the songs have been tweaked a little for this digital release.