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Events // an everyday muse x A FAMILY AFFAIR

an everyday muse

Drawings by Amanda K. Ang. A talented illustrator and someone I’ve gotten to know in recent times, is having her very first exhibition this Saturday, 19 May 2012 at The Pigeonhole. Alongside to kickstart the launch of the exhibition, are bands that Amanda knows personally. Novak and Shelves will take the stage from 8PM onwards to usher in the spiraled out madness of live music. A pretty worthwhile accompaniment to Amanda’s many drawings, your beer and our banter.

// Details //

Date: 19 May 2012, Saturday
Time: Bands play from 8PM
Venue: The Pigeonhole, 52 / 53 Duxton Road
Entrance: Free!

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GIG FRIDAY: Identite 4.3 // SHELVES, Interlude, Obedient Wives Club

Identite 4.3

Well hello again! Without posting any news, it is still my civic duty to spam my own blog with news of shows I’m playing in Singapore! SHELVES is at it again, and this time we’re joined at Identite 4.3 with space rockers, Interlude as well as the fabulous debut of Obedient Wives Club!

It’s going to be pretty exciting because the bill fits like a glove. Actually, I don’t know why a fitted glove would be exciting. Maybe some really well-written indie tunes and good times would better persuade you. Or bak chor mee across the road.

Venue: Home Club
Date: 14 October 2011, Friday
Time: 8PM – 11PM
Cover: $12

Here’s a video flyer I did up while we rehearsed on Wednesday:

And some extra digital flyers I did up whilst commuting. Instagram that shit!

    Band Bios


SHELVES – Singapore band Shelves is a come-back of sorts. With close to 20 years of experience in Singapore’s indie music scene between the members playing in their previous bands (Silverspy, Suchness, Livonia and Leeson), that itself seems to mean little in today’s fast-changing society of instant food, services and music tastes. For Noel Yeo (Vox, Guitars), Ritchie Melvin Ho (Guitars, Vox), Brian Leery (Bass) and Robin Chua (Drums), they were boys struggling to be men in the 90′s. Fast forward to 2011, they are men struggling to be boys again, finding solace in the cathartic arms of playing heartfelt power pop songs that promise the aching melodies reminiscent of Teenage Fanclub, delivered with the urgency of Weezer and insouciance of Pavement.

INTERLUDE – An intervening period. A space before the end. Interlude is an experimental synth rock band from Singapore that embraces the dark roots of early synthesizer music and its potential for making the brightest pop. Against pulsing backbeats and slight wavering of guitar, Interlude invites you to a space where their songs contemplates and celebrates the everyday beauty of the human condition.

Between the start and the end, between rupture and rapture.

OBEDIENT WIVES CLUB – Obedient Wives Club was conceived on the rooftop of Tapas bar over Sangria and Coke Light. Fueled by Keith Tan’s (rhythm guitar, ex-Johnny Shameless & His Minions) almost unhealthy obsession with Phil Spector-inspired, fuzz-pop girl-fronted bands like Best Coast, Dum Dum Girls, Frankie Rose & The Outs, the idea was brought up to Robin Ng (lead guitar, ex-Camra), and thus, the band was born. Roping in Lennat Mak (ex-Midnight Marvel) on drums, and by serendipity, newcomer YinQi Lee was brought in as vocalist, based on her penchant for polka dots, and a voice you’d want to make love to. Completing the lineup is Sulaiman Supian, sometime bassist and effects man for The Stoned Revivals. Obedient Wives Club intends to bring fuzzed out girl group indie pop that is missing from the Singapore indie scene.

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SHELVES x Pigeonhole

Shelves X Pigeonhole

I’m very happy to announce that SHELVES will be playing a show at my favourite book cafe or bar, The Pigeonhole this Saturday, 21 May 2011 at 9PM.

Entry is free, but I strongly urge each of you to at least buy a drink! The space is quaint joint for conversations and free expressions, and the menu is wonderfully simple (it’s just drinks. Organic beers, single malts and quality coffee). We need more places like this, and you’d make our Saturday night, as well as yours if you come down to enjoy our brazenly sensitive pop-rock and the Pigeonhole’s bookish party vibe.

The band will be down slightly earlier, helping ourselves to drinks and banter, and I hear we’re also going to be guest iPod DJ-ing. It’s going to be a special night because it’s our first time playing solo, and we’re hoping to play all the songs in our repertoire so far. That includes two new(er) songs, Brittle Hearts and Goodbye Subtlety.

So come on down for a night of awkward, easy fun! Shelves and books.. it’s a match made in heaven!

To recap, here are the details:
Place: The Pigeonhole, 52 & 53 Duxton Road
Date: 21 May 2011, Saturday
Time: 9pm – 10pm
Links: RSVP, SHELVES, The Pigeonhole

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