text Cheryl Chew
Back at The Pigeonhole about this time last year, Obedient Wives Club armed themselves with their self-titled debut EP, and introduced new guitarist Cherie Ko before playing in front of an intimate crowd.
Midway into their first song, someone from the crowd said, “I cannot hear anything.” He was right. YinQi’s microphone muffled her vocals and the audience could hardly follow the lyrics.
Cherie still recalls, “The sound wasn’t very good and I was so awkward and nervous. I didn’t know anything about stage presence, so I just stood there awkwardly the whole time. It was kind of nerve-wrecking, but I definitely learned a lot from it.”
A year and a month later, the band launched their second EP, MURDER KILL BABY, at Home Club - to much anticipation from their ardent supporters.
Support for the band has been building up since their showcase at Baybeats 2012, where they were selected to perform alongside seven other bands, namely: ANECHOIS, A Town in Fear, Cashew Chemists, Black Diamond Foals, Embrace Them Ghosts, Pep Talk and Godzilla.
Last week, they played at Red Dot Design Museum and once again, Obedient Wives did not fail to impress.
Within the span of a year, the band has moved away from the shadows of Best Coast to a sound they can uniquely call their own. Kick-starting their set with title track “Murder Kill Baby”, one could instantly recognise the distinctive sound of Obedient Wives Club. Above doo-wops, highly-echoed vocals and distortion on guitars, the band set a mood which made their presence completely felt.
If there was one track that stood out during their gig at the Red Dot Design Museum, it was “Requiem for a Lover”. The song is a perfect dose of nolstagia and romance, a song that one would want to have more of. Though it is a song Keith claims little credit for, it contains emotions with infinite depth.
Keith, the guitarist and undeniable brainchild of Obedient Wives Club, says, “I write as a creative outlet regardless if there’s an audience. So everything is written for myself without much thought about bringing anything through.”
When asked about the band’s greatest motivation to play their particular genre of music, Cherie said, “My greatest motivation to play this genre of music was the ‘60s revival that happened two years ago. It was just fun, to go back to the times where music was simple and straightforward.” Keith added, “At the time of formation of the band, I was listening to a lot of bands that played music like that. Just really good melodies, short and to the point.”
Drummer Lennat declared, ”I’m more geared towards the garage rock side of things and I love bands with girls in them. To me, the more girls that play music, the better. I think it’s the whole “beautiful mess “thing that has always attracted me to this kind of music. Not too polished and there’s beauty in chaos.”
They secured their first gig before they had any songs. Keith says, “We got our first gig before we had any songs. I guess my pitch was convincing enough to get offered gigs before we had anything. Four weeks into the band, we had Identite and Lepa(r)k in the bag. [We] did Identite at seven weeks old. The show was encouraging because there were people who came for us and left when we were done.”
Reminiscing, Yinqi added, “Definitely. It was October 2011 at Home Club with two bands who have since become friends - Shelves and Interlude. We took on the gig with only 2 original songs so we’re mostly thankful that we made it through with people still wanting to hear more!”
However, all good work does not come easy. YinQi says, “It’s definitely tough as four of us hold day jobs, and one is still studying, but generally we all have a common understanding to keep a few hours free every Saturday to get together and polish our tunes.”
Without any doubt however, Obedient Wives Club have raised a very high bar for themselves and their supporters today.
The band hopes to bring lots of aural pleasure through their music and - as Cherie aptly describes - “fun times, good vibes and evoke feelings of heartbreak.”
Purchase MURDER KILL BABY at these links before they are completely gone!
(P.S. Limited cassettes are also available at Happy Teardrop Music and the above links)
text Fatmah Talib
Midway through my interview with the boys of Silhouette, the tables had turned and I found them interviewing me instead.
While drummer, Hafiz and guitarist, Ahmad drilled me about the who’s, what’s, when’s and where’s of my life – bassist, Mahfuz was trying his best not to snort into his pasta.
Vocalist Shahrizal however, had a knowing smile plastered on his face. Just minutes earlier, he boldly declared that the band was practically a second religion – a part of him he could not imagine himself living without. His declaration was met with nods of agreement from the rest – signalling that they too, shared the same faith in Silhouette.
The band is currently finalising and putting the finishing touches on their upcoming full-length album, due for release later this year. The album took several years to make as the band struggled to find time in between commitments such as National Service and the fact that they were starting to have full-time work commitments.
The long process of making the album however gave room for the band to explore different genres and incorporate elements from various influences in their music.
There was never a dull moment during the interview – the band would burst into giggling fits, crack jokes and tease each other throughout. They were also surprisingly honest in their responses. Yes, the following interview might be lengthy – but I assure you, it is pretty entertaining.
Singapore sweetheart Natalie Hiong will be launching “Beautiful Mess” on 17 March 2013, on Sunday.
Her beautiful soul and voice has touched many within the country, and she will definitely not fail to impress in this coming EP launch.
Catch a preview of her new album right here:
Currently based in Melbourne, Dru Chen has released his latest single “You Bring Out The Best In Me”. The funky, catchy beat of this song quickly draws out the playful character of the listener, encouraging him or her to groove along with on the first listen. It is convincing,confident, fun and fresh. How rare it is to find another song like this where you can relive your youth days over and over again.
Dru’s EP titled “Intentions” will be launching at Timbre Barber Shop on March 16. Don’t miss it!
Text Cheryl Chew
Curated by Associate Artist Bani Haykal, Tribal Gathering of Tongue Tasters headlined prominent band ANCHEOIS and sound artist anGie Seah at the The Substation last night. The collaboration was a magical experience for many of those who attended.
Beneath the dim landscape, the musicians faced one another throughout the performance, while the audience encircled the entire stage. Admittedly, the audience found it challenging to move from place to place within the tight black-box performance space to experience the sound from various angles, but the sound system quickly compensated for any discomfort.
ANECHOIS and anGie Seah made a perfect duo. ANECHOIS had charisma and the power to bring the audience to a complete quiet by the end of a song, and Seah added layers and textures to that. Equipped with a metronome, paper, water, a table and wooden pencils, Seah produced sound effects into the musical landscape and made the fusion inseparable. By running wooden pencils on the table, tearing paper, massaging water in a bowl gently and blowing bubbles into it with her own mouth, Seah made her art simple and important. The sound that combined was breathtaking. It appeared that the two-week residency that ANECHOIS had attended before the gig at The Substation had paid off in every respect. If there could be another collaboration as great as this, we would certainly look forward to it with much anticipation.
(Read more: The Rise of ANECHOIS.)