Wet weather Sundays in Singapore for me were always accompanied by selective music from my iPod that keeps me all warm and fuzzy on the inside. However, 18 November’s wet weather Sunday flipped my insides out (in a good way), being able to listen to one of my favourite shoegazing bands’, the Beach Fossils live. Home Club, being widely known to support indie music, made way for the boys of Beach Fossils to show off their Brooklyn beats to their Singaporean fans for the very first time. Ignore the long waiting time and small turn out (which I prefer to call “intimate turn-out”), that night definitely made my Movember (Moustache – November)!
The best part about holding a gig at a club is the lack of security. The four good looking lads of Beach Fossils (looking like they belonged at a Burberry photo shoot) took the liberty to meet, interact and have photog sessions with their fans whilst waiting for the stage to be equipped. I’m sorry, but I really have to add on that Jack Doyle (also from Craft Spells) looked exceptionally good in real life. Love how the Capture Tracks label family help each other out.
Local band, Obedient Wives Club, took the pleasure of starting the night with their lo-fi beats that encouraged the crowd to grab a beer or two while swaying along. Yinqi, the vocalist, blew everyone away with her vocal talents and of course, everyone’s eyes were fixed in awe on the hot girl working the guitar on stage. This band really deserves more credit in the local scene.
Finally! The boys of Beach Fossils took over the stage in the most buoyant manner as possible and blasted off with an old release titled “Youth”. However, “The Horse” was the track that made the audience rave into dance steps. Beach Fossils executed so much drive while playing their songs, evident in the uncontrollable movements, bouncing up and down on such a small stage. In the midst of all that hype, Dustin Payseur managed to snap a picture of the crowd from his disposable camera. Digital cams are too mainstream anyway, right?
Both old and new tracks were thrown into the twenty-song set. My personal favourite of course, had to be “Daydream” which they coincidentally ended the night with. Every time that song plays, I imagine a guy taking a slow barefoot walk on the beach alone during sunset after a heartbreak, looking into the skyline knowing everything would be just okay. That’s how tunes from Beach Fossils make you feel. Their guitar effects, and indistinguishable vocal melodies that blend into the creative noise of the guitars just bring your memory to places that envision peace. Okay, sorry for the digression, but top-notch musical skills from only a 3-year-old band deserves a million praises. What a lovely way to end the week, at the same time dreading the next day, Monday (Mundane).