Having derived their moniker from a school project film of the same name with no relation to bloodsuckers, the boys are definitely more prep than goth. Declared ‘The Year's Best New Band’ by Spin magazine in March 2008, the well-read quintet play joyful indie-afro-pop-rock or in their own words, ‘Upper West Side Soweto’… whatever, its fun music you don’t hear often in our parts, so give it a shot!
Our scene’s key indie-rock night, Beat! celebrates its 4th Anniversary at Home Club on Friday Oct 22. Dubbed the 4.6th Birthday since the night technically launched in January, highlights include performances by local bands Cockpit and Plainsunset, Beat’s dynamic resident duo Ginette Chittick plus Joe Ng and culminates with indie-legend, Andy Rourke, ex-bassist of The Smiths on the decks.
Last week I tweeted if anyone had a question for Andy, here are the questions you asked and his replies:
That story of you being fired by Morrissey via a note tacked to your car windscreen, is it true?
Unfortunately this is true, why would I invent one of the worst moments of my life?
Hitler, Thatcher or Morrissey, who would you punch in the face?
I am a lover not a fighter, punching never got anybody anywhere.
When did you start DJ’ing and how does it rate compared to playing the bass?
A friend of mine, Clint Boon, invited me to DJ at his club night, I was nervous, I never DJ'ed before, but I had a good reaction and from there I got myself an agent ...and things continued from there and progressed, and here I am now. I always consider myself as a musician first. I love music, and DJ’ing for me it's a different medium, but I really enjoy playing music that I love. I hope the audience loves it too. I like the challenge to keep the dance floor full.
What three tracks always make it into DJ sets?
Always The Clash, always The Smiths, always The Rolling Stones
Name and describe the best ever performance of your life.
I can't really comment because all of my performances were done to the best of my ability. Every time I was on stage I played my heart out, every night was special.
Rocking another part of town is Timbre and their 3 day weekender – ROKTOBER, starting Fri Oct 22 to 24. Taking over the carpark in front of Timbre @ The Substation, join in an endless affair of beer, sausages, live music and games including a Beer-Pong Championship. Bands featured are Sixx, Ministry of Rock, The Pinholes, Timbre Blues Summit (Skunk Jive, Blues Train, Chicken Shack Revival & Blues Virus) and Timbre Music All-Stars (Dream team from Goodfellas, EIC, Reverie, Shirlyn & The UnXpected)
Soulful music maestro, Joey Negro aka Dave Lee, aka Jakatta, who produces under many successful guises (my personal favourite - Sunburst Band), spins at Velvet Underground on Fri Oct 22, while Hernan Cattaneo plays in Zouk. French tag-team, Mustard Pimp, with roots in acid and techno music & metal take the crowd to new noisy frontiers at Zirca on the same night.
Also on Sat Oct 23, Bump hosts Andrew T’s Booty Call, a no strings attached night of hip hop and RnB anthems. Ladies with lots of va va voom should send a picture of themselves with their hot girlfriends to firstname.lastname@example.org. The lucky winner gets to bring in 4 girlfriends and party for free, table and drinks included! No doubt the Poptart-ers next door at Fash! much prefer raving to a different sound, from the likes of resident heart-throbs, WEELIKEME, JAH & JINMART and their eclectic mash-ups.
Taking photos to new heights is the first installment of KronenBerg F.A.P (French Art of Pleasure) Nights at Helipad on Sat Oct 23. Showcasing the top finalists from the Kronenbourg photography competition, vote for your favourites and sample free Kronenbourg 1664, the number one premium beer in France.
About Tracy Phillips
An accomplished marketeer and trendspotter, Tracy Phillips has helped shape Singapore's nightlife, music and popular culture landscape for over a decade.
Instrumental in developing the local nightlife scene, she maintains a passionate soft spot for promoting artistic expression and channels this into creative pursuits for institutions, brands and artists via her consultancy, Present Purpose.