Where will you be my darling? Where will you be when the dark is rising?
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Aye... about time -.-.
Lol, I don't know where to start. I remember I said I owed a lot of posts. Reading back from my posts... I owe the Genting trip, my trip back in Singapore, with details on the secondary school reunion, my near-gangsterism experience a few months back, Asia Conference 2010, my band performances, the launch of AXE in Euphoria and a bunch of stuff in the last few weeks, which for some reason, I can't remember =/.
I'm currently listening to music at the moment... so I guess I'll start with the band performances?
On May 22nd, Dong Tai Du had their event for indie bands called Music Reunion 8.
These were the bands invited to perform. My personal favourites were The Metaphor and Xerpent. Little Green Frog was also pretty nice. I didn't get to hear the rest though.
Eshen, and Joseph. Eshen was there to support. And she's cute! Bonus!
Joshua, our photographer, Joseph and I.
Joseph helping me put eyeliner... first time I'm having a guy putting it on me. I've always had girls put it on for me previously. Like Jessica in Singapore, Shana in KL, my mom (don't laugh!)
Anyway, this was my first ever band performance! And I was bloody nervous! A few years back I had quite an interest in singing and music, but it kinda died off till I joined the band. I was told to headbang when I could, but heck, I'd never headbanged in front of hundreds of people before. Regardless, after setting up, it began!
Night Prowler was the first band to start things up. They're all uncles. The youngest guy was 60-something. The vocalist needed to look at lyrics all the time, and couldn't really be heard. On the right side, the guy in grey is some Japanese dude who's freaking cool and funny. He helped to bring up the mood for the band though. We were after them.
And after setting up, it was our turn. Me on the keybord synths, Joseph as the vocalist, Jeev on the drums, Kai for bass and Ryan on the guitar. We are As Naive Killer.
Cool lighting doesn't hurt =p.
This was the crowd we played for. We played 3 of our own songs, titled: "Still On Time to Catch Up On My Christmas Dinner", "The Phone Killed Me While Playing This Song" and "Me And Your Alcoholism"
As a bonus, we also did a heavy metal cover of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance". This got the most reaction from the crowd, which was a bit mild for all the bands. Although we heard a few hours later for the other bands, under the influence of the alcohol, they actually moshed.
That's not even my laptop -.-, lol. But I use it for the virtual keyboard and the synths (sound effects).
Joseph headbanging. He's not a dull vocalist!
And finally, after a nerve-wracking performance, we finished. My legs were shaking when I was walking off. Seriously.
This is The Metaphor. This was my favourite band that day. They've got no vocals at all. It's purely music. But their music is supremely awesome. It's melodic, yet heavy, with a touch of metal. It's really hard to describe them. They're just amazing.
This is Hwee Ling, their keyboardist. She's very talented, and I got to say hi in the next performance...
Yeah, our next performance was right after Asia Conference. Asia Conference was sandwiched in between our two gigs.
The next performance went much better, and it was a great time to know the other indie bands. And most of the bands that day played some heavy metal!
There were less bands, and it was less formal, so it was more cozy and cool. And more personal.
We were the third to perform. We performed the same songs as last time, as we couldn't practice new material in time. After coming back from Asia Conference, we had less than a week.
All of us. The stage was tiny. Radius joined the band as the new bassist, and Kai's moved on to become the 2nd guitarist. If you're wondering what Justin was doing there, it was to fill in for Jeev, who had some things to do in Perak. Much appreciated!
But look what he does to his drum sticks -.-. LOL!
Me with the laptop again. Lol. I'm like the most unimpressive looking one on stage. Everyone's got a cool instrument to show off. I'm just standing with a laptop -.-.
However, credits to whoever photographed this. Probably the nicest shot of my synths. You can see the virtual keyboard on the screen. As its only the length of one octave, I use other keys to move to higher or lower octaves, but I can't do full chords.
This kid was cute and awesome. He actually headbanged! HAHA! And he even put up the devil horns and flowed with the music. Damn cool!
As Naive Killer. This performance was much better than the previous one and more enjoyable too.
I wasn't as nervous this time, but my headbanging wasn't as hard as they expected. I practiced a bit in the studios while we practiced, but I didn't do it on stage -.-.
And I'm like the most still one. Lol, the rest are all cool and moving! Aiks.
The crowd, while another band performed. The crowd was smaller, but more lively. Xerpent was probably the highlight of this night, with their death metal. The vocalist is pure awesome! And he's freaking humble and down to earth.
While AWAKE and Xerpent performed, mainly ANK, plus the emcee, went to headbang. Full of whiskey and beer. Joseph headbanged so hard he actually took an MC the next day -.-. I'm in the background, drinking beer =p.
And I got a picture with a girl. The beer girl I ordered from was also gorgeous. But she left early. Zzz.
All in all, a great night. I had a great time getting to chat with the other band members and shake hands, as well as say hi to Hwee Ling (The Metaphor dropped by that night). Also, Shana was supposed to come and support us, but she had her CHEER gathering, so oh well =/. This gig was a charity gig though, so everything went to a certain organization I can't remember. Through ticket sales and beer alone for such a small crowd, we raised over RM700 for some children in need.
How about that? Heavy metal that gives back to society!