It’s that time of the year where our speck of an island cranks up its amps and to showcase a host of local, regional and international alternative bands. Baybeats has long been a cornerstone in the local music scene and is back this June for a three-day long audio-extravaganza.
Expect a spectrum of alternative music, from hardcore to shoegaze, indie and twee, spread out across three different stages. But with so many bands to catch and not all the time in the world, we’ve rounded up some of the festival’s most unmissable acts to suit your whims and fancies.
#1 ChillOut Stage: for chill vibes and good times
Singapore-based electronic music producer DJ Louis Quek released his debut EP Ellipse in 2014 under the Syndicate SG audiovisual label. Intriguant’s spacey, downtempo tunes are incredibly textured, seeking to render spatial cognition into audible soundscapes, creating an audiovisual experience like no other.
F ∆ U X E
Following the footsteps of masked producers like Daft Punk, DeadMau5 or Claptone, Singapore’s very own masked electronic producer FAUXE strives for a musical identity beyond the face, and invariably, succeeds. Mixing up lo-fi hip hop into his own brand of deep, dark melodies, his back-to-back sessions with Intriguant on the last day of the festival is something we are definitely looking forward to!
#2 Arena: for the promise of experimental rock
Ever since their debut at Baybeats a mere 3 years back, the quintet have gone on the play in Manila, Indonesia and Japan. Fusing elements of progressive, post and math-rock, the quintet pride themselves on their live sound that range from back-breaking rhythms and riffs to complete ethereality.
Riot !n Magenta
Long before releasing their debut EP R3B007 at Esplanade’s Late Nite series in 2013, this local, electronica-driven quintet have been experimenting with different rhythms, tones and moods to create that iconic sound that sets them apart from the rest.
Formed in Tokyo back in 2008, this experimental indie rock band lists a steel pan as a signature sound in many of their songs, on top of kalimbas, keyboards and synths. With Baybeats being the first time they play outside of Japan, let us hope they will be brandishing those kitchen wares!
#3 Powerhouse: for the love of mosh
One of Singer’s pre-eminent post-hardcore bands, Caracal plays a visceral brand of rock that features head-shattering riffs alongside spectacular melodies. The band’s intensity is as exciting to watch live, with a deeply loyal fan-base inciting shout-alongs and the occasional bout of mosh-pit frenzies.
Delivering a mixture of post-hardcore and screamo, this 6-piece band originating from Kuala Lumpur has been a regular feature throughout the region since 2009.
All The Details!
When: Friday, Jun 26 2015 to Sunday, Jun 28, 2015, Various Timings
Where: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
How much: Admission is Free!