kisskillmary’s Labyrinth Album Launch Party!!

12th November 2015: kisskillmary’s Labyrinth Album Launch Party!! at Laundry Bar, The Curve.

Emcee Landslyde!

Lucian’s funky hydration system.

Opening act Son Of A Policeman.

The Labyrinth album logo makes for a cool drummer backdrop.

Axl breaks a B string and has his own guitar tech. 😮

Time for their singalong Maria!

Yes, they all put on moustaches for this song.

Or in some cases, unibrows.

Joshua wants you.

I saw them before the show, picking out their moustaches. Yeah, they buy fresh ones for each show.

Jon’s moustache isn’t balanced.

Then for Fire they put on bandannas!

Jee needs a keytar.

Upright guitar time!

Then came KissKillMary.

Adrian takes note of all of Jenn’s notes.

The new guy, Jude.

Jenn makes me want a synthesizer, bad.

I brought my 24mm and 50mm for this, explaining the wider shots.

Jenn has an internal stage presence pedal that is always cranked up to 11.

Caption this!

I love how the girl in the background is making it rain!

The logo’s pretty cool, too.

Jenn can sing and dance. Did you know she was a dancer?

She dragged her bandmate from So I’m Jenn up on stage, to pillow-rock out.

Random audience who needs dance classes.

The night ended with Kyoto Protocol.

That is a cool Thunderbird bass!

For maximum feel, ground your knee.

I bought myself the album that was launched that night. Awesome, awesome CD artwork! I hope you enjoy my awesomeballs pictures.

A Publika Halloween

31st October 2015: Halloween at Publika! Many events happened that night, and this blog post mixes them all in. This is from the person(a) exhibition Opening Night, at Black Box.

The artist explains his work, and a video in a picture… or video frame.

Princess Jonathan Putra!

Davina Ghoul!

Hey emcee, I see right through you and you reading your script.

The crowd, and an artist making art.

Vignes, one of the organizers.

I went around asking people to guess what I was dressed as. What’s grey? Only one got it – the haze! Oh and Pusheen, maybe.

I headed over to The Bee at Lot 36, Publika, where Dotters’ Division was playing. Lot 36 is also the name of The Bee’s Saturday night slot there.


They usually have a theme for stage wear when they get on stage. Since it was Halloween it was a no-brainer.

Another grey person.

Linet goes green.

Melissa Sasavera the sugar skull.

Jie Er is a cat. A scary cat. Not a scaredy cat. Here she makes a Wes Borland face.

Audrey… well, she doesn’t know how to hold a sniper rifle, I guess.

Having spotted Electric Light Orchestra – Last Train To London on one of their iPads the last time, I requested, and they obliged.

I recorded a video, but my camera battery died right at the solo!

I then headed over to BullsEye and spotted Minds Of Neptune.

Love this keyboardist’s getup.

Prasad does a mean Steve Vai – Tender Surrender cover. I’d usually see him do blues rock with The Maha Jeffrey Band.

Zombies outside!

They brought their own food.

As I walked back to The Bee, I spotted this. Uh, bad idea?

A haunted house, left alone (because it was past closing time.)

More selfies.

Dotters’ Divivisection. Woo!

One more.

Jie Er’s frayed hair really cranks it up a notch.

I was fortunate to have brought my flash that night.

Take 2.

Take 3.

This neon sign outside – I don’t remember it being there!

The Rougeur Open Mic

29th October 2015: The Rougeur Open Mic, at Rougeur, Menara Tokio Marine Life. Quite a cool elevator poster. Now where can I find camera insurance?

The event poster!

The toilet signboard!

The entrance!

Interesting piping going on above.

Rougeur is an interesting space, with a few different themes, with one part looking like a color-cycling club which has tables that look like big plastic yoyos laid sideways.

In one corner, the open mic was set up. Bobby Tan opened the stage officially.

Melissa Toh was next.

The club part makes for a good background!

She did a cover of Death Cab For Cutie – A Lack Of Color. Awesome! She made it her own while still playing it note-for-note.

Sounds Of Kites. Good name sir!

Happy Fingers.

I have to revisit this place with a 35mm and 85mm.

A wide view of the stage, in the dining area.

Samuel Lopez.

George Wong.

A view of the bar. Beyond it, a quaint little cafe.

Melissa’s Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 ZA came in handy for framing shots like this.

Alien Lipstick Fire.

Another cool band name. They played some covers of bands I’d never heard before. Interesting indie sound.

Ian Tai.

And finally, Shaneil Devaser, host and organizer.

Feedback Open Mic ft Love Bites & Priscillia Xavier @ The Bee Publika / October 2015 Edition

27th October 2015: Feedback Open Mic ft Love Bites & Priscillia Xavier @ The Bee Publika / October 2015 Edition. Here’s emcee and organizer Reza Salleh!

But first, guess what is new that I spotted at The Bee, Publika!

I stepped closer to see a picture of Erlend Oye, dated 23rd March 2015…

…that I photographed for Upfront, for The Bee!

You know where this is going.


Lydmor, 16 October 2014, at Upfront, for The Bee.

Anyway, back to the open mic! First up, Irfan.

Corey Su.

Painting Blanks.

Zanes? These guys did a cover of Beyonce – Crazy In Love, with the vocalist in full swagger.

Photographer and crooner Happy Fingers.

The Last Minutes.

Yasser Shafi?

Priscillia Xavier.

She was the first featured act and thus plays 4 songs instead of 2.

Armand Tanzarian and the loop pedal.

Second featured act…

Love Bites.

Long time no see Rohnie Tan!

Kevin, too, on double bass. The fret inlays are unbecoming of a double bass!

Nice to see Izzy after so long – I’ve always liked her melancholic voice.



Joi Noir.

Mastodon. Not the metal band.

Isaac & Cheng.

A smug birthday girl flanked by Reza and me!

Pisco Live 3.22 presents OJ LAW

21st October 2015: Pisco Live 3.22 presents OJ LAW at Pisco Bar, Jalan Mesui. First up, Impromp2.

Hello Luqman, with a looper and an Ed Sheeran catalogue.

Danissa with some heartfelt originals.

Ryota Katayama.

Then came the act we waited 4 hours for, past midnight, for.

OJ Law!

Ham, on that crunchy noise guitar.

Quite the opposite of his pedalboard with Seven Collar T-Shirt!

Love the classic 80s sounds coming out of that drumpad.

OJ Law has got catchy hooks everywhere, be it his melancholic acoustic stuff to the electro-tinged new stuff. We were all too tired to ask for an encore, and perhaps the organizer crammed a bit too many opening acts.

Silent Angel – Descent Of Angels EP Launch

17th October 2015: Silent Angel – Descent Of Angels EP Launch at Drum-Asia, Desa Sri Hartamas. But first, opening act Adam’s Eve!

Rock N Roll!

Gotta have the sleeveless.

The Sony Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM really shines here.

Rony Neo, the guy who sold me my Cort SJB6FX FL NAT acoustic fretless bass!

Then came the main act…

Silent Angel!

Two guitarists needed for maximum shredding.

Regina Neoh on vocals and power stance.

Eric Poon on sweep tapping, lead lines and a most beautiful marble-like guitar.

They play power/speed metal!

The drummer, who also played for Adam’s Eve.

Eric’s beautiful Caparison Horus-M3 EF Black Rose guitar – note the clock inlays and 27 frets! I told him that its shape and inlays reminded me of Uli Jon Roth’s Sky Guitar.

BullsEye KL presents Rockfest 2015!

16th October 2015: BullsEye KL presents Rockfest 2015! at BullsEye, Solaris Dutamas, Publika. That’s a new menu!

But first, I walked around as the gig had not started yet, and stumbled upon Azmyl Yunor busking in Publika.

First up: Afterdays.

These guys keeping it grunge.

A familiar face!

Another, a former member of local grunge band Stonebay.

Next up, my first time catching Fist Of Pain.

Spot a few familiar faces!


…Adam Lobo…

…and Brandon Gomez, all from Dragon Red.

Adel on guitar.

Christian Dufour on drums.

The most metal-looking drummer I’ve ever seen!

These guys play metalcore.

Adam is always awesome to photograph.


Them guns.

They keep that Deftones sound going.

It’s Paul Stewart again!

A wider shot.

They invited Sara G. to scream along.

They framed the Epiphone SG, an icon from the days where it was in JamAsia Desa Sri Hartamas, the precursor to BullsEye.

Last band of the night.


Cool T-shirt.

8-string mayhem.

All about that growl.

Lars Ulrich in the background approves.

AHM Records Presents: Discovery Thursday (October)

15th October 2015: AHM Records Presents: Discovery Thursday (October) at Laundry Bar, The Curve. First up: Ryan Deedat!

Drummer behind a new glass panel.

Kent Sim, emcee.


Broken Scar!

This sound engineer/singer-songwriter who was known in the KL scene was back in town for a few days.

He’d been in Melbourne, trying to suppress his accent, but it eventually bubbled up.

Some new stuff, and a classic Ozzy-like grin.

His real name is Kevin Teh, and his brother is the organizer, Darren Teh, of An Honest Mistake Records. Darren joins him on stage.

Last act of the night.


Much feeling.

Much screaming.

Later, after the gig, Joe Loy was being schooled on the Rubik’s Cube. This is the new plastic-capped version, costing more than twice the price of the stickered version. It apparently performs better, but I can’t say I am any faster on this. I do love that I’ll never have to worry about peeling and discoloring stickers – especially in tungsten light, where you can mix up yellow and orange.

I don’t remember her first name, but Ms. Wong here did a good job of explaining the methodology of solving the cube.

Feedback Open Mic @ The Bee Jaya One ft. Beverly Rachel & A Virtuous Cycle / October 2015 Edition

13th October 2015: Feedback Open Mic @ The Bee Jaya One ft. Beverly Rachel & A Virtuous Cycle / October 2015 Edition. Here’s emcee and organizer Reza Salleh!

Amrita Soon!


Isaac Ho.

Happy Fingers.

The Red Panda.

Jessie & The Red Panda.

Kahlil Hanafi.

Riana Adams.

Two hair icons – Prakash Daniel of Beards Of Malaysia, and Bihzhu who brought Paddle Pop from the rainbow and weaved it in her hair.

First featured act, A Virtuous Cycle.


With him, Isaac on guitar.

Second featured act, Beverly Rachel.

She brought on Melissa Toh to play guitar.

Liyana Fizi in the audience, just poking around the corner.

Raja Farouque all by himself. Shot on Tang Chun Cheuh’s Nikkor 50mm F1.2.



Isaac & Laura. Isaac sang a derp-pop song about Billy a fishy who was dead.


Tan Soon Tiong.

David Soh.



Liyana Fizi and her cute LINE phone casing!

Azim Azili?

Jude Macson Bensing.

Melissa Toh (whose cover of Death Cab For Cutie – A Lack Of Color was amazing!)

Yasser Shafi?

Groove With The Social Charity Carnival

10th October 2015: Groove With The Social Charity Carnival at The Square, Publika.

First band: Dotters’ Division. Here’s Rebecca on drums!

Audrey the untaggable on saxophone and percussion!

Jie Er on bass, was previously untaggable but can be tagged on Facebook now by non-Chinese literate folk like myself.

Linet on keys!

Melissa on vocals and guitar!

She likes bokeh so I’m going to give that to her.

They harmonize well.

Linet leads the band and coordinates their wardrobe.

Barang baru, bass banyak cantik!

I haven’t actually shot them at such a big stage where I can get a fair bit of space.

I also don’t usually climb the stairs to get high wide-angle shots like these.

Funky shoes.

Funky music.

The Big Band! They covered Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam, among other not-commonly-covered rock classics!

Another band where I don’t recognize Jared Cheow yet again due to his changing style.

A band I finally got to see – Hydra!

They take turns to sing.

High energy unit.

Crowd gets down to groove!

Uptown Funk was playing, I think.

This guy is from another band with a coordinated wardrobe.