Hard Rock Cafe Melaka


20th June 2015: I finally entered the Hard Rock Cafe in Malacca. But first, here’s a sunny shot from the day before.


The interior is huge! If you’ve been to the dark, original Hard Rock Cafe in Kuala Lumpur, you’ll be amazed at how you enter this one in a wide room and its ceiling further expands. The KL one has memories for me though, as the first place I had alcohol – a Long Island Tea that ordered coolly, as if I had drank before.


The grand stage.


There was Devotion, a band from Indonesia, that night.


They played pop covers.


Probably the best of the three vocalists.


They didn’t play old school pub rockers, so I can’t say it was my cup of tea.


Very daring – retuning your double-locking floating bridge guitar on stage in between songs! Anyone who owns a double-locking floating bridge knows how much of a risk this is.


That guitar was labelled to be related to Faith No More. Whether it was used in recording, live or just as an autographed guitar, I can’t tell.

Feedback Open Mic @ The Bee Jaya One ft. Gamaharu & Shaneil Devaser / June 2015 Edition


9th June 2015: Feedback Open Mic @ The Bee Jaya One ft. Gamaharu & Shaneil Devaser / June 2015 Edition. Here’s Red Panda!


Isaac Ho getting introduced by emcee and organizer Reza Salleh.


Isaac has comedian Ross Stephenson up to sing a song.


First featured act, Shaneil Devaser.


The Message.


Second featured act…


Gamaharu.


Haru is joined by Reza in this picture.


Gama joins the crowd.


He brings the percussion to you!


Melianne, featuring a familiar Melissa…


…and Dianne.


Reza Salleh ends the night with Gama backing him up.

Music Marathon X Fete De La Musique


6th June 2015: Music Marathon X Fete De La Musique, at Laundry Bar, The Curve!


Here’s Armon.


Emcee Melissa Th’ng.


I missed Son Of A Policeman earlier, but I managed to take a band picture of them. Also missed – Resya Rahman and Talitha Tan.


Kent Sim


…and his steady cajon player.


Jon Liddell.


Now, with a band!


Army Of Three, three plus one.


Relent – one with neatly combed hair, another who doesn’t comb.


Back2Basixx sees our local John Legend, Christian Theseira, pick up a double-locking tremolo-ed guitar.


A special occasion indeed, with Krystal (Small, of Big & Small) coming on to sing a song.


Vocal harmony quintet turned full band.


Daryll (Big, of Big & Small) takes over the guitar here.


So why is she called Small again?


With 4 people in the band and 1 guest vocalist, the musicians on stage turned from the regular 5 to 10 instead.


Aster Kyle Cow G. on the right.


Cool cow.


Then I’d see the full electric, new lineup of An Honest Mistake!


Darren would take all vocal duties.


It is always leg day.


Always.


Always a fun act to photograph, for the musical breakdowns!


OJ Law, who I’ll always look forward to catching, for his songwriting genius.


The dark electro-pop of Gran Kino.


They hailed from France!

SOUNDSTRUCK : FEST!


31st May 2015: SOUNDSTRUCK : FEST! at The Bee, Publika. Here’s They Forgot Jasmine!


Night Skies & Visions.


Cool bass stance.


I have a thing for triple-humbucker SG guitars.


A rather unique pickguard.


Amoura.


Talitha Tan.


Solo this time.


Deeply Mauved.


The boys!


The vocalist…


Melinya Sarah DeRich, usually seen behind the sound console. Her one time sound engineer boss was drummer for Seven Collar T-Shirt.


Cool-looking purple pedal.


Kelly Siew.


Omar on drums.


Vicky, the fill-in Crinkle Cut member, catching up with Korean dramas while playing keyboard.


She is right on point.


Always one fun performer to photograph.


Daniel comes up for a song.


Then came the open mic competition, with finalists battling it out to win the points of judges.


Here’s The Field Of Innocence/The F.O.I Band.


Lyanne Low Hui-Yi.


Spotted in the crowd: Tali Tgn, not to be confused with Tali Tan.


David Soh.


Lisa Sabrina.


I missed Amrita Soon’s open mic performance. Here, Kelly Siew being a judge, gives her comments.


Deborah Gan.


Kee Vern Lai.


Fuzzy was the last contestant.


Flying Pan.


RELENT.


They sang a special song…


…for an engagement proposal!


I was outside when the commotion happened so I missed the chance to get close, wide-angle shots.


Wanted Symphony.


An Honest Mistake.


Why is Darren Teh so shy?


A slightly different configuration…


…with Tomas on acoustic guitar instead of bass.


Then it was time to announce the winners, with Lyanne winning a cajon!


David Soh won a guitar.


Son Of A Policeman (SOAP).


This was a new lineup to me.


A familiar face.


For their song Maria, they all don fake moustaches.


Don’t know where his went.


Jee shows us that you don’t need a Keytar with a strap to rock out on stage. 61 keys beats any Keytar, anyway.


Joshua, frontman.


Takaki guest drums.


Daniel Wong, emcee and organizer.


TEMJIN.


They did a cover of the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers theme song, awesome!


A deejay ended the night.

Halfway Kings “Bare Bones” Album Launch


30th May 2015: Halfway Kings “Bare Bones” Album Launch, at Chaos Hotel, outside Fahrenheit 88/KL Plaza.


Emcee Joachim.


This is a representation of the way to get there, from one of Jalan Bukit Bintang’s many side roads.


Opening act…


The Fridays!


Awesome indiepop band.


Gotta love their stage energy!


Then came the band whose album was just released…


Halfway Kings.


The crowd.


I like it when places use proper embossed signage.


Some Mike Patton-esque looker above.


Joachim, again.


A hidden drummer.


Adeline, on vocals and tormented lyrics.


For some reason his basslines remind me of Flea’s basslines in the Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication album, in a great way.


Their supportive supporters.


Surprise!

Gerard Singh and The Union at Backyard Pub, Sri Hartamas


29th May 2015: Gerard Singh and The Union at Backyard Pub, Sri Hartamas!


These guys play strictly 80s music.


Gerard Singh has unlocked a level of accomplishment by making it into the US Billboard without stepping foot in the US in 2014…


…so I guess you can’t call his own tune one of the 80s.


The vocalist, who sometimes lets Gerard sing.


The guitarist.

Feedback Open Mic ft Bihzhu & Buckman Coe @ The Bee Publika / May 2015 Edition

26th May 2015: Feedback Open Mic ft Bihzhu & Buckman Coe @ The Bee Publika / May 2015 Edition.


Irfan.


Nazrin.


Sam & Shah.


Shah, I’d think.


Ruben.


Sid & Laksam, I think.


Mark?


Then, emcee and organizer Reza Salleh helped a reoccuring emcee/host jack in on stage…


Kevin Theseira! This would be the first time we’d see him sing and play guitar (not bass) on stage!


His second song, Whatever. The song has an interesting shape, I’d say.


First featured act…


Bihzhu!


The ever radiant, luminescent in vocals Bihzhu now has hair to match.


Raja Farouque always rocks whatever instrument he carries.


Herman and his sweet fretless bass.


The Message sang a cover of Teresa Teng – The Moon Represents My Heart! A timeless Mandarin song, pulled off well.


Second featured act, all the way from Canada…


Buckman Coe Trio.


Cool guitar!


Sasha & Wei Lun?


Anna Chong.


Reza joins her on stage.


Ending the night, was Reza Salleh.

Maydley!


Here is a medley of gigs from May. 7th May 2015: Bricks & Barrels, Desa Sri Hartamas. Didn’t get this band’s name.


Cool staircase though.


9th May 2015: Brendan James de Cruz busking at Publika until his D and G string broke!


I then headed to The Bee, Publika, where Amoura was the opening act.


These guys have a rocking sound.


Nice green guitar!


Vocalist Carolyn.


They were the opening act for The Bee Publika’s Lot 36 act…


Dotters’ Division. Here’s Linet the boss.


Melissa the fabulous. I like how they did a bit more 90s this time, with Sugar Ray – Every Morning and Alanis Morissette.


Bubbly Rebecca.


Jie Er the emo rock star.


Audrey Then superstar.


14th May 2015: The Barlai Open Mic #1, at Barlai, Jalan Sin Chew Kee.


Here’s Greg Ramanado! I didn’t photograph the rest, though.

Feedback Open Mic @ The Bee Jaya One ft. The Impatient Sisters & Ashley Chan / May 2015 Edition


12th May 2015: Feedback Open Mic @ The Bee Jaya One ft. The Impatient Sisters & Ashley Chan / May 2015 Edition. Here’s Sid Murshid!


Anatasha.


Az Samad.


Irena & Az.


David Soh.


Talitha Tan.


Cheryl.


First featured act, The Impatient Sisters.


When you see the kazoo you know it’s The Ark!


Reza Salleh, emcee and host.


The SXS.


Much hirsute.


They Forgot Jasmine.


Fadhil Zulkifli.


Ashley Chan, second featured act.


Featuring DJ Khye Mun!


Also, Simmy on keyboard. Can’t resist noting the pattern on her shirt!


Ashley had become a electropop star.


I’m digging the new sound!


Daphne, who I’d seen at gigs years ago, reappeared.


Electronic Ashley.


Another one who appeared out of nowhere – the legendary Pete Teo!


Bihzhu!


Herman playing a Squier fretless bass!


He adds his sweet voice to the mix.


Straw.


Backed by Adieu.


Reza Salleh ends the night.


Courage The Cat salutes you!

BuskStop with Back2Basixx


10th May 2015: BuskStop with Back2Basixx, hosted by Hameer Zawawi, at Quill City Mall.


I also came in time to shoot this metal standee before it would be carted away – I took that picture of Otam from an open mic.


Yup, this one.


Anyway, here are the boys of this vocal harmony group! We’ll start with Devon.


Brendan with the red cap.


Daryll on guitar.


Sometimes, Christian Theseira takes over guitar. Other times, he is mistaken for John Legend.


In the middle with the manbun is Kyle.


They pulled up random people in the crowd to sing along. Here, Kelly Siew just happened to be such a random person! Damn cute when she dresses all hip-hop because she doesn’t sing hip-hop.


These guys in the back in black are rappers. Didn’t get to see their collaboration, though.


Naz at the back, just fiddling around.


This random act was walking past when Justin Timberlake – Cry Me A River was sung, and he started grooving infectiously. I suppose they came from some talent competition going on in the middle.