May 31st 2008 – the Xfresh X-gig at Republic, Sunway Pyramid! Yep it was about time we had our own gig.
Rithan of Deja Voodoo Spells warming up.
It was a sunny afternoon. Man, I miss afternoon gigs. Makes for easy exits with public transport.
Outside, there was an extreme sports competition which I don’t remember what exactly. But hey, this photographer is using The Force.
Sam CF Band started the show.
Dance To The Radio. Indie meets post-rock. I like!
They like it, too.
Then, the jumpy-frontmanned The Peanuts!
I love how the stage lights were bright and colorful, and the sunlight came in from the side, giving a little boost.
And that is all from them.
Oh, and this shot (as well as #1, #2, #3, #5 and #6) show the lens I just bought earlier that day – the Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon 35mm F2.4 in M42 mount. Geeking out post dedicated to that will come soon!
I love the way the Zeiss handles flare! It makes it look almost pleasant to have flare in your pictures, the way it colors it.
And then there were punk rockers Bunkface!
Solid, solid band with Sum Blinkin’ Green influences.
All cameras to the Scout!
He really, really sounded like Billy Joe Armstrong. Looked a bit like him, too!
All shots of Bunkface were taken with the Zeiss. I am now a believer!
I am glad that I can buy auto-focusing Zeiss lenses for my Sony Alpha. It’s different from that classic Minolta look, for sure, but the bokeh on this Flektogon isn’t too shabby compared to some other Zeiss lenses. Also has that characteristic contrasty mid-burning, highlight-popping effect on out-of-focus areas.
And then it was Pop Shuvit, if you can still call them rap metal.
You can count on them to rock out.
Pardon my geeking out, but I love how it renders flare!
The Times, Brit indie at its best.
This is my all-time favorite shot with the Zeiss! There’s just a certain 3D-ness about it.
And then, ending the show was Deja Voodoo Spells, a top-notch shredder band.
With guest star Adam of Dragon Red on vocals!
Rithan and his guitar licks.
Mie and his bass solo (which included the Doraemon theme song!)
Rithan Facts: Rithan does not bend guitar strings. He bends the guitar.
Rithan Facts: During high-speed solos, hands conjure out of nowhere to help him pick more notes.
Oh, there’s another X-gig coming up:
What: Xfresh X-gig
Where: Zouk Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Ampang
When: Saturday 2nd August 2008, 2pm to 6pm
How Much: FREE ENTRY!
Who: The Aggrobeats, Couple, They Will Kill Us All, Bittersweet (plus an open band session, so bring your stuff!)