Here’s a concert for you true gig-hunters: TOMGIRL, Jasmine Sokko and The Analog Girl show you what local music is all about
The Laneway Festival is bubbling on the horizon, and fans of indie, local music are certainly getting starry-eyed with additions like Sam Rui, T-Rex, and revered veterans, Astreal. But what if we told you that that isn’t the only local gig in Singapore to get fidgety for that weekend? And here’s a tricky thing: it’s somewhat of a secret… ’til now.
One trendy name that’s hot on everyone’s lips now is TOMGIRL – the brainchild of scene-shaker Cherie Ko (Obedient Wives Club, Pastelpower, Bored Spies) and the enigmatic Ted Doré. Together, the poised yet pugnacious duo churns out a sound that’s an audial blast from the past – think bendy surf guitars, wall-of-sound distortion, and elements borrowed from ’90s grunge and industrial pop. A self-described “noir-pop” outfit, TOMGIRL cogently delivers a sound that’s sinister, saucy, and slicker than the hairdo of Humphrey Bogart.
Wanna catch these throwback tricksters? Purchase their new limited edition cassette that contains the remix EP of their sophomore single, “Heartbeats” – featuring reinterpretations by other noteworthy local musicians (all female badasses, at that), Jasmine Sokko, The Analog Girl, and Ferry. Getting your hands on their cassette will earn you an invite for two to a dive bar showcase (we won’t tell you where!) on 20 January, with live performances from TOMGIRL themselves, synth-pop starlet Jasmine Sokko, and electronica icon The Analog Girl. KiDG from the indie party series, Poptart, will also spin goodies in between sets.
Honestly, we can’t think of a better – and cooler – way to warm up for Laneway, can you?