Esplanade Presents | Free Performances: Rocking the Region
.gif and Heals
This March, catch 16 bands from eight countries over eight days at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre. Listen to the soundtrack of each city and embrace the diverse styles and cultures that all carry the rebel heart of rock ‘n’ roll.
Tucked in between dark beats, deft lyricism and immersive vocals is Singapore indie electronic duo .gif. Made up of weish and din, the pair started out in late 2012 and debuted their first EP saudade in 2013.
Since then, the band has performed in cities worldwide including London, Brisbane, Beijing and Manila. They have also delivered acclaimed sets at international and local festivals such as St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival, BIGSOUND Festival, Singapore Writers Festival, Baybeats and Java Soundsfair. More recently, .gif launched their debut LP soma, produced in conjunction with Syndicate and Dunce.
The duo has earned critical comparisons to the likes of Portishead, Little Dragon and Björk on local and international publications like Thump, VICE’s music channel; FasterLouder; Earmilk; Indie Shuffle; JUICE; Nylon; and Bandwagon. The pair often draws from literature, theatre and film in their music, and derives inspiration from a variety of musical genres.
In this special live iteration of .gif, the band will include two stalwarts in the Singapore music scene, Timothy De Cotta on bass and Teo Jia Rong on drums. Hailing from revered bands such as TAJ and The Warriors, the pair has added an exciting dynamic to .gif's live set, debuting their addition to the line-up at Neon Lights Festival 2016.
Heals is a Bandung-based alternative rock/shoegaze/nugaze group. Formed in 2013, the band consists of Alyuadi Febryansyah (known as Aldead) and Reza Arinal (known as Ejasaurus) on guitar and vocals, Muhammad Ramdhan (known as Rara) on guitar, Octavia Variana on bass and vocals, and Adi Reza on drums. Their performance and creation are filled with layers of distorted guitar riffs, quirky sounds and effects, and streams of soft and melodious vocal, heavily influenced by bands like My Bloody Valentine, My Vitriol, Nirvana, and some Japanese bands. In their songs, listeners can experience their deepest imagination and anxiety in their narratives.
In 2014, their first single, Void, was uploaded digitally and had a warm reception. In 2015, the band signed on to FFWD Records, a legendary record label from Bandung. To this date, they’ve released one b-side cassette, which include two songs; Wave and Myselves. They’re now in final progress of making their debut full-album, which will be released at the beginning of this year.
Heals has had many memorable and important moments on festival stages in Indonesia including Intimacy (2015 & 2016), Thursday Noise (2016), Synchronize Fest (2016), A Create (2016), to Studiorama (2016). They’ve even performed in several stages outside Jakarta and Bandung, like Live Forever (Cirebon) and Hello Tomorrow (Tasikmalaya).
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