Baybeats 2017 Full Line-up Guide

Written by Gideon Lee, Mahirah Mahmud, Ummairah Shariff & Winifred Wong
Edited by Kevin Ho

The lineup is finally here! We tell you who's playing for the biggest alternative music festival in Singapore.

Amateur Takes Control

Amateur Takes Control

If you’re a post-rock fan, we know you probably squealed when you saw this name on the lineup. The prolific and veteran rock outfit, Amateur Takes Control, will be making a rare appearance at Baybeats this year. Rocking both the Powerhouse and Chillout Stage, ATC is an entity that blends emotion with belligerence, to the point where no words are necessary. Trust us on this.

Listen: Built On Miles Of Hope

14 Jul, 8.15pm | Chillout Stage (Esplanade Concourse)
15 Jul, 10.50pm | Powerhouse (Esplanade Waterfront Carpark)

Astreal

Astreal

After a long hiatus, Astreal finally make their comeback to Baybeats. Following their appearance at Laneway Festival 2017, the quartet will be showcasing new music from their latest studio album, LIGHT. With shoegaze being its primary genre, this long-time band is a definite must-watch with ambient-like guitars and wispy, dreamy vocals.

Listen: Wallflower

16 Jul, 10.50pm | Powerhouse (Esplanade Waterfront Carpark)

Bakers in Space

Bakers in Space

Bakers in Space is a local indie-rock quartet known for their ‘rock n roll’ sound with a tinge of psychedelia. Fresh from blasting off with their newest EP – Implosions at the Esplanade Recital Studio – Bakers in Space will now play their new tunes at Annexe this Baybeats.

Listen: Drifters

15 Jul, 5.50pm | Esplanade Annexe Studio

Barasuara (ID)

Barasuara (ID)

Indonesian band, Barasuara, allows its members to fuse different fields of music into one entity. Think a mixture between a pop/R&B music director, a jazz guitarist-turned-rock bass-player, a ska guitarist and a vocalist who once mocked his own voice; all this led to the creation of this psychedelic-rock collective. 

Listen: Bahas Bahasa

14 Jul, 9.00pm | Arena (Esplanade Outdoor Theatre)

Decipher

Decipher

The melodic guitar riffs and entrancing vocals of Decipher bring to mind a heavier version of US rock band, Citizen. Decipher is known for adding a personal touch to their music – during the whole process of crafting their sophomore EP, the Baybeats Budding Band released studio diaries and remained candid about its creation. Any wonder why this band’s struck a chord amongst its fans?

Listen: Sleepless

14 Jul, 7.30pm | Powerhouse (Esplanade Waterfront Carpark)

Photo credit: Isyraq Irfan

Every Rage I Seek

Every Rage I Seek

Homegrown talents, Every Rage I Seek AKA ERIS, will be tearing the Powerhouse down with their distinctive and destructive metal sound. Experimenting with all sub-genres of metal, this 10-year-old band are veterans who’ve finally earned their time in the Baybeats spotlight with their resilience.

Listen: The Undefined & Undead

16 Jul, 7.00pm | Powerhouse (Esplanade Waterfront Carpark)

Photo credit: Sharlene Maria Sankaran

The F16s (IN)

The F16s (IN)

With instantly memorable riffs and chirpy melodies, Chennai-born and -bred dance-punk band, The F-16s, is India’s very own Two Door Cinema Club. Don’t be misled by their sunny-sounding songs; a closer look at their lyrics will prove otherwise. The best place to do that is at the Esplanade Concourse, where the quintet will be performing an intimate set on top of their show at the Arena.

Listen: Cannibal Life II

15 Jul, 6.45pm | Chillout Stage (Esplanade Concourse)
16 Jul, 8.50pm | Arena (Esplanade Outdoor Theatre)

Faux Pas

Faux Pas

Yet another band hailing from a polytechnic music and band collective (which is turning out to be a common theme amongst emerging musicans today), alternative-rock quartet, Faux Pas, is one of the seven Baybeats Budding Bands this year. Watch them for their infectiously vocal-driven tunes, catchy guitar riffs that echo those of the Arctic Monkeys, and their wacky personalities.

Listen: 1+1

16 Jul, 6.30pm | Arena (Esplanade Outdoor Theatre)

Photo credit: Hazman Azri

Forests

Forests

Forests began when drummer, Niki Koh, began browsing a music forum, “just window shopping in the ‘bands wanted’ section”. What emerged was a three-piece emo/math-rock band, something vocalist-bassist, Darell, felt was missing in the Singapore music scene. And since then, the trio have made a name for themselves with some of the wildest, most riotous gigs in the scene. Catch the band play at the Powerhouse, or stripped-down at the Chillout Stage.

Listen: Tamago

14 Jul, 8.30pm | Powerhouse (Esplanade Waterfront Carpark)
16 Jul, 6.45pm | Chillout Stage (Esplanade Concourse)

FXTRT

FXTRT

Watching FXTRT live is a totally different experience from listening to their records. While the songs on their debut EP, Palettes, portray calculated precision – think rhythmic tricks and clean guitar melodies – their stage persona takes on a more chaotic approach with their bassist fond of screaming into the mic. The math-pop budding band mostly carry themselves with whimsy, but if you listen carefully to the lyrics, you’ll find that, beneath their semi-serious exterior, lies a potent message.

Listen: Rome

14 Jul, 8.00pm | Arena (Esplanade Outdoor Theatre)

Photo credit: Nik Voon

Generation 69

Generation 69

Generation 69, formed in ‘96, has been around for a while, and occupies a significant place in Singapore’s short but flurried musical history. Their sound harks back to a time when the anger in punk displayed itself in pithy explosions and deep roots in hardcore – more melodic than the hardcore of founding fathers like Black Flag or Minutemen, yet more musically complex than the pop-punk that dominated the radio in the 2000s. If you’re more for Sex Pistols than Green Day, be sure to catch Generation 69.

Listen: Youth of Today

16 Jul, 8.10pm | Powerhouse (Esplanade Waterfront Carpark)

Greyhoundz (PH)

Greyhoundz (PH)

Having been around since the late 1990s, Greyhoundz is a rap-metal band – taking cues from Limp Bizkit and Korn – that not only changed the metal scene in the Philippines, but gained international recognition for it. A signature Greyhoundz song includes positive, never-give-up lyrics hidden in an aggressive, nu-metal beat.

Listen: Ang Bagong Ako

14 Jul, 9.40pm | Powerhouse (Esplanade Waterfront Carpark)

Photo credit: Nina Sandejas

Hauste

Hauste

The twin arts of literature and music often intersect in the form of lyricists who like to consider themselves poets. In the case of Hauste, however, they let the instruments do the talking. Hauste plays instrumental post-rock music, with a sprinkling of dreamy indie-pop driven by delicate melodies and complex rhythms.

Listen: Going Home

14 Jul, 7.00pm | Arena (Esplanade Outdoor Theatre)

Mi Ultimo

Mi Ultimo

Mi Ultimo is a metal band based in Singapore consisting of Filipino members. Formed in 2015, the band is still fairly young, yet wise in their ways of dominating a stage. Our suggestion? Catch them live in the flesh at the Powerhouse, and brace yourselves for a rugged mosh-fest brimming with voiciferous sounds.

Listen: Fear of Reflection

15 Jul, 8.10pm | Powerhouse (Esplanade Waterfront Carpark)

Obedient Wives Club

Obedient Wives Club

Be transported back to the ’60s with the music from local fuzz-pop band Obedient Wives Club, and bask in their fuzzy, retro sound and melancholic melodies. The release of their new five-track EP will coincide with the first day of Baybeats, so keep your ears peeled for new tunes.

Listen: Murder Kill Baby

14 Jul, 7.15pm | Chillout Stage (Esplanade Concourse)
15 Jul, 10.10pm | Arena (Esplanade Outdoor Theatre)

Qu (JP)

Qu (JP)

Hailing from the land of the rising sun, Qu is a Japanese instrumental rock band with a twist - GINE, the band’s very own human beatbox. Being diverse in musical genres, their sound includes elements of hip-hop, alt-rock, electronica and emo.

Listen: Laundry

16 Jul, 7.30pm | Arena (Esplanade Outdoor Theatre)

Rag n Bone (AU)

Rag n' Bone (AU)

Having recently toured their home country, Australian quartet, Rag n’ Bone, now bring their post-punk sound to our shores. Painting a dystopian vision with their dark, emotionally-charged music, the gritty outfit brings to mind the raw aggression of Savages, courtesy of the fiesty vocals of frontwoman, Kiera Owen.

Listen: Last Kind Words

15 Jul,9.30pm | Powerhouse (Esplanade Waterfront Carpark)

Photo credit: Amber Bateup

SA x NADA

SA x NADA

Local instrumental-band SA(仨) is traditional Chinese music – re-invented. The trio combines modern live-looping techniques with skilful playing of ethnic instruments to produce a mysterious, complex soundscape like no other. Expect to be blown away by their energetic performances that are as much a pleasure to watch as to hear.

Listen: To them live, because every improvised performance is different

NADA infuses old ’60s and ’80s Malay classics with electronica, accompanying their music with visual arts that simply – and bizarrely – enhance their performance. A good mix of pop yeh-yeh and electronica, you certainly won’t want to miss the duo’s slot at the Annexe that blends music with performance art.

Listen: A Nada Story (a mixed media installation)

16 Jul, 5.50pm & 11.30pm | Esplanade Annexe Studio

sub:shaman

sub:shaman

Fresh off a Japan tour, local alternative band sub:shaman comes to Baybeats’ Arena. Their lyrics drill themselves into your mind with their repetitive nature, accompanied by groovy and (almost) chaotic, rock-rooted arrangements. Don’t make the mistake of labelling them musicians though; they prefer the term ‘sound-makers’.

Listen:A-Hole

16 Jul, 10.10pm | Arena (Esplanade Outdoor Theatre)

Subsonic Eye

Subsonic Eye

Local dream-pop band, Subsonic Eye, may be the youngest Budding Band at Baybeats 2017, but they have already garnered a healthy fan following and even a local record label deal via Middle Class Cigars. Get lost in their nostalgic, shoegaze vibes and their frontwoman’s drawling vocals.

Listen: Sun Kissed Skin

15 Jul, 6.30pm | Arena (Esplanade Outdoor Theatre)

Photo credit: Patrick Elicano

SUPERSECT

SUPERSECT

When it comes to theatrics, Supersect is the Singaporean Chinese Clan Association’s answer to Los Angeles’ Rage against the Machine. Fresh from the 2016 edition of the Noise Music Mentorship, Supersect has quickly risen through the ranks of local bands with their unique brand of rap-rock and intense, wailing guitar solos that are sure to tear down the Baybeats stage.

Listen: Sars is a Virus (Phua Chu Kang cover)

15 Jul, 8.50pm | Arena (Esplanade Outdoor Theatre)

This Is Atlantis

This Is Atlantis

Local instrumental-rock quartet, This Is Atlantis, celebrate 10 years of creating music together this year at Baybeats 2017. Fresh from their Voyager EP launch, the band boasts a regional fan following including music-lovers in neighbouring Malaysia. Be entranced by their complex drum beats and emotional soundscapes.

Listen: Endless Submersion

14 Jul, 10.20pm | Arena (Esplanade Outdoor Theatre)

Tides

Tides

Fairly new to the scene (having started in early 2016), Tides will subject you to an aural onslaught of overdriven guitars and riotous vocals, yet, will “carry you aloft to the depths of your rawest emotions” with just enough melodicism. Coming through the ranks of the Baybeats Budding Bands programme, Tides are set to rise to stardom on the Baybeats stage.

Listen: Chariot

15 Jul, 7.00pm | Powerhouse (Esplanade Waterfront Carpark)

Photo credit: Nur Seryhana

Tim De Cotta

Tim De Cotta

Myth: It’s impossible to sing and play the bass, largely because basslines and vocal melodies tend to take on independent and rhythmically incompatible arcs. In other words, to watch a soulful singer-songwriter like Tim De Cotta do both with utmost precision – at both the Annexe and Chillout Stage – is to watch a miracle at work.

Listen: Rain

Tim De Cotta & The Warriors
15 Jul, 11.30pm | Esplanade Annexe Studio

Tim De Cotta
16 Jul, 8.00pm | Chillout Stage (Esplanade Concourse)

Toko Kilat

Toko Kilat

Two Singaporeans and two Malaysians make up Toko Kilat - proving that music truly knows no borders. Fun fact: the Singaporean half travels across the Causeway each weekend to jam – tough, considering each member is married with kids. Yet, it just shows the passion and drive they have for rock, and they’ll be showing their spirit in full force at Baybeats.

Listen: Pemacu Api

14 Jul, 11.00pm | Powerhouse (Esplanade Waterfront Carpark)

Two Seas

Two Seas

Two Seas may be a band that's been drifting in and out from the scene with sporadic activity, but they’re set to make a splash at Baybeats. The band melds angsty poetry – in songs such as “Bedlam” – with a versatile, emo-influenced sound that’s churned out both acoustic and full-band EPs. 

Listen: Bedlam

15 Jul, 7.30pm | Arena (Esplanade Outdoor Theatre)

Villes

Villes

Not an unfamiliar name in the Lion City is Villes, who are best known for their chart-topper, “City of Gold”. Combining post-hardcore with pop elements, the boys aim to resonate with the audience through their rollicking sound and meaningful lyrics.

Listen: City of Gold

15 Jul, 8.15pm | Chillout Stage (Esplanade Concourse)
16 Jul, 9.30pm | Powerhouse (Esplanade Waterfront Carpark)