Had the opportunity to catch The Cheating Sons at the Esplanade Recital Studio on the 30th of March. The Esplanade Recital Studio is one of my favorite gig venues – partly because it is intimate and comfortable, partly because the sound there is pretty solid.
Man, was it a great night! I was really impressed and thoroughly enjoyed the Sons set.
The Sons mainly performed new songs off their upcoming second album. And if the sounds of the night were anything to go by, I think I might prefer their second album more than their debut!
The stage was set spectacularly – fairy lights decorated the stage and brilliantly distracting visuals were looped on projector screens behind the band. Additionally, Don looked every bit the retro maestro with his bellbottoms and the crazy array of instruments all around him.
Personally I felt that the night’s set would have been a hard act to follow for any band – be it local or international. There were some minor boo-boo’s sound wise – but of course this might also be because of where I was sitting. Anyway I doubt the general audience would be like me – staring at the back-up vocalists and wondering whether they were just mouthing lyrics or actually singing. (Or maybe I’m just deaf)
Following a brilliant encore and a rousing standing ovation for the Sons, I left the recital studio with good vibes that night … and a really fancy Cheating Sons T-shirt too!
If you haven’t already done so, check out “Masters, Wives, Daughter” from the Cheating Sons at their bandcamp site here.
(Photo: Copyright Andrew Tan, taken off the Cheating Sons Facebook Page here; )