Singapore Guide | Music – A Vacant Affair
A Vacant Affair
Genre: Post Hardcore/Rock
About: Evolved from genres such as alternative, emo, hardcore, metal and its variations, now comes the massive of A Vacant Affair. With well over 200,000 plays and over 7000 friends on Myspace alone, A Vacant Affair (AVA) has certainly made a name for themselves in Singapore’s music circles. Formed in 2004, AVA cut their teeth in the local scene and soon garnered buzz for their frantic live performances, steadily earning themselves more shows as they worked their way up concert rosters. The band released their 5-track EP at Baybeats 2006; and their intense set at this acclaimed festival was the first time mainstream audiences were exposed to a band whose material balanced the uncompromising expression of underground genres together with contemporary melodic sensibilities. This pivotal performance also served to cement AVA as a band worthy of headliner billing. Their rapidly expanding fan base was quickly recognized by the media, granting the band opportunities to work with companies such as Mediacorp (2007 New Years Eve Countdown @ Vivocity), Nokia (Flow! @ Ministry of Sound), The Esplanade (Baybeats 2006, Baybeats 2007, On the Waterfront shows) and National Youth Council (numerous ‘Weekend Trip @ Youth Park’ gigs & *scape @ The Lab gigs).
AVA has also had the privilege to tour Malaysia (supporting Australian band Calerway), represent Singapore in the Invasia tour (featuring bands from Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia & Australia) and had the honor to be the opening act for their idols, UK post-hardcore legends Funeral For A Friend (courtesy of LAMC Productions). On November 8th 2008, AVA took the stage with international heavyweights As I Lay Dying and Story of the Year, in the Singapore leg of the international Taste Of Chaos tour. This was the tour’s first presentation in Singapore and AVA was the sole Singaporean representative featured with the popular American acts.
Why we love A Vacant Affair: The reason why these guys have been performing all over the world is clear when you’ve heard them live. Dissonant guitars over frantic percussion with their thought-provoking lyrics make them an instant winner!
Images courtesy of Dawn Chua, Timothy Stuart Wee
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