Inaugural Indie music festival blows fans away

Inaugural Indie music festival blows fans away
Michael James of American post-rock band Explosions In The Sky performing at The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay on 2 November 2013.

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The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay/Last Saturday

American post-rock band Explosions In The Sky do not need lyrics to have their audience enraptured. They do not even have to speak to them.

Last Saturday, at the inaugural indie music festival Camp Symmetry, the Texas-based instrumental quartet let the music speak for itself, blowing away the audience.

The emotion came through their songs, carried by the band's ability to meticulously build them up with elaborate guitar work, transitioning between gentle melodies and periods of loud, guitar distortion drowned in reverb.

Their hour-long performance culminated in a riveting closure to the 12-hour festival, making it all the more memorable for the music-lovers who stuck it out until the end of the night. It left them wanting more, shouting for encores after the band closed their set with the tumultuous 11-minute epic The Only Moment We Were Alone.

Explosions In The Sky's performance was just one of many highlights at Camp Symmetry, which boasted a stellar line-up of hot indie music favourites that included American rock duo Best Coast, Danish alternative rock band Mew and American dream pop band Wild Nothing.

Earlier in the day, the festival got off to a slow start. The crowd was still thin and the mostly late teenage and young adult crowd were still streaming in when English quartet Veronica Falls kicked off the festival a little after noon.

Besides such acts as American singer- songwriter William Fitzsimmons, whose dulcet voice and beautiful folksy tunes were only matched by his massive beard, there were also plenty of non-musical distractions for the crowd, which ranged from bouncy castles to outdoor ping- pong.

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