The Japanese pop-rock band thrilled 800 fans with an electrifying performance in Singapore
Text: Joanna Goh
Photos: Rock Records, Marcus Lin
Videos: Teng Siew Eng
The four Japanese rockers from flumpool are no strangers to Singapore, having visited this little red dot four times for music showcases and album promotions over the past two years, since their first live showcase in 2012. And the four-member band nailed yet another memorable milestone in Singapore yesterday, when they celebrated their 5th anniversary in showbiz with more than 800 fans through a rousing gig for their 2014 Anniversary tour, MOMENT.
The familiar, intimate cosy setup at *SCAPE proved to be a big bonus for the band, as fans warmed up to their presence almost immediately when they took the stage at 7.10 p.m. The crowd was pumped from the get-go as flumpool kicked off the gig with one of their oldest and most well-loved hits from 2009, ‘MW ~ Dear Mr. & Mrs. Picaresque.’
The band was clearly in their element and wasted no time in getting the crowd all revved up, from one fast-paced song to another. The atmosphere on the ground was electrifying too as lead singer and guitarist Ryuta Yamamura constantly encouraged fans to wave their hands in the air and clap to the beat of their songs.
When they finally introduced themselves, six songs later, the band did so in a smattering of English and Mandarin – with barely a word uttered in their mother tongue language, Japanese – for the benefit of the local crowd.
While the band’s bassist Genki Amakawa and drummer Seiji Ogura greeted fans respectively with the usual “Hello, Singapore! Let’s make today the best day,” and “I’m really happy to see everyone tonight. Let’s enjoy the concert!” guitarist Kazuki Sakai had a surprise installed for fans - as usual.
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