Saturday, December 10th, 2005
The Soft Touch Full Album was officially launched on Saturday evening
December 10th at
KL Jam Asia in Desa Sri Hartamas (19-1Jalan 22A/70A, Plaza Crystalville,
The show was called AWESTRUCK and featured:
ETC from Singapore, Soft Touch, Duke, 13 Tribes, Blunt,
Ferns, Sheen, Xcited Screamers
Kevin from Broken Scar did the sound most excellently and Daphne and
her brother manned the desk. All the bands played wonderfully and the
music was positively AWESOME.
We thank the bands and those that helped and contributed their time
and energy and skill and all the people who came to the show.
The first 30 paying entrants received
a free copy of the Soft Touch full album. We hope you are all enjoying
One correspondent from a national paper wrote back:
"Wanted to wish you a merry christmas and let you know that
I really enjoy listening to your Full album. I have it in my car and
have been listening to it on my way to work. I think you've done a great
Sunday, 25th September, 2005
A date to remember: 25th September (Sunday) is the date of the Arts
for All Charity Carnival at Indoor Arena, Bukit Kiara Equestrian Resort
...and Soft Touch will be on at 2.30 pm ...and it's only RM2 to get
in!! So come on down on your horse or in your car and make merry
on a fine (we hope) Sunday afternoon (bring the wives and kids and grans
and grandads too). The whole event will last from 10.00 am until
6.00 pm and will include:
- 160 stalls, including Carlsberg draft beer
- Music by Cultural Troops, Pop Bands (including Soft Touch and Cosmic
Funk Express) and solo artistes
- Comedy by Instant Cafe Company and Harith Iskandar
- Arts and Crafts presentation by Orphans and Orang Asli
- Photographic Exhibition, Colouring Contests and Lucky Draw!
Well, you can't ask for much more than that. The
show is organised by Ti-Ratana Community Centre. For more information
contact Catherine Lai 0122318910
Well, this was a very well organised event and done entirely for charity
- how wonderful it is that so many people are prepared to give up so
much time and energy for others! The audience were fairly indifferent
to Soft Touch's performance - although we performed very well - thanks
to Alex, Wong and Alda who is our present stand-in bassist, who helped
us out on this gig and hopefully will be present at future ones.
We performed four songs Better World, Listen 2What U C, Lately and Wishful
Thinking - the last three being from Soft Touch EP but Better World
will be included in the FULL ALBUM. Cosmic Funk Express played
very well and were very well received. Afterwards Markiza got
off jamming with Paul Lau's percussion group. Lots of fabulous
works of art were auctioned at vamped up prices and all for the sake
of orphans and children's homes. Wonderful!
Sunday 7th August, 2005
CHARITY GIG - SPIRIT OF INDEPENDENCE
Last Sunday (7th August 2005) we teamed up with Azlan Ramli who used
to be the bass player for Spunky Funggy, who was also a founding member
of Soft Touch in 1999, and did a show with Eddy from Triple Six Poser
and Mojo Pin on drums and Jack Nathan on lead guitar.
We performed two of Lan's songs, Mr. Minister and At My Table both of
which are punchy and upbeat and Lan showed that he had lost none of
his touch after being 'away' from the scene for sometime. We also
did the song 'Child' from Passion's second album - as this was a charity
gig in aid of Down's Syndrome children (you can find the lyrics of this
song on the lemang.com website and can buy it off the musiccanteen.com
- just type in 'Passion'), and 'The Secret' from my album 'Warm'
(also available from the Music Canteen under Peter Brown).
Then we did a 'new' (actually written some time ago) song called 'Gotta
Make the Music' which is a kind of rap song about our experiences in
the commercial live music scene in the nineties. This might be
recorded later, we'll have to see. Thanks to Jack and Eddy and
Lan for their playing and enthusiasm and quick learning abilities.
This Charity show was organised by Saiful Azlan Freezailah of FYI Entertainment
and featured many famous bands including Tempered Mental ,
Y2K , Dragon Red , Cosmic Funk Express ,
Furniture and many other excellent bands. It was held
at Paul's Place. Although not many people turned up they still
raised a few hundred for the charity. Thanks to Paul, David, Ahmad
and Saiful, the bands and all who came and gave their donation..
Saturday 2nd July, 2005
"When some people live in a mansion
and own three or four BMW -
while others they go hungry -
don't even have a pair of shoes... "
Which side of the big divide are you? A have a few pairs
of shoes and I'm not hungry. But I don't have the money to buy
a BMW. But if you do and you want one (or a Merc or a Ferrari)
or you want to dream and oggle, you can always mosey down to NAZA
SHOWROOMS (they've opened a brand new one) and choose your
But if you haven't got the dough to buy a big, prestigious automobile,
you can still see (and hear) there this Saturday 2nd July
(for no charge) SOFT TOUCH play. They'll be
on around 7.00 pm . And there are lots of other
fascinating things going on like sword swallowers, dancing bears and
performing giraffes and candy floss...because it's Naza Showrooms
There'll be other bands playing. So bring the
kids and Granny and Grandpa too. And have lots of jolly weekend
fun (yes, well we did have fun and played a very good set and the sound
quality was excellent (it being the Pan Global truck) but unfortunately
there were only about 20 people in the audience (although they all stayed
and enjoyed our music), which considering it cost NAZA RM38,000 to hire
the truck and the bands (which included Thrown Away
who also did a great set) to play on the truck (we each got RM500 -
my God thanks guys - touch the ole' forlock) - (sorry about long parenthetical
sentence) it sure cost NAZA deep in the purse (mind you they no doubt
have a VERY DEEP PURSE!)
Sunday 19th June, 2005
We - this time the full authentic Soft
Touch - performed at La Bodega at this acoustic gig called Troubadours
which is magnanimously organised by Sei Hon and Jerome. We and
Lied (or two of them, a different guitarist from last time at Starbucks
but just as crisp and harmonically satisfying and Adlin on vox)
did the main spots and there were numerous Open Mic artists - Amitabh
(Tragicomedy) sung some songs from his latest high quality alternative
pop album "Songs that Won't Sell" (let's prove him wrong).
Others were Lisa, Saiful, the mephistophelian Rafil Elias (who sang
"Anarchy in UK"), Izzy, Sei Hon, Jerome, Az, Shelley and I can't remember
who else. As for ST I and other band members and others in the
audience seemed to think we played well, but the owner of the joint
didn't like us at all for some reason. Except "Happy Sad" in which
I strained to sing the high bits normally sung by Mar, we performed
all songs that I sing lead, which meant some from my album "Warm" and
we sold several copies of Soft Touch EP and one copy of "Warm" (still
selling, huh?). Markiza busied herself on k/bds and b/vox.
Gerardine and Sasha provided the equipment and did the sound - thanks
- the sound was sweet and the atmosphere was great.
Thanks to the organisers. Next Troubadours same place on 17th
Entertainment presents FEAR
NO MUSIC (click for larger view)
8pm @ Paul's Place, Entry RM10
FYI Entertainment extravaganza FEAR NO MUSIC featured Dragon Red (who
were excellent with new raunchy head-banging female bassist), 13 Tribes
(who were excellent - a mix of World Music, Rap and Funk), Y2K (well
these guys were awesome - fast track punk with lofty vocals intersperced
with comedy), Broken Scar (the band this time - good songs delivered
in an "in yer face" robustly optimistic style, and very tight), Peter
Brown & Friends (rather loose, underrehearsed but thanks so much to
Jack, Alda and Paul the drummer for backing my latest old-fashioned
bluesy songs - you all played very well - and I managed to sing - well
90 per cent of the words - okaylah), and Doze and another band which
I didn't get to see because had to drive folks back to their abodes
and stuff. Thanks Saiful and Khai for the gig.
singer-songwriters live 19 June, Sunday 7:30pm 'til late
Bodega KL, Tengkat Tong Shin, Bukit Bintang
Peter Brown, Markiza and band rock out with new and old songs full of
heart and warmth.
Rosli and guest guitarist play stripped-down versions of songs from
the new EP "Making Enemies".
SURPRISE OPEN MIC PERFORMERS++
Sunday we - this time the full authentic Soft Touch - performed at La
Bodega at this acoustic gig called Troubadours which is magnanimously
organised by Sei Hon and Jerome. We and Lied (or two of them, a different
guitarist from last time but just as crisp and harmonically satisfying
and Adlin on vox) did the main spots and there were numerous Open Mic
artists - Amitabh (Tragicomedy) sung some songs from his latest high
quality alternative pop album "Songs that Won't Sell" (let's prove him
wrong). Others were Lisa, Saiful, the mephistophelian Rafil Elias (who
sang "Anarchy in UK"), Izzy, Sei Hon, Jerome, Az, Shelley and I can't
remember who else. As for ST I and other band members and others in
the audience seemed to think we played well, but the owner of the joint
didn't like us at all for some reason. Except "Happy Sad" in which I
strained to sing the high bits normally sung by Mar, we performed all
songs that I sing lead, which meant some from my album "Warm" and we
sold several copies of Soft Touch EP and one copy of "Warm" (still selling,
huh?). Markiza busied herself on k/bds and b/vox. Gerardine and Sasha
provided the equipment and did the sound - thanks - the sound was sweet
and the atmosphere was great. Thanks to the organisers. Next Troubadours
same place on 17th July (Sunday).
Far Gone - An extravaganza in many acts including:
M.C. Aaron Mokhtar (of Rock the World fame) @ Paul's Place, 8, 2/137B
Resource Industrial Centre, off Jalan Klang Lama, Kuala Lumpur.
Far Gone Photo Gallery
how did it go? Well I thought, and judging by other people's comments
(I don't think they were just being complimentary or polite) they thought
too that it was (in plain language) a REALLY GOOD SHOW. Oh yes I know
there were only about a hundred dudes and dudesses there including the
bands, but quantity is not necessarily quality, and the quality of the
atmosphere is a lot to do with the nature of the audience. People were
enjoying the music and the scene in a very relaxed way, the sound was
really good (we shall prove it soon with a CD because we recorded some
of the numbers from each band on an 8-track digital tape recorder, so
be patient until I get round to mix it).
up was Saer Ze who brought
along a five or six piece band including backing vocalists, and she
and one of the vocalists were decked out in magnificent sexy colours
(too sexy maybe-lah - that's the title of her latest single), like hippies
from the 60s. Nicely folky but funky stuff - thanks Saer Ze we don't
see you perform often enough because you are most of the time in Byron
Bay Ossieland (studying audio engineering is that right?).
it was the turn of Lied
- a solid and tight performance with the high-powered funky grungy guitar
style of Meng, and a fine rhythm section of bass and drums, and what
with singer Adlin's attractive dancey movements as he belted out a selection
of aggressively arty songs, the show really started to move and generate
up were Cats in Love, which
it seemed most of the audience had come to see, being the latest outfit
of guitarist N. Rama Lohan of Audiofile fame. Formerly of prog-rock
band Samarkand this guy has changed his style to warm and fun rock 'n'
roll music - reminiscent of Rolling Stones, Medicine Head and Status
Quo, with a bit of bar-room reggae and studied instrumental thrown in
(which went down extremely well). Guitars, three stack keyboards, bass,
drums and Lohan himself on lead vocals made a potent mixture with some
really catchy melodies. Thanx Lohan and Co for some unforgettable boogie.
D-Va had their turn to
wow a diverse audience with their infectious Malay melodies (so refreshlingly
different) and beautiful harmony vocals. These dudes are really professional,
the songs arranged well and played with consumate ease and joie-de-vivre.
The lady lead singer who is also a fine musician on both guitar and
keyboards, has a lovely voice, full and expressive with none of the
laboured perfectionism of so many Malay singers - she just naturally
puts the songs over in an irresistable way.
it was time to launch the SOFT TOUCH
EP and perform the songs from it, and a few others from previous
Passion albums and Peter Brown
album "Warm". There
were a few boo-boos but we (Soft Touchers) were pretty satisfied with
the performance and it seemed the audience liked it too. It is described
as one appreciative person there that night as "sophisticated pop".
As well as the five numbers from the EP, Listen
2 What U C, Happy Sad, Shelter,
Wishful Thinking and Lately,
we bashed and battered, howled, whined and hollered our way through
Better World, Crazy Heart and Move On Down The Line from Warm, and Love
& Music from the Passion album of the same name. Hope we can get some
more gigs and Radio play too!
it was international time: UK performer Jamie
Woon proved himself to be a rare talent, deliciously
rendering some amazingly cool songs with a voice that compares to any
international singer with his faultless cadences, but with the tenderness
and sensitivity appropriate to acoustic music with just one guitar and
voice - austere yet luxurious. Shame that there were not a crowd of
the local acoustic artists to witness this real paradigm of the genre,
who stands out even in the overcrowded scene in the UK. His first gig
in Malaysia (although half Malaysian) will remain a treasured secret
for those of us who were there (at least until we can edit the recordings!)
Lunarin, who came by taxi
all the way from Singapore specially for this gig (thanks so much people),
put in a splendid performance of alternative rock pieces - rhythm shifting
musical poetry with sweet and alluring vocals by bassist Linda who has
a notable on-stage charisma, and well backed up by the bassist and drummer
- they did not disappoint those who had stayed to the end.
like to thank Aaron who
did a fine job on the mic MCing the show, Paul
and David for just having
this place so we can use it to create an atmospheric evening of satisfying
music, all the musicians who played for nothing (or virtually nothing),
All the folks who bought our EP for RM10, Lohan
for lohaning (sorry, loaning) some equipment, Ahmad
for taking the money and issuing the tickets, and all the audience who
made the effort to turn up - for the effort was more than worth it.
and Peter Brown
IN SINGAPORE - January 15 & 16, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Touch played in Singapore, at the Esplanade along with Pete Teo &
Lucy in the Loo on Saturday and with Pete Teo on Sunday The show was
called "Boleh" and intended to be part of a series of shows to present
Malaysian talent in the city state. It was held on the Waterfront, where
there is a specially built concrete amphitheatre with stone bench seating,
and the stage faced land so you performed with your back to the most
magnificent cluster of gargantuan and stately buildings, which at night
was a montrous incandescent jewelled splendour.
The sound was finger-licking good - every small mistake could be clearly
heard. So naturally everyone including Soft Touch made sure they played
extra well. We were a little untogether on Saturday, having had adventurous
experiences trying to enter this incredibly rule-bound society and fulfilling
the criteria, but Sunday was significantly better. As well as our five
originals for the still being tracked EP, Listen 2 What U C, Happy Sad,
Wishful Thinking, Lately and Shelter, we performed a new rock version
of Love & Music from the Passion album of the same name, Better
World, Move on Down the Line and Crazy Heart from "Warm", and three
covers, Return to Forever originally recorded by Minnie Riperton, with
added bits written by Markiza, Hold On by Sarah McClachan and Don't
Stop by Fleetwood Mac from Rumours. Pete Teo never sounded so good with
just his (new) acoustic and his voice with it's unique and inimitable
vibrato, and Lucy in the Loo was awesome.
I was honoured to be invited to contribute a humble harmonica riff for
"I Should Have Known Better". The other cover was "Please Mr Postman"
which was positively rivetting, done in guitar-based alternative style.
The rest were LITL originals - some of the finest songwriting in Malaysia.
The Esplanade is an enormous complex of entertainment venues with a
huge canopy roof (everything is larger than life in Singapore), including
Theatre, Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall, with giant modern sculptures
and appropriate technical and backstage infrastructure. The Malaysian
acts were given a dressing room each, with air-conditioning, hot showers
and multiple light-bulbs around the mirrors. On stage the monitors were
so powerful and clear that the soundchecks in the burning sun took much
longer than normal making sure the right mix was in the different speakers
for each instrumentalist.
These are luxuries quite unfamiliar to underground acts (mostly you
can't hear the monitors anyway so it doesn't much matter what goes into
them) Many thanks to organiser Patrick (famed front man of Oddfellows),
his assistant Chloe and stage manager Anabelle and the sound guys for
contributing to such a good show, so satisfying for us humbly, struggling
musos. Thanks to the Esplanade Company for having us. Hopefully Paddy
will come up to KL soon for a return visit with his current band Typewriter
(hint hint to u gig organisers).
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