Adorned with shiny silver helium balloons and garlanded with soft decorative lights, the Home Club seemed like it was all set for a romantic evening for lovebirds. Only it was in fact far from that. It was set for a joyful affair for self-branded ‘spectorgaze’ outfit, Obedient Wives Club, for the official launch of their disturbingly-named second EP – “Murder Kill Baby”.

Despite an hour’s delay, fuzz-filled quintet Rocketswan kicked off the post-Valentine’s night with a quirky monotonous monologue before their setlist. They’re an odd group, with modest vocals from Rachael Goh and eccentric on-stage and off-stage antics from bespectacled guitarist Victor Tong. Despite slight dissonance at parts, they generally produced simple indie rock numbers with unmistakable fuzz in abundance.

Obedient Wives Club Murder Kill Baby EP Launch

Photo by Han Qi Guang; MOSHIN’ 2012 All Rights Reserved

Soon enough, Obedient Wives Club took the stage, playing pieces speckled with the inspired fuzz-pop genius of Phil Spector from their two EPs and even gave a teaser of their latest compositions. Through their set, guitarists Keith Tan and Cherie Ko showed off their repertoire of weaponry, occasionally changing guitars in between songs.

Obedient Wives Club Murder Kill Baby EP Launch

Photo by Han Qi Guang; MOSHIN’ 2012 All Rights Reserved

Even burly bassist Sulaiman Supian was in on the act, exchanging duties with Keith and stepping up with the electric guitar for one song. He was all smiles, receiving his fair share of love from the crowd.

Obedient Wives Club Murder Kill Baby EP Launch

Photo by Han Qi Guang; MOSHIN’ 2012 All Rights Reserved

YinQi Lee’s voice box was in top form, impeccably producing dreamy but poignant reverbed notes despite conflicting frequencies due to the sound system. Her smooth vocals were complemented by Cherie’s well-controlled backup vocals and harmonies.

As with most bands, Obedient Wives Club finished cleanly with fan-favourite ‘Fragments’ from their debut self-titled EP, easily recognisable from its signature drumbeat from Lennat Mak. The song incited the loudest sing-a-long of the night and certainly provided a fitting close to the night.

Obedient Wives Club Murder Kill Baby EP Launch

Photo by Han Qi Guang; MOSHIN’ 2012 All Rights Reserved

This sophomore EP certainly strays from the first, which was packed with sunny laidback tunes and jovial ambition. “Murder Kill Baby” is distinct collection meant for the heartbroken with the likes of ‘Requiem For A Lover’ and ‘Razor Wire Love Song’.

Obedient Wives Club Murder Kill Baby EP Launch

Photo by Han Qi Guang; MOSHIN’ 2012 All Rights Reserved

Through a theme surrounding the inescapable pains of love, hope echoes from the bowels of heartache – the EP rounds out with the warm ballad, “Thousand Tears / Broken Hearts”.

Overall, Obedient Wives Clubs’ sound is a refreshing contribution to the scene. Their input is a reminder of the retro yet timeless sound waves of yesteryear. The Obedient Wives Club sound may not appeal to some but they sure are instrumentally-tight and are already raising eyebrows (or ears for that matter) beyond the shores of tiny Singapore.

“Murder Kill Baby” is available at Obedient Wives Club’s Bandcamp (for an immediate digital download) at only S$8.

More Obedient Wives Club
Facebook: facebook.com/obedientwivesclub
Twitter: twitter.com/obedientwives
Bandcamp: obedientwivesclub.bandcamp.com
Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/obedientwivesclub
Youtube: youtube.com/obedientwivesclub
Instagram: instagram.com/obedientwivesclub

Muhd Dzulridzwan