March 27, 2011

The Whitest Boy Alive in Kuala Lumpur

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Have never heard of The Whitest Boy Alive ? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one. I had many friends who were asking who was this whitest boy alive and is he anything like that white boy in Powder; which is a 90’s movie for those of you who don’t know. Once I mentioned that it’s one half of Kings of Convenience; who brought the house down during their very first Kuala Lumpur show last year, only then did some of them go “Ahhhhhhh”.

The Whitest Boy Alive

The Whitest Boy Alive

The Whitest Boy Alive (TWBA) is three-fourths German and one-fourth Norwegian. Erlend Øye, the Norse quarter this musical pie, is better known as half of indie band duo Kings of Convenience (KOC). This time he sings again, yielding electric guitars and dancier tunes thanks to his mates from Deutschland: Marcin Öz on bass, Sebastian Maschat on drums and Daniel Nentwig on keyboards. What started off as a side project during a Berlin stint back in 2003 has evolved, now they tour the world showcasing their unique music style. TWBA is a little bit pop, a little bit rock, a little bit disco, but completely bound to get you feeling good and busting out those moves on the floor.

I reached Mist Club, Bangsar at around 7pm and I was early !! Yes, I was so early that some of the sponsors weren’t there to put up their banners/promo material yet. I collected my tickets from the registration counter and waited for friends to arrive. The doors opened at 8pm and the fans just rushed in and put up roots in front of the stage. Thank  god I wasn’t that far behind and got a pretty good spot.

First on stage was Tenderfist, who also opened for Kings of Convenience (KOC) the last time they were here, they obviously must be doing something right. They were as good if not better than they were during KOC. It’s interesting to watch them grow over the year; they sound and look a lot more composed and confident. They did a pretty good set albeit a short one. I really liked their new upcoming single “This Wasted Heart”, you’ll just have to wait till 29th April 2011 to listen to it yourself. Here’s a preview of it.

Tenderfist warming up the crowd

Tenderfist warming up the crowd


Performing "This Wasted Heart"

After waiting for what seems like almost forever, TWBA finally came out and the crowd starts screaming their head of. Starting of their set with “Keep A Secret” they got the crowd singing,bopping and grooving along with the band.


Erlend Øye


Marcin Öz


Daniel Nentwig


Sebastian Maschat

They played an amazing set. Sure Erlend’s vocal were very familiar, but this time around the vibe was very different compared to the soothing sounds of KOC. The whole night was full of energy and enthusiasm as Erlend swoons the crowd with his singing and guitar playing skills. Daniel on the keyboard not wanting to be left out also showcased his skills as he carried his keyboard around the stage !! Who said only guitarists can have fun on stage.


Daniel having fun on the keyboard

It’s always an experience being in a small gig such as this as the band gets intimate with the crowd and ensure they have a good time and enjoy the music that is being played. Being so close to the band is definitely a bonus as Erlend suddenly jumps into the crowd with his guitar while still singing and playing.

Erlend close and personal

Erlend close and personal

Erlend then decides to show off his own moves on the floor while his fans continued dancing with him. Wow talk about being close to your fans. From the very first number of the set down to the encore, the audience was dancing nonstop.  One thing that you can count on is, to constantly be surprised. What starts off as a familiar tune totally gets changed mid way as the band adds on extra sound effects and narrations on top of  their already awesome song. To those that attended The Whitest Boy Alive gig, it was one unpredictable but memorable night.


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