Indie gigs are a dime a dozen these days on our sunny shores – the past month has seen Laneway and The Gathering transform sprawling outdoor venues into live music meccas, where just about every teenybopper’s taken the excuse to don those floral headbands and crowd those fields. But how many can say they’ve partied the night away in an obscure warehouse? Sign us up, please.
Curated by the good people at the Dream Academy, The Henderson Project is touted as a “radical call to party” – and party we did. The pop-up took over the Henderson Industrial Park for two consecutive Fridays, showcasing the best of alternative art and creative talent.
Held on February 6, Project 1 paid homage to synthpop stars Depeche Mode, feeding the fan frenzy with merch sales and the Singaporean debut of cult film, Our Hobby is Depeche Mode; a feature-length insight into the massive power and reach of the group’s music, through candid interviews with devoted fans from Russia to Iran. The celebration of these electro new wave stalwarts saw not one, but three sellout screenings of the documentary. Talk about Music for the Masses.
Depeche Mode may have been a hard act to follow, but Project 2 a week later put up an impressive show with an innovative mash-up of poetry, hip-hop and bold jazz acts. Titled The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, this edition revved things up with both local and international artistes.
And what a revolution it was. Kicking the party off was spoken word troupe Party Action People with their irreverently hilarious performance poetry – between funky musical parodies and spot-on snark, the offbeat quartet got the crowd in a rousing mood indeed. The explosion of local talent continued with a collaboration between homegrown acts Michaela Therese and Benjamin Kheng, plus a set by ‘Lion City Kia’ ShiGGa Shay.
Remote warehouse, check; walls papered in grunge patterns, check; but lest you think The Henderson Project’s nothing more than a shoegazing shindig for hipsters, the night was headlined by British live act Lazy Habits, injecting a little foreign flavour into the line-up.
Famous for dexterous raps and infectious tunes, the band brought an eclectic sound fresh off the streets of London, with slick rhymes and hip-hop beats filling the intimate venue. The highly-anticipated six-piece outfit took the stage at midnight, fronted by vocalist MC Lazy alongside a full jazz band complete with ghetto brass live samples and big-band instrumentation. And judging by the way these guys got the energy flowing, there’s definitely nothing lazy about them.
Text Crystal Lua
Images The Henderson Project