Jumero brings their A-game, delivers spectacular show.
Guinness, Malaysia’s favourite black brew, hosted the second show in its “Amplify: Curates” series on 21st August (Friday) and served as a platform for local indie pop trio Jumero to launch their debut album “Stepping Stones“. The show saw over 400 Malaysian music fans pack out the venue to support their local music scene.
Sharing the stage with Jumero that evening were singer-songwriter Natallie Ng and female electro-acoustic quartet Crinkle Cut. The show started at around 8:30pm with Jumero frontman Jared, introducing Natallie to the crowd. He explained why she was such an apt choice to join them on their launch and we must say that Jumero certainly made the right call.
Incredibly talented and charming, Natallie, entranced the crowd with her distinctive dulcet tones set to upbeat indie pop-music. Backed by her friends, Natallie performed a couple of covers as well as her very own originals which were a hit with the crowd.
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Next up was all-female 4-piece Crinkle Cut who was introduced by Jumero’s drummer Ryan Gomes. Building up the hype even more for headliners Jumero, Crinkle Cut played a set featuring their unique acoustic/electronic interpretations of classic songs interspersed with their own original music.
It was Crinkle Cut’s love of playing their original songs that first caught the attention of Jumero when they played at the same festival some time back. Since then, Jumero paid close attention to their progress and knew instantly that they wanted Crinkle Cut to support them at their album launch.
Crinkle Cut’s electrifying set definitely helped set the mood and a current of anticipation in the air was felt as the headline act prepared to take the stage.
Having performed together as Jumero for a little under 3 years, brothers Jared and Michael Lim, along with with neighbour and friend Ryan Gomes, had spent close to 2 years working hard on the album that was to become “Stepping Stones”.
Definitely proving to be no easy task for the boys as they had to juggle their studies with gigging, recording, and writing new material, the Jumero boys surely put in a lot blood, sweat, and tears into making their album.
With the launch day finally upon them, Jumero’s fans who have been following their musical journey were excited by the prospects of hearing tracks from the new record performed for the very first time.
Finally the moment everyone was waiting for arrived as Jared, Michael, and Ryan stepped on stage to a rapturous applause from their assembled fans, and played a set which drove the crowd into a delightful frenzy. Opening with “Blind Love”, one of the tracks off the album, Jumero split their set into 2 – one with the djembe and the other with the drums.
The djembe set saw the boys perform songs including “Blind Love”, “Stand Up”, and “Dancing With The Stars” while the drums set featured “Life”, “Fantasy Killer“, “Full In Or Nothing”, “Come Along With Me“, and “Free“. Our personal favourite from the night was definitely “Come Along With Me” as the boys changed things up and delivered a different and spectacular end to the track.
Another surprise from Jumero was went they called upon guitarist Brandon Sta Maria to join them on stage for “Free” to mark the end of songs from the album for the night. Besides just taking the crowd through the new record in its entirety, Jumero also threw in some previously unheard of and unreleased new material as the crowd demanded for an encore.
Proving to be more than just musicians, Jumero even entertained the crowd by including a synchronised dance performance during their set. As their performance came to an end, fans raised their glasses of Guinness in the air as they celebrated the successful launch with the boys.
Apart from just delivering an unprecedented show, Jumero also took the effort to leave stones which had “Jumero” written on it on each table at Laundry Bar to symbolise “Stepping Stones”. The band’s merchandise and albums were also on sale during the show.
Jumero, who has a considerable history with Guinness Amplify, was a featured act in the inaugural Amplify campaign in 2014 and also supported Sabahan songstress Froya with her own album launch at the first “Amplify: Curates” show early this year. When Jumero revealed that they would also be releasing their debut album this year, Guinness was quick to offer its support.
Guinness’ “Amplify: Music Made of More” is Guinness’ flagship music platform, featuring talented Malaysian and international musicians. “Amplify: Curates” is a series of satellite shows supporting local acts throughout the year.
Check out the gallery below for more pictures from “Guinness Amplify: Curates Presents Jumero”.
More information on Guinness Amplify can be found on its official website.
We leave you today with “Free” performed by Jumero featuring Brandon Sta Maria during their album launch.
“Stepping Stones” is going for RM30 a pop.