Psychedelic band The Stalemate Factor make their live debut with launch of album "The Knight's Flight"

Psychedelic band The Stalemate Factor make their live debut with launch of album "The Knight's Flight"

Led by Martin Vengadesan, the outfit takes in a few handy KL live spots, having started off at the end of last month. Their first appearance was on May 28 at Jazz Ampang, a fundraiser alongside a few bands, raising funds for veteran musicians and their families.

With that good deed done, they now move on to the next stage of this mini tour of sorts. The second Stalemate Factor show will be at Kinda Blue Jazz Club & Restaurant (off Federal Highway in Seputeh) this Saturday 18 June 2022 and Merdekaya (off Jalan Gasing, PJ) on Friday 1 July 2022. For this Saturday's show at Kinda Blue, they will perform a full set, and the night also doubles up as a belated launch for the band's latest album by Martin Vengadesan & The Stalemate Factor titled The Knight's Flight.

Lead vocalist and keyboard player Vengadesan recorded the album with help of fellow journo-musos N Rama Lohan (guitars/vocals), Edward Gomez (bass/vocals), Andrew Sagayam (drums) and Joanne Timbuong (backing vocals) and it also features key guest performances by percussionist Balamurugan Ramakrishnan, Carnatic flutist Sridhar Gopalaraman and Czech violin player Karolina Šustová. The project was also helmed by producer Ashwin Gobinath who is the drummer of fusion band Nadir.

Founded by journalist, musician, songwriter, composer, and author Martin Vengadesan, The Stalemate Factor is a psychedelic rock band that draws its inspiration from the surreal and trippy music of the 1960s. The band has somehow, always been a studio project, album band until now, according to Vengadesan.

The line-up performing their upcoming shows will be Martin Vengadesan (lead vocals/keyboards), Thomas Toh (guitars), Joanne TImbuong (vocals), Harrie Sahrm (bass) and Rudolf Frank (drums). For Vengadesan, this will be his first set of live shows in four years. 

While much of the material will be drawn from The Knight’s Flight, Its live sets include the band’s take on psych era classics such as Procol Harum’s A Whiter Shade of Pale and Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds by the Beatles. Newcomers to the band can expect a range of unscripted jams, whimsical themes and experimental motifs.

"That album was actually finished during the MCO but we did not have a chance to perform it. It's a very psychedelic album influenced by the Beatles and Pink Floyd and our live show also has some covers from that era," Vengadesan says. "It is the third album in a series, with the first album The Queen's Gambit being a folk-rock work with personal themes while the second album The Bishop's Sacrifice is a harder rocking affair with songs about politics and religion. A fourth Stalemate Factor album entitled The Rook’s Siege is also being recorded as we speak."

Catch the band at Kinda Blue Jazz Club & Restaurant on 18 June 2022. Basement, KL Jazz & Arts Centre, No 1, Lorong Kapar, Off Jalan Syed Putra, KL with opening acts Rodin and Freebird. Admission RM50. Whatsapp 012-571 7759 for reservations.

Merdekarya: 1 July 2022. Merdekarya, 352 1st Flr, Jalan 5/57, Petaling Garden, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Visit www.merdekarya.com for details of admission and tickets.

The physical copy - for those who still buy CDs - is available at RM20 and can be obtained by getting in touch with Vengadesan at his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/

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