Thursday, December 20, 2018

Monday, September 24, 2018

Friday, September 21, 2018

Comadre


Alfright, here we have dudes from Comadre getting nostalgic about their records. 
Their roles in the band were respectively:
Wes - drums
Juan - vocals
Kenny - guitar
Jack - guitar
Steven - bass.
Here we go.


Monday, April 2, 2018

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Yumi

Yumi's guitarist Anvea talks about their past, future and specifically their recent LP "Epoch".



"We are a 5 piece screamo band from Singapore. I am Anvea, I play the guitar. Mimi is on vocals. Darell plays bass and sometimes sings too. Farhan is the youngest in the band and plays the second guitar. And lastly we have Hairil on drums. The name Yumi is derived from the Japanese word which consists of 2 meanings to it - Bow and Beautiful. We played our first show end of 2008 and since then we have done shows and supported tours for bands like Comadre, Heaven in Her Arms, The Saddest Landscape, Rosetta, Rvivr, Reason to Care etc. We did a Malaysia/Singapapore tour with Japanese band Heaven In Her Arms back in 2012 and also a Japan and Taiwan tour respectively in 2014. To date, we have released a CD EP, A split 7” vinyl with Heaven In Her Arms via Transcendence Records/Epidemic Records, our debut full-length “Epicureans” on 12” vinyl via Dog Knights Productions, and finally our latest release 2nd Album “Epoch” on CD and Tape via my label, Lithe Records.

Lets talk about EPOCH. This new album was a game-changer for us. The recording was split into 2 parts between 2015 and 2017 with lineup changes between those 2 years. The first track Lithe Paralogue erupts into aggressive, unrelenting downpour of wrought guitars, crashing drums and throat-scathing vocals followed by Murmur. Our third song, Tenants Of The Weak has a deliberate exhausting sequence to it. It also emphasise on sonic degradation and disintegration, even throughout the album. It was in a way to achieve some kind of closure on our departure from the previous material. I think we try to develop much more variety on how we communicate with sound. The last 4 songs with 1 that is an interlude, gets slower and slightly more solemn towards the end with buildups, off time signatures, rhythms and breaks. I would love to go into details but it will take forever so I’ll stop here. Overall, now that I look back on it, it’s really an angry, sad, and hopeful album, but an honest one. Hence the name EPOCH.



The band pays homage and draws a lot of our influences from past and current bands like Envy, Killie, 3cmTour, Nitro Mega Prayer, Raein, Daitro, Engine Down (hence one of the track title Keeley Davis from our 1st album), Converge, Corrupted etc..

A lot of the lyrics are based off metaphors describing an amalgamation of the state of the world you and I live in as of late; twisted. Not like it isn't happening before but just that it's gotten worse and makes no sense at times. The records we make have been and will always be a reflection of what our lives are like at the time we write them. I guess it’s an album that speaks to everyone.

As we are approaching 2018 in a couple of days, we’ve started writing new songs with the current new line up. And also toying on the idea of touring Europe in the summer. Really looking forward to visiting places we’ve never been before, play at punk/DIY venues and festivals but it’s still in the works.

I guess this is also a good chance to introduce some Singaporean bands; good friends of ours and amazing people as well. Istilah, Forests, Terrible People, Afsa, Astrid, Adhara, Daily Ritual, Calvaire, Paint The Sky Red, Sphaeras, Two Seas, Racoonhead, Bruised Willles, Marijannah, Wormrot, Fluke, Abrasion, Obstacle Upsurge, Amateur Takes Control, Radiant Archery, Tapestry, Grandfist, This Is Atlantis, Subsonic Eye, Cosmic Child, RecoverLubricant, Systemize Illustrating Noise, Circuit Trip, Schizophrenic Wonderland, Paris In The Making..the list is exhaustive but yeah these are some of the many great bands embracing the Singapore music scene."

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Jeromes Dream



Sorry, guys, I always had problems with punctuality. Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of Jeromes Dream. A month ago I finally received a letter from their drummer - Eric with answers to my questions. And now with a short unfortunate delay I would like to share it with you.


Monday, May 15, 2017

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Portraits of Past



Rex John Shelverton who played guitar and sang in Portraits of Past wrote a few words about releases of his highly influential band.

1994-1995



"To me the Portraits album (as well as many albums I’ve worked on) is a total time capsule and captures that era in a way that nothing else can really. It’s like an old photo or mix-tape x1000.
I think we always wanted to make the music as moving as possible whether that meant louder, faster, or more mysterious with things like reverb etc.
We were super inspired by a lot of the west coast stuff happening at the time like Heroin, Unwound and Drive Like Jehu but also by some of the “Power Violence” bands, who were more extreme. Towards the end of Portraits, when we tracked the LP, the Indie Rock stuff too, which was more melodic.
I remember how seriously we took the guitar sounds, and I borrowed some money for expensive Celestion Greenback speakers with the full intent to return them at the store when the recording was done. Of course I never got around to returning them.
I’ve been asked a bunch of times what chorus pedals we used, which is funny as there’s no effects on the guitars at all besides the reverb from the amps and room.
The band tuned down to C# which caused the intonation of the instruments to be quite off and, when both of the guitars were double tracked, created a cool natural stereo chorusing effect which sounds unique even now.
The only thing I’d change is the snare tuning/mic’ing, and I would’ve practiced my singing parts a lot more. I had never tried to sing some of my parts at practice, as we usually only set up one mic, and I was too shy to try out the singing with the whole band. I ended up having to just try my best in the studio which kind of captures a bit of the bold naiveté of a 20 year old making his first record."






2009 - Cypress Dust Witch EP



"For our EP recording in 2009, it was really a cool challenge to dive back into the Portraits universe, and we all took it super seriously.
These were all new songs which we recorded and mixed completely on our own so that we could control the entire process, keeping authenticity a priority. 
Even the guitar and amp I used to write and record were the same ones as used on the album back in ‘95.
As the songs came together we'd often check with each other "is this how we would've done it?" .
I feel like we all tapped into whatever it was that inspired us so long ago and there were still melodies and ideas waiting to come forth and be put into words and music. 
The thing is, even though the band broke up, and we all went on to travel the world etc, there's always been a connection with the five of us, so it was totally natural coming back to that place creatively. 
I'm really happy that people have accepted Cypress as an authentic and honest Portraits of Past record and not just a self indulgent or sentimental ego trip which can easily be the case when bands reform decades later. 

Thanks for the interest and appreciation."


Wednesday, April 19, 2017