This being my first 3 Of The Week, I wanted to feature songs that meant something to me but pique the interests of MEB’s readers as well. So I decided to base my selections based on my favourite bands from Singapore, the country I was born and raised in.
And no, we’re not some province in China. We’re a proper country, no kidding. We have a government and everything. You just can’t chew gum here. Yup. Anyway…
1. “Clouds” – Postbox
Let’s kick things of with “Clouds” by Postbox, a five piece pop band who write simple, yet catchy, head-bopping tunes. The song kicks off with a simple beat and a delicate but impactful melody. Vocalist Samantha Teng’s singing is crisp and clear, as she sings of love and longing. While the structure of the song is formulaic, “Clouds” begs for repeated listens and will surely leave anybody with a smile on their face.
2. Telepathy – Tacit Aria
Dubbed Singapore’s very own version of Saosin, “Transitions” displays Tacit Aria’s obvious love for the American band, with crashing drums, a sublime, head banger of a riff and great singing. Frontman Zahir Latif’s vocals soar to incredible heights, sounding very much like former Saosin singer Cove Reber. While the riffs aren’t groundbreaking and the Saosin influences can come off a little too strong, “Telepathy” makes for a joyous listen.
3. Wolves – Caracal
Though Caracal is named after a “fiercely territorial” cat, this five piece band is anything but pussies. “Wolves” jumps right in your face with ear-splitting riffs and throaty growls. Vocalist K.C. Meal’s high-pitched whine draws listeners in, providing the perfect foil to the alt-rock/post-hardcore vibe of the song. Having recently returned from playing at the Canadian Music Festival (they were invited; a pretty big deal for a Singaporean band), Caracal looks to have a very, very bright future ahead of them.