More than a thousand for a group that relies on looks? I mean seriously? It begs me to ask this question which probably would have been asked time and time again.
Why not the same type of support of local music?
I got +65 Indie Underground from Darkholme for X'mas 09. One of the best present I got.
It was a 2 CD album that contains songs from Singapore bands past and present. A must buy album I must say
+65 Indie Underground": a 3-CD set of recordings made in Singapore
Singapore music has indeed come a long way. How many of us would remember bands like Corporate Toil, fronted by Joe Ng (Yes that Joe Ng from Meepok Man) who later went on to front The Padres, Pagans, Opposition Party, Stomping Ground, Humback Oak, Concave Scream, The Crowd, The Oddfellows fronted by Patrick Chng who is another legend in Singapore Music. Also not forgetting the recent acts like West Grand Boulevard, Electrico and Ronin (no more already I know.)
The Padres (probably the first line-up)
How many of you know names like Ben Harrison, Suhaimi Subandi, Frightful Francis, Kevin Matthews on top of the fore mentioned Joe Ng and Patrick Chng. I do not know them personally, but I respect them in every way for their work done for the local music scene.
Of course there are the recent new acts like up and coming Amanda Tee, Ling Kai among others who were obviously shadowed by the Suns and Hos and Chuas.
Singapore music has been here for along time, so why are we not getting the support. Observations from trips like Thailand, Indonesia and Japan tells me that locals there strongly support their own music. Places like HMV, Tower Records and the big CD stores thrive on their local music scene. They dedicate one whole floor to selling their local products. In Singapore? I don't even see a corner.
Stereo Kinetic Spiral Dreams was the CD by The Pagans. I still have the Cd stored somewhere safe in my house.
Is there a reason there a reason behind this? I once read in a interview done with a fairly famous singer/songwriter in Singapore. He said something along the lines of Singapore music will never be popular if we keep calling it underground. I beg to differ, the reason why we still use the word underground is because of the lack of support.
Is there something we lack? We still have lots of bands out there who play good music comparable to your Kings of Leon or Paramore. The bottomline is we have got what it takes, we just lack the support of our own country.
So the next time you see a local video on youtube whiile surfing or album at any local stores, take sometime to take a listen to them.
Meanwhile check out this documentary done in Singapore titled "Radio Station Forgot to Play My Favourite Song" The titled is derived from a song from The Padres.
Also dont forget to purchase the +65 Indie Underground 3 Cd set. You can get it from here and all good music stores.
I hereby leave you with a classic song from the Padres, November'91
might as well leave you with another.. This is Still from Concave Scream.
Disclaimer : Pictures do not belong to me. They were taken off the +65 Indie Underground facebook group.
Special thanks to Patrick Chng for the photos uploaded there.
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