Hear ye hear ye! Baybeats, Singapore's largest indie music festival, is upon us once more!
The boys from A Town in Fear settled into the interview, all having rushed down from different locations. Like many bands here, this was time given after a hard day's work. They write and play hardcore music, a genre most might typify with images of rowdy moshpits, tattooed torsos and complex melodies played to chaotic rythm and screaming guitars.
It can be quite polarising at first sight, specially if one is not inclined to such forms of expression. But in reality, hardcore and metal is not as frightening as the imagery that represents it. In fact, the stronghold for the genre has always been defined by a message of strength and community, kept alive by an unrelentingly roar of a sound.
Guitarist Wayne, for example, attests to the positive nature of hardcore metal, quoting the influences of straight edge, a subculture born out of a rebellion against the hedonism of punk rock, as a motivation to his own resolve to be a vegan and stay away from alcohol. So really, one ought to be proud to have a metalhead son.
Good times were had, as we picked the brains of four out of the five who make up this promising young band, with what I think is an album that is worth anticipating, based on the tracks made available so far.
Find out in the videos below, about how they started, what they hope for and their thoughts on the Backstreet Boys.
Wait... "stay away from alcohol"? :(
Exclusive acoustic performance of "Traditions"
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Baybeats is on from 29th to 31st June 2012 at the Esplanade.
Thanks to Hermione, housemates and Chewy the cat for letting us use their lovely apartment.
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