Since 1992, May has been designated Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in the United States. In an effort to share cultures, we thought it would be sweet to showcase some of the talent hailing from one of Asia’s smaller nations, dubbed the “Little Red Dot.” For its size, Singapore is a global hub of commerce, finance, transportation and, surprisingly, great alternative music! So here’s our breakdown of the best acts to come out of the Lion City:
BAKERS IN SPACE
Borrowing different elements from indie, psychedelic and punk music, Bakers In Space’s goal is to create music that is equal parts chill and energetic. Gaining a good following in their native country, their debut EP, Implosions, comes out this month, with each track subtly unique in its own respect.
Check out: “Fools & Liars”
The members of melodic alt-rock band boxchild were immediately united by their love of performance as students in Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s Song Composing Club. Their name represents exploration and pushing themselves out of their comfort zone. Their in-your-face sound is driven by heavy riffs and powerful vocals.
Check out: “Rewind”
True to their name, this synthpop quartet’s sound is bursting with infectious disco hooks and catchy vocals. Their debut EP, Arcade, released last year, peaked at No. 2 on the iTunes Pop Chart in Singapore, with their latest single also making waves on several local charts.
Check out: “Plastic Hearts”
Melodic hardcore act Exhibitors released their latest album Forever Loved, Never Forgotten in November, and they played Singapore’s Rock On Fest alongside established electronicore band I See Stars last month.
Check out: “Silence”
This funky band, initially started as an acoustic duo, has blossomed into a thoughtful fusion of pop, rock, blues, and R&B over the years. The act have won a number of band competitions to date and are now ready to take it to the next level with the release of their debut EP Vanity in late June.
Check out: “Better Than This”