Local Bands: An Interview with rocketswan
Though their name consists of a seemingly random amalgamation of unrelated themes, rocketswan’s fuzzy girl-fronted lo-fi surf pop has got nothing odd about it. Their equally randomly-titled debut EP “my name is Abel, how do you do”, which has been entirely written, recorded, and produced by the band themselves, evoked dreamy vibes reminiscent of bands like Cults and Yuck. Between their atmospheric sound and catchy riffs, complimented by Rachael’s ethereal vocals; the reverb-heavy production and their fuzzed-out nods to the Swinging Sixties is both accessible and relatable.
The multi-talented quintet, which came together for a school competition, has come a long way since then and has garnered much critical commendations in various local and regional reviews. Just recently, they opened for label mates Obedient Wives Club for the launch of their latest EP.
We had a chat with this up-and-coming local band to tell us more about themselves, their thoughts on the music scene in Singapore and their plans for the future.
How did the name rocketswan come about?
When the group got together we had to name the band rocketswan (with a small r). it wasn’t a matter of discussion, it was a matter of fact.
Tell us more about the band and some of your musical influences?
rocketswan is about rhythm and textures. Check out this song called Bomba Carabomba Angel Canales, that is the closest thing i can get to what we are about.
How did you feel about your Homeclub gig as the opening act for local indie stalwarts Obedient Wives Club?
We were really excited! They are a great bunch, and we could not have been happier to be asked to open for them.
You guys were featured and reviewed in several local and regional publications. Were you expecting this much exposure when the band first started?
Honestly, we weren’t expecting anything with our band. We wanted to put our music and ourselves out there, and anything else that came along with that has been like icing on top of a cake.
What do you think of the local music scene from a musician’s perspective?
Singapore is a small place, so the size and standard of our scene is limited by that. That being said, the local music scene has made huge progress with many new venues to play live, more quality bands emerging as well as more veteran and fresh acts going abroad to play in festivals and tours.
Where do you guys see yourselves going from here, individually and as a band?
We hope to grow as individuals so that we can bring more to the table as a band.
More information about rocketswan can be found on their Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rocketswan/
Text by: Choy Jing Hui
Images courtesy of: rocketswan and Happy Teardrop Music
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