A teaspoon of post-psychedelia, a sprinkle of indie rock and four friends were the main ingredients to form Bakers in Space.
The quartet is made up of Eugene Soh, Amirul Hakim, Ernest Foo, and Hafi Zainor. What started out as an Arctic Monkeys cover band has now fully bloomed into a psychedelic indie rock outfit with an inaugural EP entitled Implosions under their belt and a slated regional tour in August. The band has also been playing shows all around the island since their inception and are making their Baybeats debut this July, amongst other festivals.
We reached out to the guys via email to get to know more about the band.
Hi Guys! How did the band come about? And what is the meaning behind ‘Bakers in Space’?
The band came about through a love for Arctic Monkeys. Originally we formed it just to cover their songs but eventually, we just decided to write our own stuff. It felt more fulfilling to us. Bakers In Space was just a name we made up from Eugene’s culinary background and everyone’s common love for psychedelic music which is what we try to compose.
Congrats on the release of Implosions EP! What’s the creative process behind it?
Thank you so much! Implosions is about experiences and people we have met in the past few years. It’s really just trying to relate to people breaking down from the inside; while lyrically it focuses on relationships and day to day life of the struggles of work and always looking for an outlet of leisure, musically we tried to focus on a large array of sounds and song structures. We try not to keep it to traditional song formats but sort of just do whatever we want and however we feel like a song should proceed, but most of the time it’s just a tiny idea like a melody or a bass/guitar riff and we just keep building and arranging things together to write out the songs.
Which bands has influenced the sound of Bakers in Space?
The four of us come from relatively different musical backgrounds. Hakim (drums) is more of a punk rock drummer and quite a metalhead as well; Hafi likes metal too and bands like Scale the Summit and Toe, very post rocky; Ernest comes from a rock and indie background, HE LOVES OASIS hahaha. Eugene also grew up as a metal fan until he discovered Fleet Foxes and progressive band The Fall of Troy. We all kind of just bonded together over Arctic Monkeys in the end, and slowly started listening to each others bands and later on discovering modern bands like Foals, Tame Impala and Bombay Bicycle Club; so collectively we are influenced by a bunch of bands but we try to bring out our own personal tastes when we play together.
If you could only pick one song from Implosions EP that best describes the band to someone unfamiliar with your music, which would it be and why?
This is a really hard question, we think every song is really different, and we recommend you listen to the EP in full according to the track listing because it’s the best way to experience it, in our opinion.
What are your thoughts on the current local music scene?
The local music scene is much more happening now than 10 years ago when we got introduced to this world of music. Gigs were much harder to come by before and now there are like multiple gigs happening on each weekend minimum! We’re just super glad that we’re able to be a part of such an epic time in Singapore’s music.
Are there any local bands or artists on the bucket list of people that you’d like to perform alongside with?
We’re definitely up for performing with ARCTIC MONKEYS. That’s just the dream. Hahahaha we just really are huge fanboys. Just getting to watch them live would be the best thing that could happen for us.
What else is in store for the band for the rest of 2017?
We’re just gonna play more shows, we’re writing more songs but that’s for a long term plan for now. We wanna go on tour as well and do a couple more videos to promote our EP.
To follow up with the launch of Implosions, the quartet has released the music video to their sophomore single ‘Mute’. Directed by well-known local music industry veteran Leonard Soosay, check out their latest music video below.
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