Esplanade Presents | Free Performances: Rocking the Region
Sphaeras, NOTHING TO DECLARE and We Are Imaginary
NOTHING TO DECLARE (Japan)
We Are Imaginary (Philippines)
This March, catch 16 bands from eight countries over eight days at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre. Listen to the soundtrack of each city and embrace the diverse styles and cultures that all carry the rebel heart of rock ‘n’ roll.
Sphaeras is a four-piece instrumental rock band based in Singapore. The band has released two albums, most recently Sun Seeker, an EP in collaboration with Brazilian math rock band Odradek and featuring the vocals of local artist, weish. The album has garnered considerable international acclaim from music outlets such as Noisey Brazil. The band is in the midst of writing new material and arranging an international tour in the coming year.
NOTHING TO DECLARE (JP)
NOTHING TO DECLARE is an alternative rock band from Tokyo, Japan, which started out in Singapore in 2006 as a solo project of Mas Kimura while he was a member of pop punk band, Pug Jelly.
The debut eponymous EP was released soon after, which led to a headlining slot at Singapore’s biggest outdoor alternative music festival BayBeats, and a series of performances capped by a nationwide tour of Japan.
Mas moved to Japan in 2012 and recruited Yoshi, Masa and Mutsumi on board. In May 2013, with the release of their first album Your Obsession, they were called in to support FACT (Japan) on their label’s tour, supported ISSUES (USA) on their headlining show in Tokyo, and also returned to perform at BayBeats in Singapore.
In 2015, the band released a three-track single, We Stand Alone. The music videos for all three songs are on their YouTube channel. That year, they also shared the stage with FACT in the latter’s farewell festival in Japan, performing alongside Ken Yokoyama (Hi-Standard), Crossfaith, Man With A Mission, Hey-Smith and many more.
We Are Imaginary (PH)
Since 2008, the critically acclaimed We Are Imaginary continue to refine their sound by marrying the jangly romp of The Smiths to the morose romanticism of early-2000s Death Cab for Cutie. The Manila-based band has released two EPs under the moniker Your Imaginary Friends: the slyly confident indie-pop debut, One Dreamy Indeterminate Hum (2010) and its grittier cousin, Silence Is A Villain (2013). They then turned over a new leaf in 2016 by signing under local indie label WideEyed Records Manila, and releasing their highly anticipated debut LP Death to Romanticism (2016) under their new name.
After representing their country at the 2015 Grass Tone Sound Festival in Nakhon Ratchisima, Thailand, We Are Imaginary, composed of Ahmad Tanji (vocals, guitars), Jazz Magday (drums), Khalid Tanji (guitars, vocals) and Vhall Bugtong (bass, vocals), are more driven than ever to make the world a saner place with their own brand of hummable noise.
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