After winning a S$10,000 Presentation and Participation Grant from the National Arts Council in September last year, local rock and fusion band Cross Fire will be launching its first album Leather at the Hood Bar and Cafe on Aug 31.
Produced by K.K. Wong, a pioneer in the local music scene, and recorded in TNT music studios, Leather has 12 Tamil tracks covering a wide range of genres such as hard rock, rap, ballad and fusion.
Said composer and lyricist Arulmani Elangovan (right): "It is the first time that the Tamil rock and fusion genre was awarded this grant."
Arul and his friend Saga Devan, a rock drummer who has recorded and played with indie bands in local and international gigs, started Cross Fire with guitarist Saravanan Perumal, pianist Pradeep Radhakrishnan and bassist George Xavier.
The band's influences are Indian composers Ilayaraja and A.R. Rahman, and Western bands Guns 'n' Roses, Iron Maiden, Fifth Angel and Metallica, said Arul, who has been in the music scene for the past 15 years. He has performed in both local English and Indian bands such as Marumalarchi and The Dirty Dealers.
He has also mentored a few bands on their original music and taught guitar and music to many students.
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