Wed, Jan 26, 2011
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TypeWriter enlists violinist and trumpeter for Friday gig

By Victoria Barker

THOSE attending home-grown quartet TypeWriter's Esplanade gig on Friday can expect to hear the band's music really come alive.

The power-pop outfit - consisting of principal songwriter Yee Chang Kang, 38; bassist Desmond Goh, 34; guitarist Patrick Chng, 43; and drummer Redzuan Hussin, 30 - has enlisted the help of several musicians for the show.

"We've always wanted to do something bigger than the usual four-piece (set-up)," Yee told my paper in an interview.

"In the recorded versions (of the songs), we have extra instrumentation, so, to actually pull it off live will be really nice," he added.

Among the musicians who will be making appearances at the gig are violinist Natalie Soh and trumpeter Chris Yong, both of whom were featured on Type- Writer's debut album, Indian Head Massage.

The gig is a long time coming for the band - Indian Head Massage was released last year after seven years in the making.

"We aren't a full-time band, so (the album) was always an ongoing thing that just took awhile," Yee, a film and television- commercial director by day, explained.

"It wouldn't have sounded as rich and fully realised (if we had rushed it)."

Their Esplanade show should be a breeze for the four men - each is a seasoned player on the independent music scene here.

Yee used to be from now-defunct rock band The Ordinary People, while Chng also fronts indie stalwarts The Oddfellows. Goh plays bass for indie-pop band Electrico, while Redzuan also plays in bands like Moods and Force Vomit.

For them, the passion for creating music is a motivating factor that keeps them going, despite changes in the dynamics of the scene.

Chng explained: "Bands are able to market themselves better with the Internet. Younger bands are very savvy when it comes to new media and creating an image for themselves."

But this change has its pros and cons for TypeWriter - which has collaborated with United States names like Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer from indie band The Posies.

"I feel that there used to be more wonderment (regarding the discovery of new Singapore music)," Yee said thoughtfully. "People have become more passive."

But, with the success of more well-known home-grown acts such as Electrico and Great Spy Experiment, the lads are confident that the music scene here will continue to thrive.

"As long as people listen to these radio-friendly bands, there's hope," Yee said.

Goh agreed. "It's easy to say that the music scene is getting better, but it's only by a tiny per cent," he said.

"At this point, it's all about hoping and working towards improving it."

Catch TypeWriter on Friday at the Esplanade Recital Studio at 9.30pm.

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