Tuesday, July 03, 2007


SMS? Well, it stands for the Singapore Music Scene and on these pages I intend to spotlight worthy bands from this little-known scene and hopefully other parts of the world will begin to appreciate what I and several others have been enjoying on this little red dot of ours.

First up, my good friends and soon enough yours…


The Great Spy Experiment (or GSE for short) is one of the most exciting bands in Singapore right now. Already they have performed twice in the USA (an achievement for Singaporean bands) – at the recent SXSW festival in Austin, Texas and the Singapore Day event in New York. And in the last two years, GSE has been garnering awards for their increasing popularity but most importantly the attention of music fans with their energetic hybrid of the shoe-gazing aesthetic and rock ‘n’ roll attitude.

Last year, GSE released their debut single – Class ‘A’ Love Affair/Captain Funkycurls – twin slabs of groovy shakermakers with heavenly tunes – and anytime soon, GSE will be releasing their eagerly anticipated debut album Flower Show Riots, and judging from the songs the band has been playing live, the album promises to be one of the best of 2007.

The Band - Fandy 'Carlos' Razak (drums), Magdelene Han (keyboards), Khairyl Hashim (bass), Song (guitar) and Saiful Idris (guitar & vocals).

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