Sevencollar T-shirt (clockwise from top), bassist Keng Lee, guitarist Ham, frontman Duan (seated) and drummer Adil to turn back the clock as the band revisits its 'Drones' album material in a special show.
Alternative rock outfit Sevencollar T-shirt set to roll out Drones 10th anniversary showcase.
AS far as anniversary celebrations go for local alternative rock albums, there is none far more deserving than Sevencollar T-shirt’s second album Drones, which was released in Nov 2004. The Klang Valley-based band is due out for a 10th anniversary celebration for the Drones album at No Black Tie in Kuala Lumpur this Thursday.
Drones, which is arguably Sevencollar T-shirt’s (SCTS) most coherent album, had its OK Computer-inspired experimentalism, existential anxiety and atmospheric post rock twists. But with songs like Renaldo Moon, The Boohoorah Theory, War Is Over and The Summary, the band also succeeded in evoking a more marked melodic range.
“It’s going to be a bit of challenge to recapture the mood of the Drones songs,” said Sevencollar T-shirt frontman Duan ahead of the upcoming showcase. “We haven’t played some of these Drones-era songs in years. That’s why we’re starting with this small No Black Tie show ... not too much hype. This will be the first of a few Drones-driven shows this year. For this Thursday, we want to revisit the ‘rock club’ days. Just a normal rock show. A chance to play the entire album and more. No string section (laughs).”
Apart from Duan, the band’s line-up (with an average mid-30s age bracket) includes guitarist Ham, bassist Keng Lee and drummer Adil Ali.
With recording sessions done throughout 2004, the 11-track Drones album was described by the band back then as a “peaceful and fun time in the studio.”
The album was produced by the band and Jeffrey Little (who also engineered the album) and was released through Laguna Records. Entirely self-financed by Laguna and the band, Drones was mixed by local music scene veteran Roslan Aziz and mastered in the United States.
“We really hope to get Roslan to the No Black Tie show this Thursday. His contribution to the Drones album was invaluable,” added Duan.
Drones also marked Roslan’s first foray into alternative/indie rock territory and also drummer Adil’s first recorded output with SCTS, following former drummer/founder member Mokthar’s departure from the band to concentrate on running his own music label in 2003.
Despite the Drones album being out of print, Duan said there are no plans for a remastered album reissue or vinyl edition.
Formed in 1997, the band’s other albums include the debut Freeway, Dreaming & Broke (2002) and The Great Battle (2009). Last year, SCTS released a new track Ordinary Life. — Daryl Goh
n Sevencollar T-shirt’s Drones 10th anniversary showcase takes place at No Black Tie, 17 Jalan Mesui, off Jalan Nagasari, Kuala Lumpur. Opening act is Go Gerilla. Showtime is 9pm. Tickets cost RM40 (available at the door). More info: noblacktie.com.my. Band updates: www.facebook.com/sevencollartshirt.