Friday January 21, 2005
Seven Collar T-Shirt makes a difference with second albumBy ZACK YUSOF
As one of the brightest lights of the somewhat dour and uninteresting local indie scene, Klang Valley-based quartet Seven Collar T-Shirt is still committed to subverting its music in a bid to push things forward, even after seven years in the rock game. While the majority of local acts seem content to embrace celebrity over creativity and mindlessly ape their Western counterparts, the band is remaining focused on experimenting with the rock format in order to come up with something fresh and original.
Formed in 1997, the band currently features frontman Duan, guitarist Ham, bassist Fidi and drummer Adil Ali in it ranks. With the release of its highly impressive second album Drones, Seven Collar T-Shirt has set a benchmark for other local pretenders to try and emulate with a collection of songs that is arguably the band’s strongest. As a journalist colleague correctly opined after being blown away by the album: “the mantle of homegrown indie-rock scene is theirs, whether they like it or not (these are shy retiring types we are talking about here, ladies and gentleman), with the rest of the scene trailing in their wake.”