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Plan B
A local band reminiscent of Radiohead? Meet B-Quartet
 
Christopher Toh
christophertoh@mediacorp.com.sg
 
Experimentation is the way to go for Singaporean rock band B-Quartet, said its front man Bani Haykal. The band will be performing a no-holds-barred concert at the Playden at the Arts House tomorrow.
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Called Tobogganing, the concert also serves as the official launch of their de- but album, Tomorrow Is Our Permanent Address.
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The band spent about one-and-a-half years putting everything together, and produced the album with Leonard Soosay, one of Singapore's foremost indie music producers.
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The album paints a musical shift that will inevitably draw comparisons with some of the more progressive and experimental bands and artistes out there, such as Radiohead and Jeff Buckley, particularly on songs like Shoebox and Kleptomania.
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"It has an experimental edge," said Haykal of the album. "We got a bit too comfortable with our previous (alternative rock) sound, so I wanted everyone to be totally unfamiliar with this one, playing the instruments differently.
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"Maybe that's why it turned out the way it did — but that's a good thing."
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This "unlearning" process wasn't easy. "It was difficult at times," said Haykal. "It got a bit tense, but I think it was all good because we learned a lot more things than we otherwise would have."
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It was, he added, their familiarity with one another that pulled them through.
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"We've been together for a long time, and we know each others' work process. There isn't anyone who calls the shots and we work things out together. There's respect even before anything begins. We know how to tread our path," he said.
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That path has been trodden on since the band was formed about seven years ago. The band called themselves B-Quartet based on the names of the two pairs of brothers (who are also cousins): Bani Haykal, 22, and Bani Hidir, 20; and Bani Faizal, 24, and Bani Raizan, 23.
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But the band's moniker is now a little outdated, said Haykal. In line with their experimental nature, the band augmented their line-up over a year ago.
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"We're now a sextet," he said. On the album, they are joined by Sirraj, who provided the sound effects for Stupid Luxury, Shoebox and Kleptomania; and Haykal's uncle, Bani Rahman — a recognised bass player here, having performed with Tanya Chua, Taufik Batisah and Nathan Hartono — plays bass on Kleptomania and Disp:rs.
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So, what can we expect at the show?
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"I have no idea! We're just going to give it our all … We just want to share this new experience with everyone else. It's about getting our music out there. If we get more people to appreciate and like the stuff, that'd be the most rewarding thing."
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Tobogganing is happening this Saturday at The Playden, The Arts House, at 8pm.
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Get tickets, at $22 each, at the door

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