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rock in the fine city
'80s-'90s singapore independent music archives
Friday, March 09, 2007
SWIRLING MADNESS


Swirling Madness circa 1993


Swirling Madness- The Right To Play Demo 1992 and We Are What We Are Demo 1993

Singapore had a very colourful past when it comes to underground hardcore and metal music. Ever since the advent of Opposition Party and Anti-social Kiosk, legions of hardcore skins and punks had made their marks and impacts upon the local scene. In the heydays of hardocre with cult acts like Stomping Ground and Global Chaos, Swirling Madness came into existence along with Four Sides with their frenzied brutal hardcore anthems, taking the local scene by storm. Formed in 1990, they were originally a quartet Jacque Chong (guitar), Glenn (bass), Rizal (vocals) and Ray (drums). Jacque was a rather famous personality amongst the underground as ironically, a metaller with long hair playing straight-edged music as well as dabbling in local music journalism and media. They had several demos, titled "The Right To Play" and "We Are What We Are", with the latter seeing the departure of Jacque. Musically, they are influenced by Sick of It All, Quicksand, Sodom and Slayer. Their songs are very funny, ranging from drunken "Gimme Some JD" to misogynous "Woman", but their hardcore carried strong messages of positivism. The only negative thing is that the band was rather short-lived.

--sojourner at 11:23 PM

album reviews

Anesthesia- Anesthesia CD Astreal- Ouijablush CD AWOL- Midnight In June CD Band of Slaves- 45 MCD Bird Brains- Peanut Butter Jelly Sandwich CD The Black Sun- The Black Sun CD The Boredphucks- Revolution 69 MCD The Boredphucks- Banned In Da Singapura CD Chris Ho- Nite Songs In Day-Glo CD Concave Scream- Concave Scream CD Concave Scream- Erratic CD Concave Scream- Three CD Daze- Sexy Little Boy MCD Do Not Ask- Just Play It! CD Edgar's Fault- Edgar's Fault CD Fection Dasche- Eternal Transgression CD Flying Pills- Flying Pills CD Force Vomit- The Furniture Goes Up CD Global Chaos- The Art of Listening CD Humpback Oak- Pain-stained Morning CD Humpback Oak- Ghostfather CD Humpback Oak- SideASideB CD Humpback Oak- Oaksongs Boxset Impiety- Asateerul Awaleen CD Kelvin Tan- The Bluest Silence CD Lilac Saints- Awake CD The Lizard's Convention- Here's a Funny Fish, Hurrah! CD The Mother- A Dark Trip On The Ill Tip CD Mutation- Void of Disharmony EP Neural Vibe- Mantra CD The Oddfellows- Teenage Head CD The Oddfellows- Carnival CD The Ordinary People- It's A Weird Existence CD The Padres- BigO Singles Club #1 MCD The Padres- What's Your Story MCD The Pagans- Stereokineticspiraldreams CD Radio Active- Eyes In The Attic CD Starfish n Coffee- Ghost MCD Stompin' Ground- Measured By The Richter Scale CD Stoned Revivals- Golden Lovesongs From The Evil Island of The Handsome Tropical Cannibals CD Sugarflies- And That's Why CD Watchmen- Democracy CD Watchmen- Love MCD Zircon Gov.Pawn Starz- Follywood CD Zircon Lounge- Regal Vigor LP Various Artists- +65 Indie Underground 3 CDs Set Various Artists- Left of The Dial CD Various Artists- The Substation 10 Years & Counting (Rock The Garden) CD Various Artists- 12 Storeys CD Various Artists- New School Rock MCD

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