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rock in the fine city
'80s-'90s singapore independent music archives
Friday, April 25, 2008

The last time I saw Daren Lauchengco he was peddling his killer artwork at Vivocity and I have to admit that I was totally amazed by the sheer talent he has. For your information, he illustrates very dark, morbid, surrealistic and psychedelic stuffs which is outsider underground art of the highest order. I later found out that he had a website and you might want to check out at: . I knew that he had contributed to comic coverarts for the MIS (Made In Singapore) cassettes compilations but you have to see his recent dark stuffs that simply defines cult. Anyway, he used to head a cult band that went by the name S.U.D.S. and they had released several highly acclaimed demos which was listed as the most outstanding demos by the local underground presses. S.U.D.S. was formed in April 1990 as Die Laughing and it boasted the lineup Daren Lauchengco (vocals), Nizam (lead guitar), Azlan (drums), Amin (bass) and Imran (rhythm guitar). They were influenced by the bottom heavy rock/metal bands like Black Sabbath, Soundgarden and even Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and they labelled their music as “Funcore”, which sees a heady mixture of punk, blues, metal, hardcore and funk in their first demo “The Demo” released in 1990 while they regressed (or should I say sought the early roots ) to classic rock sound ala Led Zeppelin with their “Invasion of The Killer Suds” demo 1993. It is indeed sad that the band is another closed chapter in Singapore music underground history because this band will hit this sad state of local rock right at the funnybones.

--sojourner at 11:31 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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