Electrico

From left to right: William Lim, Jr (drummer); Desmond Goh (bassist); and David Tan (lead singer-guitarist)

Electrico’s monolithic reputation is etched within the annals of Singapore’s musical heritage. Formed as Electric Company in 1996, the trio of David Tan, Desmond Goh and William Lim, Jr evolved to become torchbearers of the city’s indie-rock scene. Their repertoire runs the gamut from punk-charged anthems to synth-washed odysseys, encapsulated in a series of albums, So Much More Inside (2004), Hip City (2006), and We Satellites (2008). In 2021, Electrico released two EPs – B-sides Live at the Power Station and Left of the Century – following a hiatus.

Releases

Left of the century

Year of Release: 2021
Electrico returns with plenty of gas left in the tank. The EP is the trio’s first batch of new music in 13 years, with signature strong hooks you’d expect from the pivotal indie-rockers. Incendiary opener, ‘Fire in the Sky’, goes supernova. ‘Easy Come Easy Go’ exhibits its ruffled disposition with a popped collar. ‘The One’ cruises as a road trip jam, drifting into harmony-rich choruses. And wrapping up the record is the topical ‘Influenza’, a jab at social status that swirls in a haze of 1960s psychedelia. Electrico is ready to take the town.

B-sides live at the Power Station

Year of Release: 2021
Like a phoenix from the ashes, this EP sees the band’s core trio return triumphantly after a long hiatus. Performed and recorded live within the gargantuan halls of Pasir Panjang Power Station, four tracks from their repertoire were enhanced with piano sounds and reinvigorated with a strings-and-brass section. Sharpened and polished, these classics sound more potent than ever, proving that the band remains in outstanding condition.

We satellites

Year of Release: 2008
Maturity is about shaking off artistic stagnancy, and We Satellites exhibits a band ready to adapt. In this third album released in 2008, they venture into less-traversed realms ripe with experimentation. Songs, like the opus-defining ‘Shadow’, are stretched out while melancholic ballads, like ‘Faces’, are boldly explorative. Other key offerings, such as ‘Save Our Souls’ and ‘Hail To The Friends’, feature more complex progressions and arrangements. This is an Electrico electrified by possibilities, resulting in their most versatile record yet.

Hip city

Year of Release: 2006
Another feather in the cap of the indie-rock titans, this sophomore album, released in 2006, is regarded as one of the milestones in the band’s trajectory. The record is a love letter to the Singaporean metropolis. The quintet pen energetic anecdotes that include the relatable ‘Teenage Queen’, the unabashedly patriotic ‘We’re Not Made In The USA’ as well as the nostalgic smash hit, ‘Love In New Wave’. These stadium-sized tracks illustrate the expanding stature of the outfit, as they evolve from emerging hotshots to industry behemoths.

So much more inside

Year of Release: 2004
Much more than a snapshot of noughties indie rock, the debut album by the storied pioneers is revered for forging the bedrock of the Singaporean music industry. Flowing from the band’s invigorating reformation in 2003, the collection of timeless tracks features beefed-up guitar hooks and dense streams of synths, complementing an impregnable rhythm section and full-bodied vocal performances. It contains the ebullient ‘Runaway’ and suave ‘I Want You’, noteworthy tracks which have become adored anthems.

Electrico

From left to right: William Lim, Jr (drummer); Desmond Goh (bassist); and David Tan (lead singer-guitarist)

Electrico’s monolithic reputation is etched within the annals of Singapore’s musical heritage. Formed as Electric Company in 1996, the trio of David Tan, Desmond Goh and William Lim, Jr evolved to become torchbearers of the city’s indie-rock scene. Their repertoire runs the gamut from punk-charged anthems to synth-washed odysseys, encapsulated in a series of albums, So Much More Inside (2004), Hip City (2006), and We Satellites (2008). In 2021, Electrico released two EPs – B-sides Live at the Power Station and Left of the Century – following a hiatus.

Releases

Left of the century

Year of Release: 2021
Electrico returns with plenty of gas left in the tank. The EP is the trio’s first batch of new music in 13 years, with signature strong hooks you’d expect from the pivotal indie-rockers. Incendiary opener, ‘Fire in the Sky’, goes supernova. ‘Easy Come Easy Go’ exhibits its ruffled disposition with a popped collar. ‘The One’ cruises as a road trip jam, drifting into harmony-rich choruses. And wrapping up the record is the topical ‘Influenza’, a jab at social status that swirls in a haze of 1960s psychedelia. Electrico is ready to take the town.

B-sides live at the Power Station

Year of Release: 2021
Like a phoenix from the ashes, this EP sees the band’s core trio return triumphantly after a long hiatus. Performed and recorded live within the gargantuan halls of Pasir Panjang Power Station, four tracks from their repertoire were enhanced with piano sounds and reinvigorated with a strings-and-brass section. Sharpened and polished, these classics sound more potent than ever, proving that the band remains in outstanding condition.

We satellites

Year of Release: 2008
Maturity is about shaking off artistic stagnancy, and We Satellites exhibits a band ready to adapt. In this third album released in 2008, they venture into less-traversed realms ripe with experimentation. Songs, like the opus-defining ‘Shadow’, are stretched out while melancholic ballads, like ‘Faces’, are boldly explorative. Other key offerings, such as ‘Save Our Souls’ and ‘Hail To The Friends’, feature more complex progressions and arrangements. This is an Electrico electrified by possibilities, resulting in their most versatile record yet.

Hip city

Year of Release: 2006
Another feather in the cap of the indie-rock titans, this sophomore album, released in 2006, is regarded as one of the milestones in the band’s trajectory. The record is a love letter to the Singaporean metropolis. The quintet pen energetic anecdotes that include the relatable ‘Teenage Queen’, the unabashedly patriotic ‘We’re Not Made In The USA’ as well as the nostalgic smash hit, ‘Love In New Wave’. These stadium-sized tracks illustrate the expanding stature of the outfit, as they evolve from emerging hotshots to industry behemoths.

So much more inside

Year of Release: 2004
Much more than a snapshot of noughties indie rock, the debut album by the storied pioneers is revered for forging the bedrock of the Singaporean music industry. Flowing from the band’s invigorating reformation in 2003, the collection of timeless tracks features beefed-up guitar hooks and dense streams of synths, complementing an impregnable rhythm section and full-bodied vocal performances. It contains the ebullient ‘Runaway’ and suave ‘I Want You’, noteworthy tracks which have become adored anthems.

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