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Alternative Rock

Common Agony started as a 5-piece band in 2004. Initially a punk rock band, we evolved and started playing Alternative Rock after the band disbanded in 2005 and reformed in 2010, with changes in the band’s line-up. Now, we are a 7-piece band comprising of Ali and Zul on guitars, Yati and Epul on vocals, Faz on bass, Anthony on the keyboard and Zed on the drums, ready to rock.

How did you guys get together?

Ali started the band in 2004 with 4 other members. However, the original members left one by one and slowly, Ali pulled all of us together. Zul is Ali’s colleague, Yati was introduced by a former band member, Epul was an old friend of Yati, Ali recruited Zed from soft, Anthony became friends with Ali after a gig during which they shared the same stage, and was pulled in to replace Claudia, former CA keyboardist. Faz, believe it or not, was found by Ali online.

What inspires you to create the songs that you do?

Most of our songs, for instance, Insane and Ease My Pain, were written based on our band member’s personal experiences, which somehow relates to others because we believe that they are about something that others may have faced before. One of our newer songs, for example, Hell Of My Life, was written metaphorically so that our audience can interpret them however they like.

What do you hope for the audience to imagine or feel when they listen to your songs?

We hope that they can feel what we’ve gone through or relate them with their past experiences. Or imagine us taking them on a journey back in time or some places and feel the atmosphere of the song.

Why do you think fellow Singaporeans can relate to your music?

Like most of our older songs, it is a common problem we face at some point of our lives. Our songs are based on stories from our different members. With different experiences from all of us, I think somehow, people will have experienced, are experiencing or will experience, what we try to communicate in our songs.

What are your hopes for Singapore circa 2050?

Well, we hope a slow pace of life, everything will be cheaper, and our music industry will be as big as Japan’s.