Indie / Alternative
Faux Pas is an Indie/Alternative Rock band comprising four friends namely, Shalihin (drums), Eddy (bass), Ben (Lead Guitar) and Nabil (Rhythm & Vocals) who share the same ideals and ambitions in music. Formed in early 2013, we saw out the best days of our polytechnic lives jamming regularly. We soon realised that we had chemistry and wanting to test ourselves further, we decided to start writing originals instead of just playing covers.
How did you guys get together?
We’re not entirely sure how it all started, actually. The four of us were already in another band that wasn’t going anywhere, to be honest, due to our previous guitarist having commitment issues. There was a lot of suspense, romance, and drama involved; but when we got rid of our previous guitarist, we started jamming more regularly as a foursome rather than a 5-piece band. Eventually, everything came into place and here we are; two years later.
What inspires you to create the songs that you do?
Bands that have made an impact on us and have inspired us include Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Arctic Monkeys, Bloc Party and The Strokes. Individually, however, our roots are a lot more diverse. Eddy is more towards the heavier side; with bands such as Saosin, Circa Survive, Alter Bridge, and Foo Fighters influencing him the most. Shalihin’s our hipster of the band – New Order, Joy Division, The Whitest Boy Alive, and The Vines come to mind. Ben’s a fusion of funk and metal (not funk metal). He plays and sounds very much like John Frusciante (RHCP), but also has that metallic edge that stuck with him through the years (he loves to annoy us by playing Sweet Child O’ Mine and Raining Blood in between songs during our jams); as well as other genres of music that he gets inspired by, like post-rock. Nabil is grunge-man, to sum it up. It’s pretty evident that his main influences are grunge bands like Nirvana, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam. But as a songwriter, he’s also heavily influenced by Green Day, Touche Amore and Blur.
What do you hope for the audience to imagine or feel when they listen to your songs?
We’re not really into giving an atmospheric setting through our songs (though we’d like to have a go at it one day). But we want our audience and listeners to feel the melodies and lyrics that are in our songs; to feel the beat of the tambourine, move about like dancing queens and kings, and to have that same kind of thoughts/feelings/experience we have when we listen to our favourite artists. Some of our songs are packed with energy and groove, while others are a much sombre and melancholic affair. Who knows – maybe one day a song of ours could be used on a mixtape from someone to his/her lover hahahaha.
Why do you think fellow Singaporeans can relate to your music?
Not all Singaporeans can relate to our music. Old people would definitely scoff at our music and label it as “noise”. We do, however, feel that Singaporeans in general can relate to our music. We don’t necessarily write our songs with as much Singaporean slangs/lingos as others, but places and things that young Singaporeans do (especially at night) are things that all of us can relate to; in some way or another.
What do you want your audience to take out after watching you perform live?
We just want our audience to take in the raw energy and enjoy themselves when we play live; grooving and dancing along to our songs while we play is a sight that we’d always appreciate. We don’t really expect the whole “OMG this band is so good I gotta buy their EP/find them on Youtube/like their page” shabang – there are times where we’ve actually forgotten to promote ourselves on our social media platforms hahahaha.
What are your hopes for Singapore circa 2050?
We don’t know, really. We just hope that the Singapore music scene continues to grow and get the recognition that it deserves. For now, we just want to contribute to putting Singapore on the music map; for the future generations to see and be inspired by and hopefully, make their own bands/music and contribute as well.