An ongoing creative endeavour of 5 boys, tangling with personal and emotional intangibles through daily encounters. While the music magpies hail from different genres, with harsh vocals over schizophrenic instrumentation, the performances are always heartfelt and unabashed. Terrestrea is Jared Carlo Monteiro (vocals) Irsyad Salihin (guitar) Kenny Tan (bass) Ben Soon (drums) and Imran (guitar).
Tell us a bit about yourselves and your music.
The 5 of us met in Kent Ridge Hall, and got together to enjoy screamo and posthardcore music. That's a primary influence on our sound. We try to write music that's cathartic and reflective, based on our individual experiences.
What do you hope for your audience to imagine and feel when they listen to your songs?
The main thing is that we hope whoever watches us or gives a listen is engaged by the music. If they relate to the the performance or music or lyrics, or it stirs up something emotional or physical in them, then that's a welcome bonus for us.
You guys come in different flavas... what's your magic sauce as a band?
The fact that we have different tastes and personalities is what drew us to form Terrestrea, and it continues to motivate us. It's tricky to get everyone on the same page idea-wise sometimes, and we're still figuring out solid ways to write and create, but we usually get excited by each others' input. And lots of accidental surprises come out of it too, which is always a great thing.
What’s your favourite thing about living in Singapore?
Food and proximity, which we always take for granted. But we also love our local music scene, small as it is, because it's driven by passion and is actually a very friendly and welcoming community, with lots of room for fresh creative ideas.
Fast forward to 2040. Where do you see yourself on the red dot?
Alive and not in dire straits, fingers crossed. Hopefully still making music we're not afraid to say is ours. And hopefully still proud of our music scene.
3 words that best describe your band?
McSpicy. Anchor Strong.
Localised 'murican fast food with APB beer... because...?
Life is short but days are long.
Catch Terrestrea at Anaki Rocks the City So Shiok 2018, 24 - 25 March Dhoby Ghaut Green Amphitheatre. Anaki Rocks the City is our big up to the diverse yet undiscovered talent on our home soil – the underground, the overlooked and the cool people who don't conform to an artistic norm. More importantly, it has the ability to transcend race, nationality, gender, genre or any divisive label. Anaki Rocks the City is open to and free for all to attend. There are absolutely no tickets sold. Because together, we are are the anthem.