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Singapore Indie Rock Band Astreal Is Back, And Better Than Ever

There’s no denying the appeal of the female pop chanteuse/rock star or female-fronted band. Add a dose of rebelliousness, a quirk (or a few) and an indie spirit, and the cool factor goes off the charts. We speak to seven ruling the Singapore scene, including Singapore band Astreal.

(From left) On Chian: Wool trenchcoat, denim jacket, and cotton shirt. On Ang: Wool suit and cotton shirt. On Chittick: Silk chiffon midi dress, polyester turtleneck sweater, and wool pants. On Alkhatib: Suede shirt and denim jeans. All H&M

Who they are: One of Singapore’s longest running bands dating back to 1992 (then under the moniker Breed). Multiple line-up changes later, it’s now made up of (from left) drummer Joseph Chian, 28, keyboardist Jason Ang, 28, bassist/vocalist/multi-hyphenate cool chick Ginette Chittick, 40, and guitarist/original member Muhammad Alkhatib, 41.

Know them ’cos: Um, how can you not know them – not just for being one of Singapore’s loudest champions of shoegaze music, but also for being one of the first local indie acts to be fronted by a female vocalist? And after more than a decade since their last release, their third EP Light should drop just about the time you’re reading this.

What’s next for 2017: What better way to kick off the launch of Light than by debuting it live at the St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival? Chittick calls the EP a paean to Astreal’s roots – “a sonic assault with an ethereal voice floating above it”. Excited much?

 

Photography Zaphs Zhang & Vee Chin Styling Imran Jalal, assisted by Sapphire Chin Hair & Makeup Sha Shamsi, Laea Hidayah, Karen H & Zoel Tee, using La Biosthetique & M.A.C

This story first appeared in Female‘s February 2017 issue.

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