Bond­ing over ba­bies

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MUSIC - By melissa kok

Two of the women of bond are mums and an­other is ex­pect­ing a child, but they still keep their classical cross­over act sexy.

They may be the hot babes of classical cross­over act Bond. But when we met them last month, it was an­other “babe” that drew all the at­ten­tion.

The cutie-pie was a two-month-old baby girl, the daugh­ter of Bond’s first vi­o­lin­ist Ta­nia Davis.

Davis, who is 36, brought her along – plus a nanny – for the group’s visit to Sin­ga­pore.

Bri­tish-Aus­tralian clas­sics-go-pop group Bond started out as the classical ver­sion of the Spice Girls more than a decade ago, but clearly things have changed a lot since.

Bond are made up of Davis, sec­ond vi­o­lin­ist eos Chater, vi­ola player el­speth han­son and cel­list Gay-yee Westerhoff. They were in Sin­ga­pore for a pri­vate For­mula One hos­pi­tal­ity event ex­cept Westerhoff, 38, who was ab­sent as she is five months preg­nant and un­able to travel.

In­deed, Davis, who also has two sons aged three and five, said they have mel­lowed over the years, with her and Gay-yee em­brac­ing moth­er­hood.

Jug­gling moth­er­hood and tour­ing is tough enough and it was the rea­son han­son, 24, re­placed former mem­ber haylie ecker in 2008, when she de­cided to be­come a full­time mum.

But Davis and Gay-yee seem to be do­ing fine.

“When we do con­cert tours, it’s al­ways Bond, as we are (re­fer­ring to Westerhoff’s ab­sence), even if we have to bring ba­bies on tour with us,” said Davis.

It is a far cry from when they burst on the scene and were dubbed the classical Spice Girls, a ref­er­ence to the Bri­tish pop girl group known for their loud and bois­ter­ous per­sonas in the 1990s.

“I think we all just chilled out a bit more. you just learn to take things a bit less se­ri­ously, other­wise you can go com­pletely bonkers,” said Davis.

The girls are still strut­ting their stuff in sexy, fig­ure-hug­ging out­fits and they have a new al­bum out called Play. It is their first stu­dio al­bum in seven years.

The group said they started record­ing the al­bum in 2009 and added that they needed the hia­tus “to take a breather and take some time out for our per­sonal lives.”

Play, which fea­tures six orig­i­nal com­po­si­tions from the band mem­bers and which has gypsy and folk mu­sic in­flu­ences, sees them do­ing classical ren­di­tions of the hit song Jai Ho from the movie Slum­dog Mil­lion­aire (2008), and Last Time, a track from Bri­tish rock band The Rolling Stones.

Chater, 35, said: “The gist of this al­bum is that we wanted to do some­thing cel­e­bra­tory and that will be re­ally fun live.

“hav­ing toured a lot, you no­tice that the up­beat ones are the ones that get the crowd go­ing and they are the ones they seem to en­joy the most, so that’s the path we’ve taken.”

Bond also did a spe­cial Lady Gaga med­ley, which blends the quirky pop singer’s hit sin­gles such as Bad Ro­mance, Born This Way and Ale­jan­dro.

han­son said: “We wanted to go Gaga. We’re all Lady Gaga fans, she’s re­ally clever and it’s amaz­ing, the stuff she comes up with. We love her mu­sic and we just thought it lends it­self re­ally well to our string and in­stru­men­tal ver­sions.”

Asked how things have changed as a group since she came on board three years ago, she added: “It was the best job I could ever ask for, join­ing Bond. It was just so easy­go­ing, there are no egos in the group at all and we’re all just work­ing to­gether re­ally fairly.

“It’s a lovely equal ba­sis where we all re­spect each other and we want to en­cour­age each other.” – The Straits Times, Sin­ga­pore/ Asia News Net­work n Bond’s Play is re­leased by Uni­ver­sal Mu­sic Malaysia.

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