Bonding over babies
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.