Re­vis­it­ing a clas­sic

Al­ter­na­tive rock out­fit Seven­col­lar T-shirt set to roll out 10th an­niver­sary show­case.

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AS far as an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions go for lo­cal al­ter­na­tive rock al­bums, there is none far more de­serv­ing than Seven­col­lar T-shirt’s sec­ond al­bum Drones, which was re­leased in Nov 2004. The Klang Val­ley-based band is due out for a 10th an­niver­sary celebration for the Drones al­bum at No Black Tie in Kuala Lumpur this Thurs­day.

Drones, which is ar­guably Seven­col­lar T-shirt’s (SCTS) most co­her­ent al­bum, had its OK Com­puter- in­spired ex­per­i­men­tal­ism, ex­is­ten­tial anx­i­ety and at­mo­spheric post rock twists. But with songs like Re­naldo Moon, The Boohoorah The­ory, War Is Over and The Sum­mary, the band also suc­ceeded in evok­ing a more marked melodic range.

“It’s go­ing to be a bit of chal­lenge to re­cap­ture the mood of the Drones songs,” said Seven­col­lar T-shirt front­man Duan ahead of the up­com­ing show­case. “We haven’t played some of th­ese Drones- era songs in years. That’s why we’re start­ing with this small No Black Tie show ... not too much hype. This will be the first of a few Drones- driven shows this year. For this Thurs­day, we want to re­visit the ‘rock club’ days. Just a nor­mal rock show. A chance to play the en­tire al­bum and more. No string sec­tion ( laughs).”

Apart from Duan, the band’s line-up (with an av­er­age mid-30s age bracket) in­cludes gui­tarist Ham, bassist Keng Lee and drum­mer Adil Ali.

With record­ing ses­sions done through­out 2004, the 11-track Drones al­bum was de­scribed by the band back then as a “peace­ful and fun time in the stu­dio.”

The al­bum was pro­duced by the band and Jef­frey Lit­tle (who also en­gi­neered the al­bum) and was re­leased through La­guna Records. En­tirely self-fi­nanced by La­guna and the band, Drones was mixed by lo­cal mu­sic scene vet­eran Roslan Aziz and mas­tered in the United States.

“We re­ally hope to get Roslan to the No Black Tie show this Thurs­day. His con­tri­bu­tion to the Drones al­bum was in­valu­able,” added Duan.

Drones also marked Roslan’s first foray into al­ter­na­tive/indie rock ter­ri­tory and also drum­mer Adil’s first recorded out­put with SCTS, fol­low­ing for­mer drum­mer/founder mem­ber Mok­thar’s de­par­ture from the band to con­cen­trate on run­ning his own mu­sic la­bel in 2003.

De­spite the Drones al­bum be­ing out of print, Duan said there are no plans for a re­mas­tered al­bum reis­sue or vinyl edi­tion.

Formed in 1997, the band’s other al­bums in­clude the de­but (2002) and SCTS re­leased a new track — Daryl Goh

(2009). Last year,

Seven­col­lar T-shirt’s Drones 10th an­niver­sary show­case takes place at No Black Tie, 17 Jalan Me­sui, off Jalan Na­gasari, Kuala Lumpur. Open­ing act is Go Ger­illa. Show­time is 9pm. Tick­ets cost RM40 (avail­able at the door). More info: noblack­ Band up­dates: www.face­­en­col­lartshirt.

Blast from the past: Seven­col­lar T-shirt (clock­wise from top), bassist Keng Lee, gui­tarist Ham, front­man Duan (seated) and drum­mer Adil Ali to turn back the clock as the band re­vis­its its Drones al­bum ma­te­rial in a spe­cial show.

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