The thing about cats is that it’s pretty hard to kill them – you’ve got to try at least nine times.
And here’s a band that has weathered all sorts of endings, only to boldly come back with more conviction to carry on, double the noise, fists in the air. Now with a revamped power lineup, including Rachel Lu and Trent Davis, the threat of undoing can head off to a quiet corner until it’s time to pester again. Survival, after all, is the bane of everyone’s existence.
I’m so fucking glad Caracal is back. You relentless cat.
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Tell us about yourself. What is Caracal all about and has anything changed after a long hiatus?
We have a new singer and bassist. Other than that, Caracal is still pretty much the same. Still trying to make some noise in the Singapura.
What is your ethos? What excites you?
Writing and performing music excites us. Especially to write or create a song that might affect someone that we’ve never met. Whether it’s through the music, lyric or a performance that might have affected a change in someone’s life (hopefully positively) is probably the coolest thing.
Music-wise, what is your music-making process like?
It usually begins with Field and I, bouncing ideas off each other with a guitar riff or a drum groove. We try to filter out whatever we don’t think sounds cool. We’ll work with the good parts and form a basic structure. We’ll then let the rest of the band hear our idea out. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t!
Let’s talk about the new release. What is it all about? Background stories?
The new EP is a cathartic exercise for us. Its a release from being quiet for 2 and a half years. All the pent up emotions and energy we’ve felt in those 2 / 3 years has gone into our music; our way of letting go of our demons and looking forward. Its a slight departure from what we’ve done before and we’re really happy with the record and very excited to share with the world our new music. It’s quintessentially still that Caracal sound but we’ve got a few surprises up our sleeves.
Dream gig/collaborators? Sky’s the limit.
We would love to open for Nirvana. 😛
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Someone resurrect Kurt Cobain.
Keep your eyes peeled and ears to the ground, Caracal‘s EP, Take It Apart and Put It Back Together will be out 24th July.
Paz Marvelous is a Filipino urban artist and researcher based in Singapore. A self-proclaimed polymath and wannabe comedian who likes to talk about very unfunny stuff. RSCLS member, Rebel Daughter fo lyf.