In the far reaches of Southeast Asia, a tiny country called Brunei breeds a two-piece alternative band; Pagan Stitches. A call back to the Seattle Sound of the 90s – otherwise popularized as the “Grunge” genre – Pagan Stitches produces their own brand of 90s Alternative music with a tint of Garage Rock having only two members: Jaz (Guitars and vocals) and Fadhlan (Drums and backing vocals). With 3 LPs, 2 EPs, and 10 singles under their belt, the dynamic duo is constantly putting out releases on the fly where inspiration strikes. They have frequently joked publicly about being a “Brunge” band (Bruneian Grunge) as a play on words similar to K-Pop or J-Rock. However, being the only act actively playing grunge music, this recurring joke is slowly becoming a geo-specific brand of the genre that is at the moment being flag-shipped by the band, and they’re just rolling with the association because they think it’s funny.
Their latest single – Disease – discusses their country’s little to zero awareness of sex education being a very taboo topic in an Islamic nation. Due to this, untreated STDs from this lack of awareness can affect an individual and their relationships with others when they don’t know what to do when they catch something or are too afraid to tell anyone because of the nature of the subject.
Wow! Good on the band for addressing something this important!