When we were linked to a new release from a member of notorious Singapore raw hardcore punk band Sial, we were expecting more of that no holds barred sonic barrage of feedback-soaked punk rock fury the band is known for. What we got instead of some beautifully pieced-together melodic punk rock that infuses tons of reverb and fuzz guitar as well as even times of some of that more shoegaze/alternative that instantly becomes memorable (check out the track ‘Lullabies’ – insane how great of a song this is).
The solo act is called Zado which according to the label releasing this, 4490 Records also out of Singapore, is the follow-up release by multi-instrumentalist,Izzad Radzali Shah (Daily Ritual, SIAL). In 2019 he had released a full-length called ‘Zado & The Frail Bodies’ which was a mix of minimalist punk rock with monotonous drum machines. This new release is him being stationed in a studio in Singapore and recording every instrument live as a cathartic experience. “The album shares themes of discontent and hopelessness but maintains the upbeat melodic punk energy laced with catchy pop sensibilities to make night walks in the city bearable.”
We can’t recommend this release enough…
Also, if you’re a label around the world, go hit up 4490 Records right now to see if you can stock the release.