Singapore, 18 May, 2019 – 2016 saw Opposition Party marking its 30th Anniversary and to celebrate that milestone, “Complete Chaos Collection”, a boxset of the band’s earliest material as far back as the 80s, was re-released in the same cassette format as the original. The band then embarked on a series of “3 Decades of Chaos” shows which kicked off in Singapore, followed by a short tour in Malaysia.
True to the characteristics of an underground band from its era, Opposition Party’s discography is predominantly made up of cassette and vinyl formats. As part of an ongoing effort to digitize its analogue heritage, the band is digitally reissuing selected back catalog rarities to reintroduce them to the scene. “Brain Fucked”, the band’s very first vinyl EP (and a landmark for a Singaporean punk band) recorded in the 80s, is currently available online. More recently, an extremely limited single, “It’s Chaos / Because”, was reissued digitally with previously unreleased bonus tracks. Scheduled to be out in June 2019 is “EP ver 1.0.1”, the updated version of “EP ver 1.0”, first released back in the year 2000. The EP now comes with an additional bonus track – a cover of The Cure recorded in the 90s.
About The Band:
Formed way back in 1986, Opposition Party started out as a bunch of social misfits expressing their rage at society and the world in general through punk rock. They took their cue from early UK hardcore/punk bands such as The Exploited, GBH, Chaos UK, Broken Bones, English Dogs and amongst others from the second wave of British punk. History was made as Opposition Party attained notoriety as Singapore’s first punk band. Although the early years saw them leaning towards the hardcore side of punk, the band adopted a more metallic edge as the 80’s came to a close. In the 90’s, their unrelenting blend of thrash-metal and hardcore punk, coupled with an “in-your-face” attitude, saw them emerge as one of Singapore’s premier extreme music outfit.
Opposition Party has gone through several line-up changes in its illustrious history; however, the main stalwart has always been Francis Frightful, the original founder-member, who leads the band through each and every milestone. Not only did the band garnered world wide media coverage in the pre-internet boom of the 80’s, the band leader also thought out-of-the-box and made the band’s presence felt even more — very often as the first Singaporean band — by crossing the border to do mini-tours in Malaysia and eventually venturing further to play in the UK, France, Hong Kong and China and taking part in music festivals held in Europe, Taiwan, Korea and Thailand. Opposition Party have since shared the stage with Megadeth, Biohazard, Night Wish, Holy Moses, amongst other notable acts from different parts of the world. Francis Frightful also had a stint in Canadian band, Stress Factor 9, together with Randy Rampage and Ray Hartmann from Annihilator.