On 8 October 2016, homegrown punk rock band Hardihood will release their long-awaited debut album Take Your Stand.
Take Your Stand is an emotionally charged collection of 8 songs thats a fiery blend of post-rock, punk, metal, bluesy jams, and alt-grunge.
Its about speaking up, being true to yourself and standing for what you believe in, says bassist Shahreil Aziz of the album.
Take Your Stands overwhelming sound is still guitar, but the record isnt just another dizzying barrage of distortion; rather, it showcases the versatility of the bands shred-and-shout approach.
Lead single Darkest Hour is inspired by the daily grind of a working class adult living in a cosmopolitan city.
We wrote it as a wake-up call for us to take action against the mindless compensations paid to make us turn a blind eye to reality, says vocalist Halim Ismail.
Drummer Endra Mahmood adds, Fans can expect an emotional punk rock/post-hardcore infused ride that crosses genres and styles.
Take Your Stand was recorded live at Singapores legendary TNT studios, and engineered by Wong Ah Boy. We decided not to go with track-by-track recording as we wanted to capture the raw and live feel of playing as a band, explains guitarist Iskandar M Fawzi.
Hardihood was formed in 2013 when Iskandar, Halim, Yuzaimi and Shahreil met at a gig. Despite their different backgrounds and musical influences, they discovered that they shared one common passion: Punk rock. In 2015, Endra replaced Yuzaimi on drums.
The band released their first self-funded and self-produced EP Tomorrow in 2015, with engineer and co-producer Bob Kamal. Tomorrow showcased the bands diverse influences and styles, ranging from jazz and post rock to punk rock.