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Music

No Bullshit

Dan Chan

Featuring The Caulfield Cult

thecaulfieldcult.bandcamp.com

 
If you want to do something you have to sacrifice another.
— Brian on funding the band.

 

TAKING THE UNCONVENTIONAL ROUTE, The Caulfield Cult decided to kick off their musical venture by playing DIY tours overseas rather than “big” local gigs. Having played in crammed bars across the UK, from the back of massive trucks in France, to sleeping in half-wrecked tour vans, the band is spreading the gospel of their own class of Punk music across the globe, by all means necessary.

In 2011, Brian (Bassist), and Nick (Vocalist) left a band that they were previously in, feeling that the rest of the members were inadequate. “Basically they suck, write that down” laughed Nick. Being mutual friends with Skinny (Guitarist), and Darren (Drummer), they decided to form another band, playing what they call “Really Soft Punk”, or “Really Loud Indie”.

*Credits to Ridwan

 

 With help of Danny from Scottish band “Cavalcades”, the band managed to book shows all over the UK in 2012, alongside Pop-Punk band “Carridale”, and Irish band “Starters”.

 Having released their 9-track sophomore album “things can only get worse from here” in 2013, the band is completely self-funded. “It’s actually not that hard to save up the money and go, it is a lot of money, but if you want to do something, you have to sacrifice another.” 

 

*credits to Jerrer Lee

 

Just thinking about paying for plane tickets, equipment, and studio booking makes us admire the gaping hole that they’ve dug into their shallow pockets, and that’s not the best part yet. During that period of time, all four members had been enlisted in National Service. Some might wonder if they even slept at all during those two and a half years.

 

Describing themselves as “the glass is half empty” kind of people, and having an inclination to finding humor in negativity, their emotions resonate through their songs. Nick’s song writing style leans towards open interpretation, rather than life experiences. Some reccurring themes are ‘not getting laid’, ‘drinking problems’, and ‘being broke’.

 
I write songs everyday, most of which come to me when I’m in the shower or taking a shit.
— Nick on song writing.
 

The track “Great Scott” was written during winter, while the band was on tour in Europe. It was described as a “shit day”. Another track off the same album “Etched” was derived from some of the family issues that Nick had gone through.

Being peeved at the fact that they were constantly compared to Kingston Punk band, Title Fight, the band’s influences in fact range from minimal electronic music to Punk Rock acts such as Hot Water Music and Jawbreaker. Having heavy vocal influences from Chuck Ragan of Hot Water music. “Let’s say if Title Fight was Squirtle, Daylight would be Wartortle, and Citizen will be Blastoise,” Brian justifies with much persistence.  

The track “Great Scott” was written during winter, while the band was on tour in Europe. It was described as a “shit day”. Another track off the same album “Etched” was derived from some of the family issues that Nick had gone through.

 
 

Proving to show that even Singaporean social obligations can’t hold them back, The Caulfield Cult sets a new benchmark for the perception of “chasing your dreams”, “chasing” being enduring negative degree temperature while driving in an equipment-crammed van for days at a time, on top of missing Christmas, and girlfriends' birthdays.

The Caulfield Cult will be in the midst of recording new songs and producing new merchandise. They will also be back on tour in 2014. Where? You’ll find out soon...

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