Since 2008, the Lard Brothers have been putting up an album or recordings come National Day and this year is no different, it seems. Well, maybe a little bit different…
Here’s what they had to say in their FB message. Note: Bits of the message have been edited for content, but does not affect the result of it : )
“On National Day 2008, we released our debut album Forest Action Team (free for download here in case you haven’t done so: http://www.mediafire.com/?omg7xtjimnn) which was a tribute to Mark Ronson’s Version and a paean to the Singapore rock scene which we grew up with. We wanted to do something a bit different for our next project. We decided to look into one of our favourite over-the-top rock things to do: Write a concept album.
So we set out to create our own magnum opus if anyone will agree. And it will be set in a linear storyline. We pooled in all our favourite stories, themes, concepts and ideas. And we decided upon a story and write the music around it.
Set in the not-so-distant future, a certain un-named tiny island in the tropics near the Equator struggles with the rest of the world out of a world recession. The crippling effects have forced the hands of the government to ensure every single generation of citizens born can contribute to the nation in the most productive way possible. Genetics is reinforced in society and revered as the utmost national duty a citizen can perform for his or her country.
And our story begins right when the fruits of such a drastic campaign are bearing shape as the nation steadies itself economically. The story begins in a high school where our main protagonist meets a devastating cute girl at the future equivalent of a water cooler. And falls insanely head-over-heels with her, of course. Sci-fi dystopia and manga/ anime high school romances. Yup, these are our main inspirations.
Simply As Designed is an album we started recording in October 2008. However, it’s been a very slow 2 years and we have only done about 70% of the entire album which is currently projected at 26 tracks. And we got waylaid by a little side project which we did. Last National Day (2009), we put out an album which we remixed a couple of our friends’ tunes. The Super Lard Bros OST can be downloaded here for free as well: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1290186/The%20Super%20Lard%20Bros%20OST.zip.
We’ve decided to split up the Simply As Designed album into 3 parts. Yes, very Hollywood-like. A trilogy of albums. And we have intended to release Part 1 this National Day. However, our natural laziness and procrastination got the better of us so Part 1 is still not ready as yet. So, we are releasing 2 songs as an EP to keep up with the tradition of putting out material every National Day.
The new EP is Just A Tool taken from Part 2 of Simply As Designed. Our pal from Zero Sequence, lead singer Mang helped us out on vocals for this one. The 2nd track is a remix of the title track done by our buddies from the genre-transcending electronica group Breakbeat Theory. Thanks peeps!
Download ‘Just A Tool’ EP:
Thank you for indulging us by reading so far. Once again, as always…
Happy National Day. Majulah Singapura!”
Cheers guys, Happy National Day to you too.