Think hard rock with a modern rap/funk edge, and Singapore is not necessarily the first locale that comes to mind. But that is exactly where local sensation Firebrands hail from, who are creating a buzz with their debut album, ‘First the Flash Then the Pulse.’ This multi-national band (three Singaporean, one Russian, and one American) is comprised of members Exe on vocals, Roman Tarrasov on guitars, Ghost on bass, Jachin Pousson on drums, and doctormix on turntables and SFX.
The group’s explosive debut album is currently available for purchase via iTunes and the CDBaby website. Additionally, Firebrands recently performed in Hanoi, Vietnam, and will be playing Saarang in Chennai, India on Saturday, January 27th and in the United States on Wednesday February 6th in Los Angeles at theViper Room and Wednesday February 13th in New York at Don Hills.
Firebrands has played alongside such renowned rock acts as Puddle of Mudd and Jet, while Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee once introduced the band on stage as “My boys.” As evidenced by such tracks as “Rebellion” and “Black Stripes,” ‘First the Flash’ brings to mind such popular western rock bands as Korn and Rage Against the Machine, but also includes their own unique spin.
According to Pousson and doctormix, there are several specific standout tracks on ‘First the Flash Then the Pulse.’ “Although the single, ‘Scarecrow and the Fire,’ received the most response in terms of radio airplay and music video popularity as far away as Paraguay and Finland, the song that seems to carry the spirit and movement of Firebrands most is ‘Black Stripes.’ Especially in a live setting, ‘Black Stripes’ is always a killer ace.”
Signed to EMI in Singapore, Firebrands is fielding offers from U.S labels, and it appears as though it won’t be long until the U.S. are formally introduced to Firebrands, as the quintet will be playing a special Concrete Marketing produced label showcase gigs in Los Angeles and New York City in February. With a steady stream of live shows both back home, their U.S. live debut, and the plotting/recording of their sophomore full length underway, you’re sure to hear more from Firebrands in the immediate future.
Upcoming Firebrands live dates:
Saturday, January 27th, Chennai, India, Saarang
Wednesday February 6th, Los Angeles, Viper Room
Wednesday February 13th, New York, Don Hills
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[TV coverage of Firebrands’ Hanoi performance]