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MALACCA, 12 April 2017:
A rock band made up of five Portuguese-origin youths from Malacca are aiming to revitalise interest in a music genre close to their hearts – rock ‘n roll.
Blister members Ramon Singho, Mario Singho, Julio Singho, Darian Henry and Zachary De Costa have built up a strong base of fans from playing the pubs and clubs around the Kuala Lumpur music circuit.
The band has also been the opening act, twice, for Slash – lead guitarist of Guns n’ Roses – who held concerts in Malaysia in 2010 and again in 2015.
Aiming to take the next step of writing and performing their own music, Blister has just released its first single Commander – which has been made available on YouTube.
This single epitomises what the band believes is essential in rock music, which is – in their own words: “Putting balls back into rock.
“When we started writing our own stuff and discovering our own ways to evolve rock music, we just basically took what we love about all of them, put it in a blender, dropped a couple of ice cubes in there, added some gin, and that’s what we got.”
For inspiration, the band members have drawn on legends ranging from Elvis Presley, B.B. King, Howlin Wolf, Chuck Berry, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, ACDC and eventually going on to The Sex Pistols, The Ramones, Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Korn, and Rage Against the Machine – just to name a few.
Hailing from the Portuguese Settlement in Malacca, where the Cristangs – an ethnic group with mixed Portuguese and locals – reside, these boys are now set to rock beyond Malaysian shores.