Formed in 2001, power-pop indie rock quartet TypeWriter has journeyed through the past ten years with various line-up changes, and a vast catalogue that has been reworked with different contributions by its changing members. With its current line-up of Yee Chang Kang (vocals, guitar, harmonica and keyboards), Patrick Chng (guitar, vocals and keyboards), Desmond Goh (bass and vocals) and Redzuan Hussin (drums and percussion), TypeWriter finally finished this chapter with their new album – Indian Head Massage.
“We wanted to release an album around 2006/2007. Other than our day-job commitments, artistically, it just did not feel right to release the album then. We were still ‘searching’ for that last few songs. The final push came when we finished writing “Sunlight Takes Over” and “That Deepest Blue” – we felt really good about things and the chemistry was just right, to bring closure to the whole album,” explains Chang Kang, the band’s chief songwriter.
“There is a lot of soul searching, and tonality to the songs on the album, they are all as thought-out as they possibility could. Every song has its own beauty, production values and space. We have also brought in an eclectic mix of instruments (violins, trumpet, accordion, theremin and mandolin) and guest musicians (Ken Stringfellow of The Posies/Big Star and Natalie Soh of Serenaide) to bring out the different flavors in the songs. For instance, for
“Every Nite”, we managed to find Krassi Tasleva, a Bulgarian music teacher living here, to add her wonderful accordion playing to the song. The album is really a labor of love. We hope that this honesty will transcend to the listeners, and they can be genuinely moved by it,” says Chang Kang.
The album is accompanied with an additional disc – Extra Service, which consists of 8 band rarities.
You can catch TypeWriter at 10:10 The Green Carpet Edition on 10 October at 3pm, and at Blu Jaz‘s Manic Monday on 11 October, 7.30 to 10.30 pm together with King Kong Jane and Cheating Sons.