When we first heard that Indonesian folk duo Stars and Rabbit were going to be playing at Baybeats this year we were intrigued. After all it’s not every day you hear about Indonesian folk bands that do English songs.
“To me, Brandon, whatever he writes, whatever he’s singing in his songs, he’s really living it out now. He’s one hell of a tough guy and I feel proud to be in the same band as him,” says the band’s electric guitarist Gerald Chan.
The first time we heard this cool cat playing at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, we were supremely blown away by the melodic harmonica and how refreshing it was to still be able to experience blues in that way. And apparently we weren’t the only ones who felt this way.
A band that grooves together, stays together – at least that’s the impression we got when we sat down with 7-piece funk group Fungkimunkees after a double-bill gig with O’Funk at Blujaz Café along Haji Lane (sadly two members short).
“We’re good friends so that applies when we do well in performances,” says bassist and co-founder Muhd Sultan, “We bond well, that’s the secret key.”