Everyone has their own experiences navigating through the plethora of bands with creative band names that we are bombarded with today. What no one would expect is a band that takes on the name of a seemingly fictional character – Sam Willows.
For the sake of humanity, The Sam Willows should be banned from making covers.
I exaggerate, but one must never let The Sam Willows’ extremely pleasing covers outshine their stellar original material.
From 20 to 22 September, one lucky artiste in Singapore gets the gig of a lifetime – the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, Germany. In conjunction with Music Services Asia, 26 musicians are vying for a spot on the German stage, raring to go and show the world (or Germany, at least) what Singapore music is all about.
1. Tell us more about yourself
The Sam Willows is a celebration of life, a melting pot of sounds from dirty blues to soul-funk, pop-rock to indie-folk, and random images of cats. Born out of a need to make unadulterated, unbound music, the quartet of Narelle, Ben, Jon and Sandra dug up various soundbites of their eclectic music history, forging their own path into the aural atmosphere whilst managing to be only slightly confused. Drawing inspiration from acts like Bon Iver, Mumford & Sons, Joss Stone and Jack White, they craft a sound that bleeds for everyone; the starving artist, the sedentary soldier.
They recognize the rabid power of music and the shame of pigeonholing, and promise to, with all their might, tear down the walls of disparity among love and art. The band is currently waist-deep in the idea-swamp of their first EP, but would still love to take you out for coffee.
The Sam Willows is,
2. What made you enter the contest?
John Lennon said it himself: “I might have been born in Liverpool, but I grew up in Hamburg”. Honestly, who wouldn’t jump at a chance to travel and share your music in one of the most culturally-colourful cities in the world? From theatrical to classical (Brahms is a Hamburg native), to even The Beatles’ many documented escapades there, any artist would be saturated in its vibrancy.
And of course, it would be such an honour to fly our nation’s colours at the Reeperbahn Festival. Entering this contest was a no-brainer for us.
3. Why should people vote for you?
1. We’re young, energetic, and a really fun bunch.
2. We know a thing or two about representing our country (both Ben and Narelle are ex-national swimmers).
3. Sandra is masterful at picking up languages (English, Chinese, Malay, Tagalog, Spanish).
4. Jon is expanding his air guitar business and hopes to meet many German clients.
To vote for The Sam Willows, visit the contest page here.
Photo courtesy of The Sam Willows