-“There is a film called Singapore Sling We were obssesed with finding and I couldn't find it anywhere. It sounded cool, so that became the name of the band. It's some kind of dark, perverse Greek film from 1990. I haven't found it yet, so if you know someone who has it, please let me know. I hope it's good. A dark perverse noir film and a guy who has sex with a corpse. And he's called Singapore Sling.” The Reykjavik rockers aren’t hiding their influences – they’re flaunting them. They gladly invite the Stooges/ J&MC comparisons.
“I love those bands,” says singer/songwriter Henrik Björnsson. “And you have to compare us to something. That’s what everyone does. That’s what I do when I buy a record. I’ll tell a friend it sounds a little like this and a little like that.”
Singapore Sling formed in 2000, and quickly garnered attention at Iceland’s prestigious Airwaves festival. By last year they’d recorded their debut, The Curse Of Singapore Sling. Released in North America last month, it’s a low-fi dronefest featuring five members who play three guitars, bass, the occasional keyboard and drums.
Then there’s Siggi Shaker, whose sole mission is to play tambourine and maracas in true avant garde minimalist fashion.
“I did 8-track overdubs with Pro Tools into analog mixers, using cheap guitar effects for my vocals,” comments Björnsson via cellphone from Central Park, minutes before Sonic Youth take the stage at a summer festival where Singapore Sling play the following day.
“We wanted it to sound older, like an album from the 50s or 60s.”
It does. The songs are tight and the album clocks in at just 43 minutes.
“Just because you have 70 minutes available doesn’t mean you have 70 minutes of good music to record. So much of what makes it these days is filler. Raw Power (the Stooges, 1973) is 34 minutes and it’s perfect.”
Are they as good as the Stooges and Jesus & Mary Chain? Shit, not even close. But they do have the brooding, gloomy, dark thing down pat.”Ꭶingapore Ꭶling