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General Lee pay tribute to Singapore's armed forces in 'Opium Hill' — watch

General Lee pay tribute to Singapore's armed forces in 'Opium Hill' — watch

General Lee are wholesome traditionalists.

Sharing common ground with their compatriots in Cheating Sons, the four-piece Singaporean band find liberation in American roots music, but their lyrical themes are steadfastly Singaporean.

As if song titles like 'Radin Mas Ayu' or 'Trouble Today (Last Train Out Of Tanjong Pagar)' aren't enough indication, their music video for 'Opium Hill' is a reverent tribute to Singapore's history of armed forces, a commemoration of 50 years of National Service.

Interspersed with vintage film footage of early National Day and SAF Day parades, the band add on with sweeping shots of the four members stoically posing at Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, like the Every Singaporean Son© they all are.

"From a fledgling army in Temasek Green to pixelised fatigues, from the Lee-Enfield to SAR21, there are some things that will always remain constant," they write on Facebook. "The previously unseen footage of National Day and SAF Day parades brings to mind not just how far we've come, but also how deep our roots have grown."

You can listen and purchase General Lee's self-titled debut here.

Watch the music video for 'Opium Hill' here:

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