Filipinos are no strangers to Esplanade's Rockin' the Region series — a 4-weekend musical showcase of artists and bands from Southeast Asia. Over the past couple of years, a bunch of Filipino acts have taken part in the series, namely Paranoid City, Birdforms, and Brisom.
This year, indie rock outfit We Are Imaginary will be performing at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre for the first tme to represent the Philippines. The performance marks the band's second overseas gig, having been part of the Grass Tone Sound Festival line up in Thailand, last December 2015. Vocalist Ahmad Tanji tells Bandwagon that it's going to be his and their drummer Jazz's first time in Singapore, so they intend to do a lot of tourist-y things. The other half of the band have visited the Lion City before and are determined to get their bandmates to try Fish Head Curry, Bak Kut Teh and more Singaporean food, as well as visit the Instagram-worthy Haji Lane. "As a band tradition, we will do some 'window shopping' at Swee Lee. Yes, the quotation mark is rightfully placed because we like to believe that our willpower is stronger that any sweet ass guitar models and effect pedals," Ahmad adds.
As for their Rockin' the Region performance, the vocalist shares that the band have always dreamed of performing to different ears, and it will be priceless to see various reactions to their music from a diverse set of people. He also adds that "not all bands get this chance, so we are just so honored to be invited. We are excited to meet and watch the other bands as well."
We Are Imaginary are set to perform on March 24 and 25 with Singaporean instrumental rock four-piece Sphaeras, Bandung-based shoegaze act Heals, and Japanese alt-rock band Nothing to Declare.
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We Are Imaginary performs on March 24 and 25 at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre for Rockin' the Region. Check out the full schedule here.