Interview: Coming Up Roses

You’ve just released your latest single: “Glass Stained Eyes”. What is the story behind the song and how did you create/write it? Also, what inspired the song title?
The song is about seeing the world through a tinted lens where one’s perspective is disproportionate to reality. It is about wanting to see the positives in life but struggling to do so. The song was written in a moment of frustration when reflecting upon why some of us seem to see the glass half empty instead of half full. The title is a word play on the words “stained glass” to reflect the tinted perspective.

If you had to describe your sound, how would you do so? Furthermore, what artists (or other sources) do you cite as influences?
We would describe our sound as dynamic and introspective. Some of our influences include Wolf Alice, The Joy Formidable, Alvvays, The 1975, My Bloody Valentine and Sonic Youth.


What have been band highlights so far? And what is on your bucket list that you’d want to achieve?
One highlight would be pressing our debut mini-album on vinyl and selling them out. Another would be playing Baybeats Festival, Singapore’s largest alternative music festival, which helped kickstart our career as a band. We also got the chance to play festivals such as Fred Perry Subculture, Music Matters and Canadian Music Week. On our bucket list would be to be able to play KEXP and NPR Tiny Desk.

Coming Up Roses – Photo by Ashok Kumar

If you could be the main support for any living artist, who would that be for and why? Alternatively, what would be your dream live booking?
If we could be the main support for any living artists, we would want to support Wolf Alice. Their music and their ethos as a band inspire us to continue what we are doing. Our dream live booking would be to play the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury.


What artists have you been listening to? Additionally, who should others be listening to?
We’ve been listening to Talking Heads (Darius), Bjork (Lorenzo), and Taylor Swift (Emily). We’d love to recommend our friends I Mean Us from Taiwan and Laveda from the US.

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