Pinoy band to play at Singapore’s Laneway Festival 2018

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The Filipino indie band The Ransom Collective is currently composed of vocalists Kian Ransom and Jermaine Choa Peck, keyboardist Lily Gonzales, violinist Muriel Gonzales, bassist Leah Halili, and drummer Redd Claudio. Photo by ARTU NEPOMUCENO

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival is set to return to Singapore in 2018 with a 23 act-strong lineup, and once again, a Filipino band is included: The Ransom Collective.

The homegrown indie band is currently composed of vocalists Kian Ransom and Jermaine Choa Peck, keyboardist Lily Gonzales, violinist Muriel Gonzales, bassist Leah Halili, and drummer Redd Claudio.

Their folk sound — distinguished by its buoyant strings, rugged guitars, and thumping percussion — evoke distant hinterlands with such effervescence. To an extent, their anthems also resemble those of the genre’s giants: Fleet Foxes, Mumford and Sons, Of Monsters and Men, Bon Iver, and more.

But frontman Ransom points out that the livelier songs are just a portion of their repertoire.

“It’s not mostly about celebrating; it’s about what you go through in life. It’s about what happens. It’s experiences,” he told CNN Philippines Life in May 2017, prior to the release of their debut album, “Traces.”

The Ransom Collective is not exactly new to the international stage, having performed at the ASEAN-India Music Festival last October held in New Delhi, India. However, since Cheats in 2016, the band is only the second Filipino act to have played at Laneway Singapore, which is considered a live music powerhouse in the region.

In recent years, the Singapore leg of the Australia-based festival has featured a diverse lineup that includes up-and-coming and established acts from the Southeast Asian region and beyond.

This year, alextbh (Malaysia) and HEALS (Indonesia) are also included, apart from Singaporean bands Amateur Takes Control, Obedient Wives Club, THELIONCITYBOY, and Tim De Cotta.

Music fans can gather to watch acts such as Father John Misty, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Mac DeMarco, Moses Sumney, The Internet, Bonobo, The War On Drugs, Slowdive, Sylvan Esso, Wolf Alice, Aldous Harding, Amy Shark, Billie Eilish, Loyle Carner, and Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever.

Now on its eighth edition in the Lion City, Laneway will once again take place at the Meadow, Gardens by the Bay, on Jan. 27. Previous acts that have played in Laneway Festival in Singapore include Feist, Vance Joy, The Drums, Chet Faker, Gotye, and Haim, among many others.

Other legs of the festival will also be held in Auckland, New Zealand, and several cities in its home country: Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, and Fremantle.

Visit singapore.lanewayfestival.com for tickets and other information.