MONSTER CAT

MONSTER CAT

 Singapore, Central Singapore, SGP
BandAlternativeArt Rock

MONSTER CAT channels lush, emotive folk-rock with delicate instrumentation and intense imagery. Layered harmonies evoke the supernatural as fractured love songs cradle listeners between the depths of intimacy and menace. Fragile yet powerful; their music echoes the ebbing of your subconscious hurt.

Biography

Born out of frustration, MONSTER CAT is a reaction to a culture of shackling life templates and suffocating social expectations. An avalanche of questions, doubts and personal fears was the breeding ground for the bands debut release, Mannequins.

From the dramatic intent of The Smashing Pumpkins to Fever Rays visceral force of myth and music, the five-piece tries its best to imitate these artists but fails spectacularly. Creating instead, a sound that is all their own.

MONSTER CAT takes its name from the bakeneko, a cat with supernatural abilities in Japanese folklore. It is said a bakeneko will haunt any household it is in, menacing sleepers, walking on its hind legs, even devouring its owner and shapeshifting to take his place.

Yet, there are also stories that depict the bakeneko as a fiercely protective and loyal creature, readily sacrificing its life for its owner.

The band is inspired by this sense of the supernatural, the fascinating ambiguity of this relationship between creature and owner, stricken with a nature that is gentle yet volatile.

The shorter explanation would be that the band loves cats. Really fat ones. They also get turned on by other furry creatures, very dead philosophers and things that have the potential to get wet.

Last but not least, MONSTER CAT wants to eat your foetus.

Lyrics

Mannequins

Written By: Wang Wei Yang,Gao Rongjun,Muhammad Syairazi Bin Mahdhar,Esther Low Hui Xian, Esther Low Hui Xian

mannequins all standing in a row, son
mannequins all standing in a row.
(in a row)

one’s got a new hat
one’s got a picture in the paper
one’s got his hands out.
(got his hands out)

what do you want?
what do you want?
what do you want?
what do you want?
you don’t even know.

can you try
to reach from the dark to see
that your voice
is not what it’s meant to be.

the crowds walk by
but you’re alone.

will you lose your mind
before it’s time
to run away.

your own reflection turns you petrified.
snakes unfurl with Mommy and Daddy’s eyes.

what do you want?
what do you want?
what do you want?
what do you want?
you don’t even know.

can you try
to reach from the dark to see
that your voice
is not what it’s meant to be.

you run and you run and you run
and you run and you run,
run for your fucking lives.

you run and you run and you run
and you run and you run,
look what you’ve left behind.

Underwater

Written By: Wang Wei Yang,Gao Rongjun,Muhammad Syairazi Bin Mahdhar,Esther Low Hui Xian, Esther Low Hui Xian

you took your time
you took what you needed.

you placed your hands upon my eyes
you took what was needed.

you used to laugh about my pride
as you danced with echoes in my mind.

and I have been holding tight
to driftwood on a waiting shore.

so I’ll hold you underwater
breathe with me if you can.
slowly fading with the sunlight,
your face is turning blank.

and the school girls dream of olden towns,
lemon lips and sunset walks
but I'll hold you underwater
while I can.

your words don't come out clear this time
as you place your lips close to me dear.

I won't cry for my sins
I won't cry for her
I won't cry.

oh don't you wonder
how I'm coping with your smoky ways?
‘cause I can still remember

your face when you walked into the room,
the smell of your hair and your cheap perfume,
your skin pressed against my arm and thigh,
the way you turned and sang into my ear.

oh my dear you're dying.

so I’ll hold you underwater
breathe with me if you can.
slowly fading with the sunlight,
your face is turning blank.

and the school girls dream of olden towns,
lemon lips and sunset walks
but I'll hold you underwater
while I can.

These Hands

Written By: Wang Wei Yang,Gao Rongjun,Muhammad Syairazi Bin Mahdhar,Esther Low Hui Xian, Esther Low Hui Xian

I’m trying
to understand

how life is
within my grasp.

my skin is a patchwork of sores.
my soul is blistered and worn.

these hands
these hands.

so tell me,
what do you see?

my eyes,
mirrors for the part of you
you dare not be.

my veins clogged with needles and thorns.
someone stop this heart from pumping
anymore.

these hands
these hands.

and you come to know
all you need to know
the day you are born
the day you are born.

The Courier

Written By: Wang Wei Yang,Gao Rongjun,Muhammad Syairazi Bin Mahdhar,Esther Low Hui Xian, Esther Low Hui Xian

hey baby
how's it going?
I heard it's snowing
where you are.
well if it is,
I'll send you a star.

to guide you
and delight you
through the long cold nights.
so when you look
up in the sky,
me you will find.

don't you know that I
want to be
floating inside your
stormy sea.
fish me out with a
hook in time,
that I whispered
into the night.

hey baby
I heard your story
I'm doing fine
what's mine is mine.
and this town
has emptied my heart
of things from the start.

but I still
feel you near me
feel your breath
against my ear.
‘cause your words
like seed gone deep
have taken root.

don't you know that I
hate to be
floating inside your
stormy sea.
fish me out with a
hook in time,
that I whispered
into the night.

into the night
into the night
into the night.

(for the faith once delivered cannot be sold)
don't you know that I
don’t you know that I
don’t you know that I
don’t you know that I…

Discography

Mannequins - EP - 2011

The Violet Hour - LP - 2014 (Release: 3 March 2014)

Set List

Mannequins
Salem
Creature
Take Me To Love
Mother
Knife Through Water
4AM
The Courier
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