Singaporean math-rock band cues haven’t been around long, but their debut single “Atlas” is a brisk jam session that holds a lot of potential.
Influenced by guitar-heavy rock giants like tricot, toe, Chon, and And So I Watch You From Afar (ASIWYFA), cues is a four piece all-female math-rock band that leans heavily on their influences. Even though they’ve only been around for a little over two years, they’ve been hard at work playing local shows in Singapore and recording their first EP. But if “Atlas” is any indication, it’s worth keeping an eye on the rising band.
Featuring glowing guitar melodies that interweave with each other with calculated ease, “Atlas” is a breezy introduction to cues’s bright sound. Like most math-rock jams, there’s a building tide that rises before reaching a climax that is lifted by “oohs” towards the end of the song. Though it’s normally difficult to captivate audiences with an instrumental-only piece (especially when it’s your debut single), cues have managed to do it without breaking a sweat. However, despite using a comfortable song structure, “Atlas” works as a welcome introduction for the band.
Even though “Atlas” doesn’t rewrite the math-rock genre, (their music’s close vicinity to that of covet and tricot is almost too similar), cues is off to a running start.
Li-Wei Chu is a recent graduate from UC Davis who majored in Cinema and Digital Media who also briefly studied film at Queen Mary, University of London. Li-Wei is obsessed with horror films (especially the ones that give him nightmares), films from East Asia, and really, any film that makes you stop and think.
He loves talking about film and indie music with others. He’s also a record collector and cross-stitches when he has free time. In the future, he hopes to be able to write about film and wants to find a job in the film industry that can support his record buying habits. Maybe one day he’ll also be able to play the guitar.