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IT'S not all fun and games for rock group Estranged when it comes to its second album.

After a successful outing with hit song Itu Kamu (which won Song of The Year at Anugerah Juara Lagu and Most Popular Group at Anugerah Planet), the band is back — with some changes.

Comprising Rich on vocals, Hanafi (guitars), Din (guitars) and Andy (drums), its second offering is called Remain Unknown.

“This album showcases our maturity. We experimented with sounds including heavier rifts. Andy, meanwhile, showcased new drumming methods. Rich is showing progress vocally, displaying depths and diversity in tone,” said Din.
Songs such as Yang Pernah and Aurora mark the band’s departure from its sound in Itu Kamu.

“We want to sound more progressive. We did worryabout fans’ reaction but we also do not want to stagnate,” said Rich.

“Most importantly, we want people to like us as a band and not for the song Itu Kamu,” said Andy,

Despite music pundits predicting a full-fledged Malay album from the boys, Estranged has delivered an English-dominated album.

The album consists of eight English tracks, including This World, In No Time and Enjoy the Ride and five Malay tracks including Aurora and Masa.

“We have always catered to the English market. We don’t want to sing only Malay songs just because of one hit song,” said Andy.

The lyrics cover serious subjects such as global warming, political mishaps and social deterioration.

“This World highlights the deterioration of our eco-system while Tarikh Tutup deals with child kidnapping,” Rich.

The album cover depicts the struggle faced by the Orang Asli in preserving their homeland.

“Our photographer was inspired by the story of the Temuan tribe. The background of the cover shows land belonging to them which has been turned into a dam,” said Hanafi.

As one of the leading rock bands in Malaysia, Estranged has its their say in regards to the issue of 90:10.

“We can’t censure songs. In fact, we need foreign songs (Indonesian songs) for competition. It is essential to have an open market so that we know the ins and outs of the music scene,” said Din.

“We do have a lot of talented singers and bands. Let’s invest in them and give them exposure, “ he added.

Estranged was among the few local bands to perform at the Soundrenaline 2008, the biggest music festival in Indonesia, recently.

“We were treated well. Both fans and organisers were pleased with our performance, “ said Andy, referring to their shows in Medan and Pekan Baru.

Due to their successful first outing at the festival, the boys might be on board for the coming year.

“The organisers did say something about us returning to the festival. But we will have to wait and see, “ said Andy.

Track List :

1 This World
2 Yang Pernah
3 Masa
4 In No Time
5 We Remain Unknown
6 Enjoy The Ride
7 Tarikh Tutup
8 Destination
9 Ketika Ini
10 My Fascination
11 Aurora
12 Dances Of The Spirits
13 The Slave In Us

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