Influence on home-grown band

(From right) Daniaal Adam, Samantha Teng, Ahmad Ariff, Isa Ong and Haziq Hussain make up Pleasantry.
(From right) Daniaal Adam, Samantha Teng, Ahmad Ariff, Isa Ong and Haziq Hussain make up Pleasantry.PHOTO: FOREFRONT ASIA

Belle And Sebastian's influence extends to the current crop of indie bands in the home-grown scene.

The singer for indie outfit Pleasantry, Samantha Teng, 25, says her band were "overwhelmed with excitement" when they first heard they would be sharing the same stage as the Scottish group this Saturday.

"We've listened to Belle and Sebastian in our adolescence and now we will be sharing the stage with them at our biggest show yet," she tells Life!.

"They were one of my early influences, particularly when I was writing the lyrics and melodies for Pleasantry's first EP."

Pleasantry - also comprising bassist Isa Ong, guitarists Ahmad Ariff and Haziq Hussain as well as drummer Daniaal Adam - formed in late 2010 and released their debut EP Porcelain Lenses in 2012. Last year, they released an EP, Inhabit, and a full-length album, Synapses.

In May, the band will make their overseas debut with a show at the Canadian Music Week music festival in Toronto.

Teng adds that she has always been drawn to Belle and Sebastian's "simple and catchy song-writing style".

"I first heard one of their songs, Get Me Away From Here I'm Dying, in a show I was watching a few years back and immediately liked the light-heartedness of the tune, which was juxtaposed with some really sinister lyrics. It was also around the time when Isa and Ariff had recommended their first album, Tigermilk, which was recorded in three days."