Dark edge of Strangerfox on second episode of ST Sessions

The singer of home-grown synthpop/alternative rock band Strangerfox, Jo Toh, performs with a fox mask on. That edge of menace seems fitting, given that their dark and moody songs are not exactly child-friendly, she says.

"We've had one performance before where we had a family watching us. And then when we started playing some of our darker songs, the parents took their kids away, so we found that quite funny."

The band, which also comprise keyboardist Benedict Lee, bassist David Lam and drummer Chong Ming En, appear in the second episode of the fourth season of ST Sessions, The Straits Times' online video series featuring rising talent in the local music scene.

The video features clips of the band performing at a show that was part of the Prudential Marina Bay Carnival at The Promontory earlier this year. It also captures the band interacting offstage as well as interviews with each member.

Formed in 2015, the band released their debut EP, Beyond Lies The Web, last year. They have performed at events and venues such as Singapore Night Festival, Barber Shop by Timbre and the Esplanade.

With a sound that blends R&B, trip hop and soul, their music is an amalgam of each member's individual taste.

Lee says: "Working in a band, you're working with other people who think differently from you or feel differently from you or listen to different music. As a consequence, when they give their inputs, it goes in directions that you could never expect and that's interesting, that's fascinating."

ST Sessions' fourth season is part of a series of digital video programmes produced in a partnership between the Info-communications Media Development Authority and Singapore Press Holdings.

Besides Strangerfox, the season also features seven other acts, including singer-songwriter Joie Tan.

• View the video at www.straitstimes.com/videos


Correction note: An earlier version of this story spelt singer Jo Toh's surname incorrectly. We are sorry for the error.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 31, 2018, with the headline 'Dark edge of Strangerfox on second episode of ST Sessions'. Print Edition | Subscribe