Small Talk: Supersect

by | 1 Dec, 2017 | Featured, Magazine, Small Talk

A band made up of kung fu exponents, SUPERSECT channel their drunken masters and hidden dragons into a rock n roll ruckus filled with unapologetic fireballs and a lot of lightning blasts. Their debut EP, cheekily titled Greatest Hits, hits the spot in many ways and is one of our favourite releases of the year. We met with the members for a chat and these guys are a naughty bunch that might incur the wrath of Justice Bao.

To start off, can you tell us about the legend about how SUPERSECT came about?
Nicholas: We met in poly about six years ago and quickly became close friends. We didn’t actually form a band at the start because we were always caught up in playing other people’s music as session musicians. Just as we were about to enlist in the army we decided we wanted to play the kind of music that we grew up to with the people we spent most of our time with. Hence we formed SUPERSECT.

Nigel: Yeah that’s pretty much it

Zai En: Pretty much that and it’s the only band where we get to do what we want (most of the time).

Billy: I had no other friends so I had no choice.

ZH: What Nich said. So far my one and only serious band.

Who are your music influences?
Nic: Maximum The Hormone, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, My Chemical Romance, System of a Down, King Crimson, Metallica.

Nigel: Chili Peppers, Rage Against The Machine, SOAD, MCR.

Z: Tool, Foo Fighters, RHCP, RATM, MCR.

B: Avenged Sevenfold, RHCP, MCR, Foo Fighters, Paramore, Saosin, Dance Gavin Dance, RATM, Animals as Leaders.

ZH: Radiohead, Porcupine Tree, Nirvana, RATM, Gesu No Kiwami Otome, Journey, King Crimson, toe, Bonobo.

Why Kung Fu? Would you ever change your martial art styles or use another look?
Nic: Culturally it felt like something that represented us. When I was a kid I used to watch kung fu movies with my dad and it was a surprise when I first met the band finding out that we all grew up watching similar movies and TV shows, and it became obvious that we should adopt it as our style/look.

Nigel: The Swedes have Viking metal so we have Chinese metal. It’s all about embracing our roots. We haven’t planned any new looks per se but I don’t see any reason why we would limit ourselves to one look, creatively speaking.

Z: I don’t know I just walked into this “Hey we should do Kung Fu” thing. But hey it’s fun, entertaining, and different. And I like to think that we’ve made it work just by the sheer power of absurdity.

B: Like I said I had no friends so I have no choice.

ZH: Who doesn’t love Kung Fu?

Tell us a funny or weird story that happened at your gigs?
Nic: This drunk angmoh lady offered to give us blowjobs before a set. That was probably the most rockstar thing that’s happened to us.

Nigel: Nicholas’s bass strap dropped off and one of our friends had to rush to the stage to help him put it back on midway through a song. It won’t happen again though he has my straplocks now.

Z: At our EP Launch we played ‘Genocide Extermination’ and before Nigel did the count-in back into the song there was fan who shouted the words way too early and he got a cheeky chiding from Nigel.

B: During our EP launch, I threw my sticks into the audience, and one of it hit someone in the face. He turned out to be my junior in Lasalle.

ZH: Nigel always gets hit on by milfs.

What was your first time at Eatmepoptart like?
Nic: I thought the music at the first Eatmepoptart I went to really captured the spirit of the 90s which was pretty awesome. There was such a diverse range from pop divas Destiny’s Child to grunge heroes like Nirvana and Foo Fighters which is the kind of stuff we try to draw from as a band. Also there were a lot of hot chicks but I was too shy to talk to any.

Which kung fu master would the band like to collaborate with?
Nic: 1970s Gordon Liu.
Nigel: Kung fu Kenny.
ZE: Probably Donnie Yen. The guy who taught IP Man was my ancestor.
B: – Stephen Chow, or any of his personas.
ZH: Sammo Hung.

What are you looking forward to most about playing at the party on 16 December?
Nigel: We haven’t played together in a while because of personal commitments so I’m looking forward to maybe breaking at least one equipment

ZE: The crowd. I always enjoy seeing the crowd’s reaction to this bunch of guys in costume doing crazy shit.

Billy: The 5 of us being on stage together again <3

ZH: Definitely playing together again after forever and getting to go crazy on stage.

Nic: Err.. hot chicks?

Supersect perform at ‘Do You Remember The First Time? 12 Years of Eatmepoptart‘ on 16 December, Esplanade Annexe. Click here to get your tickets.

Many thanks to Bekah Mah for assistance in the story.