BAHRAIN-BASED alternative rock band, The Relocators, has officially released its second extended play (EP) record.
Part Of Me consists of six tracks which come from very different times in the band’s journey.
“There’s a song which was written before the band was even formed,” said the band’s 33-year-old vocalist Faisal Amin.
“Then there’s a song which was completed a few minutes before entering the studio to record it.
“Yet there’s a thread which connects all these songs together which is the message of establishing the purest form of connection with yourself and with others, always looking at the bigger picture, focusing on the more important things that make us human.”
The three-member band, which includes 27-year-old drummer Ali Alqaseer and bassist Jojo Canlas, aged 42, has been active since 2013.
“We all used to play in different bands and we met each other in 2008 at an arts and music festival in Bahrain which used to be called the Elham Festival,” added Mr Amin.
“More than anything else it was our similar personalities, sense of humour, simplicity and appreciation of good music which brought and kept us together.
“We have been performing ever since and have played in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Dubai and at the Nišville Jazz Festival in Serbia.”
The band’s sound is described as the perfect blend of contemporary alternative rock with the raw, minimally-processed tones of old-school Rock n’ Roll and blues.
“Most of our music comes from self-reflection and introspection,” said Mr Amin.
“There is always a very simple message behind what we say and the lyrics are always written with the intention of making things less personal and more relatable to all kinds of people.”
The new EP is available for free as a digital release, but people who wish to support the band have the option of putting any value they wish on it and paying the amount they find appropriate at therelocators.bandcamp.com.
“Any amount we get helps us invest it back into the music and pushes our musical career further,” he added.
For its latest creation, the band said it has worked with Abdulla Jamal, a co-producer as well as recording and mixing engineer, and has “received a lot of help and support from the community”.
The artwork is done by Sara Mohamed, also known as ‘The Monkey Grip’, who “managed to very quickly capture the character and vibe of the band and represent it in her own style”.
Mr Amin said they had the help of very talented singers Annie Kennaugh and Susan Pinto who backed them on a track called Supernatural.
“We also have friends singing along with us on the chorus on a track called Hope.”
Born and raised in Bahrain, Mr Amin and Mr Alqaseer completed schooling and continue to work in the kingdom in the construction and real estate sector and logistics sectors, respectively, while Mr Canlas works in the properties sector.
The band is currently working on a launch event to kick off their Middle East tour in Bahrain in February at a location which will be announced later.