Popular local band Hydra takes it up a notch by marking the band’s milestone with their single Hujung Mentari which is also the official soundtrack for the movie Dampak.
The band made up of vocalist Sayed Sahlan Sayed Hamid, bassist Mohd Faizul Azril Isa, drummer Ahmad Aizad Mohamed Fauzi, keyboardist Kamas Jezzriq Eddie Kismilardy and guitarist Mohd Fadzil Abdul Wahab have been around for a decade and is one of Malaysia’s most celebrated and most loved pub rock bands. The recent release of their debut single Hujung Mentari has now taken Hydra to a whole other ball game. The ballad written by Buddhi Hekayat and composed by Jason Choo is published by CAD Music.
The debut single Hujung Mentari consists of a slow yet hard rocking tune is perfect for the action packed thriller Dampak. A step forward for Hydra, Hujung Mentari takes them out of the pub scene and gets the band recognised as more than just a regular pub band.
“There’s a huge difference between performing cover versions and performing our own material,” said Sayed Sahlan at the launch of the single at Rockafellas Bar. “We spent quite some time making sure the recording reflected the mode of the song to complement one another and, injected a whole lot of what makes Hydra tick to give it that rock ballad feel.”
The band leader and founder said the single would be just the start of the band’s brand new direction.
“Hydra will be releasing our first mini album with all-original songs by the first quarter of next year,” he said. “We’ve been planning our very own album for a long time, and our recent successful visit to Phnom Penh to perform has reinforced our decision to do just that. In fact, we have been invited to perform in Cambodia again at the end of November,” he added.
Apart from the release of their single Hujung Mentari, Hydra has been invited to represent Malaysia at the World Peace Music Festival & Expo from August 15th to 17th, 2014 championing Women’s Rights and Anti Human Trafficking efforts, in Tacoma city, Washington, USA. Hydra is also the face of the White Ribbon Campaign 2013, organised by AWAM – a cause that works to prevent male violence against women and Hujung Mentari will be the official track for this venture.
If you want to catch Hydra live, head on over to Waikiki Bar on Mondays, Elinor’s Restaurant and Pub on Thursdays, Rockafellas on Fridays and Hangover on Saturdays as they hold a residency for these venues on these nights respectively.
For more information, head on over to Hydra‘s Facebook page!