DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH – SWEET SURRENDER
Post-army, he looked for opportunities to play in a band or learn in a formal setting again when he met his current members and was invited to play. “It was difficult at first, having to calibrate my creative direction,” he explains.
"Before Sweet Surrender, I was more used to play musical genres like punk rock which was a very different playing style from what I’m playing now.”
“I enjoyed Country music a lot when I was there and I think in some ways this has been an influence on my playing,” Aloysius adds, saying that he is trying to keep his music as simple as possible. Apart from the influences from his roommate, he had the chance to watch local acts in bars and clubs that inspired him, especially this place named <Cat’s Cradle>.
“They would bring in acts ranging from indie local bands to more popular international acts,” Aloysius explains, saying that he managed to catch Muse, Passion Pit and Dashboard Confessional live.
“Personally, being away from home for this extended period of time has been really good on the soul and the body. I've learnt to take a step back and enjoy as life unfolds. I try to pursue as many things as I can. This period of time away has been really precious to me and I look fondly back on it, reflecting on the many people and places I've seen that have changed me in many ways, some still unseen. Some days I wake up thinking I've left my heart in Carolina. It is a special place to me.”
-Aloysius, on his stint in Carolina
On Sweet Surrender
He adds that the name Sweet Surrender has quite a story behind it. It is actually the song title of their first completed song, which is now known as 'You'.
“The song is about meeting a girl whose charms we surrender to,” Aloysius says.
“After some deliberation, we thought it would make a better band name and that's how we made the switch around.”
“'You' is inspired by all the ladies out there who have a special place in that one guy's heart and it’s about devotion and praise to this lady.
Writing the lyrics to the song came quite naturally and I think is precisely because it’s a subject matter that many of us can relate to.
I personally love the melodies of the song and the way everything blends together. It’s a really fun song to play and I hope to others feel the same way. I think its a song that the band holds dear to our hearts so that's how it became the first piece! “
- Aloyisus, on their hit song <You>
To check out their progress, https://www.facebook.com/sweetsurrendermusicband
by Melissa Fu