Every week we ask a creative, artisan, or musician to share what music gets them going from dawn to dusk. This week, Singapore live band veterans Dale Yeoh & The Lost Box compiled songs that spur them throughout the day.
Frequent popular watering holes like Warehouse Bistro and Barossa during happy hours? Then these guys shouldn't be unfamiliar to you. If not, it's about time you get acquainted with this talented local quintet.
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As with other budding bands, Dale Yeoh & The Lost Box gelled with each other through their passion for music. Starting out by playing intimate gigs at neighbourhood bars and even Fish & Co, the band are now a mainstay at Wala Wala in Holland Village. Although they've charmed many with covers of evergreen classic tunes from '90s Rock to current chart-toppers, Dale Yeoh & The Lost Box is ready to serve us feel-good originals via their debut EP, Years Lost.
We caught up with the indie-pop band during Singapore Night Festival to know more about their origins and the significance of Years Lost.
ESQ: Describe the sound of The Lost Box with three adjectives.
Dale: Honest, Nostalgic, and Feel-Good
ESQ: How did you guys get into music and name the band, The Lost Box?
Darren: In the beginning, we jam individually because I’m into rock, Jed’s into jazz, and Dale loves the Backstreet Boys. It’s a mess. But when we play together at gigs, we strive to perform all the tunes that people wanted to hear. We worked tirelessly like a jukebox, learning everything but with a shifting musical identity. Like a 'Lost Box'.
Dale: And I, literally, lost a box (cajón).
ESQ: Tell us more about Dale’s upcoming EP, Years Lost, and its intentions.
Dale: Years Lost is a four-song EP that serves as a snapshot of our start. It is a compilation of memories and feelings like regret, compromise, sacrifice, perseverance, and acceptance throughout this journey. They are framed into these songs as a result.
While playing in the night scene and events has been our way of building a career from what we love to do, releasing original music was what got us to do music in the first place. We wanted 'The Lost Box' to be our avenue for 'work', and allow the original music to be its own thing.
ESQ: Having started out since 2013, how do you guys feel about the evolution of local music and native audience responses to it? Do fans motivate or inspire the band too?
Darren: It’s exciting honestly, local musicians are super varied and niched. There are bands and artists coming up all the time releasing really cool music constantly. Over the years it’s great to see many initiatives and projects like Invasion and Noise Singapore help bring this music to the people.
I think being open to new music and experiences is key. I personally feel the scene and audiences are growing but are not unified. And I think it’s because people only want to listen to what they know. The majority of people who actively go out for live music actually typically prefer 'cover' bands preferring to hear what’s familiar rather than something potentially exciting and new.
Dale: Having been both a 'working cover musician' and playing original music, any form of support and goodwill from our fans has gone a long way for us to keep going. For example, by playing cover music, the focus is on the crowd but it always feels good when they support us by requesting an original song. We’ve also had the chance to perform them at weddings of couples who met at our shows. They found each other through THE LOST BOX.
Darren: Dale cries at their weddings.
ESQ: You guys are regular performers at the Singapore Night Festival. What made you want to be a part of it and why?
Dale: It’s like a giant, open, all-are-invited party. Great food and drinks, good vibes, open minds and all sorts of people coming to experience the festival consisting of installations, art and music.
Darren: Back in 2013, Satire Singapore invited us to play for its Food Street along Stamford Road. Although it was a small section of the Night Festival, being a part of the bigger festival to us, was cool. And over the years, the food street became a festival village and it's epic!
Dale: Super grateful to them and NHB for having us. We’re excited whenever we get an invite. Wouldn’t miss it, we’ve actually turned down other opportunities just to be here!
ESQ: What are some memorable or unique moments that happened while performing at the Singapore Night Festival?
Dale: Having played at a variety of venues to a whole bunch of different people, we’ve come to accept that killer nights don’t come by often. From the first Night Festival, the stage has only gotten bigger and we spot more familiar faces in the crowd. This drives us to work even harder to create that positive vibe and energy whenever we perform. The truth is that while we get the crowd moving, it’s the crowd that moves us. The first year that we played our originals, we had the pleasure of having a wonderful audience who sing and clap to a new song they had never heard before.
ESQ: What’s next for Dale Yeoh & The Lost Box and are there plans to do more live gigs with original material?
Dale: We’re wrapping up the EP and millions of other things that are attached to it. But yes, absolutely, we hope to play gigs and create more original material. Coming up first on 25th Sept is my EP Launch and will be held at what we consider to be our home ground Wala Wala!
Darren: The Lost Box will continue to do what it does best — Carry Dale.
Dale: And perform weekly on Wednesdays at Wala Wala![We figured it might be too broad a spectrum of song choices to have the whole band chime in on the playlist, so here’s a stripped-down version of Dale’s 'go-to' numbers for the day.]
“I’m all about picking a good song in the morning to set the tone right for the rest of the day. Being a Virgo, these tunes align my chakras. Here’re my three top picks best enjoyed over a coffee.”
1. ‘Til Kingdom Comes’—Coldplay
“Just one of those songs to have loud enough on your headphones when you’re in the mood to drown everyone out. Great for those morning rides on crowded trains.”
2. ‘Last Nite’—The Strokes
"The first line is reason enough “just the thought of another day”
3. ‘Have A Nice Day’—Stereophonics
“Catchy melody, sweet guitar tone and parts, what’s not to love? Never fails to put a skip in my step during the morning commute.”
“It’s easy for things to get into a blur once my after-lunch food coma sets in, hope these tunes get you into an awesome headspace and away from your bed/couch/head-on-a-desk!”
1. ‘Pork and Beans’—Weezer
“Everyone’s got to have that song where you “stick it to the man”. Fun song to lose yourself to when the mid-day blues start to kick in.”
2. ‘Trees’—21 Pilots
“Always impressed with what this duo does with their arrangements and instrumentation, a good set of earphones will have you transported to a different world.”
3. '‘My Friends Over You’—New Found Glory
“One of those nostalgic feel-good punk-pop tunes that remind me of early secondary school days!”
“After a long tiring day of trying to be a rockstar and failing, these numbers are perfect to go with that nice glass of regret, and a couple of beers.”
1. 'What I Got’—Sublime
“What I’d like to call excellent shower music. Two chords, good groove, Sublime for the win!”
2. ‘Young Blood’—The Naked and Famous
“Great driving music to cruise to while you head home or for a night out.”
3. ‘Homicide (feat. Eminem)’—Logic
“A go-to number when it’s time to let out a little angst after a long day.”
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