Photo: Adela Locsin
Words: Linn Branson
We first came across Boston-based Asian band Ricecrackers last summer when we featured them as an Introducing artist just as they had released their four-track debut EP, 'Kelohe Kid'.
With their quirky punk appeal, and outspoken frontwoman and lyric writer Olivia West's high-ranging vocals, they have something a little different to the norm, as we found when Olivia spoke to Little Indie about the band, their influences and approach.
The quartet now are back with their first new track of 2016: 'Five Golden Rings', released through Green Line Records last Friday. Just two-and-a-half minutes, it once again fuses the iconic West voice with a punk thrash of drums and copious guitar riffs, with a curious Asian melodic lilt that gives it an added essence.
"It is a bit more melodic and 'alt' than our EP," Olivia agrees, "since I was experimenting with harmony and modal interchange stuff when I was writing it. But still angsty !"
Check it out below.