In Each Hand A Cutlass (IEHAC) is an instrumental rock act from Singapore, comprising of some well-known music personalities.
The band currently comprises indie rock veteran Daniel Sassoon (Electrico, Livonia) on guitars, keyboardist/DJ Amanda Ling (Electrico, The Synth Experience), drummer Jordan Cheng (Rafe, For This Cycle), and bassist Nelson Tan, a professional on the music circuit for close to a decade. Sujin Thomas, guitarist and former music journalist, is the most recent addition and completes the line-up.
This band of sonic pirates blends progressive rock, ambient, post-rock and metal elements, casting aside all music boundaries, to create epic and powerfully moving songs to lift your spirit and leave you yearning for more. Live, they tear into their instruments with an intense, unbridled energy, delivering engaging and immersive performances that are simultaneously technically accomplished, musically nuanced and visually exciting.
The band independently released their debut full length album, "A Universe Made Of Strings" in June 2011. The album was produced by notable producer (and ex guitarist) Roland Lim and mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Soilwork, James LaBrie) at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden. The album was released in conjunction with their album launch show entitled "The Amaranthine Voyage" at the Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, where a high-octane set was played to a sold-out audience.
IEHAC has played some high profile shows, including Esplanade's Baybeats in 2009 and 2012, and the inaugural People's Party fest held in Singapore in 2012, alongside Bombay Bicycle Club, The Naked and Famous, Metronomy and The Jezabels. Internationally, the band has played shows in Hong Kong, as well as in Malaysia for 2013's Urbanscapes music festival, and was a special guest for the Johor Bahru leg of KL-based rock band Kyoto Protocol's national tour in early 2015.
They were voted "Best Band of 2011" by Juice Magazine and also won the "Best Instrumental/World Music" award for their track "Helmets And Fiery Endings" at the VIMA Awards 2011, which honours independent musicians from Asia. IEHAC was also nominated for "Best Music Act" in the Elle awards for 2011. The band has a following that extends far beyond their shores, with active listeners and supporters discovering and lauding their music all the time.
The band is slated to release their highly anticipated and epic sophomore album entitled "The Kraken" in late April 2015. The album was recorded, engineered, mixed and produced by acclaimed American record producer Brad Wood (Smashing Pumpkins, Pete Yorn, Sunny Day Real Estate, Veruca Salt, Touché Amoré) and mastered by Emily Lazar (Foo Fighters, Haim, Sia) at The Lodge, NYC. Touring plans and overseas festival shows are currently being sought and explored.
In Each Hand A Cutlass is not just a band with a fancy name. It is a statement of intent.
From top left, clockwise: Daniel Sassoon - guitars; Sujin Thomas - guitars; Amanda Ling - keyboards and programming; Nelson Tan - bass; Jordan Cheng - drums and percussion. Photos taken by Scott Millard at Yellow Box Studios, Singapore.