Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with the, wonderful and totally unique Camden Town, London based duo, The Chronicles Of Manimal And Samara (TCOMAS). Huge thanks to Daphne Ang and Andrea Papi, for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Hi, we are The Chronicles of Manimal and Samara.

Daphne: I play the piano and the keyboard, and I provide the vocals and write the lyrics

Andrea: I play the guitar, bass and vocals.

Our first collaboration together was actually in the fine arts. We painted together as ‘ELKYMY’, and made three dimensional paintings inspired by abstract forms and flows in nature. The both of us always had and shared a deep passion and love for music, so we started also making music together.

How did you come up with your band name?

TCOMAS: ‘The Chronicles of Manimal and Samara’ was actually the title of a manga comic series that we developed. We wrote a script and made illustrations of ‘Manimal and Samara’ – which we decided to feature on the cover of our debut single ‘Atoms’. The story is about an awkward schoolgirl who runs away into the jungle to escape from society and the modern world, then meets someone who would change the course of her life forever. We later decided to turn the script into a song, ‘Tcomas S01 E01’.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

Daphne: I was born and grew up in Singapore. Despite its reputation for being clean and almost sterile, there was a small but really vibrant underground scene of hardcore, punk, ska, and metal which I grew up with. That’s where many of us found a sense of community. Because of the strict censorship laws, many artists and musicians had to find creative ways of expressing ideas and saying things in a way that did not come under the radar of these restrictions. London has been my home for more than 10 years now, and I couldn’t be more at home in Camden Town – the heart of British “Rock ‘n’ Roll. It’s amazing to be right in the epicentre of so many great music venues. One of our songs from our first album is titled after The World’s End pub, where we first met.

The Chronicles of Manimal and Samara – ‘At the Worlds End’

Andrea: I’m originally from Tuscany (Italy) and there’s always been a strong metal culture there, from Extrema and Death SS to Lacuna Coil, Rhapsody and Linea 77. Now Maneskin is on top of the world. They are not Metal but they are Italians and they are singing in Italian so, bravi!

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

TCOMAS: ‘Count the Dead’ – our first single from our upcoming second studio album, released on the 8th of October. We composed this song as a protest against world leaders, whose negligence and recklessness have resulted in one of the largest ‘avoidable’ losses of lives in generations. The song provokes you to think about the complex issues pertaining to the value of human life – in light of the current pandemic.

The single will be released on 8th of October, you can pre-save it and stream it once it’s released here:

The music video for this track will be released on the 18th of October. Watch the premiere of our video here:

Who have been your greatest influences?

It is impossible to list all the names of all our musical influences, but we made a playlist of some of our favourites.

Daphne: In terms of lyrics and vocal performance, I am very much influenced by theatre and literature, from Ancient Greek theatre to Shakespearean drama, and from Classical Persian poetry to modernist poetry. Carl Jung is a huge inspiration as well.

Andrea: I also am inspired by the musical cultures of the ancient world. These influences can be heard quite distinctly in our upcoming second album “Trust No Leaders”, which we will release in 2022.

What first got you into music?

Daphne: The piano. I started learning classical piano when I was 6, and Beethoven was (and is) my favourite composer. But it was my father who introduced me to the world of Rock and Roll.

Andrea: From 4:07 to 5:10 of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ by Queen.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

TCOMAS: Apocalyptica, Kraftwerk, and the Kronos Quartet. And Hans Zimmer

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Andrea: Probably Download Festival, because it would allow us to play in different countries and cities, especially Sydney so in the time off I can go back surfing the Northern beaches.

Daphne: Woodstock 1969?

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Andrea: I remember that one time I broke my classic guitar into pieces after playing a show. Later on, someone picked it up and patched it partially back together, framed it, and gave it back to me as a birthday present.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Andrea: Music unites people. Politics divides people. Think for yourself, question authority.

Daphne: Create, listen, read, watch, breathe in the art that gives you life and a good reason to fight. Never stop learning. Search your soul, and get to know your unconscious mind. Respect nature.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Daphne: Nina Simone and Freddie Mercury.

Andrea: Cliff Burton.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Daphne: In terms of the making of it, it’s a form of therapy as it is always cathartic. Yet it is also a means of reckoning – a process that forces you to dig deep into the bowels of your own soul.

Andrea: Music is freedom, the limit is imagination. So, I hate rules.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

TCOMAS: We make music independently, and promote ourselves, we don’t make music to cater to the demands and expectations of the music industry, it is about connecting with people through music.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

TCOMAS: “God Hates Us All”.

Daphne: “South of Heaven”.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Daphne: Going around with thousands of songs on your phone to choose from is pure joy. But there’s something about unravelling (and smelling) the insert of a new CD or cassette to read the lyrics whilst listening to the music.

Andrea: I miss tapes but vinyls are the sexiest.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Andrea: When I performed at Telethon, a charity show in Italy which was aired live on national TV.

Daphne: It was a gig at the Fat Frog Cafe in the garden of The Substation, an independent arts space in Singapore (now sadly defunct). Over the decades, many gigs, plays, and art performances took place under the shade of a huge Banyan Tree that grew there.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Daphne: Probably in academia teaching art history or working in a museum.

Andrea: I’m a professional chef. This allowed me to play the music that fuck I want.

TCOMAS: Actually, we’re not just musicians. We are also painters (ELKYMY, Art by Lady Lazarus). Some of our cover artworks are paintings done by us.

 At The Worlds End Cover Artwork
‘At The Worlds End’ – Single Cover Artwork
featuring a series of paintings by ELKYMY.

 Love In The Time Of Pestilence Cover Artwork
‘Love in the Time of Pestilence’ – Single Cover Art
featuring, ‘The Plague Doctor’, painting by Daphne Ang.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

TCOMAS: Attila the Hun, Frederick Nietzche, Carl Jung, Sylvia Plath, and Bender P. Rodriguez. We’ve made a little something for Ever Metal Readers below…

What’s next for the band?

TCOMAS: We’re planning to release our second album in 2022 and hopefully we will be able to start doing live shows safely as well. We’ve also started a design and motion graphics studio specialising in music video under TCOMAS Studio, so we hope to expand this more. You can check out some our work here: www.tcomasstudio.com

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Andrea: I hate social media.

Daphne: Here you go.

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Daphne: It’s a biscuit and a cake…a biscake? No, it’s a big macaroon.

Andrea: I’m a panettone kind of guy.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

TCOMAS: Thank you very much for having us. It is always a pleasure to chat with you. See you around soon!

Here’s a little something we did for Ever Metal…

TCOMAS Dinner Party
‘TCOMAS Dinner Party’
After ‘The Last Supper’ by Leonardo da Vinci (Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Read ‘Dark Juan’s ‘Count The Dead’ single review here:

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