Ronin (band)

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Ronin
OriginSingapore
GenresRock
Years active2003–present
LabelsUniversal
Websitehttp://myspace.com/ronin
MembersSean Cheng, Derryn Wong, Simon Lee, Bang Ong
Past membersLevan Wee

Ronin is a rock band based in Singapore. They are infamous[citation needed] for their live performances and being one of the few high-profile rock bands around. Before their entry to the mainstream market, the band launched a self-released EP which included 5 songs, and later released an LP which was hugely successful[citation needed][1]. Their debut album Do or Die has received rave reviews[citation needed] by local press, and is one of the top selling English-language albums in Singapore of all time[citation needed]. In 2006, the band collaborated with local Mediacorp artiste Fiona Xie in a love song duet, entitled "Love Will Shine on Through". The song was recorded to raise funds for a cancer project, with a book and a CD recorded together. One of their songs, "One More Moment", was covered by Singaporean artiste Ho Yeow Sun.

The band enjoyed a number one hit called Black Maria in the Singapore charts, the song Crazy Son reached third.[2] Ronin has also written the theme song and title soundtrack 'Memories' for the film Singapore Dreaming.[3][4]

On 24 June 2007, lead singer Levan Wee performed with the band for the last time, due to a combination of personal issues, as well as differences in musical direction[5]. He is now the lead singer of ASTRONINJA. The band has since returned to the studios to continue work on their 2nd LP.[needs update]

Members[edit]

Current members[edit]

All 4 members of Ronin were students from Victoria School. The band members have cameo appearances in the movie "Anna & Anna", starring Golden Horse winner Karena Lam. They appear as the backing band of the film's lead actor, Tender Huang.

Previous members[edit]

  • Levan Wee: Vocals (Left in 2007)

Discography[edit]

  • The EP - a 5-song EP which was self-released on January 2004. It was recorded at Snakeweed Studios, produced by Leonard Soosay and Ronin, and mastered at 301 Studios in Sydney.
  • Do or Die - a full-length album released on August 2005 and distributed by Universal Music.[2] Recorded at Snakeweed Studios and produced by Leonard Soosay and Ronin.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Leonard Soosay's 10 greatest anthems for Singapore | JUICE Singapore". JUICE Singapore. 2017-08-09. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  2. ^ a b CD Baby Archived 2008-06-21 at the Wayback Machine - notes on "Do or Die"
  3. ^ www.funkygrad.com Archived 2013-01-23 at Archive.today - Ronin interview
  4. ^ www.singaporedreaming.com Archived 2008-02-04 at the Wayback Machine – Full credits
  5. ^ "Levan left Ronin". www.soft.com.sg. Retrieved 2018-10-31.

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