After a two-year hiatus, Singaporean alternative indie rock band Chasing Daylight are back with a brand new single titled ‘You Are The Song’.

As a way to celebrate their return, the band will also be having an online launch party on their social media channels this Wednesday (Sept. 23) at 8.30PM.

Written by frontman, Yap Wei Chiang, during a two-year journey of self-discovery in Japan, “You Are The Song” is an uplifting anthem for all those searching for true freedom from the weight of expectations and performance anxiety. The energetic and catchy track marks the band’s fresh interpretation on the modern rock genre infused with indie and pop sensibilities.

Wei Chiang explains,

“Having topped my class in college, worked as a diplomat, fulfilled obligations to church, chased my music dreams and released our first EP back-to-back, I was burnt-out from checking off the boxes of my life goals. I saw the ugly truth of myself being an obsessive worker and self-hurting perfectionist. It was exhausting to always need to perform for recognition and to be significant – a somebody, if you will. After living in Tokyo for two years as a nobody, I found something inside of me was being emptied out, and that “inner drive” and “endless need to prove” mindset was replaced with life, joy and courage. “You Are The Song” is about the process (still ongoing) of finding that – of not having to prove my worth, and wanting courage to live for something more important than myself. That I feel is the greatest freedom.”

Being strong advocates of humanizing struggles with mental health, Chasing Daylight has previously worked with Samaritans of Singapore (SOS) to start empathetic conversations about suicide and depression in Singapore, believing that music can make a difference in helping individuals who are facing a crisis, thinking about or affected by self-harm. With the release of “You Are The Song”, the band will be partnering more social service organizations and Christian communities to raise awareness on emotional and mental health, especially in youths. Chasing Daylight will also be releasing an intimate interview series, “Stories of Modern Anxiety” with special guests from Samaritans of Singapore, The Tapestry Project, PleaseStay. Movement and local artists on the band’s social media platforms. 

23 September 2020

8.30PM – 9PM

Chasing Daylight’s Facebook, hosted on NEVERMIND’s website. 

The party will also be made available on their Youtube page the following Monday, as well as NEVERMIND’s IGTV.

The online launch party will include the full band’s performance of their latest release, You Are The Song, as well as some previously released tracks. They’ll also be showcasing a BTS video of how the song came about, as well as announcing on an upcoming short video series they’ve done called “Stories of Modern Anxiety”. The short video series consists of the band interviewing key people from Samaritans of Singapore, The Tapestry Project and Please Stay Movement in hopes of raising awareness on emotional and mental health especially in youths.

Cover photo by: Clarence Teo / Chasing Daylight