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53A (band)

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Years active  2003 (2003)–present
Past members  Irwan Shah Ying Chng
Origin  Singapore (2003)
Albums  Settle the Kettle
Labels  Independent
Record label  INDEPENDENT
Past member  Irwan Shah
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Associated acts  B-Quartet YouthWreck The Good Life Project neoDominatrix Comic Strip
Members  Sara Wee Alvin Khoo Bani Hidir Helman Kamal Serena Chen Nazaruddin Mashruddin
Genres  Popular music, Rock music, Punk rock, Alternative rock
Similar  Dick Lee, Gentle Bones, HubbaBubbas, Corrinne May, The Sam Willows

53A is a Singaporean pop/rock band formed by lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist Sara Wee and lead guitarist Alvin Khoo in 2003. The band has been regular performers at Singaporean bars such as Timbre @ The Substation, Harry's Bar @ Boat Quay and Hive by Wala Wala.


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2003-2010: Formation, Settle the Kettle

53A (band) Audrey Lee COACH Opens Largest Flagship Store in Singapore

In 2003, Alvin Khoo was introduced to Sara Wee through a mutual friend. Wee, who had been trained in classical music, and Khoo, who played the guitar back in secondary school, bonded over the love for music, and started jamming songs together in the attic of a shop along Haji Lane, the unit number of which they got the band name from. The duo went on to perform together in the live music scene for nearly six years until they recruited their friends, Bani Hidir and Irwan Shah, on bass guitar and drums respectively.

53A (band) 53A at Timbre Arts House hotspot

They released their debut studio album, Settle the Kettle on 1 September 2010, featuring original compositions written by Wee, Khoo and Bani. The album received positive reviews in TODAY, The Business Times and TIME. They launched an island-wide tour promoting their album from September to November 2010.

2010-present: Lineup changes, "Tomorrow's Here Today"

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In December 2010, Chng Hui Ying, better known as Ying Chng, joined the band on keyboards. In May 2011, Serena Chen joined the band as a percussionist. She became a permanent member the band in March 2013. Irwan Shah left the band in May 2013 to focus more on his career as a music examiner, and was replaced by Helman Kamal.

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In May 2014, Ying Chng left the band as she was on maternity leave. Her replacement, Nazaruddin Mashruddin, is also the keyboardist for The Good Life Project and neoDominatrix, and has played for THELIONCITYBOY, Sezairi Sezali and Gentle Bones.

53A (band) National Day Parade 2016 SG51 NDP Favourite Medley Songs

In 2016, 53A was chosen to sing the theme song for the National Day Parade 2016, "Tomorrow's Here Today", which was written by Don Richmond. This made them the second Singaporean band to do so, after Electrico.


53A has cited John Mayer, The Beatles, Foo Fighters and The Click Five as their influences.

Current members

  • Sara Wee - lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards (2003-present)
  • Alvin Khoo - lead guitar, backing vocals (2003-present)
  • Bani Hidir - bass guitar, occasional lead vocals, drums (2009-present)
  • Helman Kamal - drums, backing vocals, bass guitar (2013-present)
  • Serena Chen - percussion (2013-present)
  • Nazaruddin Mashruddin - keyboards (2014-present)
  • Past members

  • Irwan Shah Salleh - drums (2009-2013)
  • Ying Chng - keyboards (2010-2014)
  • Albums

  • Settle the Kettle (2010)
  • Songs

    We Should Be TogetherSettle the Kettle · 2010
    Everything but AnythingSettle the Kettle · 2010
    18th Century LoveSettle the Kettle · 2010


    53A (band) Wikipedia

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