When you hear the words "Mutiara Damansara", chances are you'd be reminded of that PJ township that houses Malaysia's one and only IKEA and shopping malls like The Curve and Ikano Power Centre
But, if you're French and/or a fan of underground music, you'd be thinking of something else entirely. You see, Mutiara Damansara is also the name of an underground metal and shoegaze band from France!
Hailing from Caen, Lower Normandy, the band is made up of Charlize Ann Myers, Cyanure Nevermore, and Grumpy Woodcutter
Starting out as a one-man band, Mutiara Damansara has released two EPs titled 'Annual Winter Depression' and 'Pearls' in 2010 and 2012 respectively. Most recently, they released their first full-length album, 'Every Soul Is A Shining Star'.
The band has been active since 2010 and are completely aware of the existence of their namesake in Malaysia... after some Malaysians pointed it out on their Facebook page
For very obvious reasons, Malaysian metalheads were also pretty enthusiastic in urging the band to stage a performance in Malaysia, particularly in - you guessed it - Mutiara Damansara
Now, to answer the million-dollar question - how did these guys end up naming their band Mutiara Damansara?
In case you're wondering, "Mutiara Damansara" does not mean anything in French. We checked on Google Translate and Word Reference. :D
It's probably not even pronounced the way we do!
According to someone within the band, he came across the name while he was looking up exotic-sounding names and picked it because he thinks "it sounded beautiful".
That's it. That's the whole story.
Well, at least they know what "Mutiara" means and yes, their second EP is indeed titled "Pearls"
As for their music, we don't quite know how to describe their sound except for it being a weird mix of goth rock and long instrumental breaks. Honestly, we were expecting a lot more screaming vocals. Anyway, listen for yourself here: