Guitarist Malis blasts out power chords as hardcore rock band Obstacle Upsurge thrash through their set. The drummer wears the headbanger’s obligatory studded denim jacket; the vocalist bellows rebellion to a capacity crowd at indie-arts nerve centre The Substation in Singapore.Afterwards, reflecting on the prejudiced music business, Malis says: “It’s not easy … there was a lot of [criticism] – about me wearing my hijab.” The all-female Obstacle Upsurge, still active, were a vital component of…



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