Humpback Oak are Singapore's best-known rock band, playing indie guitar-pop reminiscent of R.E.M. or Crowded House. Comprised of schoolmates Leslie Low (vocals and guitars), Vincent Chin (guitars), Daniel Wee (bass) and Stanley Teo (drums), Humpback Oak formed in late 1990. In the first few years they released a number of demo tapes (The Mojo Sessions, The Songs Will Always Be There, and Moth and Bagpipes), but it wasn't until 1994 that their debut album, Pain-Stained Morning, appeared.
This album helped Humpback Oak gain considerable attention and popularity in southeast Asia, and helped them win both Favorite Local Act and Most Promising Local Act awards in Singapore's Perfect 10 Music Awards in 1995. Outside Asia, however, the album made little impact.
Humpback Oak returned in November 1997, releasing Ghostfather, a more introspective, moody album dealing with the death of Low's father.