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It’s not unusual to find rock bands with unusual and weird names – well, they do need an exotic name to stand out.

Apparently, there is a French metal band that goes by the name Mutiara Damansara.

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The band’s initials.

Let’s face it, Malaysians would surely find this hilarious. For perspective, it’s like a Malaysian band calling themselves Carrefour (which isn’t too bad if you think about it), but to the band members the name just sounds beautiful.

According to their Facebook page, the band which is made up of members; Charlize Ann Myers, Cyanure Nevermore and Grumpy Woodcutter, have been active since 2010 and have always been aware that their band name is the name of a township in Malaysia.

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Mutiara Damansara in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.
(Photo source: staticflickr.com)

While the name has no meaning in French whatsoever, the three-member band admitted on choosing the name because “it sounds beautiful!”

We are not sure how ‘Mutiara Damansara’ is actually pronounced in French, but when a Facebook user pointed it out, one of the members replied, “I do my best to pronounce it well, but I can only imagine I butcher malay each time I’m saying it.”

After the existence of the band have been realised by many Malaysians, metal and non-metal heads, the band’s Facebook page has been flooded with many comments by Malaysians!

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Some comments from Malaysian Facebook users.

The band seems to have gained more fans from Malaysia who requested for them to perform at – well Mutiara Damansara! We can even see how their concert headline would be like – ‘Mutiara Damansara LIVE at Mutiara Damansara!’

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The band’s second EP which was named after the meaning of Mutiara – pearl.

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The band first first full-length album – “Every Soul is a Shining Star”.

So after many questions from their new-found Malaysian fans on whether they would perform in Malaysia in the coming future, the band replied;

“…for the question, “will we play in Malaysia one day?”, as you can imagine we cannot afford such a trip.
But if there’s a strong will of Malay metal heads fans to see us play in your country, there’s always the possibility that contact your local promoters and metal associations, or even start a crowdfunding campaign to finance a few tour dates in Malaysia.”