REPORTAGE VIDEO: (We recommend that you watch this in Fullscreen mode)

SEPANTAS KILAT!

On the weekend of 18th – 20th March 2011, the Shock&Awe! family has made a visit to Sabah. It has always been our desire to meet up kids there at Sabah even before the Shock&Awe! project commenced, as we have heard great stories from those who have been there. The tour this time was actually planned one midnight while dipping in a hotspring near Kampung Batu after a gig at Seventh Heaven Tampin. It was rather unfortunate that a few bands couldn’t make it- Crimescene’s member was a part of those who were present while the informal discussion was started.

MADE IN KILANG

A date was decided and we made the plans. As some of you might have heard, there was a problem of communication and yes, ripoff, that has happened that caused Sarjan Hassan, the initial band that we are supposed to be the supporting act to, couldn’t be there. Three shows was planned at Keningau, Ranau and Kota Kinabalu and it happened successfully. We hate to state the obvious, but the kids there at Sabah is receptive of different genres of music and are open to visits from bands from anywhere in the world.

TAND-Y

We are not going to go to details but we would like to share a few observations that we made from the tour. Firstly, the quality of the bands in Sabah is above average (read: good!), it is a good self-check for the bands in the Peninsular to check what Sabah has to offer and tighten up their own acts. Practise before you appear on any stage at Sabah! Secondly, the local bands at Sabah are close to their local politics and surrounding, most of them aware what is happening in their locality and this is apparent from the lyrical contents of the bands there- something that a lot of Malaya’s band cannot claim!  Thirdly, diversity is all around Sabah- and is embraced full heartedly by the kids there- the countless and almost futile-to-keep-track race and ethnicity, all sorts of music genres and wide arrays of local brews- all under one roof, in one close-knit community (Ok, a little exaggeration, but better than what KL has). Whether you drink or you don’t, whether you dig raggae or not, everybody embrace diversity, providing us with a glimpse of what a Discrimination Free (yes, there is even a band there by that name!) world look like.

RESOLUSI!

One conclusion that we could make is, as much as we like to keep Sabah as our best kept secret, that is the place to head to by touring bands. While people are busy making plans to tour to Singapore and Indonesia, it is their loss if they fail to consider Sabah as one of the must-visit, must-have venues in their tour schedule.

ARAMAITI!

Can’t read texts without pikturrreesss? Some pictures here:

That darn time-sucker bloody thing called Facebook (you gotta be friends of someone though).

Quick Reverb

P/S:

1) Do checkout Omega Shop at Ranau if you are at Sabah! Run by our close brother, Rizo. Taking DIY to the other level.
2) Anybody can help with the video editing? Our labor department is over-stretched at the moment.

Pic credits to : Rikki Segantang, Freewheelin Man, Mel Mohd, Jan Omar and Brandon QuickReverb. Merci beaucoup!